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5 Reasons Why You Should Read All American Muslim Girl by Nadine Jolie Courtney

All American Muslim Girl by Nadine Jolie Courtney is out today! And I highly recommend you all go buy and read it! It’s one of my favourite reads this year.

If you haven’t heard what All American Muslim Girl is about then here is the synopsis:

Allie Abraham has it all going for her—she’s a straight-A student, with good friends and a close-knit family, and she’s dating cute, popular, and sweet Wells Henderson. One problem: Wells’s father is Jack Henderson, America’s most famous conservative shock jock…and Allie hasn’t told Wells that her family is Muslim. It’s not like Allie’s religion is a secret, exactly. It’s just that her parents don’t practice and raised her to keep her Islamic heritage to herself. But as Allie witnesses ever-growing Islamophobia in her small town and across the nation, she begins to embrace her faith—studying it, practicing it, and facing hatred and misunderstanding for it. Who is Allie, if she sheds the façade of the “perfect” all-American girl? What does it mean to be a “Good Muslim?” And can a Muslim girl in America ever truly fit in?

So today I’m going to be sharing some reasons as to why you all need to read this absolutely amazing book:

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1 The nuanced Muslim rep – The Muslim rep is done so well in this book! The characters are all at different stages in their faith and they all struggle with something. They discuss so many things that most young Muslims are dealing with and it was so refreshing to see this really great rep.

2 It’s also Ownvoices rep – Which is even more amazing because we never really get to see this Muslim rep in books. When you are white passing and don’t “look” Muslim. It was really interesting to read from this point of view.

3 Great parent relationship – Allie has a really great relationship with her parents and they are present throughout her story and actually play a big part. It’s rare to see great rep for parents. She like other teens has things which she feels hesitant to discuss with them but they are actually pretty understanding.

4 It challenges stereotypes and deals with difficult issues – From what it means to be Muslim today to what a Muslim “looks like” and Islamophobia and racism. It discusses all these and more. There’s discussions on women in Islam and how Islam is not monolith and Muslims are all different just like the rest of the world.

5 The wonderful female friendships – I love books that show great female friendships! Women empowering women is all I want to see in books especially as most seem to focus on how women hate each other. Allie makes some really great friends who help and support her without judgement. Dua especially becomes a really great friend.

So there’s 5 reasons why you should read All American Muslim Girl! I could go on forever because I loved this book so much. I will have my review of the book up in a few days so keep an eye out for that!

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5 Reasons Why You Should Read The Light at the Bottom of the World By London Shah

Today is my day for The Light at the Bottom of the World blog tour. Today I am going to be sharing some reasons as to why you all need to go read this book!

Trust me, you all need to read it! I read it recently and I absolutely loved it! My full review will be up soon.

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Before I share why you should read it, let me share what this book is about:

At the end of the twenty-first century, the world has changed dramatically, but life continues one thousand feet below the ocean’s surface. In Great Britain, sea creatures swim among the ruins of Big Ben and the Tower of London, and citizens waver between fear and hope; fear of what lurks in the abyss, and hope that humanity will soon discover a way to reclaim the Earth.
Meanwhile, sixteen-year-old Leyla McQueen has her own problems to deal with. Her father’s been arrested, accused of taking advantage of victims of the Seasickness-a debilitating malaise that consumes people,often claiming their lives. But Leyla knows he’s innocent, and all she’s interested in is getting him back so that their lives can return to normal.
When she’s picked to race in the action-packed London Submersible Marathon, Leyla gets the chance to secure his freedom; the Prime Minister promises the champion whatever their heart desires. The race takes an unexpected turn, though, and presents her with an opportunity she never wanted: Leyla must venture outside of London for the first time in her life, to find and rescue her father herself.
Now, she’ll have to brave the unfathomable waters and defy a corrupt government determined to keep its secrets, all the while dealing with a secretive, hotheaded companion she never asked for in the first place. If she fails, or falls prey to her own fears, she risks capture–and her father might be lost forever.

So, why should you read it, I hear you ask…well here’s some reasons why:

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1 It’s a diverse ownvoices book – The main character is a British Muslim of Afghan heritage, which is the same as the author, London. The whole book is full of diverse characters and I loved seeing that and it was completely normal. I especially loved how despite everyone has to live underwater the communities remain diverse.

2 The incredible worldbuilding – Look, I hate going in open water but reading this book I just wanted to go exploring! The world is incredibly detailed and unique as our cities are all underwater. I could imagine everything and it felt like I was right there with Leyla. The places that Leyla travels to, SO BEAUTIFUL.

3 The intrigue, mystery and plot twists – I did not see those plot twists coming! I was shaken at the revelations, yet the foreshadowing was there, I knew something was up but I still did not expect that! There is so much intrigue and mystery as Leyla learns new things so do we and it just made the story more intense and unputdownable!

4 About family and hope – This book centres around family and love and the hope that they give each other. It was lovely to see that the MC has a wonderful relationship with her dad. We need more books with great parent relationships!

5 Enemies to lovers – I love me a good enemies to lovers trope! I love the constant bickering and banter and the fact that OBVIOUSLY like each other but won’t admit it! It’s done SO WELL here.

So here are 5 reasons why you should read The Light at the Bottom of the World by London Shah.

It’s releasing tomorrow so make sure you go and pick up a copy!

Blog Tours/Street Teams, Books by Muslim Authors, Diverse Books, Middle Grade Books, Muslim Shelf Space

Ayesha Dean – The Seville Secret by Melati Lum – ARC Review

Thank you to Melati Lum for sending me an eARC of her book in exchange for an honest review.
I am super excited to be part of this blog tour as I loved the first Ayesha Dean book and I can’t wait to read more of her adventures in the future! You can also read my review of the first book here

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Rating: 4/5

Synopsis:

Ayesha, Sara & Jess are back in an exciting new adventure, and this time they’re off to Spain! When a fellow passenger’s beloved grandpa strangely disappears, Ayesha and her friends gladly join in the search for the missing person. But as Ayesha delves further into the mystery, the more sinister the stakes become! Ayesha finds a link between the missing person and a seventeenth-century diary that contains clues to an ancient mystery. However, each step closer to discovery seems to pose greater chances of peril. Can Ayesha uncover the truth without putting herself and her friends in mortal danger?

This is the second book in the Ayesha Dean mystery series and I really loved this book even more than the first! I loved seeing how Ayesha, Sara and Jess develop from the first book and we got to see more of their interactions both while they’re solving the mystery and just hanging out together. I also loved this mystery even more than the Istanbul Intrigue. Spain is a place I have wanted to visit for a long time, especially to see the Islamic history there and this book has made me long for it even more!

This story is steeped in the Islamic history of Spain and I loved how Melati wove this history into the mystery that Ayesha and her friends need to solve. I can tell that it has been well researched. Even the way modern day Spain is described in the books. It’s so vivid from the tourist spots to the food and culture and everything, like her first book, was so well researched that all I wanted to do was drop everything and go and visit the places and eat the food!

I also loved that in this book we get to see more of Sara and Jess and their backgrounds. It made them more distinct and well rounded as characters outside of being Ayesha’s friends. It was so nice to see a group of girls who are such great friends and support and love each other yet still make jokes and have fun together.

I also want to mention Ayesha’s uncle, Dave, he is such a wonderful character and although we don’t see much of him, what we do see shows that Ayesha has a beautiful, loving relationship with him. In YA it’s not often we get to see parental figures having a great relationship with the protagonist.

The story itself was so interesting and intriguing that I didn’t want to put the book down and was reading well into the night. It was also much more darker at times than The Istanbul Intrigue which I liked seeing as solving a mystery, especially one which involves a missing person, can lead to dark secrets.

One of the things I love about these books is the way Ayesha’s faith in seamlessly woven into the story. She wears a hijab and prays and her faith is important to her yet she is just your average teenage girl who wants to be work in the police force and become a detective. It makes Muslim women “normal” rather than shown as “other” and I am so thankful for that.

Although this book is part of a series each book has it’s own complete arc so while the adventures build on each other they are completely separate stories and separate mysteries that Ayesha solves.

I highly recommend picking up this book especially if you enjoy mystery/detective books. And make sure you go check out the other posts on this blog tour!

Ayesha Dean – The Seville Secret releases today!

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Tied To Deceit By Neeha H. Brar – Digital Reads Blog Tour

Hey booknerds! So I’m part of Digital Reads Blog Tour and this time we bring you Tied To Deceit by Neeha H. Brar.

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So here’s the synopsis:

On a drizzly August morning, the inhabitants of the hill town of Sanover, Himachal Pradesh, wake up to the shocking news of the murder of the exquisite, secretive, malicious, and thoroughly immoral Devika Singh.
As Superintendent of Police Vishwanath Sharma begins to sift through the hidden secrets of Devika Singh’s life, it becomes evident that everyone who knew her seems to have a clear-cut motive for killing her.
Faced with the investigation of a crime that appears to have as many suspects as there are motives, Vishwanath Sharma probes the sinister web spun around a tangle of lies and deception.

Read on for a short excerpt:

Dr. Rajinder Bhardwaj, the owner and the head physician at Lifeline Hospital, Sanover, had showered after his brisk morning walk and joined his wife for an early morning tea. Gayatri Bhardwaj sat with her second cup of ginger tea on her favourite old, worn, woven chair on the verandah which overlooked their front garden: a tapestry of blooming carnations, marigolds, roses, and chrysanthemums. She longed for a clear, bright day and the dazzling blue sky of summer.

It was her favourite spot to sit in the mornings; a place from where she could witness the brilliant dawn streaking half of the sky coral; raindrops soaking everything wet during the monsoon; specks of silvery snow falling from the sky during winter. She could take in everything from the serene mountain peaks and the forest to their house—its roof, windowpanes, and the pebbled driveway that snaked its way criss-cross toward the outside big iron gate. She would sit there until Dr. Bhardwaj joined her after his daily ritual of a brisk morning walk.

They had done this for years despite the changing seasons and the changing equation of their marital relationship. They had spent endless mornings of their initial married years there, when their hearts were still giddy with the feeling of young love, and they would talk about everything and nothing. She’d been a bride at barely twenty, young and naive. He’d been ten years her senior, already on the way to establishing himself as a successful physician, the younger son of a landlord aristocratic family with old wealth. He had swept her off her feet then, and was all charm and charisma but then the magic slowly diminished and finally died due to his secret betrayals over time. Thousands of little resentments had replaced the early warmth. But their hearts, although heavy with bitterness and anger at the failed expectations, had gotten used to the solace of each other’s company that often comes with years of living together, and they never stopped performing this morning ritual of their married life.

Praise for Tied to Deceit:

“A remarkable whodunit that’s as sharp as it is concise. Brar enhances her taut murder mystery with an engaging setting that effectively incorporates the local culture. The smart, believable denouement will have readers looking forward to Brar’s next endeavour.”
-Kirkus Reviews
“A literary mystery saga that includes far more depth and psychological and cultural insights than your typical murder mystery’s scenario.”
-D. Donovan, Midwest Book Review

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Neena H. Brar lives in Edmonton, Canada with her husband, two children, a highly energetic German Shepherd, and a lifetime collection of her favourite books.
A hermit at heart, she’s a permissive mother, a reluctant housekeeper, a superb cook, and a hard-core reader.
Tied to Deceit is her debut novel.

For more information and social media:

Website: http://neenabrar.com

Instagram: @bookaddictnwriter

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NeenaHBrar/

Links to buy the book:

Amazon India: https://www.amazon.in/Tied-Deceit-Neena-H-Brar-ebook/dp/B07CZSVFX7/

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tied-Deceit-Neena-H-Brar-ebook/dp/B07CZSVFX7/

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Tied-Deceit-Neena-H-Brar/dp/1775158039/

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tied-to-deceit-neena-h-brar/1128485082?ean=9781775158028

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/tied-to-deceit

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Monthly Wrap Up

July Monthly Wrap Up

This month has been crazy busy for me but it still felt like it dragged forever! But the end of July has finally come so it’s time for another wrap up. This month I read 10 books including two rereads via audiobook. I’ve come to really love doing rereads via audiobook!

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So the books I read this month are:

Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart – I absolutely loved this book! It’s definitely one of my top reads this year! I have full spoiler free review you can read here

Rating: 5/5

Frostblood by Elle Blake – I’ve had this book for a long time and finally got round to reading it and I really enjoyed it! Looking forward to continuing this series.

Rating: 4/5

A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza – This book was such a heartwarming and heartbreaking read. I loved it and I was a crying mess by the end. Keep tissues handy for this read!

Rating: 4.5/5

Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin – A modern Pride and Prejudice retelling with Muslim characters? This book has fast become an all time favourite! To say I loved it is an understatement! You can read my full spoiler free review here

Rating: 5/5

The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill – So I liked this book but didn’t love it. It wasn’t quite what I was expecting I guess.

Rating: 3/5

Floored – This is written by seven different UKYA authors! And I really loved it! It’s not what I was expecting but still a great read! You can read my full spoiler free review here

Rating: 4/5

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling – a reread via audiobook and I just loved being back in this world!

Rating: 5/5

Arcacia by T.A. Barua – This was a debut book I read as part of a blog tour and it’s a nice magical story about family and friends and coming of age. You can read my review here

Rating:3/5

The Ducktrinors by Papatia Feauxzar – This is a great Islamic sci-fi book. It has a great cast of muslim characters and I really enjoyed it.

Rating:4/5

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer – Another reread via audiobook and I enjoyed it even more the second time! I love being back in this world!

Rating: 5/5

So it had a really great reading month despite being so busy and it causing me to end up in a reading slump. My top two reads were Grace and Fury and Ayesha at Last! Honestly guys they’re such amazing books! Go read them!

I also attend some book events this month. The first one was the Northern YA Lit Festival which I loved and got to meet some amazing authors and bloggers!

I also attended book event at Waterstones where Christina Henry and Sarah Maria Griffin came to talk about their books The Mermaid and Spare and Found Parts.

I also wrote a review for The City of Brass which I read last month and absolutely loved! And you can read my spoiler free review here

So that’s all from me for this month! How was your reading month? What was your favourite book you read?