The Candle and the Flame Street Team + Covers & Cupcakes #8!

We are thrilled to be a part of The Candle and The Flame’s Street Team – Noor’s Chosen! Today we are celebrating the book birthday of this gorgeous fantasy debut by Nafiza Azad. What better way to commemorate this new release than a sumptuous Covers and Cupcakes post!

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Blog Tour + A to Z Reasons to Read ‘Love from A to Z’ by S.K. Ali

*HOORAY! HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY TO LOVE FROM A TO Z!*

Welcome to one of the last stops on the Countdown to Love from A to Z Blog Tour!

It’s been so awesome being part of the Street Team and promoting this marvelous book! Before we share our post with you, here’s a little bit about the book and author to spark your interest.

Synopsis:

From William C. Morris Award Finalist S.K. Ali comes an unforgettable romance that is part The Sun Is Also a Star mixed with Anna and the French Kiss, following two Muslim teens who meet during a spring break trip.

A marvel: something you find amazing. Even ordinary-amazing. Like potatoes—because they make French fries happen. Like the perfect fries Adam and his mom used to make together.

An oddity: whatever gives you pause. Like the fact that there are hateful people in the world. Like Zayneb’s teacher, who won’t stop reminding the class how “bad” Muslims are.

But Zayneb, the only Muslim in class, isn’t bad. She’s angry.

When she gets suspended for confronting her teacher, and he begins investigating her activist friends, Zayneb heads to her aunt’s house in Doha, Qatar, for an early start to spring break.

Fueled by the guilt of getting her friends in trouble, she resolves to try out a newer, “nicer” version of herself in a place where no one knows her.

Then her path crosses with Adam’s.

Since he got diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in November, Adam’s stopped going to classes, intent, instead, on perfecting the making of things. Intent on keeping the memory of his mom alive for his little sister.

Adam’s also intent on keeping his diagnosis a secret from his grieving father.

Alone, Adam and Zayneb are playing roles for others, keeping their real thoughts locked away in their journals.

Until a marvel and an oddity occurs…

Marvel: Adam and Zayneb meeting.

Oddity: Adam and Zayneb meeting.

You can find S.K. Ali on Twitter, Instagram & her website.

Buy the book! Barnes & Noble || Amazon

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Blog Tour + Review: Ayesha Dean The Seville Secret by Melati Lum

Welcome to the next stop on the Ayesha Dean The Seville Secret Blog Tour! We are so excited to finally share our review of this fantastic book by Melati Lum.

Melati Lum returns to the world of Ayesha Dean to take middle grade readers on a new, exciting adventure through Seville, Spain! The second book in the Ayesha Dean series is titled The Seville Secret and is just as thrilling and fun as its predecessor, The Istanbul Intrigue. Be sure to read our review for book one here.

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Covers & Cupcakes #7: Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

Happy Book Birthday to Kingdom of Ash! We’re a mix of excitement and nerves to read the finale to the Throne of Glass series. It’s a bit surreal that the end is finally here. I’d like to say that after seven books, we are ready for whatever emotional rollercoaster Sarah J. Maas decides to throw us on. But history has shown that she manages to surprise us every time and leave us drowning in book feels!

All week we are celebrating this epic series with fun content on our blog. Today, we bring you a Covers and Cupcakes post dedicated to the Throne of Glass series!

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Book Series Discussion: Throne of Glass saga by Sarah J. Maas

Tomorrow marks a momentous occasion for YA readers. Sarah J. Maas’ massively popular and beloved fantasy series, Throne of Glass, comes to an end with its final installment, Kingdom of Ash. It’s been a long, emotionally wrought journey for Aelin, her cohorts, and readers alike. Faiza and I thought this would be a good time to take a look back at one of our favorite YA fantasy series and share what we love so much about it.

*Mild spoilers for the series are included.*

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Bitmoji Book Review: Wildcard by Marie Lu

Wildcard is the second book in the Warcross duology. Marie Lu’s latest series is a futuristic sci-fi story about a virtual reality game called Warcross. In the first book, we meet Emika Chen, bounty hunter and hacker, just barely surviving in New York. She’s on her own and leading a tough life. All that changes when she is unexpectedly hired by Hideo Tanaka, creator of Warcross, to investigate the very security breach that resulted in her accidental glitch into the championship game. Emika travels to Tokyo and is at once embroiled in a dangerous conspiracy. The sequel finds Emika struggling to come to terms with a harsh truth she learns about Hideo and keeping herself alive long enough to prevent the misuse of technology at the hands of a misguided adversary.

The Warcross duology is an action-packed, intense, and exciting adventure in the world of gaming that won’t let you breathe till the last page.

And now onto my Bitmoji Review of Wildcard! Also, you’ve been warned:

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4 Reasons to Add AYESHA AT LAST to Your TBR!

From the moment we heard about Ayesha At Last, we knew it was a must read. A Muslim romcom inspired by the classic Pride and Prejudice? SOLD! When we discovered the US release date wasn’t until 2019, and that Canada was getting it June 2018, we were very tempted to visit our neighbors to the north. Thanks to author Uzma Jalaluddin, we didn’t need to travel to Canada to get our hands on a copy of Ayesha At Last. She graciously and generously sent one our way to read and honestly review. Thank you SO much for sending us your book, Uzma!

Co-blogger Faiza was the lucky one to read Ayesha At Last  and she shares her thoughts below!

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New Blog Feature Announcement!

When it comes to reviewing books, there’s no one way to do it. Some bloggers like to write a critical analysis, while others like to take an informal approach and simply discuss their general thoughts on a book. Still others choose a more expressive approach and use GIFs to convey their feelings. Or perhaps they share “101 Thoughts I Had While Reading X Book” posts, or even “Top 5 Reasons to Read X Book” posts gushing about a recent read. I’ve been brainstorming creative ways to talk about books on my blog for a long time now…. and well…

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I’m excited to share a new blog feature: Bitmoji Book Reviews! If you aren’t familiar with Bitmoji, it’s a free app where you can create an avatar of yourself and become your own personal emoji. There is a whole library of moods and feelings to choose from all based on your avatar (example above). It’s a fun way to communicate through texts, so I thought why not try it out for book reviews?

I’ll be posting my first Bitmoji Book Review in a couple days, so be sure to check it out and let me know what you think!