Review: Yes, I’m Hot in This: The Hilarious Truth about Life in a Hijab

Title: Yes, I’m Hot in This: The Hilarious Truth about Life in a Hijab
Author: Huda Fahmy
Genre: Graphic Novel
Publisher: Adams Media
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: Ebook
Release Date: December 11, 2018
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Popular Instagram cartoonist and Muslim-American Huda Fahmy presents a hilarious, relatable, and painfully honest new collection of comics that break down barriers and show how universal our everyday problems, worries, and joys actually are. 

At some point in our lives, we’ve all felt a little out of place. Huda Fahmy has found it’s a little more difficult to fade into the crowd when wearing a hijab.

In Yes, I’m Hot in This, Huda navigates the sometimes-rocky waters of life from the unique perspective of a Muslim-American woman, breaking down misconceptions of her culture one comic at a time. From recounting the many questions she gets about her hijab every day (yes, she does have hair) and explaining how she runs in an abaya (just fine, thank you) to dealing with misconceptions about Muslims, Yes, I’m Hot in This tackles universal feelings from an point of view we don’t hear from nearly enough.

Every one of us have experienced love, misunderstanding, anger, and a deep desire for pizza. In Yes, I’m Hot in This, Huda’s clever comics demonstrate humor’s ability to bring us together, no matter how different we may appear on the surface.

Review:

This is a hilarious comic collection! It is both entertaining and informative.

Huda shows many of the misconceptions that people have about Muslims in this story. People constantly as her if she’s hot in her hijab (Spoiler: She is hot). They also think she’s wearing it against her will, but she chooses to wear it.

There was also a lot of humour in the story. Huda shows how different movies could be with her in them. She places herself in movies such as Harry Potter (where Umbridge sends her for a secondary inspection), Scarface (which she renames Scarfieface), and American Horror Story (renamed to Hijabi Horror Story). These movies show how little Muslims are represented in pop culture.

I grew up in an area of Toronto with many Muslims. I could relate to many of the things she said of this book because many of my friends were Muslim while I was growing up. It’s amazing how people can ask so many ignorant questions, just because of something she wears on her head. I hope this book can change the way people see Muslims.

What to read next:

Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen

Have you read Yes, I’m Hot in This? What did you think of it?

Stacking the Shelves – February 16

This is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality. Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

I bought one book at Indigo:

World of Warcraft: Traveler (Traveler #1) by Greg Weisman

I was approved for one book from Harlequin TEEN:

King of Fools (The Shadow Game #2) by Amanda Foody

Thank you Harlequin TEEN for this book!

What books did you get this week?

Review: Corpse and Crown (Cadaver and Queen #2)

Title: Corpse and Crown (Cadaver and Queen #2)
Author: Alisa Kwitney
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: Ebook
Release Date: February 12, 2019
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Oliver Twist gets a fresh take in this reimagining of the Dickensian classic taking the familiar characters and turning them on their heads in a historical thriller packed with weird science, political suspense, and steamy romance, perfect for fans of Kerri Maniscalco’s Stalking Jack the Ripper and Marissa Meyer’s Cinder.

From Alisa Kwitney comes a connected novel set in the same alternative Victorian England of Cadaver & QueenCorpse & Crownfollows the story of Agatha DeLacey, an Ingold nursing student who travels to London and uncovers a devastating secret about the country’s Bio-Mechanicals. Inspired by the classic story of Oliver Twist and complete with a dashing Artful Dodger-inspired male lead, this retelling is a satisfying follow-up to Kwitney’s clever and critically acclaimed young adult debut.

Review:

This is a fun series! It is set in Victorian times, with science fiction themes.

The first book in the story, Cadaver and Queen, is an adaptation of Frankenstein. This story is an adaptation of Oliver Twist. I actually haven’t read either of those books, so I’m not sure how much of the original story is included, though the characters are there.

There are a lot of medical scenes because it is set in a hospital. I’m quite squeamish, but I was able to get through those scenes. There were some blood and surgeries involved. However, these scenes were limited so I was able to enjoy the story.

The biomechanicals in this story are corpses who have been turned into machines by attaching different body parts. An interesting aspect of these creatures is that they can continue to experience the lives and memories of the donor. This was similar to the phantom limb syndrome, which is when a person can still feel their limbs after they have been amputated.

I really enjoyed this book!

What to read next:

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue (Montague Siblings #1) by Mackenzi Lee

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer

Have you read Corpse and Crown? What did you think of it?

First Lines Friday – February 15

This is a weekly meme hosted by Wandering Words, where you give the first few lines of a book to hook your readers before introducing the book.

Here are my first lines:

“I like to save things. Not important things like whales or people or the environment. Silly things. Porcelain bells, the kind you get at souvenir shops. Cookie cutters you’ll never use, because who needs a cookie in the shape of a foot? Ribbons for my hair. Love letters. Of all the things I save, I guess you could say my love letters are my most prized possession. “

Do you recognize these first lines?

And the book is… To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #1) by Jenny Han.

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Goodreads synopsis:

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

Have you read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before? What did you think of it?

Review: Flunked (Fairy Tale Reform School #1)

Title: Flunked (Fairy Tale Reform School #1)
Author: Jen Calonita
Genre: Middle Grade
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Source: Library
Format: Ebook
Release Date: March 3, 2015
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Would you send a villain to do a hero’s job? An exciting new twisted fairy tale series from award-winning author Jen Calonita.

Full of regret, Cinderella’s wicked stepmother, Flora, has founded the Fairy Tale Reform School with the mission of turning the wicked and criminally mischievous into upstanding members of Enchantasia.

Impish, sassy 12-year-old Gilly has a history of petty theft and she’s not too sorry about it. When she lifts a hair clip, she gets tossed in reform school-for at least three months. But when she meets fellow students Jax and Kayla, she learns there’s more to this school than its sweet mission. There’s a battle brewing and she starts to wonder: can a villain really change?

Review:

I love fairy tale retellings! There are so many great middle grade series about fairy tales these days. After reading Misfits, which is set in the same world as this series, I wanted to check out Jen Calonita’s other fairy tale books.

In this book, Gillian, a cobbler’s daughter, is sent to the Fairy Tale Reform School after being caught stealing. The school is meant to reform kids in the fairy tale school. It is run by Flora, who was Cinderella’s stepmother. The teachers are reformed villains, such as the Big Bad Wolf, the Sea Witch, and the Evil Queen.

This story was very fast paced. There was lots happening in the story. Since there were so many villains, it was hard to know who to trust. It made the story more exciting, because it was unpredictable.

I really enjoyed this story! I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!

What to read next:

Charmed (Fairy Tale Reform School #1) by Jen Calonita

Misfits (Royal Academy Rebels #1) by Jen Calonita

Have you read Flunked? What did you think of it?

TBR Thursday – February 14

TBR Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly Faye Reads, where you post a title from your shelf or e-reader and find out what others think about it.

My pick this week is The Wishing Spell (The Land of Stories #1) by Chris Colfer.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Alex and Conner Bailey’s world is about to change, in this fast-paced adventure that uniquely combines our modern day world with the enchanting realm of classic fairy tales.
The Land of Stories tells the tale of twins Alex and Conner. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, they leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about.

But after a series of encounters with witches, wolves, goblins, and trolls alike, getting back home is going to be harder than they thought.

Have you read this book? What did you think of it?

Review: King of Scars

Title: King of Scars (Nikolai Duology #1)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: Orion Children’s Books
Source: Indigo Book Box
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: January 29, 2019
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war—and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.

Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried—and some wounds aren’t meant to heal. 

Review:

I’ve been excited about this book for months! I’m so glad I finally got to read it.

It’s been a while since I read Six of Crows and the Grisha trilogy, so it took me a few chapters to get oriented in the story. It was a little confusing because there are characters from both series in this one, so I had to remember what happened in both series to understand this one.

This story was so thrilling. It was so hard to put down because there were a lot of plot twists. This book followed different perspectives, like the Six of Crows series, including Nina, Nikolai, and Zoya. We get to learn a lot about their histories. These were some of the most interesting characters so I’m glad they were the focus of this book.

This is a fabulous story! I recommend reading the Grisha trilogy and the Six of Crows duology before reading this book, since those characters appear in this book. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book!

What to read next:

Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1) by Kendare Blake

Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1) by Laini Taylor

Have you read King of Scars? What did you think of it?