The Girl and the Ghost by Hanna Alkaf: An Emotional Ghost Story

It’s not a secret that Hanna Alkaf is an excellent writer when it comes to playing her readers’ emotions. Like her previous work, The Weight of Our Sky, The Girl and the Ghost has the same elements, which are; family, friendship, emotional yet happy ending, Malaysian culture and folklore that really influence the story and of course, strong characters. The Girl and the Ghost is a thrilling, emotional middle grade book that makes children feel seen in a book.

More Than Just a Pretty Face by Syed M. Masood: Not Just a Rom-con!

More Than Just a Pretty Face turns rom-com into something heavy. The book starts like any other YA book, with our main character, Danyal, struggles to keep up with his life. For Danyal, he’s always reduced to his looks. People don’t really take him seriously because he isn’t a Grade A student. Then there’s an arranged marriage going on, and things started getting interesting from there.

The Silence of Bones by June Hur: An Excellent Murder Story

The Silence of Bones is murder mystery book sets in Joseon Dynasty that follows a young police berau’s servant, Seol, who becomes a part of a big investigation of the death of a noblewoman. Somehow, the investiagtion tangles with Seol’s family and past that leaves a layered story, in which readers are expect to follow and solve as the story goes. Read my review and excerpt here!

Tigers, Not Daughters by Samantha Mabry: Five Stages of Grief

Tigers, Not Daughters is a powerful story that revolves around grief and sisterhood. It’s a tale about four sisters who struggle to survive after their sister’s death; in dealing with their alcoholic widowed father to strange events that happened in their house. In this post, I would like to analyze more about each characters' way to grieve and how they represent five stages of grief.