The Million Pieces of Neena Gill by Emma Smith-Barton

40723760Genre: YA Contemporary
Pages: 336
Publisher: Penguin
Source: Netgalley
Format: E-book
Rating: 4 stars
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Blurb:

How can I hold myself together, when everything around me is falling apart? 

Neena’s always been a good girl – great grades, parent-approved friends and absolutely no boyfriends. But ever since her brother Akash left her, she’s been slowly falling apart – and uncovering a new version of herself who is freer, but altogether more dangerous.

As her wild behaviour spirals more and more out of control, Neena’s grip on her sanity begins to weaken too. And when her parents announce not one but two life-changing bombshells, she finally reaches breaking point.

But as Neena is about to discover, when your life falls apart, only love can piece you back together.

Muslim Book Recommendations | #RamadanReadathon

Today, I thought I would bring you a list of some of my favourite books by Muslim authors as it is the month of Ramadan and Nadia at Headscarves and Hardbacks is running the #RamadanReadathon which I am participating in. If you want a more extensive list of recommendations, definitely check out her blog because she has put so much effort into recommending Muslim books to everyone. When I sat down to make this list of my favourite books by Muslim authors, I knew it would be quite short because I find that a lot of them fall into stereotypes however this list is longer than I thought it would be. That might be because four of the six books that I am recommending today are ones that I read this year. However, let’s dive further into my list of recommendations.

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Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett

43260849Genre: YA Contemporary
Pages:  432
Publisher: Simon and Schuester UK
Source: Publisher
Format: Finished copy
Rating: 4 stars
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Raised in isolation and home-schooled by her strict grandparents, the only experience Birdie has had of the outside world is through her favourite crime books.

But everything changes when she takes a summer job working the night shift at a historic Seattle hotel. There she meets Daniel Aoki, the hotel’s charismatic driver, and together they stumble upon a real-life mystery: a famous reclusive writer—never before seen in public—is secretly meeting someone at the hotel.

To uncover the writer’s puzzling identity, Birdie must come out of her shell, and in doing so, realize that the most confounding mystery of all may just be her growing feelings for Daniel.

Summer 2019 TBR

My second of uni has officially ended (well lectures at least but my final assignment is due on the 16th May) and I plan on reading a lot this summer. I’m hoping to read a lot of books that I already own but there are number of books releasing this summer that I am excited about. So I thought I would let you know today what books I hope to read this summer. These are very ambitious plans but my reading game has been great this year so it might happen. These books are on top of my #RamadanReadathon TBR which I have already posted in a separate blog post so go check that out to see other books that I am reading.

#RamadanReadathon 2019

In case you weren’t aware, Ramadan has just started this year and I rely on reading during this time to make the time go faster. This year, I am planning on participating in the Ramadan Readathon run by Headscarves and Hardbacks and I think I might have the right books to complete the Hajj pilar. However, I gathered up all of the books by Muslim authors that I have on my physical TBR and I want to get through them all during Ramadan this year and I think they all fit the briefs.

April Wrap Up

April is over! And with the end of April comes the end of my second year of university (I still have a few assignments due but no more lectures). I was in deadline hell this month but I still managed to find time to read which surprised me. I wasn’t expecting to read as much as I did and I am loving how good I am getting at managing my time effectively this year. Anyway, let’s go on to tell you more about the books I read and the films I watched this month.

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My So Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma

43712792Genre: YA Contemporary
Pages: 320
Publisher: Stripes
Source: Publisher
Format: Paperback
Rating: 5 stars
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Blurb:

Bollywood film fanatic Winnie has grown up believing the future is written in the stars. Her family’s pandit predicted she would find the love of her life before her eighteenth birthday. So when her relationship with Raj collapses, despite him meeting all the criteria, Winnie is lost. This is not how her perfect ending is scripted.
Then fellow film geek Dev challenges Winnie to look beyond her horoscope: is taking the future into her own hands the way to find her happily ever after? To get the perfect ending, Winnie will need a little bit of help from fate, family and, of course, a Bollywood movie star.
A fate-filled debut sure to dazzle fans of Stephanie Perkins, Maureen Johnson and Sandhya Menon.

The Paper and Hearts Society by Lucy Powrie

40853731Genre: YA Contemporary
Pages: 400
Publisher: Hodder
Source: Publisher
Format: Proof
Rating: 5 stars
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Tabby Brown is tired of trying to fit in. She doesn’t want to go to parties – in fact, she would much rather snuggle up on the sofa with her favourite book.

It’s like she hasn’t found her people …

Then Tabby joins a club that promises to celebrate books. What could go wrong? EVERYTHING – especially when making new friends brings out an AWKWARD BUZZING feeling all over her body.

But Olivia, Cassie, Henry and Ed have something that makes Tabby come back. Maybe it’s the Austen-themed fancy-dress parties, or Ed’s fluffy cat Mrs Simpkins, or could it be Henry himself …

Can Tabby let her weird out AND live THE BEST BOOKISH LIFE POSSIBLE?

All The Things We Never Said by Yasmin Rahman

40083585Genre: YA Contemporary
Pages: 448
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Source: Publisher
Format: Proof
Rating: 5 stars
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Blurb:

16-year-old Mehreen Miah’s anxiety and depression, or ‘Chaos’, as she calls it, has taken over her life, to the point where she can’t bear it any more. So she joins MementoMori, a website that matches people with partners and allocates them a date and method of death, ‘the pact’. Mehreen is paired with Cara Saunders and Olivia Castleton, two strangers dealing with their own serious issues.

As they secretly meet over the coming days, Mehreen develops a strong bond with Cara and Olivia, the only people who seem to understand what she’s going through. But ironically, the thing that brought them together to commit suicide has also created a mutually supportive friendship that makes them realise that, with the right help, life is worth living. It’s not long before all three want out of the pact. But in a terrifying twist of fate, the website won’t let them stop, and an increasingly sinister game begins, with MementoMori playing the girls off against each other.

A pact is a pact, after all.

In this powerful debut written in three points of view, Yasmin Rahman has created a moving, poignant novel celebrating life. ALL THE THINGS WE NEVER SAID is about friendship, strength and survival.

The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu

30295312Genre: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 345
Publisher: Simon and Schuester
Source: Publisher
Format: Hardback
Rating: 5 stars
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All Magnus Bane wanted was a vacation—a lavish trip across Europe with Alec Lightwood, the Shadowhunter who against all odds is finally his boyfriend. But as soon as the pair settles in Paris, an old friend arrives with news about a demon-worshipping cult called the Crimson Hand that is bent on causing chaos around the world. A cult that was apparently founded by Magnus himself. Years ago. As a joke.

Now Magnus and Alec must race across Europe to track down the Crimson Hand and its elusive new leader before the cult can cause any more damage. As if it wasn’t bad enough that their romantic getaway has been sidetracked, demons are now dogging their every step, and it is becoming harder to tell friend from foe. As their quest for answers becomes increasingly dire, Magnus and Alec will have to trust each other more than ever—even if it means revealing the secrets they’ve both been keeping.