Double Review: We Hunt the Flame + Ayesha At Last

Today I'm so excited to bring to you two reviews in one (double the trouble!) with my thoughts on both Hafsah Faizal's YA fantasy debut, We Hunt the Flame, and Uzma Jalaluddin's adult romance, Ayesha at Last! Both are by Muslim authors--although Faizal's is inspired by Ancient Arabia, not Islam--so it's fitting I smoosh them … Continue reading Double Review: We Hunt the Flame + Ayesha At Last

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Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali: Miracles, Romance, and Fierce Muslim Girls

Another hit from Ali, Love from A to Z is more than just a romance—it’s a story about family and friendship and kindred spirits. It’s a story about fighting back and embracing yourself. It’s a fantastic book and one I’d recommend to contemporary, romance, and contemporary romance readers alike. There were just so many things … Continue reading Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali: Miracles, Romance, and Fierce Muslim Girls

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

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

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

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi (DRC): A Very Personal Narrative of an American Muslim Girl in 2002

4 stars It’s 2002, a year after 9/11. It’s a politically charged time, but especially so for someone like Shirin, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl who’s tired of being stereotyped. Shirin has built up protective walls and refuses to let anyone close enough to hurt her after seeing how rude and hurtful people around her are. … Continue reading A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi (DRC): A Very Personal Narrative of an American Muslim Girl in 2002