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  • Misfits In Love - S. K. Ali (BLOG TOUR)

    ** I received an e-Arc of "Misfits In Love" by S. K. Ali from the publisher for the book tour conducted by Hear Our Own Voices. All reviews are my own and unbiased.** Trigger Warnings: Sexual assault, Islamaphobia, Micro-aggressions, Posting pictures of MC without hijab without consent. About the book: In this fun and fresh sequel to Saints and Misfits, Janna hopes her brother’s wedding will be the perfect start to her own summer of love, but attractive new arrivals have her more confused than ever. Janna Yusuf is so excited for the weekend: her brother Muhammad’s getting married, and she’s reuniting with her mom, whom she’s missed the whole summer. And Nuah’s arriving for the weekend too. Sweet, constant Nuah. The last time she saw him, Janna wasn’t ready to reciprocate his feelings for her. But things are different now. She’s finished high school, ready for college…and ready for Nuah. It’s time for Janna’s (carefully planned) summer of love to begin—starting right at the wedding. But it wouldn’t be a wedding if everything went according to plan. Muhammad’s party choices aren’t in line with his fiancée’s taste at all, Janna’s dad is acting strange, and her mom is spending more time with an old friend (and maybe love interest?) than Janna. And Nuah’s treating her differently. Just when things couldn’t get more complicated, two newcomers—the dreamy Haytham and brooding Layth—have Janna more confused than ever about what her misfit heart really wants. Janna’s summer of love is turning out to be super crowded and painfully unpredictable. Review: Let me preface the review by saying that you *need* to read the first book (Saints and Misfits) to better understand what's happening and what's going on with the characters, and to connect more with them throughout. This book took me through a roller coaster of emotions, all in the span of a week. Pretty fast-paced, though realistic, as if happening in our real world. The epitome of the ride being: Muhammad's and Janna's relation and their banter, and their love. That was truly to die for. Also, *A BIG FAT MUSLIM WEDDING*! How awesome is that?! The environment setup was done wonderfully, and I must say it was pretty accurately described. I may not be Muslim myself, but I know many wonderful people who are (my BFF being one of them. Hi Sofia!), and I can say that Janna's inner dialogues and struggles were relatable and real. Them being described so effortlessly, yet being given so much importance, I was truly in awe of the writing style. I was afraid it might lead to a big love triangle, but thankfully, it turned out to be much more than that - much deeper, and heartfelt issues were dealt with. It deals with a lot of heavy and important issues as well, one of them being discrimination within the community, which was again dealt with heavily in the first book as well. I love how the struggle between Sarah and Muhammed was portrayed (and I must tell you, that struggle is real!) and how it began and where it led, I found it to be a satisfactory arc. This was an important discussion as well, I think equally as important as all the other topics dealt with throughout the book. Favorite Quotes: Which means there are rules - but the rules will still lead us to being together. Come on! If you don't think this is utterly romantic, I don't even know what to say! It's racism - actually it's anti-blackness, since all the other cultures seem okay to you. True Janna, so true! I flip back around quietly and close my eyes and close myself so I don't think about what it feels like to cry so much so quietly. This just broke my heart. Wear a pretty dress, wear a glazed gaze, lock up my heart, and get this wedding done. Yass, queen! Let there be all kinds of love. And taking first steps. And changing my world. Yes, my love, YES! Rating: 3.5 / 5 Recommendation Level: Waning Gibbous That's all for today, besties. Don't forget to show some love to all the other wonderful bloggers and bookstagrammers on the tour. XOXO, Abby

  • Off The Record - Camryn Garrett (BLOG TOUR)

    ** I received an e-Arc of "Off The Record" by Camry Garrett from Knopf Books for Young Readers for the TBR and Beyond Tours. All reviews are my own and unbiased.** Trigger Warnings: Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment, Anxiety About the book: The behind-the-scenes access of Almost Famous meets the searing revelations of #metoo in this story of a teen journalist who uncovers the scandal of the decade. Ever since seventeen-year-old Josie Wright can remember, writing has been her identity, the thing that grounds her when everything else is a garbage fire. So when she wins a contest to write a celebrity profile for Deep Focus magazine, she’s equal parts excited and scared, but also ready. She’s got this. Soon Josie is jetting off on a multi-city tour, rubbing elbows with sparkly celebrities, frenetic handlers, stone-faced producers, and eccentric stylists. She even finds herself catching feelings for the subject of her profile, dazzling young newcomer Marius Canet. Josie’s world is expanding so rapidly, she doesn’t know whether she’s flying or falling. But when a young actress lets her in on a terrible secret, the answer is clear: she’s in over her head. One woman’s account leads to another and another. Josie wants to expose the man responsible, but she’s reluctant to speak up, unsure if this is her story to tell. What if she lets down the women who have entrusted her with their stories? What if this ends her writing career before it even begins? There are so many reasons not to go ahead, but if Josie doesn’t step up, who will? From the author of Full Disclosure, this is a moving testament to the #MeToo movement, and all the ways women stand up for each other. Get the book from: Goodreads Amazon Barnes and Noble Book Depository Indigo IndieBound Review: First of all, this was one of my anticipated releases of the year. I read "Full Disclosure" last year and it floored me and I absolutely loved it! Now, getting into the book itself: I'm still in a hangover for how beautifully haunting yet hopeful this book is. The writing is a little bit of mixed media, and I love how each chapter starts with a relatable tweet from our protagonist Josie. (P.S. Some of them are now on my inspirational board)! The plot very easily flows through different stages of Josie's journey seamlessly. From her introducing herself, to winning the contest, to falling for Marius, to discovering the dark truth behind it all. It all seems so natural, something that could happen to anyone, yet it feels so surreal. Not once did any of the transitions feel jumpy or forced, and I really liked that. It was like watching it unfold with my own two eyes as it's unfolding as if I'm living through Josie and that was AMAZING! The author's subtle commentary on dealing with being chubby through Josie's thought hit close to home for me and I could relate to everything she said. Her take on anxiety was really well done, capturing the moments and struggle: so realistic, yet picture-perfect. The moments when panic attacks hit her were described really well, and the distinction between how it feels inside and how it looks outside was done really well. I loved the fact that Josie, with all her past trauma and anxiety, handled it so well and never once stayed down when she fell. The whole story was put together very well, the pacing was excellent and I loved the sister-banter, it all feels too real to me (and that's super awesome!). Some major reasons that I would recommend this book to the end and beyond: Bad-ass black lead, curvy and dealing with anxiety and still living it up with all she has and more. Discussion about many important topics through and through, the book starting with an article about movies and black suffering. An accurate rep for all the bigger girls out there (me included, and I LOVED how it was done). The sister banter was to die for. Proof of how powerful #MeToo can be when victims unite and stick to their truth. I lived for Josie's interviews and her questions because they were really thought-provoking and interesting. (I think investigative journalism is really my thing) Bisexual rep, normalized and yet celebrated and discussed. Self-love is a big part of the book and its importance is well portrayed. MARIUS Overall, I really loved the book though the ending did throw me off a little, but not enough to stop me from raving about this book for ages to come now! (Scroll till the end for the rating, although it is quite obvious what's it gonna be. Right? Right.) Favorite Quotes: Here are some of my favorite quotes and /or dialogues from the books: "Do you ever look back on things that happen to you and realize they weren't okay and then, like, have an existential crisis?" Like, uh, all the time? "I can't stop looking at him. This isn't how getting rid of crushes works. If anything, this is the hardest I've ever fallen." Oh yeah, that does feel heavenly when you just know. "She's always been like this; bonding with people after a three-minute conversation, while I struggle to even keep a conversation going for three minutes, I kind of hate her for it." Same, sis, SAME. I can barely hold a conversation going for a minute before I become over conscious of everything snd hope I was at home just not socializing ever. "Since I'm fat, I should probably take whatever I can get, but I don't want to date a jerk who thinks racism is over or who doesn't read." Oh yeah, absolutely. No one should ever settle for someone not good enough for them and their soul. "I can accept whatever happened with MLK and Frederick Douglass because they were freedom fighters. They did so much good that I can deal with the bad. But I don't know if I can do the same with someone like Woody Allen. And why should I? MLK was MLK. Woody Allen only makes movies with white people in them." LMAO. About the author: Camryn Garrett was born and raised in New York. In 2019, she was named one of Teen Vogue’s 21 Under 21 and a Glamour College Woman of the Year. Her first novel, Full Disclosure, received rave reviews from outlets such as Entertainment Weekly, the Today Show, and The Guardian, which called a “warm, funny and thoughtfully sex-positive, an impressive debut from a writer still in her teens.” Her second novel, Off the Record, will be released on May 18, 2021. Camryn is also interested in film and is a student at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Author Links: Website Twitter Instagram Goodreads Tour Schedule: Today was my stop for the book tour arranged by TBR and Beyond Books. Please do go check all these wonderful bloggers' posts and show some love! https://tbrandbeyondtours.com/2021/03/29/tour-schedule-off-the-record-by-camryn-garrett/ Rating: 5/5 Recommendation Level: Full Moon That's all for today, besties. Don't forget to show some love to all the other wonderful bloggers and bookstagrammers on the tour. XOXO, Abby

  • REC: Summer Reads

    Hello, my bibliolaters (don't be lazy, Google it)! Summer is coming up fast (maybe it's here already?) and by the looks of it, we're gonna stay inside this year as well. And since we all have that pile of books staring at us hard, it would be a good thing to tackle some of them, right? Here's a list of some summery reads to help you (and me) out with what to read next, so have fun, and recommend me some awesome books in the comment as well. 1. Beach Read - Emily Henry This book is as summery as it gets: two writers, their writing style and genres completely different, move into cottages next to each other (on a beach). Both of them are dealing with writer's block, so they decide to try each others' genre...and things get interesting. 2. The Proposal - Jasmine Guillory So, Nikole's boyfriend of 5 months just proposed to her in front of thousands of people, and she said no (more power to her!), and that disappointed the whole crowd. Enter our knight in shining armor, Carlos, who rescues her from the crowd, and together they embark on a journey filled with fun, food, and sex. Doesn't that sound like a perfect love story? 3. Circe - Madelline Miller Okay, enough with romance (not a promise, though), it's time for Greek Gods and Goddesses now. Circe, born a witch, was shunned by Zeus (her father) and all other Gods and Goddesses and banished to a deserted island with nothing on it. This book has a unique take on Circe's story, quite different from what's traditionally told. This book has some interesting commentary on a lot of important things, but the Greek God element screams summer! 4. The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry - Gabrielle Zevin This book is a must for us book lovers. AJ has a bookshop, and its sales are the worst, and he has lost his wife, and he seems to be distancing himself from the whole of Alice Island. But then a mysterious package arrives and everything changes. The whole story is filled with love, hope, and heartwarming fuzzy feelings - feelings that scream summer to me, so warm and so bright. Just dive in knowing nothing about it and enjoy the ride! 5. Bunny - Mona Awad Okay, this is a strange one, seriously! Mean girl groups, a little bit of weird magical elements, "Smut Salons" (don't even ask), and so much more. Join these college students as they navigate through it all, and don't ask any questions till you pick this book up! That's all for today, my loves. I know this is quite short but don't we all have enough books on our TBR glaring daggers at us already? Till next time. XOXO, Abby

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