Love From Mecca To Medina by S.K Ali Book Review (Blog Tour)

Hello everyone it’s Zainab here, welcome or welcome back to my blog! Today I’m super excited to be writing this post because this will be my review of Love From Mecca To Medina as part of the blog tour hosted by Colored Pages Tours. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while or you know me well, you’ll know how much I loved Love From A To Z! Therefore, thank you so much to Colored Pages alongside S.K Ali and Simon Teen for my spot on this tour and providing me with the eARC via Edelweiss. Love From Mecca To Medina is out on October 18th (and in early December in the UK) so I’d definitely recommend that you pre-order it after reading this. For now, let’s jump into the post!

Synopsis & Author Information

Adam and Zayneb. Perfectly matched. Painfully apart. Adam is in Doha, Qatar, making a map of the hijrah, a historic migration from Mecca to Medina and worried about where his next paycheck will come from. Zayneb is in Chicago, where school and extracurricular stresses are piling on top of a terrible frenemy situation and making her miserable.
Then a marvel occurs: Adam and Zayneb get the chance to spend Thanksgiving week on the Umrah, a pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia, tracing the hijrah in real life, together. Adam’s thrilled, and Zayneb hopes for a spiritual reset—and they can’t wait to see each other.

But the trip is nothing like what they expect, from the appearance of Adam’s ex in their traveling group to the anxiety gripping Zayneb everywhere they go. And as one wedge after another drives them apart as they make their way from one holy city to another, Adam and Zayneb start to wonder: was their meeting just an oddity after all? Or can their love transcend everything else like the greatest marvels of the world?

S. K. Ali is the author of Saints and Misfits, a finalist for the American Library Association’s 2018 William C. Morris Award and the winner of the APALA Honor Award and Middle East Book Honor Award; and Love from A to Z, a Today show Read with Jenna Book Club selection. Both novels were named best YA books of the year by various media including Entertainment Weekly and Kirkus Reviews. She is also the author of Misfit in Love and Love from Mecca to Medina. You can find Sajidah online at SKAliBooks.com and follow her on Instagram @SKAliBooks, TikTok @SKAliBooks, Goodreads and on Twitter at @SajidahWrites.

My Opinion

Love From Mecca To Medina was kind of emotional for me as I knew this was the last time we’d see Adam and Zayneb in this book series, and let me tell you – it was so satisfying for me to read. Before going into specifics, just know that if you enjoyed Love From A to Z then you will definitely enjoy this one even more because it was even better than the first. I really felt that the level had been raised because everything from the writing to the characters was executed even better in this sequel. Which really helped for this final book to be so worth the read, despite how connected fans have become to these characters and the sadness in saying goodbye.

It really felt like this book was an evolution. Of course, Zayneb and Adam’s relationship evolved, they were now married and they were learning about some of the challenges that come with that as well as the rewards, but also these two protagonists had individually had a lot of character development in the time jump but also throughout the course of this story. Through any disconnect they had, they learned so many life and relationship lessons along the way that each benefited each other. And I really appreciated the idea of them learning from both eachother but also their own experiences because it made the story much more realistic and interesting rather than just being a romance where they relied on eachother.

Even the structure of the story had evolved, now instead of being written from the perspective of their Marvels & Oddities journals ,from the previous book, it was written in chapters based on life lessons they could infer from different artifacts (possessions) that represent something to them or something they learned throughtout the course of the story.This was such an innovative way of changing how the story was told, and I love how it represented the main plot in the story (going to one of the most historical places in Islamic history) also while letting readers know that Adam and Zayneb were in a new chapter of their lives.

The idea of making an impact was a huge motif throughout the story. An important thing to note was that Adam and Zayneb were still emerging young adults in this book, both wanting to make a difference in the world. And I think this part of the story is universal for so many readers. They both want to do it in such different ways yet both of them care about helping eachother. Zayneb wants to be a human rights lawyer and break down stereotypes about her, Adam wants to use his craft to educate those who admire it. I really loved their aspirations, it made the story so much more appealing and allows you to get an idea of where they’d move onto even after the books.

Before even reading any word, it was very apparent from the title that this book was going to be delving into Islamic History – and as a Muslim myself, I really appreciated the genuine descriptions; particularly of the pilgrimage (Umrah.)
Something to note was that I really admired how S.K Ali chose to wrote realistically about Adam and Zayneb’s experience on Umrah and shares their authentic emotions rather than just acting like everything is perfect for them the entire trip. I think this really added to their character development, and from my perspective, it allowed them to appreciate the trip and the many benefits so much more!
Everything written about it was very well researched which was really comforting as it’s so lovely to see Islamic practices portrayed positively in the media (long time readers will know how much of an advocate I am for this!) That’s why I really loved the subtle detail of adding a verse of the Quran at the beginning of a new part of the story, it was a lovely nod at Islamic History and where abouts they were in the pilgrimage.

To end this off, I thought it would be fitting to talk about the epilogue of the book – because this is probably the last scene we’re reading of Adam and Zayneb. I won’t lie to you, I was shocked by the epilogue the first time I read it because it was not what I expected. Rather than being a romantic scene between Adam and Zayneb, it was a game night surrounded by all their friends. But after I read this, I realised something. This scene represents Adam and Zayneb’s relationship, simple but content – which is why readers fell in love with these characters.

And this also represents the versatility of this series, I particularly highlighted this in the review of my first book, but their relationship didn’t have to always be romantic to thrive, the epilogue allowed me to realise that they thrived with their friendship, their faith, their adorable cat Bertha and most importantly: eachother. To me, this was the perfect way to end their story.

Other Tour Stops

So many other amazing creators have spots on this blog tour, I’d recommend you check all of them out!

Amani is sharing a playlist based on the book, and The Bookarazzi is also doing a review.

My good blogging friend Zahra (who I’m sure you’ve seen in my comments section before!) posted a mood board and other recommendations yesterday.

If you want to see other content from the tour, just look for Love From Mecca To Medina Tour tag on WP Reader and social media!

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Thank you so much for reading this post, if you’ve had the chance to read Love From Mecca To Medina let me know your thoughts, and if you haven’t also let me know whether you plan to read it! Again, thank you so much to S.K Ali, Simon & Schuster and Colored Pages for the opportunity to be on this book tour. Make sure you check out everyone else’s content!

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This post is part of a blog tour hosted by Colored Pages Tours for Love From Mecca To Medina however all opinions and views expressed were my own and genuine.

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Teenage Girl Book Recommendations

Hey everyone it’s Zainab, welcome or welcome back to the blog! So, you guys know I’ve done a movie and TV show recommendation post. Therefore, I thought it would be fitting to do a teenage girl book recommendations post, but these aren’t just for teenage girls! I’m just titling it as the post as I know most of my audience are teenage girls. Let’s jump into the post!

The Promised One by David Alric

The Promised One is a great adventure story for all you animal lovers out there! It tells the story of a girl called Lucy who discovers she’s the promised one and can talk to animals. With this power, she has to fulfil her destiny! I read this when I was younger so I did have to have a refresher on some parts, but the story is so unique and fast-paced. So, I would probably recommend this to someone who loves quick-pace exciting stories!

The Cogheart Series by Peter Bunzl

The Cogheart Series is another great adventure story that I think history lovers would enjoy and also those who enjoy a bit of dark fiction. The main character Lily is set on finding her missing father so along with her friend Robert, they embark on the journey and learn a lot along the way about her father. There are 4 books in the series so far (but I’ve only read 3) and they’re all great books with suspenseful stories!

Hacker by Malorie Blackman

Hacker is such a cool story that I would recommend to someone who loves modern mysteries/crimes. A girl called Vicky learns her father is arrested for allegedly stealing a million pounds and she has to try and prove his innocence. It’s such an interesting book that I think would be suitable for young teens to read who want to try and get into thrillers and mystery books!

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

I Am Malala is such an empowering autobiography where Malala Yousafzai gives everyone an inside perspective into her life and her story. The book teaches girls to be empowered and value education (as this is Malala’s main cause). Malala writes this book as if she’s talking to a friend which I love and I really enjoyed reading this book – especially as I’m not a big fan of non-fiction books! You can read my review of it here! Also, if you’re not much of a reader, this is a documentary called He Named Me Malala which is also sharing the exact same story Malala told in the book.

Girl, Missing Trilogy by Sophie McKeznie

Okay so I don’t even have to go into much detail because if you’ve read my blog for a few months, you’ll know from my reviews how much I’ve loved these books. Quite a lot happens throughout the whole trilogy so I’ll link my first review to the first book here!

Boys Don’t Cry by Malorie Blackman

I’m ending with Boys Don’t Cry as it’s my favourite book I’ve ever read. It’s such a powerful and emotional story told in multiple narrative form from the perspective of Dante and his brother Adam. The main narrator is Dante and he quickly discovers his dream of going to University may not happen when he shockingly finds out he’s a father. This plot is so amazing, so I won’t share anything else! Again, I have a review on it you can read here!


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I Am Malala Book Review

Hey everyone it’s Zainab, welcome back to my blog! As some of you may know I have had ‘I Am Malala’ on my must read book list for a while and I finally got the chance to read it, so today I’m going to share my thoughts on it in the review!

Official Reviews
I Am Malala received 4.1 average star rating from Goodreads as well as The Guardian Newspaper reporter saying ‘I was so hooked that I finished it in one day!’ Common Sense Media gave it multiple 5 star reviews and 89% of Google Users liked the book!

My Opinion
I thought ‘I Am Malala’ was such an inspiring and moving story told in such a unique way. What I loved about the book is that Malala wrote it herself so readers could really get the full perspective of what happened to her and what was going through her mind! One thing I found so amazing is that Malala’s father also stood up for feminism and how Malala talks about her close bond with her father in such a lovely way! I do also find it quite interesting when Malala talks about her feelings of waking up in a foreign country’s hospital because for anybody that can be quite terrifying!

Personally, I think this book showcases her story better than any other way it has been told. There is also a documentary called ‘He Named Me Malala’ which I have seen, however, as the book was written by Malala herself I prefer how she shares her true reality.

Synopsis (From Goodreads)
Malala Yousafzai is the youngest person ever considered for the Nobel Peace Prize. She stood up to the Taliban and nearly paid with her life. She shares her amazing story in her own words and proves that one person, no matter her age, can change the world.

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My Top 5 Favourite Marvel Movies (Mini Review Of Each One!)

Hello everyone it’s Zainab! So, a lot of people don’t know this about me but I’m a huge Marvel fan! Today, I’m going to share my top 5 favourite Marvel movies and add a mini review/synopsis. In no particular order, let’s just into the top 5!

  1. Guardians Of The Galaxy Volume 1
    This is such an action packed movie which is set in a place that we haven’t really seen in the MCU much! I loved how it was based in space which is something you don’t see much in Marvel movies. I just liked the way how all the Guardians came together, because they were trying to attack each other and then find a way to work together!
  2. Captain America Civil War
    This is such a good movie, because it’s different to see the Avengers fighting against each other instead of with each other. I also loved the introduction of Spider Man and Black Panther!
  3. Avengers Infinity War
    I found this movie so adventurous, and it was so cool to have an ending that I definitely didn’t expect! I also loved that there was more of the Guardians in the movie!
  4. Spider Man (Both Of Them)
    I couldn’t choose just one Spider Man film because they were both amazing! I loved how there was both comedy and action in the film and it’s cool to see a high school kid as an Avenger!
  5. Avengers Endgame We are ending of the list with Avengers Endgame which I think was one of the most epic showdowns in all of the MCU! I’m not going to say much as I don’t want to spoil anything but there are big surprises in that film!!

Well that’s my top 5 favourite Marvel films guys, thanks for reading!

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Fuller House Finale Season Review

Hey everyone, just hearing the words Fuller House Finale Review draws so much emotion because I did a Fuller House Review as one of my first ever blog posts and I’ve been watching the show for years so it’s sad to see it draw to a close. Also, as it was one of my first ever blog posts I’m so happy for my final review of the post also has me hitting 50 blog followers; a post will be coming soon with my 2020 Blogging Goals!! Anyway, back to the post! So, I thought what better way to say goodbye then to review its finale season! Warning, many spoilers ahead!!!

Official Reviews
Fuller House received 4.5/5 stars on Influenster as well as getting 73% from the audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. The show has also been awarded many awards including the ‘People’s Choice Awards’ and the Kids Choice Awards.

My Opinion
I think Fuller House was probably one of the most emotional shows I have watched, especially the finale season. Just seeing the way they end the show with all the ladies getting married and in the end all staying together is just the closure I needed! I also loved the references back to the original Full House like Stephanie driving a car through the kitchen (I laughed so much in that scene!)

Synopsis (From IMDB)
In a continuation of Full House (1987), D.J. Fuller is a mother of three young boys and is a recent widow. D.J.’s sister Stephanie, her best friend Kimmy and Kimmy’s teenage daughter all move in to help raise her sons. The house is now a lot fuller.

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Chinese Cinderella Book Review

Hey guys it’s Zainab! Before I start this post I would just like to say thank you so much for 20 followers, I really appreciate it! Let’s see what the next milestone will be!

I have recently finished a book called Chinese Cinderella and I found it such an inspiring story, so today I’ll give you a quick book review!

Official Reviews
Chinese Cinderella received so many amazing reviews such as 4.1/5 stars on Goodreads and 5/5 stars from Waterstones! The novel also has 87% of Google Users liking the book! Goodreads also described it is a ‘riveting memoir’ which is so true!

My Opinion
Chinese Cinderella was probably one of the most emotional books I have ever read. It tells the true story of neglected Chinese girl Adeline Yen Mah and how she overcame all her sadness. Her story is the most unfortunate and tragic thing I have ever heard as her whole family thinks she was bad luck and she was hated by her siblings. I would definitely recommend it to someone who is going through a rough time and letting them know they aren’t alone.
Also, considering I usually tend to read fiction books over non-fiction books or autobiographies but the way Adeline portrays her story makes it so interesting and you want to know more about what happens. Another great thing about the book is it teaches you about the Chinese Culture!

Synopsis (From Goodreads)
A Chinese proverb says, “Falling leaves return to their roots.” In Chinese Cinderella, Adeline Yen Mah returns to her roots to tell the story of her painful childhood and her ultimate triumph and courage in the face of despair. Adeline’s affluent, powerful family considers her bad luck after her mother dies giving birth to her. Life does not get any easier when her father remarries. She and her siblings are subjected to the disdain of her stepmother, while her stepbrother and stepsister are spoiled. Although Adeline wins prizes at school, they are not enough to compensate for what she really yearns for — the love and understanding of her family.

Thanks for reading guys, I hope you enjoyed this review and I truly think you should all give this book a read!

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Spies In Disguise Review

Hey everyone, it’s Zainab! Hope you’re all doing well! So today I’m going to do a quick movie review on a movie called ‘Spies In Disguise’ starring Will Smith and Tom Holland! I know it came out in December but funnily enough I only just watched it! So today, I’m going to review it and share my thoughts.

Official Reviews

Spies In Disguise recieved so much amazing feedback! It was given 75% from Rotten Tomatoes as well as 4/5 from Common Sense Media! 90% of Google Users liked the film and it was said that ‘Smith and Holland have great buddy-comedy chemistry and give this weird-in-a-good-way animated adventure a charming, crowd-pleasing vibe. ‘ Which is so true! Check out more reviews here!

My Opinion

I thought Spies In Disguise was such a comedic movie teaching you to always accept other people’s help and knowing you always need to work together, which is a great lesson for younger children! I also loved that the movie had so many funny aspects to it (which I won’t spoil!) and it was just a great laugh! Will Smith and Tom Holland had amazing chemistry resulting in their characters Lance and Walter working so well together in the end!

Synopsis

Lance Sterling and Walter Beckett do not work together at all! However, when there is a strange turn of events they have to learn to rely on each other and work together. Or else they can’t save the world…

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Book / Film & TV Reviews: The Next Step Review

Hey everyone, don’t judge me! I know The Next Step came out in 2017 but today I want to share with you a quick review of it as I am so close to finishing season 4.

Official Reviews
The Next Step received 4/5 stars on Common Sense Media and someone gave it a 10/10 review of IMDB and commented ‘Found it on Netflix. Haven’t stopped watching it.’ I think this really gives a genuine reason to watch this!
My Opinion
I think The Next Step is an amazing show for 9-12 year old kids as it explores so many topics that relate to us such as peer pressure and how to get over bullying or how to deal with annoying people which is really a perfect theme for this day and age. It’s amazing show for people who might be struggling at school or likes some age suitable dramas!
Synopsis
Dancers at The Next Step Dance Studio are hoping to win a regional title and train and dance every day to achieve perfection! This is a show of drama, secrets and relationships! The dancers are doing whatever it takes to win Regionals and get to Nationals.
Thanks for reading this post guys, sorry it’s quite short I just wanted to make sure I posted on time. For any bloggers just remember quality not quantity! 
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Book / Film & TV Reviews: Zombies 2 Review

Hey everyone today I want to share with you a quick review of ZOMBIES 2! It will be February’s film of the month.
Official Reviews
ZOMBIES 2 received 87 % from the audience score on Rotten Tomatoes and Common Sense Media said it was a ‘sweet sequel; promotes inclusion, challenges and stereotypes.’ This shows how moving the story of this movie is.
My Opinion
I thought ZOMBIES 2 was amazing as it told the story of the Werewolves on the outskirts of Seabrook. Addison was continuing to figure out who she was and Zed was taking more of a leadership role in Seabrook High. The movie was definitely full of surprises and left me shocked at the end!
Synopsis (IMDB)
The continuing adventures of Seabrook High students Addison and Zed, whose budding romance is threatened by the arrival of werewolves.
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Book/ Film & TV Reviews: The Cogheart Series

Hi everyone, its been a long time since I’ve done a book review so today I thought I would share my thoughts on the Cogheart series (consisting of three books) by Peter Bunzl. Even though I read it last year, I thought it would be a good idea to share with you guys; and his latest book is coming out next week!

Official Reviews
The Cogheart series recieved 4/5 stars on GoodReads and the first book got 5/5 stars on Topsta. These amazing reviews really contribute to the great story line of these books.

My opinion
I loved every page of the Cogheart series as it tells the story of daring adventures and friendship. The main character Lily goes on a journey to find out where her missing father is and  meets a friend, Robert, along the way. They both go on a quest to discover the truth about Lily’s father. The ending of this book leads perfectly to the second book called Moonlocket. This books looks into Robert’s past and many secrets are found along the way about a precious locket. This book then goes into his third book Skycircus which focuses about Lily’s past but about her mother and a circus in the sky. These three books all connect and I’m so excited to read his final book ‘Shadowsea!’
I hope you guys enjoyed reading this review and I definitely recommend it to anybody who loves adventurous books. Make sure you comment your favourite books, I would love to hear your opinions and make sure you follow me.  Have a great week!
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