2019 Round Up

Books That Disappointed Me In 2019

There were several books that I was very excited about since hearing about them and I was very disappointed by them. There were also some very hyped books that while lots of others loved, I just didn’t and as I have a lot of thoughts on some of them, some probably unpopular opinions, I thought I would share what books I didn’t enjoy as much as I thought I would.

The kingdom by Jess Rothenberg – I think this book just wasn’t for me. I can’t quite explain why I didn’t enjoy it much.

Evermore by Sara Holland – I loved Everless and so I was so excited for this but it just wasn’t as good and left me feeling a bit unsatisfied.

We Are Blood and Thunder by Kesia Lupo – This felt like any other fantasy book and I got bored halfway through.

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor – I think it’s time to admit that Laini Taylor books are just not for me. I just can’t get on with her writing style even though the story itself was quite interesting.

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson – A really hyped book that while I enjoyed I didn’t love. My favourite part of the book was Silas. If there is a Silas book I would read that.

The Paper and Hearts Society by Lucy Powrie – Another book that I was excited about that after reading a few chapters I just knew it wasn’t for me.

The Dark Days Deceit by Alison Goodman – I loved the first two books and I was so excited about seeing how it would end but the story moved so slowly and not a lot happened until the very end so I wasn’t invested in the story by the time we got to the action and the plot moved forward.

Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron – I am so sad I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I thought I would. I was so excited for it but it just took too long for the plot to move for me and I got bored. The magic system and the world was so great though!

Alex Rider: Secret Weapon by Anthony Horowitz – I love the Alex Rider books but the short stories just felt very off character for Alex at times and I just didn’t enjoy them as much.

Soul of the Sword by Julie Kagawa – I loved the first book so I was sad when I got bored halfway through this. I honestly can’t remember much of what happened in it.

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo – Look I have never been more upset over a book that has let me down. I waited for years for Nikolai book and this was not it! It felt like a Zoya book and while I adore her, I wanted more Nikolai. Also was not a fan of Nina’s story.

The Wicked King by Holly Black – I cannot get past the toxic relationship that is Jude and Carden.

The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee – Wow this book was problematic.

Once and Future by Rose Capetta & Cori McCarthy – I feel like I read a different version of this than everyone else because this book was problematic as hell and I haven’t seen anyone mention it! From the mass genocide of Arabs (and barely a paragraph of the character coming to terms with this) to the way Arabs were spoken about beforehand. I just can’t. The story itself was a mess too.

Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman – This book was boring and predicable as hell and problematic too. Why do people ignore the token diversity when the authors are white? I was thrown by some of the token diversity in Obsidio but this was…something else.

As you can tell I have been thinking about Once & Future and Aurora Rising since I read it and I have a lot of feelings about both of these books. I’m tired of the way that people of colour are portrayed in books and especially that no one says anything on the many stages of editing and beta reading and arcs and these authors just so happen to be white.

Anyways most of the books I read while there wasn’t anything particularly wrong with them just weren’t for me aside from the few problematic books I read this year.

Any books disappointed you this year?

Diverse Books, YA Books

Unleashed by Amy McCulloch – Book Review

Last year I read Jinxed by Amy McCulloch and absolutely loved it and it ended on a cliffhanger so I had been waiting for Unleashed to release ever since and the sequel did not disappoint! I loved it as much as Jinxed!

You can read my review for Jinxed here

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Rating: 4.5/5

Synopsis from Goodreads:

When Lacey Chu wakes up in a hospital room with no recollection of how she got there, she knows something is up. But with her customizable smart pet, Jinx, missing in action and Moncha, the company behind the invention of the robot pet, up to something seriously sinister, she’s got a lot of figuring out to do. Lacey must use all her engineering skills if she has a chance of stopping Moncha from carrying out their plans. But can she take on the biggest tech company in North America armed with only a level 1 robot beetle … ?

Once I started reading Unleashed I could not put it down and basically read it in two evenings. These books deserve all the love and I need everyone to go read them. It’s STEM girls saving the world, what more could you want?!

The story starts a month after the ending in Jinxed and there is a lot of mystery and intrigue because we don’t know exactly what’s happened and we are slowly given the information through Lacey trying to find out what has happened. It kept me hooked because I just needed to know what was happening and what had happened to Jinx.

This book was a little different to Jinxed because while Jinxed took place mostly in the school with the battles and classes, this book happened mostly outside of school. It gave the sense that the situation was bigger than just school, it was a community problem and could become an even bigger problem if it wasn’t dealt with.

One of my favourite things about this duology was the focus on friendships over romantic relationships and especially female friendship. Lacey and Zora are both smart, capable badass young women in their own ways. They each have their own strengths and weaknesses and they work together so well, encouraging and supporting each other. It was so great to see such a beautiful friendship. In the end it was the both of them who found out what was happening was able to put a stop to it. They did get some help from their other friends but it was two young women who saved everyone!

And lets not forget my favourite baku, Jinx! I love him so much! His sassy and sarcastic remarks and I adored his relationship with Lacey! They really looked out for each other and cared for each other. Honestly I just want my own baku like Jinx!

The ending was really great too, it wrapped up the story but also left it open in a way that we can imagine what these group of teenagers will do next. I really loved the message that the youth shouldn’t be dismissed because they’re young. They are capable of bringing about change and fighting for justice and a better world.

You should all read these books, they’re such great reads and will leave you with a lot to thing about and crying about baku’s not being real and so you can’t have one of your own.

Booksish Discussions

Books I Find Intimidating

Is there any books on your shelves that you’re putting off reading because they’re just so intimidating? Some because of their size, some because you’re not ready for the distress you will go through reading about your favourite characters suffering. Or because you’re afraid that they won’t live up to the hype. So many reasons to be put off from reading books you actually really want to read!

So I thought I would share a few that I really do need to read soon, hopefully sharing it on here will help…maybe…

So anyways here are some books that intimidate me:

1 Lord of the Rings – I absolutely adore the films and I’m worried they won’t be as good or I won’t enjoy it as much as I just don’t want to be disappointed.

2 Iron Gold – I suffered while reading the Red Rising trilogy and this book is massive so there is plenty of time for me to suffer and I’m just not ready. It also does not help that the book is so heavy and I have no idea how I can hold it to read.

3 The Book of Dust – Another book that I want to read but also I’m worried that I won’t enjoy it as much as the original trilogy

4 Priory of the Orange Tree – I did actually start reading but I got quite confused as there was a lot of information but the story was really interesting so I do want to continue reading this!

5 A Reaper at the Gates – Look I just need to know when the last book will be published because I already died waiting for this book and I can’t go through that pain again

So here is some books I’ve been putting off reading! Let me know if there’s any books you’ve been putting off reading!

Book Tag, Muslim Shelf Space

#TheLightbearers Book Tag!

Today I’m going to be doing a book tag inspired by The Light at the Bottom of the World by London Shah! This book will be out on October 29th so make sure you all go check it out and preorder!

This book tag was created by the lovely Amna over at YA Book Corner you can check out her post here

Before I share my answers, here’s what The Light at the Bottom of the World 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, hot headed 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.

The book tag is inspired by different aspects of the book so I hope it peaks your interest and makes you want to read the book even more!

So here are my answers:

1 The LIGHT book cover features the city of London. Name a book that depicts a real or fictional city on its cover – The first book that comes to mind is the Ayesha Dean books by Melati Lum. They have the cities that the book takes place in. So Istanbul and Seville are each on the covers (along with a hijabi!)

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2 Leyla McQueen is a champion submersible racer. Name a character you would like to see race against her in the London Submersible Marathon – I think Carswell Thorne would be a super competitive and make it an interesting race!

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3 Leyla ventures outside of London for the very first time in LIGHT. Name a book where you enjoyed exploring its world – The Grishaverse! I love seeing the world expand with each new book and how different parts of the world are so different yet all interesting!

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4 Leyla and Ari are reluctant companions on a long journey. Name a character you would want on an epic adventure with you – Prince Alizayd Al-Qahtani! Did anyone expect me to give anyone else as an answer?! I will follow my Zaidi to the ends of the earth.

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5 Leyla is never far from her brolly, or umbrella in LIGHT. Name a character accessory you wish you had – Ever since I read ADSoM, I have wanted Kell’s coat! It’s so cool and I can turn it inside out to get a new coat to match all my outfits! Practical and fashionable!

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6 Books from the Old World are considered valuable in LIGHT. Name a book that you hope would survive for future generations to read – Wow that’s such a difficult decision! There’s so many! But I will have to go with the Daevabad trilogy. It has wonderfully diverse rep, beautifully nuanced Muslim rep and well lets face it, I am completely in love with the books and I need everyone to read them for generations to come. (But not my copies, no one can touch those)

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So that’s all my answers! I hope enjoyed reading and if you read it then consider yourself tagged!

Book Recommendations, Favourite Book Quotes

My Favourite Quotes From My Favourite Books

Sometimes I read a line in a book that stays with me long after I have finished reading the book. It’s often a line that resonates with me deeply and I truly connect with it. So I wanted to share them with you all.

So here are my favourite quotes:

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1 I need to put some men in their place – The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty

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2 Fine. Make me your villain – Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

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3 It isn’t a choice when you don’t have the freedom to say no – Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart

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4 There was nothing more respectable and dangerous than a woman of confidence – We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal

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5 Broken isn’t the same as unfixable – Winter by Marissa Meyer

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6 At least by teaching her to read, I gave her a window to see worlds beyond ours and a chance to imagine leaving the walls of this estate and to feel free, even if it was only for a little while – Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed

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7 A kind act can sometimes be as powerful as a sword – The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

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8 As long as there is life there is hope – An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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9 While it is a truth universally acknowledged that a single Muslim man must be in want of a wife, there is a greater truth: To his Indian mother, his own inclinations are of secondary importance – Ayesha at Last

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10 When the pillar is broken, the house will fall – The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad

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11 You are strong, fierce, capable beyond measure – The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

So here are some of my favourite quotes from some of my favourite books.

Let me know what your favourite quotes are!