Book Review: Hana Khan Carries On by Uzma Jalauddin

Book Review: Hana Khan Carries On by Uzma Jalauddin

So, I got this book through Readers First, and I’m glad that I did. I wasn’t sure what I was going to think about this book, but it seemed kind of fun. And Muslim chick-lit is definitely something I’d like to read a bit more of, so this seemed like the perfect book to spend my points on. In the end, I did enjoy it quite a lot, and I’m happy to recommend it.

Hana Khan works in her family-run halal restaurant. But after fifteen years, it’s on its last legs. When a flashy new halal restaurant is going to open across the block, Hana is scared that her family will lose it all. She decides to fight for it, even if it means doing things she’s not proud of. The handsome owner is just as willing to fight back, and Hana only really has her anonymously run podcast to shout about it on.

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The Teenage Reader

Hi, my name is Rosina. I’m 28, and I’ve been reading pretty much all my life. But it seriously helped me survive through my teen years.

This post might seem random and out of the blue. But I just finished What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter. And after reading it and some of the reviews? I just have some things I want to say.

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Book Review: Cursed Luck by Kelley Armstrong

Book Review: Cursed Luck by Kelley Armstrong

If you know me at all, then you know that I absolutely adore Kelley Armstrong. I’m doing a reread of her Women of the Otherworld books currently. And I keep an eye out for her new releases. This is one I had my eye on and had preordered. But seeing that audiobook available to request on NetGalley?

Well, I obviously had to request it. And I got it! I was so excited that I could start this book straight away. It took me no time at all to get through, and I can’t recommend it more.

This is the start of a new series where some people have magic in their family lines. These are specific forms of magic, thought to go back to groups of mystical people from the Ancient Greeks etc. Kennedy Bennett is a curse weaver with an antique shop. When a man walks in one day asking to hire her for a job, she doesn’t realise he’s asking for more than he’s saying. Aiden Connolly is a luck worker, and he needs a curse weaver to help him win and remove the curse from an important necklace. But he’s not the only one looking for a curse weaver, so when Kennedy’s sisters are in danger. She has to team up with him to find them.

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Book Review: You and Me on Vacation by Emily Henry

Book Review: You and Me on Vacation by Emily Henry

This is a book that I was so excited about. The ARC has, admittedly, sat in my TBR for a little longer than I’d like. Then I saw the opportunity to request the audiobook as an ARC as well as the e-ARC? You know I requested that as well. And I’m so glad that I did. This book would have been super easy to read anyway, but as I’ve been in a bit of a slump, I wanted to make it as easy on myself as possible. And it was a great choice. I really enjoyed listening to this book, and I would highly recommend the audiobook.

Backing up a little, I should actually tell you what the book is about. Meet Poppy and Alex; two best friends who take a summer trip together as often as possible. They didn’t get off to a great start in college, but after travelling home together one summer, they became great friends. And the tradition of a summer trip was born. 12 years later, and Poppy and Alex have been out of touch. After a mistake in Croatia, this could be Poppy’s last chance to make things work with Alex and keep him in her life. She’s determined to make this trip perfect, but things are definitely not going to be smooth sailing.

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April 2021 Reading Recap

April 2021 Reading Recap

I said a little while ago that I was thinking about doing some mini-reviews each month. And I’ve decided to make it a little bit more of a summing up. I’m not going to be listing all the books I’ve read each month. That would still take way too long. But I’m going to share some statistics too, as well as the mini-reviews!

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Mini TBR – May 2021

Mini TBR – May 2021

I can’t believe we’re already into May! If this were a safer year where things were open, I’d probably be hoping to go to the London MCM Comic Con, whatever it’s called. I miss being able to go look at artists stalls and go buy all the anime and game merch, sigh. But that does mean that I should have plenty of time to read!

That aside, I will be once again trying to keep this mini TBR, well, mini. Just so it isn’t hellishly difficult to write. I’ve got five books to go through with you all this month, so let’s get started!

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Anticipated Releases: May 2021

Anticipated Releases: May 2021

Honestly, I do mean to do these every month. But at the moment, it’s starting to seem like I’m doing them once every couple of months. It’s mostly because they can be a lot of work. I’m only going to list three books this time. I won’t be including any sequels. These are all first books or standalones. As usual, I’ll also list a few other books I’m interested in at the end, including sequels, that I don’t want to get more into.

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New Blogger? Where You Can Find ARCs

New Blogger? Where You Can Find ARCs

Whether you’ve been blogging for a few days, a few weeks or even a few months. Chances are that you’re still looking for ways to find more ARCs, whether they’re physical proofs or e-arcs. The way I’ve been finding them has changed since I first started blogging. And though I can’t exactly help with what you should write in an email to ask for proofs, I’m still struggling with that myself. But there are plenty of places that you can look for arcs.

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Book Review: In the Ravenous Dark by A.M Strickland

Book Review: In the Ravenous Dark by A.M Strickland

I’ve been hyped for this book ever since I first heard about it. The second I saw that it was up for request on NetGalley? I was over there and requesting it. My request was granted pretty quickly, but it’s taken me until now to finally get to it for various reasons. The moment I started this book, I hoped to be dragged into a fascinating world with characters I would die for.

And I kind of got that.

In the Ravenous Dark is centred around Rovan, a young woman who has grown up trying to hide her magic after seeing her father taken away by guards. Those with magic like theirs, blood magic, are taken to the castle to join their ranks. And then are given a ghost guardian to keep an eye on them. Rovan never wanted that, but after saving a girl in view of everyone, she is taken to the castle to join her father and take on his bloodline.

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Blog Tour: Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli

Blog Tour: Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli

Would you believe that this is the first Becky Albertelli that I’ve read? As someone who reads a lot of queer YA, I’ve still not picked up any of her books before this. But this book sounded like so much fun that I grabbed at the chance to be on the blog tour, so I could read this book.

And I actually really enjoyed it. This book took me no time at all to get through, and it was actually more friendship focused than I expected. I really loved that. So if you’re on the lookout for more YA contemporary with more of a focus on friendship? This could definitely be the book for you.

This story follows Kate, a junior in high school and her best friend, Anderson. The two of them are described by other friends as being too codependent. To the point where they actually have communal crushes. You heard that right. They like crushing on the same guy. But these guys are usually guys that aren’t really involved in their lives. Until their latest crush, Matt joins their school and the school musical. Suddenly Kate is beginning to realise that liking the same guy as her best friend isn’t all that fun, even as other aspects of her life seem to be changing for the better.

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