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YA Books I Can’t Wait For

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Ready your TBRs, because you have more to launch into it!

Batman: Nightwalker (DC, Icons #2)
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Title: Batman: Nightwalker (DC Icons, #2)

Author: Marie Lu

Synopsis (from Goodreads): Before he was Batman, he was Bruce Wayne. A reckless boy willing to break the rules for a girl who may be his worst enemy.

The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list.

One by one, the city’s elites are being executed as their mansions’ security systems turn against them, trapping them like prey. Meanwhile, Bruce is turning eighteen and about to inherit his family’s fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Enterprises and all the tech gadgetry his heart could ever desire. But after a run-in with the police, he’s forced to do community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison that holds the city’s most brutal criminals.

Madeleine Wallace is a brilliant killer . . . and Bruce’s only hope.

In Arkham, Bruce meets Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. What is she hiding? And why will she speak only to Bruce? Madeleine is the mystery Bruce must unravel. But is he getting her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees? Bruce will walk the dark line between trust and betrayal as the Nightwalkers circle closer.

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Release date: January 2nd 2018

Page count: 272

I am super excited for this book! I really want to read Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons, #1) by Leigh Bardugo too, and can’t wait for Catwoman: Soulstealer (DC Icons, #3) by Sarah J. Maas, coming out in August 2018, either!

Also, Marie Lu is a great author, so I just know (or sincerely hope!) this is going to be amazing!

Artemis by Andy Weir

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Title: Artemis

Author: Andy Weir

Synopsis (from Goodreads): Jazz Bashara is a criminal.

Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you’re not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you’ve got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.

Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of her problems, as she learns that she’s stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself—and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even riskier than the first.

Genres: Science fiction

Release date: 14th November 2017

Page count: 384

This whole world just sounds absolutely awesome! I also really loved ‘The Martian’ (never mind how long it took me to finish it) by Andy Weir (he seems to love writing amazing books about space).

I mean, a city on the moon?!! I NEED THAT IN MY LIFE!

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

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Title: The Cruel Prince

Author: Holly Black

Synopsis (from Goodreads): Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Release date: 2nd January 2018

Page count: 384

Now I feel like The Cruel Prince is going to be one of those books that overwhelm you with a string of different emotions – really looking forward to it!

AND I JUST LOVE THIS SO MUCH:  “beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire”.

Hopefully you found a book that has sparked your attention out of the ones in this post, and be sure to look out for more posts like this soon!

Happy reading!

LET’S DISCUSS: HAVE YOU HEARD OF ANY OF THESE BOOKS OR AUTHORS BEFORE? WHICH ONE OF THESE BOOKS ARE YOUR FAVOURITE?

Book Reviews

REVIEW: She Wore Red Trainers

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Title: She Wore Red Trainers (standalone)

Author: Na’ima B. Robert

Publication date: June 10th 2014

Genre: Young Adult, Romance

Page count: 256 pages

Synopsis (from Goodreads): When Ali first meets Amirah, he notices everything about her—her hijab, her long eyelashes and her red trainers—in the time it takes to have one look, before lowering his gaze. And, although Ali is still coming to terms with the loss of his mother and exploring his identity as a Muslim, and although Amirah has sworn never to get married, they can’t stop thinking about each other. Can Ali and Amirah ever have a halal “happily ever after”?

A MUSLIM ROMANCE? 

Okaaayy, so, not gonna lie, this was probably my first “romance book” ever. Not that I haven’t read a bit of romance before, but never before an entire book entitled to that very subject. And a Muslim romance? Pretty much unheard of.

Why did I read it? I was curious. I wanted to see how Na’ima B. Robert was going to portray this. I had read her biography, “From Her Sisters’ Lips” the previous summer and had actually just finished reading “From Somalia with Love“, her first book, which I hated (let me know if you want a review on that book, as I may do one), so I already had pretty mixed feelings about her books.

And this one was no exception.

THE WRITING

I found the writing simple enough to read and understand, but not too basic. There were some nice descriptions, but not really anything too fancy… there isn’t really anything more to it.

THEMES

MORE THAN “JUST A ROMANCE” 

I have to say, this book is a lot more than a romance, and I ended up taking it a lot more seriously than I had initially expected to.

“That’s what I’ve learned over the years. We always think someone else has it easier than us but, when you pull back the layers, you see that they are struggling too, just in their own, unique way.” – She Wore Red Trainers, Na’ima B Robert

It is so empowering, and deals with so much more stronger, more significant issues than finding a husband – like coming to terms with yourself; figuring out what you really want to do with your life and how you’re going to come about it; there was a bit of family-issues too; and most importantly, coming to terms with your religion, your beliefs (which was, in this book, Islam).

RELIGION

Now, how, you may ask, can you come to term with your religion and beliefs at eighteen years old? If you’re strictly a religious person, this may seem strange to you. To others, this might be a familiar feeling.

Firstly, Amirah and Ali, they’re not perfect. They have their flaws, and their struggles.

Both of them had their struggles with Islam, and this book really saw that through to the end, which I was really pleased about.

“Islam isn’t like that – something you can use just to get what you want. It’s a genuine spiritual commitment, a way of life…” – She Wore Red Trainers, Na’ima B Robert

FAMILY 

Amirah and Ali both had quite a bit of family issues.

Amirah’s mother had divorced and re-married quite a few times, which resulted in a negative impact on the children, Amirah, and the mother herself.

Ali’s mother had recently died, and him and his father and brothers were still coming to terms with it.

This book shows them both dealing with their family issues and how it all comes about.

“Just be sincere, work hard and Allah will take care of the rest.” – She Wore Red Trainers, Na’ima B Robert

COMING TO TERMS WITH YOURSELF

Now, this is a really important theme, especially when it comes to a book like this, and I think that this was explored really well.

It didn’t just include coming to terms with what the characters wanted, but it also tied in with religion, since Islam is a huge part of every practising Muslim’s life.

I’ve actually just realised how many morals there are in this story… really not a bad thing, you’d be surprised how well it was put, I didn’t feel like I was being preached at at all.

“But human beings are amazing like that. We’re resilient. And Allah tests us with the things we love so that we can return to Him and long for His love, not the love of His creation. That was when I realized that this life isn’t meant to be perfect. It’s a place for test and examination. The true happiness, the true bliss, will be in the afterlife, Akhirah. That’s when I hope to taste pure happiness, with no loss, no tears, ever.” –She Wore Red Trainers, Na’ima B Robert

THE ROMANCE

Surprise, surprise – there isn’t much romance. Well, nothing if you compare it to an everyday romance book of today.

The book was more about Amirah and Ali finding out about each other without having any physical contact or anything like that and both of them developing into adults so they’re responsible enough for marriage.

“Too many young girls in this community are dying to get married to get away from their problems at home, or to get a bit of freedom. But let me tell you something: if you rush into marriage to escape your problems, you may find that they follow you anyway.” –She Wore Red Trainers, Na’ima B Robert

And to be honest, I quite liked that.

ISSUES I HAD

There was way too much use of:

  • “teeth-kissing” – characters are literally always “kissing their teeth”
  • the word “bro” – it was too often “bro this”or “bro that”, definitely over-used

A QUICK, ENJOYABLE READ

But despite that, this book still made a whole load of important points, as well as being a definitely interesting and enjoyable quick-read (I started and finished it at the airport).

I ended up rating this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I would highly recommend this to all teenagers! 🙂

LET’S DISCUSS: Have you read She Wore Red Trainers? What did you think of it?

Until next time!

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