One of my favorite young adult series growing up was Nancy Drew. These books featured a strong, intelligent female character solving crime and kicking ass with two awesome friends by her side. They were fun, interesting, and easy to read. So, when Ayesha Dean was pitched to me as a Muslim Nancy Drew, it was an automatic add to my TBR. It’s been a long time since I found anything even close to the amazingness that is Nancy Drew. I’m so happy to say that Ayesha Dean lived up to my expectations and I’ve found a new series to love. Read on for three reasons why I enjoyed Ayesha Dean the Istanbul Intrigue!
Exotic Locale of Istanbul
Melati Lum writes beautiful descriptions of the many sights in Istanbul, the delicious food, the bustling market areas, and the rich culture. The descriptions felt authentic and made me feel like I was right there with Ayesha eating some tasty kebabs.
I want to be BFFs with Ayesha Dean.
It didn’t take me long to love Ayesha. It’s clear from the start she is brave, smart, capable, kind, and compassionate. I think it would be so much fun to travel the world with her, solving mysteries, and going on adventures. Plus, I would be safe at all times with Ayesha since she knows Tae Kwon Do. 😉
Positive Muslim Representation
One of my favorite aspects of this book is that Ayesha is a practicing Muslim. Lum incorporates this in a natural way that never makes it the focus of the story, nor is it a distraction. I especially loved that even though Ayesha was raised by non-Muslims, they supported and encouraged her to learn about and practice Islam. For her to be accepted, respected, and loved for being who she is, is a wonderful message to young readers.
I hope I’ve convinced you to give Ayesha Dean The Istanbul Intrigue a try! I’m thrilled that Melati Lum is writing another Ayesha Dean book! I can’t wait to read it.