The Everlasting Rose by Dhonielle Clayton

39080472Genre: YA Fantasy
Pages:  352
Publisher: Gollancz
Source: Publisher
Format: Paperback
Rating: 4 stars
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In this sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller, Camille, her sister Edel, and her guard and new love Remy must race against time to find Princess Charlotte. Sophia’s Imperial forces will stop at nothing to keep the rebels from returning Charlotte to the castle and her rightful place as queen. With the help of an underground resistance movement called The Iron Ladies-a society that rejects beauty treatments entirely-and the backing of alternative newspaper The Spider’s Web, Camille uses her powers, her connections and her cunning to outwit her greatest nemesis, Sophia, and restore peace to Orleans.

Song of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury

42740905Genre: YA Fantasy
Pages: 370
Publisher: Scholastic
Source: Publisher
Format: Paperback
Rating: 5 stars
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Sequel to STATE OF SORROW by best-selling fantasy author Melinda Salisbury.

Sorrow Ventaxis has won the election, and in the process lost everything…

Governing under the sinister control of Vespus Corrigan, and isolated from her friends, Sorrow must to find a way to free herself from his web and save her people. But Vespus has no plans to let her go, and he isn’t the only enemy Sorrow faces as the curse of her name threatens to destroy her and everything she’s fought for.

February Wrap Up

It’s the end of the month which means it is time for another wrap up. I read A LOT this month, only slightly less than I did in January which is wild because I had university work and also it’s a shorter month but I’m proud of myself. Let’s go through all of the books I read this month and the few movies I watched.

The Quiet At The End of The World by Lauren James

32716442Genre: YA Science Fiction
Pages: 334
Publisher: Walker Books
Source: Publisher
Format: Paperback
Rating: 5 stars
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How far would you go to save those you love?

Lowrie and Shen are the youngest people on the planet after a virus caused global infertility. Closeted in a pocket of London and doted upon by a small, ageing community, the pair spend their days mudlarking for artefacts from history and looking for treasure in their once-opulent mansion.

Their idyllic life is torn apart when a secret is uncovered that threatens not only their family but humanity’s entire existence. Lowrie and Shen face an impossible choice: in the quiet at the end of the world, they must decide who to save and who to sacrifice . . . 

It’s Not About The Burqa edited by Mariam Khan

41155465Genre: Non- Fiction
Pages: 272
Publisher: Picador
Source: Publisher
Format: Finished Copy
Rating: 5 stars
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When was the last time you heard a Muslim woman speak for herself without a filter?
In 2016, Mariam Khan read that David Cameron had linked the radicalization of Muslim men to the ‘traditional submissiveness’ of Muslim women. Mariam felt pretty sure she didn’t know a single Muslim woman who would describe herself that way. Why was she hearing about Muslim women from people who were neither Muslim, nor female?
Years later the state of the national discourse has deteriorated even further, and Muslim women’s voices are still pushed to the fringes – the figures leading the discussion are white and male.
Taking one of the most politicized and misused words associated with Muslim women and Islamophobia, It’s Not About the Burqa is poised to change all that. Here are voices you won’t see represented in the national news headlines: seventeen Muslim women speaking frankly about the hijab and wavering faith, about love and divorce, about feminism, queer identity, sex, and the twin threats of a disapproving community and a racist country. Funny, warm, sometimes sad, and often angry, each of these essays is a passionate declaration, and each essay is calling time on the oppression, the lazy stereotyping, the misogyny and the Islamophobia.
What does it mean, exactly, to be a Muslim woman in the West today? According to the media, it’s all about the burqa.
Here’s what it’s really about.

February 2019 TBR

I can’t believe I am actually making a monthly TBR. I never do monthly TBRs but I did one in January (that was just written out on my phone) and I read every single book on there and I was so proud of myself so this is my tentative February TBR. I had more time to read in January than I do in February so this is just a TBR for the books that I plan to read soon, whether it’s in February or goes into March.

January 2019

This year, I am determined to blog more. So therefore, I am bringing back my monthly wrap ups. I used to love doing these but I began to include certain categories every month which started freaking me out because whenever I would have a month where I didn’t read a book or watch a movie, it would irritate me because I would have an empty section. But I’ve decided to bring them back but with less structure. Every month, I will wrap up the books that I’ve read and probably the movies that I watch too. If I ever have anything else to add, then I will too. It’s going to be whatever I want it to be and I’m okay with that. But anyway, let’s look at what I got up to in January this year.

Proud Review

41553972Genre: YA Contemporary
Pages: 320
Publisher: Stripes Publishing
Source: Publisher
Format: E-book
Rating: 5 stars
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A stirring, bold and moving anthology of stories and poetry by top LGBTQ+ YA authors and new talent, giving their unique responses to the broad theme of pride. Each story has an illustration by an artist identifying as part of the LGBTQ+ community. Compiled by Juno Dawson, author of THIS BOOK IS GAY and CLEAN.

A celebration of LGBTQ+ talent, PROUD is a thought-provoking, funny, emotional read.

Contributors: Steve Antony, Dean Atta, Kate Alizadeh, Fox Benwell, Alex Bertie, Caroline Bird, Fatti Burke, Tanya Byrne, Moïra Fowley-Doyle, Frank Duffy, Simon James Green, Leo Greenfield, Saffa Khan, Karen Lawler, David Levithan, Priyanka Meenakshi, Alice Oseman, Michael Lee Richardson, David Roberts, Cynthia So, Kay Staples, Jessica Vallance, Kristen Van Dam and Kameron White.

Following A CHANGE IS GONNA COME, winner of the YA BOOK PRIZE SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 2018

Planned 2019 Re-Reads

2018 was the year of re-reads for me. I stopped focusing on only reading new books and decided to pick up some of my favourite books again. I loved it. Therefore, I plan on continuing this trend in 2019. Today, I’m going to be discussing with you some of my planned re-reads in 2019.

Top 18 Books of 2018

So it’s the end of the year which means it’s time for the end of the year posts. I love writing these kinda posts. This year, there are going to be less than normal. At the moment, I am planning on only doing 3 in total and they’re all going to be book related as it has not been a good year for movies for me – especially Bollywood movies. But anyway, it’s time to talk about my top 18 books of 2018. As always, it was a hard list to make. I re-read a lot this year so none of those books are counted on this.