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Blog Tour: The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar


This tour was conducted with FFBC. Due to the doxxing and threatening/toxic behavior displayed by the tour company toward Black bloggers, I am removing any and all affiliation with them on my platforms. This is unacceptable. However, I am leaving my reviews/posts up for the benefit of the authors I supported. Thanks in advance for your understanding!

Hi everyone! I hope you’re staying safe and healthy. Today I’m bringing you a review of a WONDERFUL book that was just released this past week. It’s funny, witty, and it captured my heart from the very first page.

About the Book

The Henna Wars

by Adiba Jaigirdar
Publisher: Page Street Kids
Release Date: May 12th 2020

Genre: Young Adult, Romance, LGBT, Contemporary, Queer


When Dimple Met Rishi meets Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda in this rom com about two teen girls with rival henna businesses.

When Nishat comes out to her parents, they say she can be anyone she wants—as long as she isn’t herself. Because Muslim girls aren’t lesbians. Nishat doesn’t want to hide who she is, but she also doesn’t want to lose her relationship with her family. And her life only gets harder once a childhood friend walks back into her life.

Flávia is beautiful and charismatic and Nishat falls for her instantly. But when a school competition invites students to create their own businesses, both Flávia and Nishat choose to do henna, even though Flávia is appropriating Nishat’s culture. Amidst sabotage and school stress, their lives get more tangled—but Nishat can’t quite get rid of her crush on Flávia, and realizes there might be more to her than she realized.

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About the Author

Adiba Jaigirdar is a Bangladeshi/Irish writer and teacher. She lives in Dublin, Ireland. She has an MA in Postcolonial Studies from the University of Kent, England and a BA in English and History from UCD, Ireland.

She is a contributor for Bookriot. Previously, she has published short fiction and poetry in various journals and anthologies.

All her work is aided by copious amounts of (kettle-made) tea and a whole lot of Hayley Kiyoko and Janelle Monáe.

She is represented by Uwe Stender at TriadaUS.

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Y’all. . . my heart was captured by this book from page one. It is absolutely fantastic. I can’t believe it is already out in the world. Actually, I’m very happy it’s out in the world because you can finally enjoy it too!

I think what I loved most about this book was the voice. Nishat is someone with a seemingly quiet voice on the outside, but it comes through strong being inside her head. I wanted to hug her so tight through the whole book. She is such a strong character, and it shows as she grows throughout the book.

My favorite dynamic was definitely the one between Nishat and Priti. At first, I thought Priti was the older sister, but I quite enjoyed her as the younger one. Their relationship reminded me of my sisters, and I really loved how supportive Priti was of Nishat.

This book is set in Dublin, and it made me miss it so much! One of the scenes is a party in Dún Laoghaire, a neighborhood south of the city centre, and it brought me back to when I visited it on a whim. I love how the setting fits the story so well, and it felt so alive. (Nishat’s comments about the Dublin bus gave me flashbacks to missing it and waiting outside the stops for what seemed like hours.)

All in all, this is a lovely story about Nishat coming of age and finding herself while still trying to honor her identity. I loved how deeply I was able to connect with Nishat even though I don’t have the same experiences.

Tour Schedule

May 12th

The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club – Welcome Post

May 13th

Emelies Books – Guest Post
The Little Mouse That Reads – Review
The Reading Corner for All – Review + Favourite Quotes
Lauren’s Boookshelf – Review + Playlist
Dawn Elize – Review

May 14th

Ya It’s Lit – Review + Favourite Quotes
Between the Shelves – Review
Bookishaestha – Review + Playlist + Dream Cast
dinipandareads – Review + Favourite Quotes
SepiaReads – Review

May 15th

BookCrushin – Guest Post
Booked J – Review + Playlist
Feed Your Fiction Addiction – Review
Dazzled by Books – Review + Favourite Quotes
For The Love of Fictional Worlds – Review

May 16th

Kait Plus Books – Interview
Sometimes Leelynn Reads – Review + Playlist + Dream Cast
Wilted Pages – Review
The Various Hues of Blue – Review + Dream Cast + Favourite Quotes
The Mind of a Book Dragon – Review
Annej Reads – Promotional Post

May 17th

QueerBookReport – Review
The Layaway Dragon – Review + Favourite Quotes
Popthebutterfly Reads – Review
Enthralled Bookworm – Review + Playlist
Books_andPoetrii – Review + Favourite Quotes

May 18th

Utopia State of Mind – Interview
Morgan Vega – Review + Favourite Quotes
Wonder stuck – Review
Fangirl Pixie Blog – Review + Playlist + Favourite Quotes
BiblioJoJo – Review

Instagram Schedule

May 12th

The FFBC Tours

May 13th

Emelies Books
The Little Mouse That Reads
The Reading Corner for All
Lauren’s Boookshelf
Dawn Elize

May 14th

Ya It’s Lit
Between the Shelves

May 15th

Booked J
Feed Your Fiction Addiction
Dazzled by Books

May 16th

Kait Plus Books
Sometimes Leelynn Reads
Wilted Pages
The Various Hues of Blue
The Mind of a Book Dragon
Annej Reads

May 17th

Popthebutterfly Reads
Enthralled Bookworm

May 18th

Morgan Vega
Wonder stuck
Fangirl Pixie Blog


Prize: One (1) copy of The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar

US/ Canada Only

Start: May 12, 2020

End: May 26, 2020

Link to giveaway:

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

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