A Change Is Gonna Come

34946853Genre: YA
Pages: 384
Publisher: Stripes
Source: Publisher
Format: Paperback
Rating: 4 stars
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Featuring top Young Adult authors alongside a host of exciting new talent, this anthology of stories and poetry from BAME writers on the theme of change is a long-overdue addition to the YA scene. Contributors include Tanya Byrne, Inua Ellams, Catherine Johnson, Patrice Lawrence, Ayisha Malik, Irfan Master, Musa Okwonga and Nikesh Shukla.

Plus introducing four fresh new voices in YA fiction: Mary Bello, Aisha Bushby, Yasmin Rahman and Phoebe Roy.
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July 2017

July is already over, what the hell? It feels like yesterday that I had my last exam. As expected, I have not done even half of the things that I wanted to do this summer due to falling ill and trying to meet up with friends as much as possible. But I did manage to read more than I thought I would considering I didn’t read anything for the first half of the month though I did mainly watch a lot of movies rather than read.

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Dare to Fall by Estelle Maskame

Today I am bringing to you my review of Dare to Fall by Estelle Maskame as part of the blog tour hosted by Ink Road Books. I received this book in exchange for an honest review but this did not affect my opinion at all.

34197480Genre: YA Contemporary
Pages: 325
Publisher: Black and White Publishing
Source: Publisher
Format: Paperback
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Buy the Book: Waterstones, Amazon, The Book Depository

She was afraid of it.
He was used to it.

There’s not much that MacKenzie Rivers is afraid of. In the small town of Windsor, Colorado, she is known for her easygoing, strong personality, some would even say she isn’t afraid of anything. But MacKenzie knows that’s not true. She’s afraid of losing those closest to her. Recovering from a family tragedy, Kenzie is fully aware of just how big an impact death can have on those it leaves behind. Seeing its effects on other people is something she just can’t quite handle. From now on, Kenzie is her own priority.

There are not many things that Jaden Hunter can make sense of. He doesn’t understand why it was his parents who lost their lives last year. He doesn’t understand why his friends don’t crack jokes around him any more. He doesn’t understand why his teachers still insist on letting him skip assignments. He doesn’t understand why MacKenzie, the girl he was falling for last year, has suddenly distanced herself from him.

Too afraid to get wrapped up in Jaden’s world as he deals with the tragic death of his parents, Kenzie has stayed away from him as best she can, until one night when they unexpectedly come face-to-face for the first time in months. As old feelings resurface and new memories are made, both MacKenzie and Jaden show each other how to appreciate the little things in life, the moments that are taken for granted. But will MacKenzie dare to fall for the one person she’s so afraid of growing close to?
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Inspirational Hijabi Women by Yasmin Rahman

Today, I am absolutely honoured to be taking part in the A Change is Gonna Come blog tour. If you haven’t heard of A Change is Gonna Come, you must have been living under a rock. To bring you up to date, A Change is Gonna Come features eight established writers and introduces four exciting new voices. This anthology of stories and poetry from BAME writers is a long-overdue addition to the YA scene.The authors each interpreted the theme of change in their own unique and compelling voice. It covers a wide variety of genres and messages and I for one have been excited to read it since it was first announced. As part of my post in this blog tour, I have a guest post from Yasmin Rahman on some of the most inspirational hijabi women to her which ties in to the theme of her story ‘Fortune Favours the Bold’ in A Change is Gonna Come.

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The Mortal Instruments Vs The Infernal Devices

So recently I was thinking about what blog post to write when I came across this TID vs TMI tag on Booktube. I thought it would be an interesting post to write considering you guys know how much I love the Shadowhunter world. However, I would like to just state now that it’s slightly obvious that The Infernal Devices are so much better to me and I’ve said this since I read the books. But I thought it would still be interesting to see how my love for TID breaks down against TMI in a series of situations. I’d also just like to say that there might be slight spoilers for the books in this post so proceed with caution.

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Meaningful Reads: The Sin Eater’s Daughter

Today, I’m starting a new series on my blog. I have this habit of starting blog post series and then not actually carrying on with them but hopefully this one will stay for a while because it’s about something that I really love. This series as all about the books and series that mean the most to me. In each post, I’m going to spotlight one book that means a lot to me and explain why it means so much to me. The best part about reading in my opinion is the fact that books can affect everyone differently. A book can have a major meaningful impact on me but not matter at all to someone else. It doesn’t have to be the best book/series in the world but it’s the impact that matters the most. So I’m going to discuss some of the books that had the most impact on me. Everyone talks about the impact of Harry Potter on their lives and whilst I love Harry Potter, it didn’t have as meaningful as an impact on my life as it did to others so the books I am going to talk about are my Harry Potters, I guess.

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Read with Pride: Simon James Green

Hi guys. Today, I’m here with a delayed blog tour post. This was meant to go up on the 8th July but for some reason, WordPress did not want to work with me and it deleted the post and would not let me do anything on my blog until now. Originally, this post was part of the Read with Pride campaign run by Scholastic which was a blog tour featuring their variety of LGBT+ books. As part of this celebration, I have a guest post from Simon James Green, author of Noah Can’t Even who is giving some tips on including diverse characters in your novel.

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June 2017

June is over and with that, my exams are over! My A level days are done and I couldn’t be happier. It was also Ramadan for most of June and then Eid right at the end so I was a very busy and tired person all month. As you can suspect I didn’t get much done this month due to my exams but I did manage to read and watch some things.

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Show Stopper Blog Tour: Inspiration

Today, I bring to you another blog tour post! I don’t know about you guys but I love blog tours because I like to follow each blog post and maybe discover new blogs and more information for a specific book. Today’s book is Show Stopper by Hayley Barker which honestly sounds fantastic:

Set in a near-future England where the poorest people in the land are forced to sell their children to a travelling circus – to perform at the mercy of hungry lions, sabotaged high wires and a demonic ringmaster. The ruling class visit the circus as an escape from their structured, high-achieving lives – pure entertainment with a bloodthirsty edge. Ben, the teenage son of a draconian government minister, visits the circus for the first time and falls instantly in love with Hoshiko, a young performer. They come from harshly different worlds – but must join together to escape the circus and put an end to its brutal sport.

Today, I’m bringing to you a guest post from Hayley about where her inspiration for this book came from so let’s pass it over to her now.

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May 2017

May is over and now I’m scared since most of my exams are in June. I didn’t really do much this month because I’ve been revising my butt off so this wrap up is going to be short and slightly boring but hey, my exams finish in June so hopefully my summer will be a lot more fun!

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