If you follow me on Instagram and watch my ig stories regularly, it’s no surprise that I have been hyping this book since I first learnt of its existence and was eventually gifted the eARC by the author. I had initially been on a reading slump and was bored not getting into any book i kept trying to read, so i picked this up.
Oh boy, what a perfect rom-com setting this was for me. I didn’t only identify with the book 80% of the storyline (being a Nigerian myself and from Edo State), but it was an absolute delight.
Azere must choose between love and her family as she tries so hard to honor the promise she made to her father at his death bed to marry a Nigerian when the time comes and be an obedient daughter of her conservative mother who is adamant on preserving her Nigeria heritage/culture by matching making potential suitors for her (thus making the promise be fulfilled)
But when another match-made date night -by-mom goes wrong, Azere ends up having a one night stand with Rafael Castellano, which unexpectedly evolves into something serious (and his totally white and spanish) .
Azere is caught between her growing feelings for Rafael and the compulsive need to please her mother who will never accept a relationship that threatens to dilute Azere’s Nigerian heritage.
Azere can’t help wondering if loving Rafael makes her any less of a Nigerian. Can she be with him without compromising her identity?
WHAT I LOVED
I particularly enjoyed the romance movies references/scenes the author cited trying to imagine Azere’s case in them. It was both hilarious and damn cute.
Lots of likeable characters, ofcourse my favorite was her mother though (she reminds me of mine and presents the typical Nigeria mother’s characterization). Her dramatics wasn’t just hilarious but epic.
The sort of love triangle (not exactly one because Azere wasn’t exactly in love with Elijah) was also fun to read too. And i love how Elijah’s character was written off as a total villain.
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE
I do find Azere’s character sometimes annoying and overly unnecessarily dramatic. I didn’t care for her character sometimes cause she didn’t seem mature enough for me. I sort of find the sibling exhibiting the strong will and mature thinking that I would have loved to see Azere had. But that’s also what makes the book interesting enough.
The sort of love triangle (not exactly one because Azere wasn’t exactly in love with Elijah) was also fun to read too. And i love how Elijah’s character was written as a total villain.
I deeply appreciated the cultural depictions of Nigeria delicaese, music, attire and the language as well. It’s always fun reading a book that identifies with me and this was well written.
My only dissatisfaction was the angst. It was unnecessarily too much sometimes and cliche.
If you a fan of interracial romance, love reading and learning about West Africa cultures and other Chick Lit….. You might want to grab this.
PUBLICATION DATE: SEPTEMBER 29TH 2020 PUBLISHER: BERKELEY
Am not sure if my review or thoughts will do enough justice to how I feel regarding SkyHunter but here’s hoping you’ll pick this up.
Talin is a refugee (having had her territory conquered by the Karensa Federation who’s on the quest of destroying nation after nation with its terrifying army of mutant beasts known only as Ghosts). While she can’t talk so uses sign language, She joins the elite force of Strikers in the city of Mara she and her mother finds refuge in, and together with her teammates fight against the Karensa Federation Ghosts.
But when a mysterious prisoner is brought from the front to Mara’s capital to be executed, Talin senses there’s more to him than meets the eye. Is he a spy from the Federation? What secrets is he hiding?
With likeable characters other than Talin herself, this was a delightful. Loved the friendship between her Adena, and Jeran. Adena skill in weapons and research is and experiment of her own was so badass… I mean come on, who doesn’t love a badass fighter.
I was fascinated with the mental picture of the dystopia environment (the experiments/even the Ghosts itself). This was an absolute engaging experience and i was hooked.
It was sad reading about Jeran’s efforts to please his father and brother (the love and honor he has for his family) despite how shitty and abusive they were to him. They totally do not deserve him.
Talin was obviously brave and loyal to a nation who despises her because of her low status, often times calling her a ‘rat’. But i was impressed how she tries to give no mind to their ridicule and kept being focused.
Am sure she and Red does feel something for each other, it’s obvious. But am ready for this slow burn romance and hoping it does turns out to be a romance (am a hopeless romantic… Not sorry). So I’ll be here patiently waiting for the book 2
If you are a fan of sci fi-fantasy or someone like myself just trying them out, i suggests you read this. Everyone should read this as a matter of fact.
This was my first read of the author’s work… And I’ll read anything she writes and has written.
I love a good mystery/suspenseful read and if it involves an investigation, sign me up.
PUBLISHER: The Wild Rose Press
PUBLICATION DATE: September 16th, 2020
It all started when after Sarah purchased an Egyptian souvenir funerary mask, and after a mysterious phone call, her souvenir purchase might be more than it seems. Hence she launches her own investigation to prove her mask is indeed a stolen artifact, and not a cheap trinket. And she’s certain a ring of antiquities smugglers are operating in Tuscaloosa.
This was a cute ya light interesting read and as a dog mom, seeing a dachshund dog as Sarah’s companion or should I say sidekick was so much fun. Lots of quirky character that got me invested in it as well.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR.
Ever wonder what retired business executives do after they have put in years of effort for society and decide it is time to hang up their hat? Perhaps strolling along the country club’s fairway, or lounging on a 50-foot yacht?
Alas, B. T. Polcari is aretired business executive. Empty nester and Scarlett Knights alum, Polcari is still learning the meaning of “retired” while feverishly typing away on the next new book idea, smashing the fuzz off the little green tennis ball, or blasting bowling pins for a perfect game. Yes there is a boat, but not one that comes with its own crew; this retiree prefers to bustle along a serene lake in a quaint single seat Sunfish sailboat.
Perhaps the only time BTP can be found in a quiet moment is while enjoying the morning company of two family dachshunds over a newspaper and cup of coffee. B. T. Polcari currently resides in Chattanooga, TN and is thrilled to be fulfilling a childhood dream of becoming a published author.
PUBLISHER: Blazer + Bray
PUBLICATION DATE: September 8th, 2020
Henri “Halti” Haltiwanger can charm just about anyone. He is a star debater and popular student at the prestigious FATE academy, the dutiful first-generation Haitian son, and the trusted dog walker for his wealthy New York City neighbors. But his easy smile mask a burning ambition to attend his dream college, Columbia University.
There is only one person who seems immune to Henri’s charm: his “intense” classmate and neighbor Corinne Troy. When she uncovers Henri’s less-than-honest dog-walking scheme, she blackmails him into helping her change her image at school. Henri agrees, seeing a potential upside for himself.
This was such a cute summer themed enemies-to-lovers read. A coming of age with the two main characters being a BIPOC. Read in one sitting while smiling and LOL at the cute narratives. And as a dog mama, the entire dog walks and scenes were my absolute favorite.
I feel in love with both characters and could relate to Henri too during my time (. As for the diverse representation, that was top. And its exactly what we need now in literatures.
There are elements of racism and Classiam even being an immigrant that are of serious importance topics to be read about too.
Many thanks to The Colored Pages Book Tour for giving me the opportunity to participate in this.
I don’t know about you but am glad August is finally over. Whew, what a month, and as exhausted as we Black folks are with racism…. we still say #WakandaForever 💔
Thankfully summer holiday was still good while reading loads of amazing books at the seaside. Despite the anxieties, escaping in a good read made everything felt better with 28 books (13 POC authors)
All Boys Aren’t Blue: In a series of personal essays, George M. Johnson explores their childhood, adolescence, and college years in New Jersey and Virginia. All Boys Aren’t Blue covers topics such as gender identity, toxic masculinity, brotherhood, family, structural marginalization, consent, and Black joy.
Raybearer: A debut magical ride with West Africa folklore of loyalty, fate, and the lengths we’re willing to go for the ones we love. You get hooked from the beginning with it’s mysteries. And the Audiobook is just perfect.
Against The Loveless World: It’s raw and brutal, but beautifully written with soothing vibrant scenery and cultures. It us through the life and journey of Yaqoot our main protagonist (who’s also called Nahr, Almas) as she slowly becomes radicalized while searching for a better life for her family throughout the Middle East. Now locked away in solitary confinement, she spends her days reflecting on the dramatic events that landed her in prison in a country she barely knows.
You Had Me At Hola: Alexis Daria brings us on an unforgettable, hilarious rom-com set in the drama-filled world of telenovelas. Steamy and romantic.
Clap When You Land: A story of loss/grief/secrets /forgiveness. When the father of Camino and Yhaira was in a plane crash and how both girls (who had no idea they both existed) get to find out while processing their grief.
Heart Bones: I keep asking myself “how does Colleen writes her books?” She’s one of my top favorite authors and keeps shattering my heart with her compelling stories. “There are two different kinds of wrong. The wrong that stems from weakness and the wrong that stems from strength.” And Beyah and Samson had us at ‘Heart Bones’.
Go Deep: What happens when the sex hits deeper than either of them expected and the tender emotions can no longer be denied?
Will their friendship and their hearts survive the fall? Find out in this steamy read.
LOVED IT :
Grab any of these at your local bookstore and library.
As a hopeless fan of telenovelas (Marimar, Pasión de Gavilanes, Triunfo del Amor, Cuandome Enamoro, Jane the virgin and Ugly Betty)….. #YouHadMeAtHolla was such an absolute cute read. Too cute as a matter of fact.
Alexis Daria brings us on an unforgettable, hilarious rom-com journey set in the drama-filled world of telenovelas. Steamy and incredibly romantic.
Jasmine Lin Rodriguez returns to to her hometown of NY to film the starring role in a latinx romantic telenovela (after a messy breakup) with Aston Suarez as her costar (whose acting career is dwindling after his last telenovela character was killed off,).
With their careers on the line, Jasmine and Ashton agree to rehearse in private. While trying to make to make it work to generate smoking-hot on-screen chemistry together. But rehearsal leads to kissing, and kissing leads to a behind-the-scenes romance worthy of a soap opera. While their on-screen performance improves, the media spotlight on Jasmine soon threatens to destroy her new image and expose Ashton’s most closely guarded secret.
I loved Jasmine’s cousins and their love and support for each other (such girl power). It was always a LOL moments in their scenes especially their group chats.
Appreciated glimpse of the latinx culture and mother tongue cited in the book. I actually listened to the audiobook version though, so you can imagine how I feel.
Although this was just a story, but I felt it was two….. How so?
The telenovela that Jasmine and Ashton was actually working/staring on was so romantic as well (a typical telenovela romance with it’s angst and drama). I felt fully involved like i was among the cast and crew while bts.
The Fun Part:
Talk about steamy, chemistry, romance…. It was packed and i wanted more. This was a delightful read, and am sure you’ll love it.
GRAB A COPY AT YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY OR BOOKSTORE NOW!
Nothing is more important than loyalty. But what if you’ve sworn to protect the one you were born to destroy?
Genre: Fantasy / YA
Publisher: Amulet Books
Elements: Racism, Empire, Violence, Enslavement, Child Abuse, Misogyny.
Tarisai has always longed for the warmth of a family. Raised in isolation by a mysterious, often absent mother known only as ‘The Lady’. Who sends her to the capital of the global empire of Aritsar to compete with other children to be chosen as one of the Crown Prince’s Council of 11. If she’s picked, she’ll be joined with the other Council members through the Ray, a bond deeper than blood. That closeness is irresistible to Tarisai, who has always wanted to belong somewhere. But The Lady has other ideas, including a magical wish that Tarisai is compelled to obey: Kill the Crown Prince once she gains his trust. Tarisai won’t stand by and become someone’s pawn—but is she strong enough to choose a different path for herself?
Am so proud of myself the way am indulging and digesting fantasy reads lately 😁, and as a debut Novel, with such magical thrill, characters, villains, it’s Nigeria renderings and names, I see this being a favourite in the fantasy readers world.
While i listened to the audiobook version (which i reccomend) and brilliantly narrated, i got lost in the characters few times but quickly caught up.
The villains, entire character, Africa cultures/names, songs….was so moving and engaging. There are loving friendships and a forbidden romance, clear depictions of imagery and mythology.
Loved the main character and her friendship with Ekindayo and their instant connections. Tarisai has always wanted to bond with people or someone.
A mesmerizing tale you should check out…. But there’s a sequel
”I suppose that’s what made them revolutionaries. They were all in, with everything they had, and that meant rummaging through defeat and disappointment to find a new plan and cause for hope”.
Publisher: Atria Books
Elements : Love, Loss, Pain, Heartbreak, Prostitution, Rape, Profanity, Minorities, Refugees, Anti-Israel, Anti-U.S, Resistance, Culture, Pro-Arab, Joy.
Say hello to one of my FAVOURITE BOOKS of this year.
I have never read a book that is set in the Middle East, so I feel incredibly privileged to have gotten this and it was amazingly eye opening.
It’s raw and brutal, but beautifully written with soothing vibrant scenery and culture.
The media makes us see the Middle East as a epicenter of an endless war zone. They don’t show their weddings, cafés, nightlife, landscapes, farming, harvests…..
Against The Loveless World take us through the life and journey of Yaqoot our main protagonist (who’s also called Nahr, Almas) as she slowly becomes radicalized while searching for a better life for her family throughout the Middle East.
Now locked away in solitary confinement, she spends her days reflecting on the dramatic events that landed her in prison in a country she barely knows. Born in Kuwait to Palestinian refugees, she dreamed of falling in love with the perfect man, raising children, and possibly opening her own beauty salon. Instead, she got jilted by her husband after their brief marriage, her family teeters on the brink of poverty, she’s forced to prostitute herself, and the US invasion of Iraq makes her a refugee, as her parents had been.
”I know in alone here. I’m not delusional. But the way memory animates the past is more real than the present.”
I CANNOT RECCOMEND THIS BOOK ENOUGH!!!
From the first to the last page, i was hooked on this beautifully written story. With so much emotion and bravery. It is a revealing story and i appreciate the author for putting this story out there as i and many others have zero knowledge of the situations in the Middle East.
The media makes us see the Middle East as a epicenter of an endless war zone. They don’t show their weddings, cafés, nightlife,landscapes, farming, harvests….. So it was a delight to read more on their landscapes, food and clothing woven and rituals through this story.
This was heart-wrenching, lots of tears (but happy ones too) and laughter from the characters as well. Did i say it was eye-opening? I probably have mentioned it before, but that shows how much i have learnt.
PRE-ORDER/GET A COPY, NOW!