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arc review : Seoulmates by Susan Lee

  • Author – Susan Lee
  • Rating – 4 stars
  • Genre – ya contemporary
  • Trigger warnings – mentions of bullying
  • Representation – bipoc main characters
  • Pub Date – 20/09/22

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synopsis

Her ex-boyfriend wants her back. Her former best friend is in town. When did Hannah’s life become a K-drama?

Hannah Cho had the next year all planned out—the perfect summer with her boyfriend, Nate, and then a fun senior year with their friends.

But then Nate does what everyone else in Hannah’s life seems to do—he leaves her, claiming they have nothing in common. He and all her friends are newly obsessed with K-pop and K-dramas, and Hannah is not. After years of trying to embrace the American part and shunning the Korean side of her Korean American identity to fit in, Hannah finds that’s exactly what now has her on the outs.

But someone who does know K-dramas—so well that he’s actually starring in one—is Jacob Kim, Hannah’s former best friend, whom she hasn’t seen in years. He’s desperate for a break from the fame, so a family trip back to San Diego might be just what he needs…that is, if he and Hannah can figure out what went wrong when they last parted and navigate the new feelings developing between them.

review

A story with friends to lovers with slight second chance angst ?? count me in , so firstly thank you Inkyard press and Edelweiss + for the arc , but that does not affect how i felt about the book because all the love i hold for the book is 100% real .

Hannah thought she’ll have a perfect summer, with the bopyfriend she loved and post highschool freedom before going to college, but turn of events happen when her boyfriend drunk dumps her and her old best friend aka present rival aka kdrama superstar Jacod Kim comes back to town for the summer .

I read this book in one sitting , no i wont stop saying this because you need to know how this book took over all my senses until i finished it , this was 300+ pages of pure heartwarming story.

Korean industry both kpop and kdrama is taking over the world by storm rn , everyone is into it , either because they love it or just to follow the bandwagon , either it being a fan of bts ( i needed to mention my boys specifically leave me alone ) and other kpop groups or watching popular kdramas but Hannah all her life ran away from it , tried to fit in with the american kids , trying to be less korean but now that everyone around her loves everything she once was teased for , she is left confused to what she is to do , until Jacob comes back and the summer changes her perspective on her own culture and even past decisions.

here is a little playlist for you because i loved the too much to not make one <33

As a peron who has ran away from my own culture in the past to finally accepting and loving it , i understood Hannah’s pov , at every point she made sense to me , even her questionable decisions seemed justifiable and obviously gets a happy ending like she deserves , JACOB KIM my beloved , he is exactly like our very much loved kdrama leads/love interests, charming , fun and absolutely lovable .

The story was a short , fun little pocket of joy , that susan lee so beautifully created . im excited to see what else see writes in the future as i can already tell , i’ll find comfort in her books .

about the author

Susan Lee has built a career as a Human Resources executive at successful startups such as Spotify and Warby Parker. Her biggest job takeaway: we are all, for the most part, ridiculous. And she channels this into her writing of light-hearted, quirky novels about the oftentimes hilarious human condition. Susan is a 2018 PitchWars alum, a 2019 & 2020 PitchWars mentor, a 2019 Romance Writers of America Golden Heart® winner, and an avid K-pop and K-drama fan. Her bias is V/Taehyung, which for those in the know, explains it all

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arc review : The man or the monster by Aamna Qureshi

  • Author – Aamna Qureshi
  • Rating – 5 stars
  • Genre – ya fantasy
  • Trigger warnings – mentions of war, death and blood.
  • Representation – BIPOC main characters (and setting)
  • Pub Date: 30/08/22

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Synopsis

She made her decision. Now she has to live with it.

Durkhanai Miangul sealed her lover’s fate when she sent him through a door where either a lady or a lion awaited him. But her decision was only the beginning of her troubles. Durkhanai worries that she might not be the queen her people need or deserve when conflict threatens her kingdom.


Her presumed-dead father comes back with a vengeance and wishes she join him in his cause. But her family’s denial of his revenge forces Durkhanai to take matters into her own hands and she must decide whether to follow the traditions of her forefathers or forge a new path on her own. 

Review

The man or the monster picked right from where the lady or the lion ended, leaving no chance of feeling a disconnect between the two books. In this book, we follow Durkhanai and the consequences of her decisions from the first book.

Book two is more face paced than one, and so much happens ( in a good way ) right from the beginning to not even leave an inch where you can get distracted from this book. I loved how Durkhanai goes through a personal journey as well as the development of character relationships, she is so rootable and lovable that not even for a moment you would question her decisions or things that she does. Durkhanai and Asfandyar’s romance was everything, making me giggle and kick my feet at every interaction. I would love to quote but since it’s an arc, I can’t, but know that it reignited my belief in romance.

The desi representation is something which I’ll always scream about, the usage of Hindi/Urdu/Punjabi phrases was everything to me, you don’t even understand.

official playlist ❤

I loved the balance between the political aspect of the book with the romance and fantasy-ish vibes of the book. This book, The man or the monster is 300+ pages of a good time, making you feel so many emotions and feeling. I was crying on a page and then 20 pages or even less later I was grinning like the sad bit never happened and so on. Aamna Quershi creates a setting that is beautiful, rich and engaging, making you stay till the very end.

Hence go preorder and add this to your tbr while read the first book in the series, The lady or the lion, as you wait for this one to come out.

about the author

Aamna Qureshi is a Pakistani, Muslim American who adores words. She grew up on Long Island, New York, in a very loud household, surrounded by English (for school), Urdu (for conversation), and Punjabi (for emotion). Much of her childhood was spent being grounded for reading past her bed-time, writing stories in the backs of her notebooks, and being scolded by teachers for passing chapters under the tables. Through her writing, she wishes to inspire a love for the beautiful country and rich culture that informed much of her identity.

Her debut novel, a Pakistan-inspired YA fantasy about a desi princess and forbidden love, THE LADY OR THE LION, is out now. The sequel, THE MAN OR THE MONSTER, is out summer 2022. WHEN A BROWN GIRL FLEES, a YA literary novel about a hijabi teen who runs away from home in order to find herself, is out in 2023.

When she’s not writing, she loves to travel to new places where she can explore different cultures or to Pakistan where she can revitalize her roots. She also loves baking complicated desserts, drinking fancy teas and coffees, watching sappy rom-coms, and going for walks about the estate (her backyard). She currently lives in New York.


Once again, i absolutely loved the book and aamna , she has her way with words that are making me excited for whatever she writes next in the future. Make sure to read her debut and look out for this sequel and everything another project she has ( i will scream about those anyway so yeah )

Mid year book freakout tag 2022

Hellloo besties , half of the year has already passed ?? what even , time isn’t real so to escape all of it i read , like you . So here’s a short recap of what i read so far this year . So far i have read 50 books which was my good reads goal for the year so claps for me * applause *

Best book(s) you have read so far

I refuse to give one name because i am indecisive and there are too many good books in the world. so here are my top 3 because why not plus my favourite books blog ( jan to april ) that i did earlier .

Ophelia after all was not one of the best books of this year but this has permanently made it;s place on my favourite books of all time list .

Every time i talk about this i can never believe that i actually got an arc , Chloe has her way with words making you forget everything but the book. So excited for it’s release .

My love for Kim Namjoon has double folded since i read this book , well he read and recommended it so i’m glad i read this . Almond has everything that requires to be a memorable and educative book .

Best sequel you have read so far

This should have been on my best question but i was saving this for the sequel one , even though i haven’t read a lot sequels so far , The man or the monster still stands out. I haven’t yet recovered from the damage it did to me but i promise i’ll post a review by this month itself.

Pub date : 30/08/22


Biggest disappointment

Reading is subjective, so you might like somethings , might not the others but i was so excited for this one and it was a huge let down . Right from the start i wasn’t interested in the main characters or their romance and all in all this wasn’t for me.


Biggest Surprise

I usually don’t trust bookstagram/booktok book recs ( funny how i myself do the same on these platforms ) specially when itt comes to romance but our ideas are different . I read cleopatra and frankenstine just because i loved the cover but IT WAS AMAZING , its one of those books that stay with you. Also proving how these book platforms are not always wrong ( and that i should continue what im doing here )


Book(s) that made you happy

Books always make me happy specially ya romcom and so i can’t again give you one , so here are three books , two of which are kpop/kdrama related so you can already tell how much they influence my happiness.

All the three books were super cute and fun , leaving a smile on my face by the end of it . I have yet to review both seoulmates and flip the script , here’s my review for better than the movies


Book(s) that made you cry

I cry rarely and when it is it’s only about books and bts but we are not here to talk about them , here are two books that made me sob literally i don’t even know what possessed me .

I still don’t think i’m okay , the emotional damage these books did to me is too hard to heal , so if you want a good cry these out , they are masters of the craft . But make sure to check the trigger warnings before hand.

Also am currently reading and crying to as long as the lemon tree grows .


New favourite character

Orion Hong from Foul Lady Fortune and Ophelia from Ophelia After All are two of my most beloved characters i have read so far this year , the had me laughing , rotting and loving them through out, funny enough both of these characters are our chaotic , little confused bi/queer disasters and WE LOVE THEM ( this probably says something about me )


Books i wanna read in the second half of the year

so many books , literally dozens , but here are my top six whichh i would love to get to as soon as possible. This includes books that are already out + will in the second half , even though i will make an indepth blog with books that will release in the second half that i’m excited for.


I hope you all are having a good reading year , if not it’s also fine , reading is a hobby and not a chore . Lets just collectively pray that im more productive in the second half of the year and don’t lag behind in posting reviews and stuff.

— all the love Zainab 💌

monthly wrap-up : May and June

I don’t even remember why i didn’t do one in may so here’s two months at once . In these two months i took part in two readathons , didn’t finish either of those but read 19 total books .

Books

Idol gossip by Alexandra Leigh Young

it was quite fun little read about the struggles of a kpop idol and traines, even though the pacing of the book seemed off at times with a lot stuffed in the second half , i really had my time reading it.

rating : 3.5 stars


If i had your face by Frances Cha

A story about multiple women living in korea and the path their lifes take , it’s was a hard and heavy read but equally important of a read.

rating : 4 stars


The last fallen star by Graci Kim

I always love middle grade , they are filled with adventure , found family and adorable main characters , and this was no different. im excited to read book two which came out this month.

rating : 4 stars


Under on roof by Ali Hazelwood

I didn’t like it , it wasn’t for me and don’t know what more to tell you.

rating : 1 star


Book lovers by Emily Henry

Absolutely loved it , show stopping , incredible , everything about it was perfect .

rating : 4.5 stars


Cleopatra and Frankenstine by Coco Mellor

Another amazing read of may , kind of slowish but really worth the time

rating : 4.5 stars


The paris apartment by Lucy Foley

Thriller thriller thriller after such a long time and i loved it , the story unfold in the most shocking way and everything was written so perfectly.

rating : 4 stars


The man or the monster by Aamna Qureshi

I read it almost a month ago and still am screaming about it, everything about this book was perfect , the squeal to The lady or the lion, picked up from where it left quickly and maintained the pace through out leaving with a jaw dropping ending . More when i do a in depth review .

rating : 5 stars , Pub date : 8/30/22


Epically Earnest by Molly Horan

It was okayish . Not bad just didn’t do it for me , the plot was slow from the start and couldn’t keep by attention for long.

rating : 2.5 stars , pub date : june 21st


Bloom by Kevin Panetta

I LOVE LOVE LOVED THIS GRAPHIC NOVEL.

rating : 4 stars


Time is a mother by Ocean Vuong

i have said multiple times but i’ll say it again , i’ll read anyting and everything this man writes , this book made me ugly sob and im not even into poetry.

rating : 4.5 stars


Flip the script by Lyla Lee

Kdrama , friends to rivals to friends to lovers , sapphic ???? COUNT ME IN . The way i read this in a few hours and still wanted more of them .

rating : 4 stars


On earth we’re briefly gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

cried so much , this was raw, real and so gorgeous.

rating : 4.75 stars


Kaikeyi by Vaishnavi Patel

A twist to the old hindu folklore , the main culprit behind “ramayan” and this was her story , putting a new light to Kaikeyi’s story this book was beautiful and must read for every myth/folklore retelling lover.


The dragon”s promise by Elizabeth Lim

This was such a three star book, it was good at times while bland at others . so much happened that it felt too much at times .

rating : 3 stars , pub date : 30/8/22


Instructions for dancing by Nicola Yoon

Read this while on a road trip with my family and was so emotional the entire time and sobbed at the last 20 pages. Evie is the most relaible and lovable ya main character i have ever read .

rating : 4 stars


Foul lady fortune by Chloe Gong

*screams* i still don’t understand how i got the arc for my most anticipated book , will do an indepth review when this post flf brain fog goes away.

rating : 5 stars , more if i could give it . pub date 27th september 2022


Seoulmates by Susan Lee

Another arc , another book with kdrama setting and you know i’ll love it , read it in one sitting and regret nothing !!!!!

rating : 4 stars , pub date : 20th september 2022

She gets the girl by Rachael Lippincott and Alyson Derrick

*screams* i loved it so much , everyone who told me to read it were so right and i want you to say the same , go besties this is one of the best sapphic reads ever.

rating : 4.5 stars


The carpet weaver by Nemat Sadat

sorry it wasn’t for me , the plot could have been better , it had potential but failed to do it for me .

rating : 1.5 stars


I kind of went mia this month after the first two weeks due to college and assigments and im back now ( hopefully ) and have quite a few things planned also tons of reviews to write .

— zainab <33

Queer books with discreet covers

Hellooo besties , hope you all are keeping well , here are 30 books with covers that don’t give out the fact that they have lgbtq+ characters/couples/themes because not everyone has the priviledge to buy and read books like hani and ishu or the charm offensive which has the coupple on the cover for various safety , family or social reasons. So here are some books that will never give out the fact that they are queer as hell.

Contemporary

Stay gold by Tobly McSmith

A trans teen walks the fine line between doing whatever it takes for his acting dream and staying true to himself in this moving, thought-provoking YA novel from the acclaimed author of Stay Gold.

Aspiring actor August Greene just landed a coveted spot at the prestigious School of Performing Arts in New York. There’s only one problem: His conservative parents won’t accept that he’s transgender. And to stay with his aunt in the city, August must promise them he won’t transition.

August is convinced he can play the part his parents want while acting cool and confident in the company of his talented new friends.

But who is August when the lights go down? And where will he turn when the roles start hitting a little too close to home?


Not my problem by Ciara Smyth

Aideen has plenty of problems she can’t fix. Her best (and only) friend is pulling away. Her mother’s drinking problem is a constant concern. She’s even running out of outlandish diseases to fake so she can skip PE.

But when Aideen stumbles on her nemesis, overachiever Meabh Kowalski, in the midst of a full-blown meltdown, she sees a problem that—unlike her own disaster of a life—seems refreshingly easy to solve. Meabh is desperate to escape her crushing pile of extracurriculars. Aideen volunteers to help. By pushing Meabh down the stairs.

Problem? Solved. Meabh’s sprained ankle is the perfect excuse to ditch her overwhelming schedule. But when another student learns about their little scheme and brings Aideen another “client” who needs her “help,” it kicks off a semester of traded favors, ill-advised hijinks, and an unexpected chance at love. Fixing other people’s problems won’t fix her own, but it might be the push she needs to start.


Everyone in the room will someday be dead by Emily R Austin (check tws)

Gilda, a twenty-something lesbian, cannot stop ruminating about death. Desperate for relief from her panicky mind and alienated from her repressive family, she responds to a flyer for free therapy at a local Catholic church, and finds herself being greeted by Father Jeff, who assumes she’s there for a job interview. Too embarrassed to correct him, Gilda is abruptly hired to replace the recently deceased receptionist Grace.

In between trying to memorize the lines to Catholic mass, hiding the fact that she has a new girlfriend, and erecting a dirty dish tower in her crumbling apartment, Gilda strikes up an email correspondence with Grace’s old friend. She can’t bear to ignore the kindly old woman, who has been trying to reach her friend through the church inbox, but she also can’t bring herself to break the bad news. Desperate, she begins impersonating Grace via email. But when the police discover suspicious circumstances surrounding Grace’s death, Gilda may have to finally reveal the truth of her mortifying existence.


Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers

With her newly completed PhD in astronomy in hand, twenty-eight-year-old Grace Porter goes on a girls’ trip to Vegas to celebrate. She is not the kind of person who goes to Vegas and gets drunkenly married to a woman whose name she doesn’t know…until she does exactly that.

This one moment of departure from her stern ex-military father’s plans for her life has Grace wondering why she doesn’t feel more fulfilled from completing her degree. Staggering under the weight of her father’s expectations, a struggling job market and feelings of burnout, Grace flees her home in Portland for a summer in New York with the wife she barely knows.

When reality comes crashing in, Grace must face what she’s been running from all along—the fears that make us human, the family scars that need to heal and the longing for connection, especially when navigating the messiness of adulthood. 


Ophelia after all by Rachquel Marie

A teen girl navigates friendship drama, the end of high school, and discovering her queerness in Ophelia After All, a hilarious and heartfelt contemporary YA debut by author Racquel Marie.

Ophelia Rojas knows what she likes: her best friends, Cuban food, rose-gardening, and boys – way too many boys. Her friends and parents make fun of her endless stream of crushes, but Ophelia is a romantic at heart. She couldn’t change, even if she wanted to.

So when she finds herself thinking more about cute, quiet Talia Sanchez than the loss of a perfect prom with her ex-boyfriend, seeds of doubt take root in Ophelia’s firm image of herself. Add to that the impending end of high school and the fracturing of her once-solid friend group, and things are spiraling a little out of control. But the course of love–and sexuality–never did run smooth. As her secrets begin to unravel, Ophelia must make a choice between clinging to the fantasy version of herself she’s always imagined or upending everyone’s expectations to rediscover who she really is, after all.


Flip the script by Lyla Lee

The first rule of watching K-dramas: Never fall in love with the second lead.

As an avid watcher of K-dramas, Hana knows all the tropes to avoid when she finally lands a starring role in a buzzy new drama. And she can totally handle her fake co-star boyfriend who might be falling in love with her. After all, she promised the producers a contract romance, and that’s all they’re going to get from her.

But when showrunners bring on a new girl to challenge Hana’s role as main love interest—and worse, it’s someone Hana knows all too well—can  Hana fight for her position on the show while falling for her on-screen rival in real life?

-K-drama lovers will fall for all the fan-favorite tropes that make for a hit show.
-Romance is everywhere in this swoony, joy-filled novel, with fake dating, a secret relationship, and a classic love triangle!
-Visit South Korea as Hana takes readers through popular spots and hidden gems. 


Before we we’re blue by E J Schwartz (check the tws)

Get healthy on their own—or stay sick together?

At Recovery and Relief, a treatment center for girls with eating disorders, the first thing Shoshana Winnick does is attach herself to vibrant but troubled Rowan Parish. Shoshana—a cheerleader on a hit reality TV show—was admitted for starving herself to ensure her growth spurt didn’t ruin her infamous tumbling skills. Rowan, on the other hand, has known anorexia her entire life, thanks to her mother’s “chew and spit” guidance. Through the drudgery and drama of treatment life, Shoshana and Rowan develop a fierce intimacy—and for Rowan, a budding infatuation, that neither girl expects.

As “Gray Girls,” patients in the center’s Gray plan, Shoshana and Rowan are constantly under the nurses’ watchful eyes. They dream of being Blue, when they will enjoy more freedom and the knowledge that their days at the center are numbered. But going home means separating and returning to all the challenges they left behind. The closer Shoshana and Rowan become, the more they cling to each other—and their destructive patterns. Ultimately, the girls will have to choose: their recovery or their relationship. 


Historical Fiction

Kaikeyi by Vaishnavi Patel

“I was born on the full moon under an auspicious constellation, the holiest of positions — much good it did me.”

So begins Kaikeyi’s story. The only daughter of the kingdom of Kekaya, she is raised on tales about the might and benevolence of the gods: how they churned the vast ocean to obtain the nectar of immortality, how they vanquish evil and ensure the land of Bharat prospers, and how they offer powerful boons to the devout and the wise. Yet she watches as her father unceremoniously banishes her mother, listens as her own worth is reduced to how great a marriage alliance she can secure. And when she calls upon the gods for help, they never seem to hear.

Desperate for some measure of independence, she turns to the texts she once read with her mother and discovers a magic that is hers alone. With this power, Kaikeyi transforms herself from an overlooked princess into a warrior, diplomat, and most favored queen, determined to carve a better world for herself and the women around her.

But as the evil from her childhood stories threatens the cosmic order, the path she has forged clashes with the destiny the gods have chosen for her family. And Kaikeyi must decide if resistance is worth the destruction it will wreak — and what legacy she intends to leave behind.


Last night at the telegraph club Malinda Lo

A story of love and duty set in San Francisco’s Chinatown during the Red Scare.

“That book. It was about two women, and they fell in love with each other.” And then Lily asked the question that had taken root in her, that was even now unfurling its leaves and demanding to be shown the sun: “Have you ever heard of such a thing?”

Seventeen-year-old Lily Hu can’t remember exactly when the question took root, but the answer was in full bloom the moment she and Kathleen Miller walked under the flashing neon sign of a lesbian bar called the Telegraph Club.

America in 1954 is not a safe place for two girls to fall in love, especially not in Chinatown. Red-Scare paranoia threatens everyone, including Chinese Americans like Lily. With deportation looming over her father—despite his hard-won citizenship—Lily and Kath risk everything to let their love see the light of day. 


The seven husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor J Reids

Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her professional life is going nowhere. Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ‘80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn’s story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.


One for all by Lillie Lainoff

Tania de Batz is most herself with a sword in her hand. Everyone in town thinks her near-constant dizziness makes her weak, nothing but “a sick girl”; even her mother is desperate to marry her off for security. But Tania wants to be strong, independent, a fencer like her father—a former Musketeer and her greatest champion.

Then Papa is brutally, mysteriously murdered. His dying wish? For Tania to attend finishing school. But L’Académie des Mariées, Tania realizes, is no finishing school. It’s a secret training ground for a new kind of Musketeer: women who are socialites on the surface, but strap daggers under their skirts, seduce men into giving up dangerous secrets, and protect France from downfall. And they don’t shy away from a swordfight.

With her newfound sisters at her side, Tania feels for the first time like she has a purpose, like she belongs. But then she meets Étienne, her first target in uncovering a potential assassination plot. He’s kind, charming, and breathlessly attractive—and he might have information about what really happened to her father. Torn between duty and dizzying emotion, Tania will have to lean on her friends, listen to her own body, and decide where her loyalties lie…or risk losing everything she’s ever wanted.


The song of Achilles by Madelline Millar

Achilles, “the best of all the Greeks,” son of the cruel sea goddess Thetis and the legendary king Peleus, is strong, swift, and beautiful, irresistible to all who meet him. Patroclus is an awkward young prince, exiled from his homeland after an act of shocking violence. Brought together by chance, they forge an inseparable bond, despite risking the gods’ wrath.

They are trained by the centaur Chiron in the arts of war and medicine, but when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, all the heroes of Greece are called upon to lay siege to Troy in her name. Seduced by the promise of a glorious destiny, Achilles joins their cause, and torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus follows. Little do they know that the cruel Fates will test them both as never before and demand a terrible sacrifice.


The chosen and the beautiful by Nghi Vo

Immigrant. Socialite. Magician.

Jordan Baker grows up in the most rarefied circles of 1920s American society—she has money, education, a killer golf handicap, and invitations to some of the most exclusive parties of the Jazz Age. She’s also queer, Asian, adopted, and treated as an exotic attraction by her peers, while the most important doors remain closed to her.

But the world is full of wonders: infernal pacts and dazzling illusions, lost ghosts and elemental mysteries. In all paper is fire, and Jordan can burn the cut paper heart out of a man. She just has to learn how.


Thriller

A lesson in vengence by Victoria Lee

Felicity Morrow is back at Dalloway School.

Perched in the Catskill mountains, the centuries-old, ivy-covered campus was home until the tragic death of her girlfriend. Now, after a year away, she’s returned to graduate. She even has her old room in Godwin House, the exclusive dormitory rumored to be haunted by the spirits of five Dalloway students—girls some say were witches. The Dalloway Five all died mysteriously, one after another, right on Godwin grounds.

Witchcraft is woven into Dalloway’s history. The school doesn’t talk about it, but the students do. In secret rooms and shadowy corners, girls convene. And before her girlfriend died, Felicity was drawn to the dark. She’s determined to leave that behind her now; all Felicity wants is to focus on her senior thesis and graduate. But it’s hard when Dalloway’s occult history is everywhere. And when the new girl won’t let her forget.

It’s Ellis Haley’s first year at Dalloway, and she’s already amassed a loyal following. A prodigy novelist at seventeen, Ellis is a so-called “method writer.” She’s eccentric and brilliant, and Felicity can’t shake the pull she feels to her. So when Ellis asks Felicity for help researching the Dalloway Five for her second book, Felicity can’t say no. Given her history with the arcane, Felicity is the perfect resource.

And when history begins to repeat itself, Felicity will have to face the darkness in Dalloway–and in herself.


Portrait of a thief by Grace D Li

History is told by the conquerors. Across the Western world, museums display the spoils of war, of conquest, of colonialism: priceless pieces of art looted from other countries, kept even now.

Will Chen plans to steal them back.

A senior at Harvard, Will fits comfortably in his carefully curated roles: a perfect student, an art history major and sometimes artist, the eldest son who has always been his parents’ American Dream. But when a mysterious Chinese benefactor reaches out with an impossible—and illegal—job offer, Will finds himself something else as well: the leader of a heist to steal back five priceless Chinese sculptures, looted from Beijing centuries ago.

His crew is every heist archetype one can imag­ine—or at least, the closest he can get. A con artist: Irene Chen, a public policy major at Duke who can talk her way out of anything. A thief: Daniel Liang, a premed student with steady hands just as capable of lockpicking as suturing. A getaway driver: Lily Wu, an engineering major who races cars in her free time. A hacker: Alex Huang, an MIT dropout turned Silicon Valley software engineer. Each member of his crew has their own complicated relationship with China and the identity they’ve cultivated as Chinese Americans, but when Will asks, none of them can turn him down.

Because if they succeed? They earn fifty million dollars—and a chance to make history. But if they fail, it will mean not just the loss of everything they’ve dreamed for themselves but yet another thwarted at­tempt to take back what colonialism has stolen.

Equal parts beautiful, thoughtful, and thrilling, Portrait of a Thief is a cultural heist and an examination of Chinese American identity, as well as a necessary cri­tique of the lingering effects of colonialism.


The girls i’ve been by Tess Sharpe

Nora O’Malley’s been a lot of girls. As the daughter of a con-artist who targets criminal men, she grew up as her mother’s protégé. But when mom fell for the mark instead of conning him, Nora pulled the ultimate con: escape.

For five years Nora’s been playing at normal. But she needs to dust off the skills she ditched because she has three problems:

#1: Her ex walked in on her with her girlfriend. Even though they’re all friends, Wes didn’t know about her and Iris.

#2: The morning after Wes finds them kissing, they all have to meet to deposit the fundraiser money they raised at the bank. It’s a nightmare that goes from awkward to deadly, because:

#3: Right after they enter bank, two guys start robbing it.

The bank robbers may be trouble, but Nora’s something else entirely. They have no idea who they’re really holding hostage…


She’s too pretty to burn by Wendy Heard

The summer is winding down in San Diego. Veronica is bored, caustically charismatic, and uninspired in her photography. Nico is insatiable, subversive, and obsessed with chaotic performance art. They’re artists first, best friends second. But that was before Mick. Delicate, lonely, magnetic Mick: the perfect subject, and Veronica’s dream girl. The days are long and hot―full of adventure―and soon they are falling in love. Falling so hard, they never imagine what comes next. One fire. Two murders. Three drowning bodies. One suspect . . . one stalker. This is a summer they won’t survive.

Inspired by The Picture of Dorian Gray, this sexy psychological thriller explores the intersections of love, art, danger, and power. 


Ace of spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé 

Welcome to Niveus Private Academy, where money paves the hallways, and the students are never less than perfect. Until now. Because anonymous texter, Aces, is bringing two students’ dark secrets to light.

Talented musician Devon buries himself in rehearsals, but he can’t escape the spotlight when his private photos go public. Head girl Chiamaka isn’t afraid to get what she wants, but soon everyone will know the price she has paid for power.

Someone is out to get them both. Someone who holds all the aces. And they’re planning much more than a high-school game…


The verifiers by Jane Pek

Introducing a sharp-witted heroine for the 21st century: a new amateur sleuth exploring the landscape—both physical and virtual—of New York in a debut novel about love, technology, and murder.

Claudia Lin is used to disregarding her fractious family’s model-minority expectations: she has no interest in finding either a conventional career or a nice Chinese boy. She’s also used to keeping secrets from them, such as that she prefers girls—and that she’s just been stealth-recruited by Veracity, a referrals-only online-dating detective agency.

A lifelong mystery reader who wrote her senior thesis on Jane Austen, Claudia believes she’s landed her ideal job. But when a client goes missing, Claudia breaks protocol to investigate—and uncovers a maelstrom of personal and corporate deceit. Part literary mystery, part family story, The Verifiers is a clever and incisive examination of how technology shapes our choices, and the nature of romantic love in the digital age. 


Fantasy / sci-fi

She who became the sun by Shelley Park-Chan

“I refuse to be nothing…”

In a famine-stricken village on a dusty yellow plain, two children are given two fates. A boy, greatness. A girl, nothingness…

In 1345, China lies under harsh Mongol rule. For the starving peasants of the Central Plains, greatness is something found only in stories. When the Zhu family’s eighth-born son, Zhu Chongba, is given a fate of greatness, everyone is mystified as to how it will come to pass. The fate of nothingness received by the family’s clever and capable second daughter, on the other hand, is only as expected.

When a bandit attack orphans the two children, though, it is Zhu Chongba who succumbs to despair and dies. Desperate to escape her own fated death, the girl uses her brother’s identity to enter a monastery as a young male novice. There, propelled by her burning desire to survive, Zhu learns she is capable of doing whatever it takes, no matter how callous, to stay hidden from her fate.

After her sanctuary is destroyed for supporting the rebellion against Mongol rule, Zhu uses takes the chance to claim another future altogether: her brother’s abandoned greatness.


The jasmine throne by Tasha Suri

The Jasmine Throne, beginning a new trilogy set in a world inspired by the history and epics of India, in which a captive princess and a maidservant in possession of forbidden magic become unlikely allies on a dark journey to save their empire from the princess’s traitor brother.

Imprisoned by her dictator brother, Malini spends her days in isolation in the Hirana: an ancient temple that was once the source of the powerful, magical deathless waters — but is now little more than a decaying ruin.

Priya is a maidservant, one among several who make the treacherous journey to the top of the Hirana every night to clean Malini’s chambers. She is happy to be an anonymous drudge, so long as it keeps anyone from guessing the dangerous secret she hides.

But when Malini accidentally bears witness to Priya’s true nature, their destinies become irrevocably tangled. One is a vengeful princess seeking to depose her brother from his throne. The other is a priestess seeking to find her family. Together, they will change the fate of an empire.


A dark and hollow star by Ashley Shuttleworth

Choose your player.

The “ironborn” half-fae outcast of her royal fae family.
A tempestuous Fury, exiled to earth from the Immortal Realm and hellbent on revenge.
A dutiful fae prince, determined to earn his place on the throne.
The prince’s brooding guardian, burdened with a terrible secret.

For centuries, the Eight Courts of Folk have lived among us, concealed by magic and bound by law to do no harm to humans. This arrangement has long kept peace in the Courts—until a series of gruesome and ritualistic murders rocks the city of Toronto and threatens to expose faeries to the human world.

Four queer teens, each who hold a key piece of the truth behind these murders, must form a tenuous alliance in their effort to track down the mysterious killer behind these crimes. If they fail, they risk the destruction of the faerie and human worlds alike. If that’s not bad enough, there’s a war brewing between the Mortal and Immortal Realms, and one of these teens is destined to tip the scales. The only question is: which way?

Wish them luck. They’re going to need it. 


Gearbreakers by Zoe Hana Mikuta

Two girls on opposite sides of a war discover they’re fighting for a common purpose–and falling for each other–in Zoe Hana Mikuta’s high-octane debut Gearbreakers, perfect for fans of Pacific Rim, Pierce Brown’s Red Rising Saga, and Marie Lu’s Legend series.

We went past praying to deities and started to build them instead...

The shadow of Godolia’s tyrannical rule is spreading, aided by their giant mechanized weapons known as Windups. War and oppression are everyday constants for the people of the Badlands, who live under the thumb of their cruel Godolia overlords.

Eris Shindanai is a Gearbreaker, a brash young rebel who specializes in taking down Windups from the inside. When one of her missions goes awry and she finds herself in a Godolia prison, Eris meets Sona Steelcrest, a cybernetically enhanced Windup pilot. At first Eris sees Sona as her mortal enemy, but Sona has a secret: She has intentionally infiltrated the Windup program to destroy Godolia from within.

As the clock ticks down to their deadliest mission yet, a direct attack to end Godolia’s reign once and for all, Eris and Sona grow closer–as comrades, friends, and perhaps something more… 


Wild and wicked things by Francesa May

n the aftermath of World War I, a naive woman is swept into a glittering world filled with dark magic, romance, and murder in this lush and decadent debut.

On Crow Island, people whisper, real magic lurks just below the surface. 

Neither real magic nor faux magic interests Annie Mason. Not after it stole her future. She’s only on the island to settle her late father’s estate and, hopefully, reconnect with her long-absent best friend, Beatrice, who fled their dreary lives for a more glamorous one. 

Yet Crow Island is brimming with temptation, and the biggest one may be her enigmatic new neighbor. 

Mysterious and alluring, Emmeline Delacroix is a figure shadowed by rumors of witchcraft. And when Annie witnesses a confrontation between Bea and Emmeline at one of the island’s extravagant parties, she is drawn into a glittering, haunted world. A world where the boundaries of wickedness are tested, and the cost of illicit magic might be death.


Crier’s war by Nina Varela

Impossible love between two girls —one human, one Made.
A love that could birth a revolution.

After the War of Kinds ravaged the kingdom of Rabu, the Automae, Designed to be the playthings of royals, took over the estates of their owners and bent the human race to their will.

Now, Ayla, a human servant rising the ranks at the House of the Sovereign, dreams of avenging the death of her family… by killing the Sovereign’s daughter, Lady Crier. Crier, who was Made to be beautiful, to be flawless. And to take over the work of her father.

Crier had been preparing to do just that—to inherit her father’s rule over the land. But that was before she was betrothed to Scyre Kinok, who seems to have a thousand secrets. That was before she discovered her father isn’t as benevolent as she thought. That was before she met Ayla.


Jade fire gold by June CL Tan

In an empire on the brink of war…

Ahn is no one, with no past and no family.

Altan is a lost heir, his future stolen away as a child.

When they meet, Altan sees in Ahn a path to reclaiming the throne. Ahn sees a way to finally unlock her past and understand her arcane magical abilities.

But they may have to pay a far deadlier price than either could have imagined.


Iron widow by Xiran Jay Zhao

The boys of Huaxia dream of pairing up with girls to pilot Chrysalises, giant transforming robots that can battle the mecha aliens that lurk beyond the Great Wall. It doesn’t matter that the girls often die from the mental strain.

When 18-year-old Zetian offers herself up as a concubine-pilot, it’s to assassinate the ace male pilot responsible for her sister’s death. But she gets her vengeance in a way nobody expected—she kills him through the psychic link between pilots and emerges from the cockpit unscathed. She is labeled an Iron Widow, a much-feared and much-silenced kind of female pilot who can sacrifice boys to power up Chrysalises instead.​

To tame her unnerving yet invaluable mental strength, she is paired up with Li Shimin, the strongest and most controversial male pilot in Huaxia​. But now that Zetian has had a taste of power, she will not cower so easily. She will miss no opportunity to leverage their combined might and infamy to survive attempt after attempt on her life, until she can figure out exactly why the pilot system works in its misogynist way—and stop more girls from being sacrificed.


Little thieves by Magaret Owen

Once upon a time, there was a horrible girl…

Vanja Schmidt knows that no gift is freely given, not even a mother’s love–and she’s on the hook for one hell of a debt. Vanja, the adopted goddaughter of Death and Fortune, was Princess Gisele’s dutiful servant up until a year ago. That was when Vanja’s otherworldly mothers demanded a terrible price for their care, and Vanja decided to steal her future back… by stealing Gisele’s life for herself.

The real Gisele is left a penniless nobody while Vanja uses an enchanted string of pearls to take her place. Now, Vanja leads a lonely but lucrative double life as princess and jewel thief, charming nobility while emptying their coffers to fund her great escape. Then, one heist away from freedom, Vanja crosses the wrong god and is cursed to an untimely end: turning into jewels, stone by stone, for her greed.

Vanja has just two weeks to figure out how to break her curse and make her getaway. And with a feral guardian half-god, Gisele’s sinister fiancé, and an overeager junior detective on Vanja’s tail, she’ll have to pull the biggest grift yet to save her own life.


Six of crows by Leigh Bardugo

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone. . . .

A convict with a thirst for revenge

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager

A runaway with a privileged past

A spy known as the Wraith

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes

Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.


instagram saw ( and loved , so glad ) a few days ago , but i forgot to post it here as i was caught up with college , hope you enjoy , if you decide to pick any of these .

— zainab <33

My favourite queer reads 🏳‍🌈💖

Hello hello hello , happy pride to everyone from you local queer reader . Ihope everyone has an amazing reading month , filled with queer stories . If you are wondering what to read , here are my favourite book by and about queer people.

Contemporary

Ophelia after all by Racquel Marie

This entire month whatever queer book list i’ll make , i will add this book , Ophelia after all is an absolute delight of a read , about a girl navigating her sexuality after believing all her life that she is straight . With heartfelt moments , found family and a ver believable plot , this book is one of my favourite book of all times.


Hani and Ishu’s guide to fake dating by Adiba Jaigirdar

Have i related to two character more ?? no i don’t thing so . This book and Adiba really made me feel seen , with the beautiful rep and topics that it discusses. Two girls fake date because both want to prove/want something but eventually fal in love , but this book is tbh more than a romcom . The deep convo about casual biphobia , racism and islamophobia that gets ignored everyday . Definietly read this book but make sure you check the trigger warnings before.


The ghosts we keep by Mason Deaver

Firstly i love all the books they have written but this ones holds a deep place in my heart , i have never cried or felt anything like i did while reading this book. Liam’s journey of navigating and living a life after the sudden death of their brother is really heart ripping while also have a silver lining of it’s own, also make sure to check the tws .


Loveless by Alice Oseman

All Alice Oseman books are my favourite, pick anything and you are bound to love it but Loveless has a special place in my heart . With the aroace rep that makes me feel seen . I always turn to this book for comfort and warmth.


The charm offensive by Alison Cochrun

The only adult/new adult in this list because i read /love them but this book won me over with the discussions on sexuality , more of on asexuality and the septrum and mental health.


Thriller

A lesson in vengance by Victoria Lee

FOLK I AM SCREAMING AT YOU TO READ THIS BOOK , SAPPHIC WITCHES , SET IN AN OLD SCHOOL , THRILLER WHAT MORE DO YOU NEED !!!!


Ace of spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

I have never read a more perfect thriller , with the best pacing , story and plot twist , keeping you at your toes at all times.


Fantasy

Iron widow by Xiran Jay Zhao

I was never a sci-fi or a love trriangle person until Xiran came along with this book making it the best tropes and genre . YOU NEED THIS BOOK IN YOUR LIFE


Little Thieves by Margaret Owen

The goose girl retelling but through the antagonist’s pov >> Vanja my beloved i miss her . The book is about Vanja getting caught up in her own greed and wrong doing and while she is still a morally gray character , you will want to root for her until the end .


Cemetery boys by Aideen Thomas

My favourite boys , well one of them is a ghost but still. Cemetery boy is an amazzing story about acceptance , love and family , filled with not so scary ghost .


Graphic Novels

Heartstopper series by Alice Oseman

SHOWSTOPPING , STUNNING , BRILLANT AND A MUST READ . I can talk about it for hours so just know that this is one of the best things to ever exist and you need to read it for you !!!


Tea dragon series by Katie O’Neil

My sweet sweet sapphic babies amd their tea dragons are something so soft and fun you wanna read this pride month (or at anytime )


Bloom

I read it yesterday and know it’s gonna stay with me for a long time.


Mooncakes

Another cute and pretty short graphic novel surrounding adorable and fun queer people .


This month and every month we celebrate you , your indentity and however and whoever you love . No matter what you identify as , questioning , out or not you are valid and i love and support you . Your existance is appriciated <33

—- zainab 💕💕

songs as books : Harry Styles

Harry’s house is out and i can’t stop streaming it !!!! This is the part two of songs as books ( here on the blog , my instagram and a lot more of these ) .

I wanted to do songs from his other album as well but im fixated on this one i can’t make myslef thing about fine line or hs1 right now , soo many in the future but today i present you 8 books from 8 songs from the album Harry’s house

music for a sushi resturant

green eyes, fried rice, I could cook an egg on you
Late night, game time, coffee on the stove, yeah (Oh)
You’re sweet ice cream, but you could use a flake or two
Blue bubblegum twisted ’round your tongue

The vibes with both the song and the book is similar and takes time to grow on you but you instantly know that it’ll be a good one right from the start. Both the book and the song is also about falling in love and being in a relationship .

cleopatra and frankenstine


Boyfriends

You’re no closer to him
Now you’re halfway home
Only callin’ you when
He don’t wanna be alone
Oh, and you go
But why? You don’t know

The song but like sapphic ??? the themes of toxic relationship , taking one for grandted and the on and off cycle of an on and off relationship

check tws besties

Laura dean keeps breaking up with me


Love of my life

Take a walk on Sunday through the afternoon
We can always find somethin’ for us to do
We don’t really like what’s on the news, but it’s on all the time
I take you with me everytime I go away
In a hotel usin’ someone else’s name
I remember back at Jonny’s place, it’s not the same anymore

Both the book and the song revolves around secret relationship and the celebrity culture attached to it , meeting in hidden spots , the false new and the fear that the relationship won’t withstand the pressure . but still at the end of the day loving the same person .

If this gets out


as it was

in this world it’s just us and we know it’s not the way as it was.

zainab what ??? hear me out .

The song is upbeat with sad lyrics while the book is just sad sad . But both someway talk about the heavy topics in life about feeling lonely , down when everything feels rough .

all my rage


Late night talking

We’ve been doin’ all this late night talkin’
About anything you want until the mornin’
Now you’re in my life
I can’t get you off my mind

Definietly my favourite song from the album , love the vibe and upbeat mood of the song and similarly the book is a short fun happy read about two girls who fake date but eventually fall in love .

Change of heart by Clare Laydon


Little freaks

I was thinkin’ about who you are
Your delicate point of view
I was thinkin’ about you
I’m not worried about where you are
Or who you will go home to
I’m just thinkin’ about you
Just thinkin’ about you

honestly no reasons just vibes but also the song feels like cornell is singing for marianne so , take if you will.

Normal people by Sally Rooney


Matilda

You can let it go
You can throw a party full of everyone you know
And not invite your family ’cause they never showed you love
You don’t have to be sorry for leavin’ and growin’ up, mmhm

The song is about “matilda” supposedly a person who never really was treated right and harry is telling them to do things that make them happy , similarily the book is about Bea who runs away from her abuse house in search for a person who proabably doesn’t exist but she is doing it for her sake , for a better future .

Take me with you when you go by David Levithan and Jennifer Niven


Cinema

It’s you
Don’t know why, but it feels so right to me
Somethin’ in the way you move
I like it when you dance for me (I just think it’s)
You all the time (Time, time)
In doses at night (Night, night)
No roof on the drive
Dust off the high
And go to sleep (Go to sleep, go to sleep)

Alongside like the album , all i can think about is , this book . Nora and Charlie are publishing agents , competitors and enemies when Charlie trashes the book of one of the clients of Nora’s . But after quite a few failed relationships, when she is dragged to a small twon she falls for the last person she thought of Charlie.

Book lovers by Emily Henry


helloooo and bye , i need to resume my listening session but hope you have fun if you decide to pick any of theset books , make sure to check the tws .

—- tpwk zainab ❤

A show for two by Tashie Bhuiyan

  • Author – Tashie Bhuiyan
  • Rating – ★★★★★
  • Genre – ya contemporary , romance
  • Trigger warnings – in depth discussions of mental health ( specifically depression ) , mentions of emotional and psychological abuse.
  • Representation – bipoc main characters (bangadeshi american and chinese-spanish mcs ) , muslim rep , side queer characters
  • Pages – 432 ( hardcover )
  • Pub date – 10th May 2022

Thank you edelwiess+, inkyard press and harpercollins for giving me this arc


Synopsis

Mina Rahman has a plan for her future:
• Finally win the Golden Ivy student film competition
• Get into her dream school across the country
• Leave New York City behind once and for all


Mina’s ticket to winning the competition falls into her lap when indie film star—and known heartbreaker—Emmitt Ramos enrolls in her high school under a secret identity to research his next role. When Mina sets out to persuade Emmitt to join her cause, he offers her a deal instead: he’ll be in her short film…if she acts as a tour guide to help him with a photography contest.

As Mina ventures across the five boroughs with Emmitt by her side, the city she grew up in starts to look different and more like home than it ever has before. With the competition deadline looming, Mina’s dreams—which once seemed impenetrable—begin to crumble, and she’s forced to ask herself: Is winning worth losing everything? 

My review

This was one my most anticipated release of this year and i screamed when i got the arc of this book and all the scream was so worth it .

Reasons to read :

  • set in present day new york
  • sunshine x grumpy
  • undercover actor ( secret identity )
  • actor x screenwriter couple
  • playful banter
  • hate to love
  • bipoc main characters
  • being each others home

Setting

The book is set in New York , Emmitt Ramos an indie british actor soon to make it bigs arrives at Mina’s highschool to understand how American Highschool and students work , but before that Mina and Emmitt have an not so cheerful enconter and unkown to his identity she tells him some not so nice things .

Both Mina and Emmitt have their own problems and questions they need to face , they both need to find what they want in life .

Characters

Mina my beloved , she is my idol . God she was the best part about the book , her bold and rebellious personailty was something i wasn’t expecting ( though she’ll be more like karina , love her as well ). Mina is someone i’ll be friends with . She is powerful , ambitious and does things to get it , it may be extreme at times but her character is to die for .

Emmitt ooh dear Emmitt , he was a sweetheart , i would like to thank Tom Holland for inspiring this story and Emmitt’s character because i’ll give my liife for him , from his sunshine personality , casual humour and love for photography everything about him was perfect .

Anam and Rosie came as Mina’s support system and played the part , they were caring , loveale and wholesome.

” All this time, I hid in the darkness. All this time, I was the light.”

Overview

An absolute banger of a book where everything was done so well that i’ll return to this book time after time whenever i’ll need comfort and a home . * Screams * BECAUSE YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK SO GO ADD IT TO YOUR TBRS AND PREORDER BECAUSE * screams again but louder *

” I’m not a bad person for wanting “


Favourite books of 2022 so far (january – april)

I always end up with 12727 favourite books at the end of the year so , this year i thought i shall divide it into three parts , i will still end up with more than enough favourite books but anyway.

From January to April i read 30 books , and most were quite good ngl , most of those books ended up getting a 4 star rating ( a solid ) , but here are the books that recieved between 4.5 to 5 stars .

According to the story graph i have mostly rated books 5 stars , a total of 8 while , 4.75 to one book and 3 books got 4.5 from me . so a total of 12 favourite or maybe best books of 2022 so far (out of 30 ?? me a critical reviewer ?? )

5 stars

Alone with you in the ether by Olivie Blake

First book of the year , and already on my top books list , i knew the moment i finshed ( or maybe in the middle ) that im never forgetting this book and will be reviewing it as many times as possible . But do check the trigger warnings before reading as it tackles quite heavy and sensitive topics .


Ophelia after all by Racquel Marie

The comfort and validation this book brought me is beyond my explaining capability . When we talk about a perfect queer rep’ed young adult book , i have to mention it .


Kim Ji Young born 1982 by Cho Nam Joo

Gripping , real and an outstanding story about Ji young , but real all women in general growing up in a sexist , male dominant society . I read the entire thing in one sitting , nothing could distract me from it and that says a lot . Also it’s highly acclaimed so you don’t really need my opinion .


The Red Palace by June Hur

Thrillers are my absolute favourite but i rarely find ones that leave me shocked , i always make up 100s of theories and always end up being right (boosts mmy ego) but this time i had none .


Almond by Sohn Won Pyung

Will forever thank Kim Namjoon and Min Yoongi for this book because , i cannot emphasise enough on how powerful this book was , made me feel so many emotions over a book about a boy who doesn’t feel emotions .


Zachary ying and the dragon emperor by Xiran Jay Zhao

So grateful that i got an arc of this book , this filled the percy jackson sized void in my heart for a solid moment, with an amazing trio , gripping story and a main character with a unique inside voice.


All my rage by Sabaa Tahir

Still don’t have words to describe how i feel about this book , probably will never but read it , i cried amnd that’s enough for you to know that it’s worth it !!!


The poppy war by R F Kuang

*screams* *cries* *faints* , i will never get over this book , this is the most gruesome book i have ever laid hands on , the powerful story , the writing and characters make in unforgetable !! read only once you have checked the trigger warnings list ( its a long list )


4.75 stars

If you could see the sun by Ann Liang

Academic rivals to lovers , boarding school , magical realism , all in one book ?? yes please. I loved this book to bits and am so glad i got an early copy . The only thing that kept me from giving it a 5 stars was probably the way the reasoning behind the powers was given.


4.5 stars

The lady or the lion by Aamna Qureshi

Let me just firstly scream about how i have an arcc and will read it this month . This book was so beeautiful and *cries* painful that you have to read it.


My Mechanical Romance by Alexene Farol Follmuth

Alexene aka Olivie Blake’s ya debut and i have been wanting to read it since it was announced , and let me tell you it was so worth it . My beautiful , gorgeous nerds whom you really should know and read about .


Night sky with exit wounds by Ocean Vuong

The only poetry book here , the only poetry book every , because even though i’m not a poetry person i’m an Ocean Vuong person and his words are the most beautiful out there.


40% of the books i have read so far this year were above 4.5 stars and i totally see it as a win , while the others weren’t bad either . I don’t really mind giving a book the higest of rating if they arre enjoyable and i would recommend it to other people . My ratings are purely about vibes unless ofc the books contain problamatic stuff ( then i’ll definietly rant ).

— zainab ❤

monthly wrap – up : April

April all of it was ramadan ( started from 2nd so ) and thus i barely had time to read , trying to keep up with offline college , fasting and everything else , reading was quite not on my priority list , also considering how i was in a massive slump all month long . Regardless i read 3 books and liked all three of those , so i see it as a win .

All my rage by Sabaa Tahir

I think this is exactly why i was in a massive slump , the first book of april and it was overwhelming ( in a good way ) , getting into this book i knew it’ll shatter my heart but i did not expect that , this is now registered as my favourite Sabaa Tahir / one of my favourite books of all times.

rating – 5 stars ( please make sure to check the trigger warnings before picking up this one )


This may end badly by Samantha Markum

This is what i needed post AMR , a sweet yet nicely written romcom , with all the tropes you’ll love . Though i wanted more rivals to lovers-ish banter between wells and doe but it was fun nonetheless

rating – 3.75 stars


The poppy war by R F Kuang

This is what sealed slump month for me , after i finished it i quite literarily didn’t want to touch a book that wasn’t part of this series but was equally terrified of the dragon republic (still am) , so this is where i decided to end my reading for the month . One of the best books but the trauma is inevitable so make sure to check the tws

rating – 5 stars


And this is how my april reading went , short but stuff that i liked and would recommend to everyone ( well only if you are okay with the tws ) . I’m so energized for may aka my birthday month , might also catch up on all the reviews that are pending . And Eid Mubarak besties , to everyone who is celebrating ( or not its for everyone ) have fun , treat others nicely <33

— zainab 💜💖