This Is All Your Fault by Aminah Mae Safi

Hi, Hello and Welcome. Today is my stop for the This Is All Your Fault blog tour hosted by Turn The Pages Tours. So without a further ado, let’s get into it!

isn’t this cover stunning?

A few things about the book before we start:

Book Title: This Is All Your Fault

Author: Aminah Mae Safi

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

Release Date: October 13, 2020

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT

Book Purchase link: https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250242341

Description: 

Set over the course of one day, Aminah Mae Safi’s This Is All Your Fault is a smart and voice-driven YA novel that follows three young women determined to save their indie bookstore.

Rinn Olivera is finally going to tell her longtime crush AJ that she’s in love with him.

Daniella Korres writes poetry for her own account, but nobody knows it’s her.

Imogen Azar is just trying to make it through the day.

When Rinn, Daniella, and Imogen clock into work at Wild Nights Bookstore on the first day of summer, they’re expecting the hours to drift by the way they always do. Instead, they have to deal with the news that the bookstore is closing. Before the day is out, there’ll be shaved heads, a diva author, and a very large shipment of Air Jordans to contend with.

And it will take all three of them working together if they have any chance to save Wild Nights Bookstore.

Author Bio:

Aminah Mae Safi is a Muslim-American writer. Safi was the winner of the We Need Diverse Books short story contest, and that story appeared in the anthology Fresh Ink. She lives in Los Angeles, California, with her partner and cat. This Is All Your Fault is her third novel, following Not the Girls You’re Looking For and Tell Me How You Really Feel.

Author Links:

http://www.aminahmae.com/

https://www.instagram.com/aminahmae/

There’s even a giveaway for this book!

Prize: One finished copy of This is All Your Fault by Aminah Mae Safi

US Only

Starts: October 12, 2020

Ends: October 19, 2020 at 12:00 a.m. 

Direct link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/1e4a114d5/

My thoughts:

I did give this book a 4 out of 5 stars.

I really enjoyed this book. It is set over the course of a day where the employees of this bookstore are trying to save if from closing down. I really liked how the author developed the characters and seeing how their relationships changed and grew throughout the novel was very satisfying. The characters themselves were scattered across the spectrum in the sense that they were all unique and were so distinguishable. I wasn’t a fan of one of the characters at the start of the book but the way she was explored and how we delved into her feelings and life, I couldn’t help but like her along with the whole cast of characters, except one guy, I can’t stand him. He is so annoying and I literally cannot even talk about him without my blood boiling. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel but the only reason this isn’t 5 stars is because of that one character. Highly recommend this to anyone that’s looking for a quick, well-rounded and meaningful story.

Favorite quotes

“she always felt most like herself when she was talking about a book. That was her natural state, really. Books, she could do. Books, she loved.” This is so relatable like I see myself so much in this story.

“But she seemed to come alive in the store, surrounded by stories.” AGAIN, why does this book feel like all my thoughts in a story????

“It was in this old store that she felt like she was a part of anything, really.” periodT. This book honestly just feels so real and the characters and their monologues are just amazing.

That is all I have for today and I hope you guys enjoyed! Go and pick this book up because it is AMAZING and it deserves all the buzz! Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you in the next one! Bye!

please read The Poppy War because it’s SO GOOD

Hi, Hello and Welcome. It has been such a long time since I’ve been so passionately in love with a book until I read The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang. This book is so good I do not even know how to articulate it but I will try my best in today’s review!

Trigger Warnings:War themes, drug use, substance addiction, self-harm, racism, misogyny, genocide, bullying, abadonment, abuse, animal death, animal cruelty, brutal torture, brutal killing, brutal rape (offscreen), mutilation, graphic descriptions of how children and adults died, experimentations on people against their will.

Here’s a (not so) brief synopsis:

When Rin aced the Keju—the Empire-wide test to find the most talented youth to learn at the Academies—it was a shock to everyone: to the test officials, who couldn’t believe a war orphan from Rooster Province could pass without cheating; to Rin’s guardians, who believed they’d finally be able to marry her off and further their criminal enterprise; and to Rin herself, who realized she was finally free of the servitude and despair that had made up her daily existence. That she got into Sinegard—the most elite military school in Nikan—was even more surprising.

But surprises aren’t always good.

Because being a dark-skinned peasant girl from the south is not an easy thing at Sinegard. Targeted from the outset by rival classmates for her color, poverty, and gender, Rin discovers she possesses a lethal, unearthly power—an aptitude for the nearly-mythical art of shamanism. Exploring the depths of her gift with the help of a seemingly insane teacher and psychoactive substances, Rin learns that gods long thought dead are very much alive—and that mastering control over those powers could mean more than just surviving school.

For while the Nikara Empire is at peace, the Federation of Mugen still lurks across a narrow sea. The militarily advanced Federation occupied Nikan for decades after the First Poppy War, and only barely lost the continent in the Second. And while most of the people are complacent to go about their lives, a few are aware that a Third Poppy War is just a spark away . . .

Rin’s shamanic powers may be the only way to save her people. But as she finds out more about the god that has chosen her, the vengeful Phoenix, she fears that winning the war may cost her humanity . . . and that it may already be too late.

My Thoughts:

I did give this book a 5 out of 5 stars.

THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD WHERE DO I EVEN BEGIN???

I felt like the introduction to Rin really gave us a good start to see how she could develop throughout the novel. Things were of course not easy for her growing up with foster parents that used her to sell opium, and being dark-skinned was an added struggle that just made her life really hard. So seeing her with so much power was satisfying however it really pulled at my heartstrings because she was so conflicted and AHH I WAS CONFLICTED TOO. The way the author showed all the consequences of her decisions(especially the last part of the book) really made me second guess my thoughts on whether it was right or wrong because the author really shows all sides of this terrible war and how winning might not even be the right choice.

The writing in this novel was just perfect. It conveyed the message so well and it really gave the reader a dark and grotesque outlook on war. It really highlighted all of the terrible things that a soldier has to go through during a war which I feel is not really shown in books that often. The way the author used such brutal descriptions of these atrocities really painted a vivid picture and helped to connect me even more to Rin.

Surprisingly, this was quite witty too. The author had a nice balance of dark and serious topics along with witty banter to make the reading experience a nice one. I honestly could not believe that I would laugh at a few lines because it was that funny! So if you guys are wondering, this book is not just dark and gritty, it also has a good balance of humor so you don’t feel too sad.

The characters in this book were just so widely spread across the spectrum. You would expect all the characters to be tough and heartless because this a war, but there is so much more to every single character. Every character had such a unique personality and I liked how the author wrote them. Seeing the characters that bullied Rin in Sinegard be changed by the war was really satisfying as the were all on the same side and I even liked Nehza after a while.

I do not even know where to begin with the plot. The first part of the novel was really setting us up for the story and I do not know how I was not bored. I actually really enjoyed getting to know all of our characters and seeing Rin train was really nice and I think I loved it so much because of the way the author wrote the world-building and the characters so that I was constantly engaged with the story.

The second part really veered in such a dark path and while I expected it to become dark, I didn’t know it would be so gritty and grotesque. I honestly did not expect the magic to be so complex. I thought I would be really confused but the author kept on reinstating the magic so I found it really easy to follow along. The magic was one I have never read before and I liked how the author made it very realistic. I liked how the power really took a toll on the person and it just made it feel so much more real.

I honestly did not expect those plot twists. They were out of this world! I really did not expect for the book to go down that path but it did- and I loved it! It really helped tie the story back from the past all the way to the present and how this war really transcended time. The way the book ended really left me wanting to read the second book SO BAD but I am so emotionally exhausted at the same time so I think I’m going to take a break before I pick up The Dragon Republic.

That’s all I have for today and I hope you guys enjoyed. Please pick up The Poppy Wars because ITS SO GOOD AND TRUST ME YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED. Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you in the next post. Bye!

Your Heart After Dark by Mahtab Rohan|Blog Tour

Hi, Hello and Welcome. Today is my stop for the blog tour hosted by Hear Our Voices Book Tours(thank you so much for this opportunity) for Your Heart After Dark by Mahtab Rohan. I really loved this book so let’s get right into my thoughts.

Here’s a brief synopsis

Maria Chaudhry’s personal demons trap her in a downward spiral, but the beast lurking in Ehmet’s blood can do a lot worse than that.
After a year of living in a prissy suburb, Maria Chaudhry is back downtown. Back to what she never wanted to leave. But she can’t really enjoy it since neither the living nor the dead will leave her in peace.

JC’s death still keeps her up at night and Ehmet’s sudden ambivalence isn’t helping. Maybe she had read his signals wrong and Ehmet was never in love with her like she thought. Or maybe his love is tangled with secrets too dark to speak aloud, secrets about JC’s death and the unpredictable beast in Ehmet’s blood.

When an upcoming hiking trip is canceled, there’s no pretty path left towards the truth. A growing spiral of deceit threatens to tear Maria and Ehmet apart forever, but the beast lurking within Ehmet can do a lot worse than that.

My thoughts

I did give this book a 4 out of 5 stars.

I really enjoyed this book. The representation was on-point for me and I could definitely relate to the desi things mentioned in this book and OH MY GOD— IF YOU HAVE NOT TRIED GULAB JAMUN YOU’RE SERIOUSLY MISSING OUT. It felt so refreshing to finally feel properly represented in a book and I didn’t have any problems with this novel in that aspect.

The book had me hooked from the start like literally after this line “There’s no easy way to stop loving someone”, I could not put this book down. It’s quick and time just flew by when I read this book

The writing flows so easily and the way the author weaved the characters’ emotions so flawlessly left me in awe. It could be mysterious, angry, sad and happy at times and I really admired how the author set the tone so easily.

The plot moves so quickly and I liked how we got to see so many perspectives which gave us a glimpse as to why they did such things. It was suspenseful, and I savored every single hint the author dropped. I definitely was not disappointed by the reveal and even though I found it a bit predictable, I enjoyed the way the author executed the twists and reveals.

Seeing our main character Maria grow in such a harsh climate was very nice and seeing her develop these wholesome bonds and face her fears was just really well written. I thoroughly appreciated the way the author expressed all of Maria’s emotions and how it just makes so much sense.

The only problem I had with this book is that there may have been too many characters introduced at one point which confused me but I didn’t really kind it.

If you have yet to pick this book up, please do because it will not disappoint.

That is all I have for today and I hope you guys enjoyed. Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you in the next one! Bye!

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