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The Night Tiger draws readers into a world of servants and masters, old superstition and new ideas, sibling rivalry, and forbidden love, all of which happen in this book. For money, Ji Lin works as a dancer in a dance hall. That might change, though, when one of her dance partners accidentally leaves behind an unpleasant souvenir. Finally, she might get the adventure she’s been looking for all this time. Ten-year-old Ren, meanwhile, is on a mission of his own. He wants to find the finger of a former master who died and bury it with the man’s body. Ji Lin and Ren’s dangerous paths cross over in this beautiful book.
Having love can be both beautiful and dangerous. It can make us happy and angry when someone we care about doesn’t listen.
In stories, forbidden love often comes with a price. We see people die and families break up all of the time. We keep reading, though. Here are some of the books I think are good about forbidden love:
Holes and Small Steps by Louis Sachar
In both Holes and Small Steps, love is a question of race and class. These two boys are both in prison, but they come out different. As a result of reading Small Steps, Stanley finds treasure and the end of his great-great grandfather’s curse, while Theodore finds self-acceptance and freedom.
In the first story, there is forbidden love. This led to a mob burning down her schoolhouse and the richest person in town shooting Sam in his boat. Kate Barlow became a bandit because she had an affair with an African-American man, which led to both events. He still can’t be with her. Afterwards, the rich man takes her hostage after a drought wipes out his money.
During the movie Small Steps, Theodore can’t figure out what is making him fall in love with this rich, well-known singer. He doesn’t know whether it is because she doesn’t see him as a former criminal like the rest of the world does.
When she wants to see him at a concert even though he has a scalped ticket and the police try to arrest him again, his life changes.
The Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins
This is a story about war, genocide, painful politics, and plague. An apartment building in New York City falls down into a land where animals are big and sentient and people don’t like each other. Because he wants to save both his father and his mother, he joins forces with Princess Luxa. As soon as he tries to flee, Luxa smacks him on the face to show how she feels. Gregor makes sure to show that he feels the same way. They get over it.
Luxa and Gregor are attracted to each other, no matter what. He thinks Luxa is stubborn and wants to get her way sometimes, but she always has his back and he has hers. Even so, he’s a commoner and she’s a princess. Gregor won’t give up his life above ground in New York to stay in the Underland for ever. To become adults, they must grow apart.
The Uglies trilogy by Scott Westerfeld
This is a dystopia where kids stay “ugly” until they get the Pretty surgery. If they’re lucky, the Specials will take them in and help them. She has been waiting for this, but the Specials want her to find a camp of Uglies who have run away. It was there that she met David, a man who was completely different from anyone else her age.
It’s not good for Tally Youngblood to be friends with David. He’s been raised outside of Tally’s world. First, her best friend Shay has a crush on him. Because Tally did something bad in the first book, David’s mother doesn’t like her. She doesn’t like her because of that. David, on the other hand, comes through for Tally, who wonders if she can be happy with him after causing him so much pain.
The Mediator series by Meg Cabot
Suze is able to see ghosts. One happens to move into her new room after her mother gets married. At first, Suze doesn’t think there was anything wrong with having a hot ghost in her room, except for the fact that she saw one soon after moving to a new place. When Jesse saves her life several times and she saves him from a failed exorcism, things start to change.
Even though Suze and Jesse are in a relationship, another mediator says that means that Suze will have to hide their relationship from her family for the rest of her life, and they won’t have kids or live together. Suze says she doesn’t care. Another thing that makes Jesse nervous is if he holds Suze back while she hides from her dog, because animals don’t like ghosts.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
As the book talks about Starr’s childhood best friend being shot by a police officer, she dates a white boy named Chris at her private school. She doesn’t tell her father. In the past, Maverick was a drug dealer, so he doesn’t trust many white people. He also worries that he won’t be able to be there for his daughter.
It turns out that Chris is a good person, but Starr didn’t tell her father about her boyfriend at first. Finally, Chris comes through for Starr and shows that he cares about her.
The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa
Forbidden love between humans can cause a lot of trouble. Forbidden love between the fey can only get worse. after the folk took her baby brother and replaced him with a changeling, Meghan found out that she has fairy blood. She needs to enter this magical world and team up with a fey from an enemy court in order to do this. For the Winter Court, Ash needs to keep her as a prisoner, but he can’t show that he likes her.
Even if your father is the fairy king, you can’t trust fey. Meghan tries to figure out how to get back to normal life and to trust Ash, but it’s hard. Never, but she also can’t stop liking him.
The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell
Cressida doesn’t hold back in this “kids’ series” about warriors who kill wizards. As one side destroys and the other fights to stay alive, a Warrior girl with forbidden magic and a Wizard boy with no power become friends. Takes some time because the boy is an egotistical brat who accidentally lets out crazy wishes while trying to steal their power. It’s also possible that they’ll do something wrong because they are young.
For now, the backstory of the show is covered by forbidden love. Book two shows that the parents of the main characters, Enchanter Encanzo and Queen Sychorax, were once in love. As a result, they couldn’t keep it up. Sychorax was crowned queen, and she was looking for a spell to get rid of her bad feelings. That spell had a price, and Encanzo’s heart was still broken. In the movie, Xar and Wish hope they can make up for the things their parents did in the past. If Xar and Wish do fall in love, Wish’s child bodyguard is afraid that the cycle will start again.
Penryn and the End of Days Trilogy by Susan Ee
When the angels of heaven fight humans, it’s in a world that’s very bad. Penryn joins forces with a rogue angel who owes her money. She wants to get her sister back. In time, they start to have feelings for each other, even though the world tells them not to.
Penryn doesn’t believe in these kinds of things. Her eyes have been opened to the fact that groups of people have formed when angels destroy the Earth. Her mother is sick and her father is taking her to self-defense classes, but maybe there’s something better in this world than that!
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Simon isn’t supposed to be in love with the person who lives with him. During their time at Watford Academy for Mages, Baz has been plotting against him. He also thinks that Baz is a vampire, which is why he doesn’t like him very much. Magical Simon has to do what he was born to do and defeat the Humdrum!
Baz, on the other hand, is worried that his love for Simon will make his stepmother and aunt angry. He wonders if he will ever be able to act on that passion. Is there time for love in the middle of war?
The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo
SIX stories that each deal with a forbidden love of some kind are given to us, not just one. Not all of them are romantic, and some of them are just plain bad. By bargaining with the family of the hunter who killed his friends, an angry fox hopes to get back at them. A daughter tries to find the killer in her village, and a mermaid gives up her safety to help a prince become the next king.
Bardugo writes fairy tales that don’t have happy endings. A proud nobleman can’t give his daughter to the best suitor, and “best” changes when she chooses the river that helps the poorest man. A nutcracker wants to help his human mistress, but he also wants to spy on her. Any kind of love is bitter.
Serpentine by Cindy Pon
I can’t say enough good things about this book. In this story, there is a lady in waiting. She is trying to keep her lady safe while dealing with her supernatural heritage. She won me over with this one.
Lady Zhen Ni wants to start a relationship with a girl she likes. Skybright is both her confidant and her protector. If Zhen Ni’s parents find out, she can say goodbye to that love. She also has to deal with her lower half becoming a snake, which is something she doesn’t want.