Hana Khan Carries On by Uzma Jalaluddin | ARC Review

Eternally thankful to Harper Collins Canada for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!!

From the author of Ayesha at Last comes a sparkling new rom-com for fans of “You’ve Got Mail,” set in two competing halal restaurants

Sales are slow at Three Sisters Biryani Poutine, the only halal restaurant in the close-knit Golden Crescent neighbourhood. Hana waitresses there part time, but what she really wants is to tell stories on the radio. If she can just outshine her fellow intern at the city radio station, she may have a chance at landing a job. In the meantime, Hana pours her thoughts and dreams into a podcast, where she forms a lively relationship with one of her listeners. But soon she’ll need all the support she can get: a new competing restaurant, a more upscale halal place, is about to open in the Golden Crescent, threatening Three Sisters.

When her mysterious aunt and her teenage cousin arrive from India for a surprise visit, they draw Hana into a long-buried family secret. A hate-motivated attack on their neighbourhood complicates the situation further, as does Hana’s growing attraction for Aydin, the young owner of the rival restaurant—who might not be a complete stranger after all.

As life on the Golden Crescent unravels, Hana must learn to use her voice, draw on the strength of her community and decide what her future should be. 

Rating: 3 out of 5.

THIS. this is the Muslim rep i’ve been looking for😭😭 and the story in general was just amazing

although, i must say that it was the characters that felt kind of flat for me :/ while i could connect with the main character, especially when it came to dealing with Islamophobia, i didn’t really love her or any of the other characters, which is what made me give this 3.5 stars instead of 4. for me, if the characters are written so well and im in love with them, i dont care if there’s a bad/no plot as long as the characters are good enough to keep me engaged and enjoy myself. if the plot’s good but i dont like/care the characters… that’ll definitely affect my rating = the case here.

OKAY BUT THE MUSLIM REP AND ISSUES THAT WERE DEALT WITH HERE WAS PERFECT. i went into this book hoping that there would be good representation of Islam and i was not disappointed🥺👏👏 the main character, Hana, didn’t feel oppressed by her parents nor did she hate her religion. it’s just normal. and she’d actually follow the rules in Islam. also the fact that she would fight back (in a non-violent way ofc) against those who threw insults at her or spoke in a condescending tone because she wore a hijab was amazing.

“No one knows when the dark days will descend, only that they come for us all.”

i love how deep this book got in not only how often cultures/races have to deal with so much hatred, but also the stereotypes that others assume represent a whole group of people. i could 100% understand the frustration the main character was feeling when it came to ideas of what to broadcast about Muslims, the options being only the stereotypes people have hear and nothing else. it made me happy seeing Hana refuse to back down from what she believed to be right. there was also the main character actually praying and going to halaqah and salat al jumaa (friday prayer) which didnt feel like tokenization!!!

also, i definitely wasn’t expecting that plot twist👀 i have to say though, that i didn’t really like the love interest — like i dont hate him, but nor i do care about him. although i did love how the ending was realistic and not everything was all happy and solved.

so while i didn’t love this book, i did really like it and will definitely be reading more from this author!! im just so happy that the Muslim rep was done well, like i cant even express it. definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to see a great representation of Islam/Muslims!!

“While I am scared of what the future will bring, the uncertainty has been refreshing in a strange way. I know who I am in a way I never have before, and know what I’m willing to sacrifice to stay true to myself. I guess that’s not a bad lesson to learn at any age.”

(3.5⭐)

𝕎𝕙𝕒𝕥’𝕤 𝕒 𝕓𝕠𝕠𝕜 𝕥𝕙𝕒𝕥 𝕙𝕒𝕕 𝕥𝕙𝕖 𝕣𝕖𝕡 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕨𝕖𝕣𝕖 𝕝𝕠𝕠𝕜𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕗𝕠𝕣? 𝔸𝕟𝕪 𝕗𝕒𝕧𝕠𝕦𝕣𝕚𝕥𝕖𝕤?

𝕃𝕖𝕥 𝕞𝕖 𝕜𝕟𝕠𝕨 𝕓𝕖𝕝𝕠𝕨!💕

🏹Demon-Hunting Sunday😈

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear “demons”?

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What I automatically think of is Shadowhunters. They’re a race of humans born with angel blood and are known to be demon-hunters.

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I’ve said this a lot, but I really do LOVE the Shadowhunter books!😍 Right now, I’m doing a reread of Lady Midnight and impatiently waiting (along with everyone else) for Chain of Iron. AHHhh I can’t wait to see what happens!!!😫🤩

Anyways! I have a few recs for anyone looking for some other demon-y (I know that’s not a word xD) books.

𝓛𝓮𝓽 𝓽𝓱𝓮 𝓓𝓮𝓶𝓸𝓷-𝓗𝓾𝓷𝓽𝓲𝓷𝓰 𝓫𝓮𝓰𝓲𝓷!!!

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In the instant New York Times bestseller that started the Dark Elements series, one kiss is enough to kill…

Layla just wants to fit in at school and go on a date with Zayne, whom she’s crushed on since forever. Trouble is, Zayne treats Layla like a sister—and Layla is a half demon, half gargoyle with abilities no one else possesses. And even though Zayne is a Warden, part of the race of gargoyles tasked with keeping humanity safe, Layla’s kiss will kill anything with a soul—including him.

Then she meets Roth—a demon who claims to know her secrets. Though Layla knows she should stay away, it’s tough when that whole no-kissing thing isn’t an issue. Trusting Roth could ruin her chances with Zayne, but as Layla discovers she’s the reason for a violent demon uprising, kissing the enemy suddenly pales in comparison to the looming end of the world.

White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements, #1)

White Hot Kiss is the first book in The Dark Elements trilogy. This is by one of my favourite authors—Jennifer L. Armentrout—and has the whole Angel vs Demon trope. You’ll definitely fall in love with Roth once you meet him.😏😉

Beware though, for he is a demon with many secrets…………

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Eighteen-year-old Trinity Marrow may be going blind, but she can see and communicate with ghosts and spirits. Her unique gift is part of a secret so dangerous that she’s been in hiding for years in an isolated compound fiercely guarded by Wardens—gargoyle shape-shifters who protect humankind from demons. If the demons discover the truth about Trinity, they’ll devour her, flesh and bone, to enhance their own powers.

When Wardens from another clan arrive with disturbing reports that something out there is killing both demons and Wardens, Trinity’s safe world implodes. Not the least because one of the outsiders is the most annoying and fascinating person she’s ever met. Zayne has secrets of his own that will upend her world yet again—but working together becomes imperative once demons breach the compound and Trinity’s secret comes to light. To save her family and maybe the world, she’ll have to put her trust in Zayne. But all bets are off as a supernatural war is unleashed…

Storm and Fury (The Harbinger, #1)

Ah yes, this my friends is the spin-off series for The Dark Elements.

Storm and Fury is the first book in The Harbringer trilogy and wow……..so much has happened, especially in the 2nd book, Rage and Ruin.

Grace and Glory is set to come out in June 2021 and after that HUGE cliffhanger in the 2nd book…..well maybe it’s best to say that it really left me shook. I can’t wait to see what happens in the last book!

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Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It’s gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie’s estranged father—an elusive European warlock—only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it’s her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tag-along ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire student on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.

As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.

Hex Hall (Hex Hall, #1)

Next up, we’ve got Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins!

Ahh, this one was more of a comedy young adult fantasy novel xD. It’s a world where being a vampire, werewolf, warlock/witch (etc..) is definitely not normal and for teens who develop these strange powers…..well, they’re sent to Hex Hall, known to the outside world as a school for naughty teenagers.

In reality, it’s a school filled with abnormal creatures who are taught to use their powers and not cause trouble in the outside world. Sophie, of course, wants to get out as soon as possible, but strange events call her to take some action………

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From the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Stalking Jack the Ripper series comes a new blockbuster series…

Two sisters.

One brutal murder.

A quest for vengeance that will unleash Hell itself…

And an intoxicating romance.

Emilia and her twin sister Vittoria are streghe – witches who live secretly among humans, avoiding notice and persecution. One night, Vittoria misses dinner service at the family’s renowned Sicilian restaurant. Emilia soon finds the body of her beloved twin…desecrated beyond belief. Devastated, Emilia sets out to find her sister’s killer and to seek vengeance at any cost-even if it means using dark magic that’s been long forbidden.

Then Emilia meets Wrath, one of the Wicked-princes of Hell she has been warned against in tales since she was a child. Wrath claims to be on Emilia’s side, tasked by his master with solving the series of women’s murders on the island. But when it comes to the Wicked, nothing is as it seems…

Kingdom of the Wicked (Kingdom of the Wicked, #1)

OMGGG I SERIOUSLY CAN’T WAIT FOR THIS TO COME OUT!!!!😍😍😍

To anyone who loved Kerri Maniscalco’s Stalking Jack the Ripper series…….well, she’s writing another series that’s going to have witches and Princes of Hell.🤩🤗

I’m so excited for Kingdom of the Wicked! I loved Stalking Jack the Ripper, especially Thomas.🥺🥰 I know for sure that I’d sell my soul to read this series and meet Wrath.

This comes out October 27th, 2020 (5 days after my birthday!!!) and I’m ready to fall in love with these new characters, although I will always miss Thomas and Audrey Rose.💖

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That’s all the demon-hunting I can get for today!😈

𝕋𝕖𝕝𝕝 𝕞𝕖 𝕒 𝕕𝕖𝕞𝕠𝕟-𝕪 𝕓𝕠𝕠𝕜 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕝𝕠𝕧𝕖 𝕠𝕣 𝕒𝕣𝕖 𝕖𝕩𝕔𝕚𝕥𝕖𝕕 𝕥𝕠 𝕣𝕖𝕒𝕕? 𝕀 𝕔𝕠𝕦𝕝𝕕 𝕒𝕝𝕤𝕠 𝕤𝕥𝕠𝕔𝕜 𝕦𝕡 𝕤𝕠𝕞𝕖 𝕣𝕖𝕔𝕤.😏
𝕃𝕖𝕥 𝕞𝕖 𝕜𝕟𝕠𝕨 𝕕𝕠𝕨𝕟 𝕓𝕖𝕝𝕠𝕨!🖤