Internment by Samira Ahmed: A Powerful Look at a Potential Future if Islamophobia Persists

4.5 stars Layla Amin and her parents marked themselves as Muslim on the U.S. census, despite watching hatred against Muslims grow in the community and word around them. Now, Layla and her family have been forced to leave their homes and live in an internment camp for Muslim-American citizens, under the rule of a harsh … Continue reading Internment by Samira Ahmed: A Powerful Look at a Potential Future if Islamophobia Persists

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What to Read for #YARC2019 This Month? (March YARC Recs!)

Can you believe we're already on our third month of the year, and #YARC2019 is almost 1/4 of the way done?! I certainly can't! Either way, if you haven't heard about it, #YARC2019, or the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge, is a year-long reading challenge dedicated to reading more books by Asian authors! You … Continue reading What to Read for #YARC2019 This Month? (March YARC Recs!)

The Beauty of the Moment by Tanaz Bhathena: A Sweet, Fresh Take on the New Girl/Bad Boy Trope!

I am officially in love with Tanaz Bhathena's books. I really enjoyed reading A Girl Like That last year, but The Beauty of the Moment absolutely blew me away! It finally gave me that romance I was craving--tropey enough that I was hugging it to my chest, but fresh enough that it didn't feel overdone. … Continue reading The Beauty of the Moment by Tanaz Bhathena: A Sweet, Fresh Take on the New Girl/Bad Boy Trope!

The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf: A Stunning and Emotionally Charged Historical Debut

4.5 stars Emotionally moving, steeped with history, and full of meaning, Hanna Alkaf's The Weight of Our Sky is set during the historic race riots in 1969 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Melati Ahmad looks like your typical Beatles-obsessed sixteen-year-old, but she believes she harbors a djinn inside her--one who threatens her with horrific images of her mother’s … Continue reading The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf: A Stunning and Emotionally Charged Historical Debut

Announcing The Weight of Our Sky Southeast Asian Blog Tour! (+ INTL Giveaway!)

This is probably some of the most exciting news ever, but I'm so happy to have arranged this exclusively Southeast Asian blog tour for Hanna Alkaf's The Weight of Our Sky! I love this book so much and being able to arrange this tour and work with SEA bloggers was so rewarding. The whole idea was to help get … Continue reading Announcing The Weight of Our Sky Southeast Asian Blog Tour! (+ INTL Giveaway!)

Finally! Signing Up for the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge #YARC2019

I find it ironic that it's taken me a while to sign up for the reading challenge that I myself am co-hosting, but also . . . I have a very busy blog schedule, okay? And nobody wants nine straight days of posts from me that is absurd (but happening in February so SORRY). Anyways, … Continue reading Finally! Signing Up for the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge #YARC2019

Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye: Frightfully Dull and Underdeveloped with Unclear Cultural Inspiration

2 stars Sora and her gemina Daemon are apprentice warriors of the Society of Taigasβ€”marked by the gods to be trained in magic and the fighting arts to protect the kingdom of Kichona. When Sora and Daemon encounter a strange camp of mysterious soldiers while on a standard scouting mission, they decide the only thing to … Continue reading Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye: Frightfully Dull and Underdeveloped with Unclear Cultural Inspiration

Year of the Asian Reading Challenge 2019: Have Fun Reading More Diversely! πŸŽ‰

I am so so excited to announce this challenge to y'all! 2019 is full of so many awesome releases by Asian authors, and I can't boost them enough! So me and some friends (CW, Lily, & Shealea) have started this reading challenge so we can enjoy awesome Asian novels--old and new--as well as have fun … Continue reading Year of the Asian Reading Challenge 2019: Have Fun Reading More Diversely! πŸŽ‰

The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan (ARC): An Intriguing Concept Paired with an Unsatisfactory Execution

3 stars Rukhsana tries to live up to her conservative Muslim parents’ expectations, but lately she’s finding that harder and harder to do. Luckily, only a few more months stand between her carefully monitored life in Seattle and her new life at Caltech, where she can pursue her dream of becoming an engineer. But when … Continue reading The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan (ARC): An Intriguing Concept Paired with an Unsatisfactory Execution

Another Year Gone By: Most Anticipated YA Releases of November & December

I meant to post this many many weeks ago (aka the start of November, so a VERY long time), but somehow a lot of things just kept getting in my way. Life, the gross new WordPress (which I switched back from), lack of motivation. But anyways, I AM HERE WITH AMAZING NOVEMBER BOOKS (and now … Continue reading Another Year Gone By: Most Anticipated YA Releases of November & December