Blog Tour: Kick the Moon by Muhammad Khan

Welcome to my stop on the Kick the Moon blog tour! I was so excited to hear about this book, as I absolutely adore Muhammad Khan's spectacular debut I Am Thunder. Today, I'm sharing an extract from his new contemporary YA novel. He gives such an incredible voice to modern teens, and I couldn't recommend his books more highly.

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Book Review: A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

I rarely read contemporary YA -- in fact, I have only read five contemporary YA books this year -- but somtimes one really catches my eye. This was the case with A Very Large Expanse of Sea, Tahereh Mafi’s semi-autobiographical novel of life as an American Muslim teen one year after 9/11. Having read and loved books like The Hate U Give and I Am Thunder, I know that my interest in contemporary YA tends to lean toward books that deal with social issues and let you walk in another person’s shoes.

Book Review: After the Fire by Will Hill

I must confess that I initially ignored the hype surrounding After the Fire.  It is listed as a contemporary YA novel, a genre I don’t tend to enjoy, and I knew nothing about it but the hype.  When I spotted it at YALC this year and actually bothered to read the back, I realised that After the Fire is the exact kind of book I love!  It’s a book that, like The Book Thief, truly transcends age ranges and is suitable for readers of all ages, particularly adults.

Weekly Wrap-Up #12

It’s Friday, the happiest day of the week!  I didn’t do a weekly wrap-up last week because the last day of the month fell on a Friday – you can read my June round-up here. It has been a tough week for reading and blogging because of general life things (again, all good stuff), but I did manage to read one book this week.