“Internment” by Samira Ahmed

Thanksto Little Brown UK and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

This was a scary book. Scary because it was so utterly believable.

The story takes place in an America where Muslims are sent to domestic internment camps. Layla, a 17 year old Muslim, and her parents are sent to one such desert internment camp simply because of their faith. Layla soon chafes against her imprisonment and leads a resistance movement within the camp. She is aided by her Jewish boyfriend David, her new friend Ayesha, and Jake, a guard at the camp.

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“Shadow of the Fox” by Julie Kagawa

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Thanks to HQ Young Adult and Netgalley for providing me with a Review Copy in exchange for an honest review. 

This is the second Japanese inspired YA I’ve read recently after Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean. I’ve held a lifelong personal interest in Japanese mythology and legends and for anyone who shares this interest, you’ll know one of the coolest aspects of Japanese mythology are Yokai. Yokai are supernatural monsters, ghosts and demons and there is a whole fascinating world of these to explore. My personal favourite is the Kasa-obake, a one-eyed umbrella that hops around on one leg. Yup.

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“Fierce Fragile Hearts” by Sara Barnard

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Thanks to Pan Macmillan and NetGalley for providing me with an Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

I’ve read some very disappointing contemporary YA novels lately, but I knew from the start that this book was going to be different. I haven’t read the author’s previous novel which concerns some of the same characters, but I don’t feel like I had to in order to appreciate this one. Continue reading ““Fierce Fragile Hearts” by Sara Barnard”