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Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Potentially the best Pride and Prejudice Adaptation: Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin

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Potentially the best Pride and Prejudice Adaptation: Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin
Ayesha at Last
Uzma Jalaluddin
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: June 4th, 2019
by Berkley

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A modern-day Muslim Pride and Prejudice for a new generation of love.

Ayesha Shamsi has a lot going on. Her dreams of being a poet have been set aside for a teaching job so she can pay off her debts to her wealthy uncle. She lives with her boisterous Muslim family and is always being reminded that her flighty younger cousin, Hafsa, is close to rejecting her one hundredth marriage proposal. Though Ayesha is lonely, she doesn't want an arranged marriage. Then she meets Khalid who is just as smart and handsome as he is conservative and judgmental. She is irritatingly attracted to someone who looks down on her choices and dresses like he belongs in the seventh century.

Ayesha is torn between how she feels about the straightforward Khalid and the unsettling new gossip she hears about his family. Looking into the rumors, she finds she has to deal with not only what she discovers about Khalid, but also the truth she realizes about herself.
 
-A copy was provided by Berkley for review-

I’ve been going through a reading slump lately and starting a book takes a lot more effort than I would like. When, I picked up Ayesha a couple days ago, I was really sad I couldn’t get into it so I put it down and continued binging Brooklyn Nine Nine. Because I had it for review though, I decided to pick it up again  and push through. I ended up going to bed at 5:30 AM because I legitimately did not want to put Ayesha at Last down.

I first read P&P in 10th grade and watched the BBC adaptation alongside reading it. I thought the Colin Firth adaptation was the peak of P&P adaptations. Reading Ayesha at Last has made me completely reevaluate that opinion. This thoughtful, creative retelling really does bring its own charm to the OG story. I said this about Pride Prejudice and Other Flavors too but Ayesha At Last truly does go that extra mile to take those tropes and create something wonderful and new. You can see elements of Pride & Prejudice but you can also see a completely unique story that could one day be a classic too.

Ayesha and Khalid may have a lot in common but they are also opposites in many ways. Ayesha is confident and outspoken but isn’t really sure what she wants from her life. Khalid sort of knows what he wants from his life and is confident in his abilities but doesn’t know how to speak up for himself and also be true to himself. 

After an awkward first meeting, they are pushed to work together on a conference that will help raise funds their mosque desperately needs to continue functioning. As they get to know each other better, they start reconsidering their misconceptions and slowly falling in love. I don’t know if I’d describe the romance as slow burn because they fall in love over a short period of time but it still felt just right? 

“Your forgiveness for a kofta?”

Ayesha at Last is a Pride & Prejudice retelling so of course the romance is pretty central to the book but its a south asian P&P retelling so… yeah the MCs families play a huge role in the book. Ayesha at Last doesn’t just confront the misconceptions Khalid and Ayesha have about each other, it also confronts the misconceptions they have about their families. Whether it is Ayesha learning to let go a bit when it comes to her cousin to Khalid realizing his mother is not the perfect person he paints her to be. There are also good friendships and many amazing supporting characters overall.

I’ve wanted to read Ayesha since it came out in Canada over a year ago and the wait was honestly worth it. I really hope that P&P fans and romance readers in general will gather around this book and show it the love it deserves. I am so happy south asian P&P retelling are now a thing and I cannot wait to read what else Uzma Jallaludin has in store for us!

4.5 Stars
4.5 Hot Espressos

Not the Persuasion Retelling My Heart Desires: The One That Got Away by Melissa Pimentel

Not the Persuasion Retelling My Heart Desires: The One That Got Away by Melissa Pimentel

Posted by on 08/24/2017 • 1 Comment

I’ve always regarded Persuasion as my favorite Jane Austen novel so when I heard about The One That Got Away, I was immediately intrigued. There is something about the angst of a second chance romance that always draws me in and I love seeing the various takes on the classic novel. I dove into The One That Got Away expecting to enjoy it and I am not sure I did? I am also not sure I didn’t.

Retellings don’t have to follow the original storyline word for word but in my opinion a good retelling is at least very aware of the word for word storyline and has a fun take on that story. I felt like The One That Got Away didn’t really do that? It’s biggest tribute to the novel was essentially…

Blog Tour: Teen Frankenstein by Chandler Baker (High School Horror #1) Review and Guest Post

Blog Tour: Teen Frankenstein by Chandler Baker (High School Horror #1) Review and Guest Post

Posted by on 01/18/2016 • 3 Comments

Hello everyone!! I am happy to be participating in the blog tour for this book. Right when I read the synopsis, I knew that I had to read the book. So I will be doing my review and I have a great guest post with a real life high school horror story from Charlotte Huang, a friend of the author who is also an author.

To start, I really liked the characters. They were great. Especially Tor and her best friend Owen. They really were what pulled me into the story. I did enjoy this book, but had to ignore all of the things that just didn’t make sense to me. As with all things fiction, not everything has to make sense or be logical right? I can’t go into…

Review: YOLO Juliet by William Shakespeare and Brett Wright

Review: YOLO Juliet by William Shakespeare and Brett Wright

Posted by on 06/23/2015 • 5 Comments

I admit, I loved reading the original Romeo and Juliet in school, but I know that for some people it isn’t something they enjoyed. I think that this was a fun way to get people interested in the basics of the story in a modern way. I thought the group texts and messages were entertaining. I especially loved all the emojis in it. I do have to say though, this is not a replacement for the original, but it was fun to read.

Everyone knows how the story goes. Star-crossed lovers ending in tragic death, but this book tells the story in a less morbid way. This is a kind of hard review to write since it’s not a typical book. I do think that for kids in school who…

Review: Monstrous by MarcyKate Connolly

Review: Monstrous by MarcyKate Connolly

Posted by on 02/19/2015 • 8 Comments

This was a book that I was really excited to read. I didn’t like it quite as much as I had hoped, but it was really enjoyable. The characters were wonderful, especially Kymera. It was a bit predictable and long, but it was interesting so it kept me from getting bored with it. Even at its slow pace, the way things all came together was great and it was easy to get lost in.

Kym is a creation intended for the purpose of saving the sick girls from the wizard. She is very naive and only knows what her father has told her. She is happy with her mission and truly has a huge heart. She wants to do what is right and she wants to save everyone. She…

Review: Beastkeeper by Cat Hellisen

Review: Beastkeeper by Cat Hellisen

Posted by on 01/22/2015 • 2 Comments

I am always up for a fairytale retelling, so of course I had to read this book. Especially since it has a dark twist to it. This was a book that was so easy to get into and get lost in. I loved uncovering all the secrets and find out how everything would end up. This is middle grade, but it the writing was very mature. the characters were great, though we don’t get to know many of them very well aside from Sarah and Alan. We learn about the other characters, but don’t really know them on an emotional level. Either way, this was a great book.

Sarah is a young girl, but wise beyond her years. She has moved around a lot and she is a bit…