Book Review: Internment

Author: Samira Ahmed

Genre: Contemporary, dystopia

Age Range: 13+

Published: By Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on March 19th, 2019

Content Warning: Islamophobia, racism, torture, mental trauma and death

Format I Read: Kindle e-book

Grade: Outstanding

Note: I received a free digital ARC of the book via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review

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Book Synopsis (section header)

Set in a horrifying near-future United States, seventeen-year-old Layla Amin and her parents are forced into an internment camp for Muslim American citizens. With the help of newly made friends also trapped within the internment camp, her boyfriend on the outside, and an unexpected alliance, Layla begins a journey to fight for freedom, leading a revolution against the internment camp’s Director and his guards.

Heart-racing and emotional, Internment challenges readers to fight complicit silence that exists in our society today.

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Top 10 High Priority Books on My 2019 TBR

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. How it works is that each Tuesday the host assigns a topic and then posts their top ten list that fits the topic. Every blogger can create their own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well and link to the host’s. The topic for January 22nd, 2019 is: Books I Meant to Read In 2018 but Didn’t Get To.

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Book Review: Moxie

Title: Moxie

Author: Jennifer Mathieu

Genre: Young adult contemporary

Format: E-book

Published: By Roaring Brook Press on September 19th, 2017

ISBN13: 9781626726345

Grade: Outstanding

Moxie (Book Review)

Synopsis

Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with an administration at her high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes, hallway harassment, and gross comments from guys during class. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.

Viv’s mom was a tough-as-nails, punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, and now Viv takes a page from her mother’s past and creates a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She’s just blowing off steam, but other girls respond. As Viv forges friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, she realizes that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.

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Book Review: The Rest of Us Just Live Here

Title: The Rest of Us Just Live Here

Author: Patrick Ness

Genre: Young adult fiction

Format: Audiobook

Published: By Bolinda Audio on August 27th, 2015

ISBN13: 9781406331165 (UK hardcover edition)

Grade: Outstanding

The Rest of Us Just Live Here (Book Review)

Synopsis

What if you aren’t the Chosen One? The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life. Even if your best friend is worshiped by mountain lions.

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Book Review – In Truth & Ashes

Title: In Truth & Ashes (Othersleves #3)

Author: Nicole Luiken

Genre: YA Fantasy

Published: By Entangled Teen on January 2nd, 2017

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Summary

(adapted from Goodreads)

On the True World, Belinda Loring has known from childhood that she must Bond with the son of another noble First Family. But when the ceremonial magic goes disastrously wrong, Belinda becomes a national disgrace. Scorned as Broken, she turns to Demian for help getting revenge on the man who ruined her: the radical Malachi. But the seeds of Malachi’s murderous plans lie buried in Belinda’s past, in the dark days of her kidnapping – a period of which she has no memory. And Demian may hold the key to recovering all that she’s lost – and saving the worlds.

Thoughts

Note: I received an e-copy of this book via Net Galley in exchange for my honest review.

Being approved to receive the ARC of the third book is what got me into the series and I’m so glad I did. I honestly didn’t want the book to end and would’ve loved to see more of what happened in the other worlds after the climax. It’s definitely made it to my favourites list. I wish more people would pick this up and give it a chance because it has some amazing characters, fantastic world-building, a superb plot and an easy-to-follow writing style.

Read the detailed review here.

[Check out my reviews for the first book, Through Fire & Sea, here, and the second book, Amid Wind and Stone, here.]

Recommendations

I recommend this book to everyone who can read because, believe me, it is THAT good!

For music, I’d recommend some ambient nature sounds for about 50% of the book to enhance the feel of the setting and the soundtrack of Doctor Strange for the latter half owing to the spectacular world-building.

In terms of food, pick whatever comfort food you love because this will hit you in the feels and the ground will start to shake beneath your feet towards the climax. Mine is a piping hot bowl of noodles.

Links

Book: Website | Amazon | Goodreads

Author: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads