The Seville Secret by Melati Lum

Today it’s my great good fortune to be on the blog tour for the second in the Ayesha Dean series by Melati Lum. The Seville secret feature the ongoing adventures of Ayesha and friends in the town of Seville in Spain.

The Plot:

New Friends, New Adventure, New Mystery!

Ayesha, Sara & Jess are back in an exciting new adventure, and this time they’re off to Spain! When a fellow passenger’s beloved grandpa strangely disappears, Ayesha and her friends gladly join in the search for the missing person. But as Ayesha delves further into the mystery, the more sinister the stakes become! Ayesha finds a link between the missing person and a seventeenth-century diary that contains clues to an ancient mystery. However, each step closer to discovery seems to pose greater chances of peril. Can Ayesha uncover the truth without putting herself and her friends in mortal danger?

My thoughts:

A new addition to the Ayesha Dean series. I think this is a fabulous series with an amazing protagonist, in Ayesha Dean, a young muslim girl who wants to be an investigator. She is kick ass and a strong young woman with an eclectic band of friends. Whilst this follows the same formula as the istanbul intrigue it moves to a different city (Seville). I found this book fascinating in its look at the moorish history of the andalusian region of spain. This a great crime series for Young adult readers and whilst its part of a series this book could be read as a standalone. In my opinion we need more people like Melati, writing novels like this as our literature especially for young people should have likeable characters of all races and beliefs and this novel really delivers on that. A massive 5 star read for me.

Ayesha Dean is more than just an amazing YA character, By creating this series of novels Melati Lum is creating a great personable young muslim character who is a great role model. I think this is of great importance not just for young muslim girls and boys to see but for all young people to see a diverse range of strong young female characters of all races. Tied with this is Melati’s great ability to reflect on islamic history throughout which always leaves me wanting to go away and do more research on the topics she discusses. If you have kids or can contribute to a school library please please source some copies of this book it’s amazing.

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