We Are Okay – A Girl Navigating Loss, Grief and their Aftermath

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Publication date : February 14th, 2017

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Publisher : Dutton Books for Young Readers

Genre : Young Adult | Contemporary

Page Count: 356

Synopsis : You go through life thinking there’s so much you need…
Until you leave with only your phone, your wallet, and a picture of your mother.

Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend, Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit, and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart. (From Goodreads) Continue reading

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Tag #39: The Bookish Naughty List

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Hello friends!

TIS THE SEASON ! Yeah, no I’m just kidding, beside it including my birthday, this time of the year is like any other to me because I don’t celebrate any Holiday BUT! There’s the New Year in a couple days so… HAPPY NEW YEARS!! Anyway, I’ill stop rambling nonsense. I was tagged a couple weeks ago by the lovely Lara @ Words With Lara and the awesome Theo @ Reading and Rambling to do The Bookish Naughty List and it sounds like so much fun that I thought I would shuffle things around in my blogging schedule and insert it. Plus, it’s kind of a seasonal, christmasy tag to there’s really no other time to do it. Thanks you!

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Realest post I’ll probably ever write

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Hey guys !

Tomorrow is my birthday and I’m not going to be doing anything extra like last year haha (I was so extra omg). I wasn’t even sure I wanted to do anything at all but as I was talking to some friends I got the idea for this post and I thought leaving it for my birthday would be a good idea. Even a little therapeutic for me.

What this post is basically gonna be is me being candid about some of my life experiences and how that ties in with my love for Six of Crows and why that duology just means so much to me. This won’t be a bookish post, not even a happy post, I think. Maybe a little hopeful by the end but we’ll see how this turns out haha. Continue reading

Saints and Misfits – A Much needed discussion on Sexual Assault

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Publication date : June 13th, 2017

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Publisher : Simon & Schuster

Genre : Young Adult | Contemporary

Page Count: 328

Synopsis : How much can you tell about a person just by looking at them?

Janna Yusuf knows a lot of people can’t figure out what to make of her…an Arab Indian-American hijabi teenager who is a Flannery O’Connor obsessed book nerd, aspiring photographer, and sometime graphic novelist is not exactly easy to put into a box. And Janna suddenly finds herself caring what people think. Or at least what a certain boy named Jeremy thinks. Not that she would ever date him—Muslim girls don’t date. Or they shouldn’t date. Or won’t? Janna is still working all this out.

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My Favourite Reads of 2017

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So this year is coming to an end and what that means is that I, as well as many bloggers out there, will use the opportunity to scream about all the books we loved this year and considering how good of a reading year I had, imagine how hard it was for me to narrow it down to a reasonnable number (as I write this intro I have no idea what books/how many books are going to be included, so wish me luck). Just like last year, there’s no way in hell, I’m gonna be ranking these, it’s just impossible for my brain to choose one over the other. Mostly. Eventhough I do have a preference for some of these. Continue reading

#DiverseBookBloggersDiscuss : Fat Characters Mariam is Excited for

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It’s a great honor to be featured on the blog of the person who literally was the reason I created mine. I began blogging and reviewing seriously because Fadwa inspired me. I would not have half of my confidence if it wasn’t for her and many others in this community. (Fadwa’s note: I had tears in my eyes when I read this. It means the world to me.)

It’s no surprise I’ll be talking about fat protagonists in my feature because I’m a proud fatty and I’ve been recently inspired by the cover reveal of a certain book. Continue reading

Love, Hate and Other Filters – A Muslim girl faces Islamophobia, love and her Dreams

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Publication date : January 16th, 2017goodreads

Publisher : SoHo Teen

Genre : Young Adult | Contemporary

Page Count: 288

Synopsis : Maya Aziz is torn between futures: the one her parents expect for their good Indian daughter (i.e.; staying nearby in Chicago and being matched with a “suitable” Muslim boy), and the one where she goes to film school in New York City–and maybe, just maybe, kisses a guy she’s only known from afar. There’s the also the fun stuff, like laughing with her best friend Violet, making on-the-spot documentaries, sneaking away for private swimming lessons at a secret pond in the woods. But her world is shattered when a suicide bomber strikes in the American heartland; by chance, he shares Maya’s last name. What happens to the one Muslim family in town when their community is suddenly consumed with hatred and fear? (From Goodreads)

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Violet Hills – Purest, Most adorable F/F romances out there

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Series: Violet Hills #1, #2 & #3

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Publisher : Selfpublished

Genre : New Adult | Romance

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*I received ecopies of these novellas from the author in exchange of an honest review*

Everytime I think  about these books I melt into a poodle of feels. EVERYTIME. They’re just so soft and cute and just the perfect comfort read which means that I’m going to be rereading them a bajillion times each. These were my first works by Chelsea M. Cameron and previous to that I had heard only great things about her works so I expected to love them but didn’t expect how much I would! Anyway, the review.

The writing plays a big part in how soft all three of the stories come through, it’s conversational and pleasing to read because it conveys each of the MCs voices perfectly. It’s also emotionally charged as I noticed that in all three novellas the girls do a lot of introspection and are very in touch with their feelings which I really loved reading about as someone who is emotionally constipated and likes to ignore and shove down feelings as long as humanly possible. Yep, that’s me. Oops.

For the rest of the review, I’m gonna talk about each of the novellas on its own since they’re completely separate stories that can be read on their own or out of order if you want, although if you do it that way you might miss some references. But Nothing major or relevant to the plots.

Chelsea M. Cameron -#1 Second KissDaisy Grace Webber’s life hasn’t exactly turned out how she thought. She didn’t think she’d drop out of college and come back to the small town she grew up in. To be fair, she didn’t think her love of baking would turn into a job at the Violet Hill Cafe either, but it did.
Something else she didn’t expect was for Molly Madison to walk back into her life, eight years after she moved away. They’d been best friends forever, or so she’d thought. But Molly is back in town and she’s looking… really good, actually. And that reminds Daisy of that one time at a sleepover when they’d kissed during a game of Spin the Bottle. That one kiss has been on her mind since then, but it’s irrelevant. Molly isn’t into girls.
But as Daisy and Molly spend more time together, feelings start to grow, and Daisy is wondering just how “straight” Molly really is…

Rating: 5 stars

This one was my favourite, HANDS DOWN! So much, that I found myself crying of happiness by the time I reached the epilogue. It’s just so precious I wanted to wrap the girls up and protect them and their love forever.

If you know anything about me you know I am a sucker for best friends to lovers romance arcs, they make my demiro heart happy. But you know what I love even more than that? ESTRANGED BEST FRIENDS REUNITING AND REALIZING THEY WERE IN LOVE ALL ALONG *cries forever*. I’m just. I highly doubt I can produce any coherent thoughts at this point, all I can do is SCREAM.

Daisy is a lesbian and Molly identifies as queer and honestly? they are just perfect for each other, I loved how they picked up where they left off and filled out the blanks of all the years they were out of each other’s lives with little games and late night conversations, how everything between them just felt so natural and as meant to be. And I mean… They went to playgrounds, play tag and made blanket forts, those are my kinds of dates and those little details made me fall in love with the story even more.

And can we talk about the Queer Café Daisy works at? That setting in itself is just so welcoming and the fact that everyone who works there is like family and loving and accepting made the story so easy to love. I also adored Daisy’s mom not only because of how much their relationship was similar to mine ad my mom’s but also because of how much of a fangirl she was. I’ve never ever read a parent as supportive as this one in my life. And it felt good.

Chelsea M. Cameron -#2 Double ExposureAnna Corcoran’s life is hectic, but that’s how she likes it. Between her jobs at the Violet Hill Cafe, the local library, and doing publicity work for authors, she doesn’t have much time for anything else. Until Lacey Cole walks into the cafe and she feels like she’s been knocked off her axis.
Lacey’s a photographer and writer and wants to do a profile on the cafe, including an interview with Anna. She’s game, but after spending a few days with Lacey, Anna is falling. Hard. The only problem is that Lacey isn’t going to be sticking around. She floats from town to town, never staying in one place.
But as they get closer and closer, Anna wonders if maybe this would be the one time when Lacey would decide to stay put. With her.
 

Rating: 4.5 stars

This one was my least favourite and yet, I still loved it so so much. I mean… 4.5 stars, who am I kidding? I adored it too! But that first one was a hard one to beat.

Double Exposure follows Anna, a pansexual girl that we get to meet in book 1 because she’s friends with Daisy AND they work at the same café. She meets Lacey, a trans bisexual girl and they immediately click, there’s a lot of tension and chemistry between the two, downside? Both of them have trouble with commitment, in different ways, but they get each other. Their relationship progressed in such a natural way and it all went by super smoothly. THE CRUSH PHASE!!! Which Anna tried to deny HAHA. Then the awkwardness and shyness which is followed by them eventually getting comfortable with each other, hours long conversations that go well into the night.

I really really loved how it wasn’t all head first, they both decided to take it one step at a time and give their relationship the space and time it needed to grow by the end of the book. They’re also just so silly and goofy around each other? And those moments feel so intimate to me, they’re some of my favourites to read about. Also, Anna being all nervous and gittery around Lacey as well as her losing her composure was so relatable to me that I couldn’t help but laugh everytime

White lily  with little flowers on the black backgroundSerena Nolan’s summer isn’t going how she planned. Fortunately, her cousin, Anna, is there to rescue her from spending her time off from college with parents who don’t understand (or want to understand) her. Serena’s thrilled to be living with Anna and her girlfriend, Lacey in Lacey’s studio, and working in the Violet Hill Cafe. She’s even adores Lacey’s cat, Murder.
What she definitely didn’t plan was running into her ex, Fiona Davis. They’d been best friends that had turned into something else, but everything had crashed and burned before the end of high school several years ago.
Serena is still smarting from the heartbreak, but she can’t say no to spending some time with Fi. Against her better judgement, old feelings are mixing with new ones, and she doesn’t know what to do. Serena will have to decide if past heartbreak is going to keep her from a potential future with Fiona.

Rating: 5 stars

I think that at this point I should stop saying that I love these books because it’s obvious but. THIS ONE WAS SO FUCKING GOOD!! It doesn’t follow any of the characters we meet in the previous book (although I was betting all my money on a girl we meet in book 2) but still ties in perfectly with the story.

The MC is Second Chance is Serena, Anna’s cousin and very close friend and she’s a demiromantic demisexual bisexual girl and DO YOU KNOW HOW HAPPY I WAS to see the demiromantic part of my identity represented for the first time ever? And in a way that was really relatable to me as well and that also helped me understand some of my experiences. And I’m grateful that I was able to experience that because I’ve been screaming for a long time that I want a demiromantic character and I FINALLY GOT IT.

Similarly to Second Kiss, Serena and Fiona were high school best friends but where the two differ is that in this one they date for a few years in high school but break up and go on their separate ways, which breaks both of their hearts. Reading the development of them picking up the pieces and fixing their Relationship was honestly so real and heartwarming because it wasn’t just easy. Serena’s wariness, doubts and hesitation made the novella all the more amazing to read because it was just… REAL.

Little by little the two of them find their marks around each other again which were the same and different at the same time and seeing how they fit together again easily once trust is established made me swoon hard. The two girls also balance each other where one is impulse the other is carefulness, where one is stress, the other is carefree and so on and so forth and that was interesting to see play out.

I think I’m gonna end this raving fest here. And I’m going to urge you to pick these novellas up if you’re looking for f/f cuteness that will make you genuinely happy and that is fast to read. I flew through these even if I had promised myself to go slow. That’s how good they are.


That’s it until next time.

Did you read The Violet Hill Novellas? If so, what did you think?

Hope you enjoyed, write to you soon.

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This Time Next Year: Check-up

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Exactly one year ago I had done this tag called This Time Next Year which was basically me making a few new years’ resolutions or goals -which I usually suck at- and check on them a year later (today) to see how good or bad I did and I must say, I’m pretty proud of myself, as I said, I usually don’t stick to them but I think for 2017 I kept them pretty realistic and attainable so I was able to meet them. Mostly. Anyway, I’ll stop talking and take you on a review of what I promised myself I would have achieved. Continue reading

Off the Ice – Soft Hockey Player meets Grumpy College Professor

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Series: Hat Trick #1

Publication date : October 30th, 2017goodreads

Publisher : Riptide Publishing

Genre : Adult | Romance

Page Count: 283

Synopsis : Tristan Holt is nothing if not pragmatic. Despite a flourishing career as a defenseman for the Atlanta Venom, Tristan knows he can’t play hockey forever. One day he’ll retire—if an injury doesn’t force him to hang up his skates first. His backup plan? Finishing his business degree. But he doesn’t count on a very inappropriate attraction to his standoffish sociology professor, Sebastian Cruz.
Sebastian is on the bottom rung of the Sociology Department at Georgia State. He has his sights set on tenure, and he can’t afford to be distracted, especially not by a sexy student with a body straight out of Sebastian’s dreams. No matter how much Tristan tempts him, that’s one line Sebastian won’t cross. At least not until summer classes end. After that, everything is fair game.
But Sebastian lives loud and proud, and Tristan is terrified of being the first out player in the NHL. Neither of them can afford to risk their hearts when they can’t imagine a happily ever after. The problem is, unlike hockey, when it comes to love, there are no rules.
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