Title – David Mogo, Godhunter
Author – Suyi Davies Okungbowa
Publication – July 9th, 2019.
Publisher – Abaddon
Genre – Urban Fantasy
Hello there! I’m Lara Kareem aka Naija Book Bae, the runner of this wonderful literary blog, who reads and reviews book, however, due to how hectic my year has been I haven’t really read and reviewed a book by an independent author recently and I haven’t had time for my Review Request Form.
I took a very long break from accepting books from my request form because not only do I have a backlog of pending reviews, many of the few I have collected aren’t of the best quality, because of this I went ahead and used my few years of experience working in the publishing sect to write A Guide to Self-Publishing.
For months you’ve worked diligently, dedicated time, stayed up late, overcame writer’s block and finally, you typed the last word and finished writing your book.
Now that you’ve finished writing your book, you’re anxious to know what comes next? You look up publishing firms accepting the genre of your manuscript and query them, hoping they’ll publish your book and you’re on your merry way to the life of authordom.
But, there’s no response from these publishing firms or many apologise but aren’t sure you’re the right fit for the firm and now you’re stumped. Don’t fret too much because there is another way, which is where this book comes in.
Do you really want to publish your book? Self-Publishing is the path to take and this book is filled with all the necessary information needed to get your book ready before hitting the publish button.
Title – Once & Future #1
Publication – March 26th, 2019.
Publisher – Rock the Boat
Genre – Science Fiction, Fantasy & Young Adult Fiction
I’ve been chased my whole life. As a fugitive refugee in the territory controlled by the tyrannical Mercer corporation, I’ve always had to hide who I am. Until I found Excalibur.
Now I’m done hiding.
My name is Ari Helix. I have a magic sword, a cranky wizard, and a revolution to start.
When Ari crash-lands on Old Earth and pulls a magic sword from its ancient resting place, she is revealed to be the newest reincarnation of King Arthur. Then she meets Merlin, who has aged backward over the centuries into a teenager, and together they must break the curse that keeps Arthur coming back. Their quest? Defeat the cruel, oppressive government and bring peace and equality to all humankind.
Set in space and way into the future where the earth isn’t inhabited and the current way our world functions is a thing of the past and people just live their life and love without discrimination.
Gender fluid and disabled? Check. Lesbians? Check. Gays? Check. Asexual? Check. Pansexual? Check.
This book is diverse through and through, where there’s a common and oppressive evil organisation called Mercer who wouldn’t rest until it completely controls and robs the world, Ari…King Arthur lives in of all resistance to its power.
Merlin is sure if that happens the world will be completely doomed and it’s up to him to shape King Arthur and her mismatched band of knights to save humankind from doom, but is it?
Amy Rose and Cori have pulled off quite a feat writing about a female King Arthur and interweaving the old tale including Lancelot, Percival, Sir Kay, Guinevere, Merlin, Morgana and Lamarack in a futuristic setting that is interesting to read.
Oppression is a huge theme in this book, so are power, greed, capitalism and hope. I know a lot of people want to read books which tackle on the problems of society and whatnot, but I’m also fine with it being in the background of a story, I personally get a headache when politics and etc. are highly focused on in books not to talk about fictional young adult books.
After all, I have shared can you imagine the antics and how everything plays out in this very unique book? Because there’s a lot going on in this book, with the limelight shining on Ari and Merlin.
I was intrigued by the blurb of this book because a female King Arthur, in my mind I was wondering how does this work? I didn’t know I was going to get a whole lot more representation, so I am highly pleased because of that.
It took me a bit to really get into the story but once I got through the first few parts of the story to where the action really started I settled in and finally finished the book in one sitting.
The pacing of the story is a bit wonky and instances that were pretty surreal, I had to ask myself did that happen and finally many times I found the story to be dragging and all I wanted was to get on with it and get to the part where everything finally goes down, which is really all the cons I can think about this book.
I really fell in love with Morgana and wish Ari and her could get together but like I understand it’s not possible and could be icky because after all Morgana is Arthur’s sister and that’s all I have to say regarding Ari’s love life.
I found Merlin gay relationship to be sweet and just found Merlin to be eye-rolling cute. Both he and Ari arc growth from the start to finish of the novel which was perfectly executed and I am really glad I was given a copy of this book to read.
Once & Future is a light read and I can’t wait for book 2! This is a book that’s worthy of support! Buy, borrow and read it, while dropping a review or sharing your opinions as well, because it does a lot of good for the literary world and it would encourage the authors to write more inclusive stories and publishers to publish more like this one!
Title – Ayesha at Last
Author – Uzma Jalaluddin
Publication – April 4th, 2019.
Publisher – Corvus
Genre – Muslim Romance Fiction
A smart young Muslim Canadian woman navigates the complexities of career, love, and family in this lively homage to a Jane Austen classic. “While it is a truth universally acknowledged that a single Muslim man must be in want of a wife, there’s an even greater truth: To his Indian mother, his own inclinations are of secondary importance.” With that nod to Pride and Prejudice firmly in place, Jalaluddin lays the groundwork for a raucous story that mixes a zany cast of characters with a tightly wound plot.
I really didn’t know what to expect when reading Ayesha at Last, all I knew it was a Muslim romance and I was sold, especially because on the cover Ayesha is clearly wearing a hijab.
I am a Muslim, so I really have a soft spot for Muslim romance, but if I am being honest with myself I haven’t read a lot and the ones I have read features Muslims from the Asian communities.
This one is not any different, but it is different because this is the first romance I am reading with a Muslim who wears the hijab and I love how it isn’t made a big deal of because honestly wearing the hijab or tying a scarf is as natural as wearing normal clothes to many Muslim females.
Ayesha is in her late twenties and isn’t married, which according to all her aunties means she’s old and may never get married. I’m twenty-three and all my “aunties” are always asking me about my boyfriend and when I’m going to get married and I’m very single lol, so I could relate with Ayesha here because just like her I am currently focused on my career and making sure I am chasing my passion.
Ayesha is such a wonderful character, and I’m so happy we share the same name because she is my favourite character in a book this year.
Then there’s Khalid the male main character, the Muslim brother that takes Islam very seriously and doesn’t want to commit haram, which made me come across as stand-offish and a fanatic, but I stan…I can get with a Muslim brother like that, that would you know make me a better version of myself and let me love Islamic religion more in a not overbearing way.
There’s a lot of drama in the book, that has to do with family, I can’t remember the term but religious intolerance at work, haram, you know what the side stories/drama is too much for me to list out, why not read and find out yourself.
This review is brief and not exactly a review, but me just gushing about this book which I completely adore, because it makes me want the kind of relationship Ayesha and Khalid have. I 100% recommend this book to everyone who is looking for a fluffy beautiful romantic read.