Waiting on Wednesday

waiting on wednesday

Every week Breaking the Spine hosts the bookish meme for book bloggers to share what books they are waiting on to be released!  This week I’m waiting on:

Release Date: June 20, 2017

An unforgettable tale of two friends on their Grand Tour of 18th-century Europe who stumble upon a magical artifact that leads them from Paris to Venice in a dangerous manhunt, fighting pirates, highwaymen, and their feelings for each other along the way.

Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.


Book Review: If You Could be Mine by Sara Farizan

17302571Seventeen-year-old Sahar has been in love with her best friend, Nasrin, since they were six. They’ve shared stolen kisses and romantic promises. But Iran is a dangerous place for two girls in love—Sahar and Nasrin could be beaten, imprisoned, even executed if their relationship came to light.

So they carry on in secret—until Nasrin’s parents announce that they’ve arranged for her marriage. Nasrin tries to persuade Sahar that they can go on as they have been, only now with new comforts provided by the decent, well-to-do doctor Nasrin will marry. But Sahar dreams of loving Nasrin exclusively—and openly.

Then Sahar discovers what seems like the perfect solution. In Iran, homosexuality may be a crime, but to be a man trapped in a woman’s body is seen as nature’s mistake, and sex reassignment is legal and accessible. As a man, Sahar could be the one to marry Nasrin. Sahar will never be able to love the one she wants, in the body she wants to be loved in, without risking her life. Is saving her love worth sacrificing her true self?

What a tough subject to tackle in a young adult book.  Being gay in America is hard and the majority of Americans are actually fine with homosexuality, but being gay in a repressed county like Iran, I can’t even imagine.  The book depicts how hard life really is in Iran.  I find it interesting that transexuality is accepted by the government there and yet its not accepted here.   I thought this book was great because it gave me an insight of day to day life in Iran.  I really don’t know much about life there besides what I see on the news.  And yet at the same time it told a great true to life love story.

I liked how complex Sahar was as a character.  Sara Farizan really explored her character and made her to be relatable to any teen regardless of race, or sexual orientation.  I loved Ali, and not because he was some sort of moral compass, he was the opposite of that in fact.  But he represented the difference between being a male and female in Iran, as well as the freedom of knowing who you are and accepting that.  I didn’t care for Nasrin, I found her to be selfish and spoiled.  I think that is how she was supposed to be portrayed, but it did break my heart for Sahar.  Because I could tell they were not going to end up together.

I thought the book had a powerful message about life, love and the freedoms we as American’s have.  I would recommend this book to everyone.  It is a must read.  And an easy read, it was only like 200 pages, and flowed really nicely.  Great Job Sara Farizan.

4.5 Bards




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