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The Boy Lost in the Maze
When I began reading this book, I was immediately attracted to the writing style. It is storytelling through poetry and is a retelling of the well known Greek myth “The Minotaur”. It follows 3 perspectives: Theseus, who battles many opponents to find his father and leaves his mother; The Minotaur, who faces both his father’s disapproval and his mother’s shame; and Theo, who (in the modern world) follows trails to his father and leaves unspoken words with his mother. The 3 stories are all entwined and I really enjoyed making the connections and comparisons. It is such a powerful book that effectively conveyed the emotions felt by the characters and made it very easy to empathize with them even if you haven't been through the same journey through manhood as they had. The illustrations also match the tone of the text perfectly, adding more emotional connection to the story. ‘The Boy Lost In The Maze” also is engaging because of the imagery and the interactive choices that allow you to explore various paths. I really love this book and recommend it to anyone who finds Greek mythology interesting, even if they don't know a lot about it, and people who enjoy emotional stories.


Safiyyah's War
Safiyyah’s War is a gripping and powerful novel that centres around the life of Safiyyah, a young woman who finds herself torn between duty and desire in war-torn Syria. As the conflict escalates around her, Safiyyah must navigate the complexities of love, loss, and survival in a world fraught with danger and uncertainty. Hiba Noor Khan does a fantastic job of capturing the emotional depth and turmoil of her characters, drawing readers into Safiyyah’s world with vivid and evocative prose. The novel is both heart-wrenching and thought-provoking, shedding light on the harsh realities of war and the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity. Safiyyah’s War is a must-read for anyone interested in exploring the human cost of conflict and the strength of the human spirit in the most challenging of circumstances. Khan’s writing is both poignant and powerful, making this novel an unforgettable and moving read.