We are so excited to announce the confirmed schedule for the More Than Just a Pretty Face tour! Thank you again to all of you that signed up and helped spread the word to ensure that we filled up this tour with some amazing #ownvoices reviewers! Be sure to visit our hosts during this week and help promote the release of More Than Just a Pretty Face for the entire week.
Remember, all tour hosts are required to post reviews in addition to their creative content.
Hear Our Voices – Intro Interview
Know Your Books – Favorite Quotes
Her Book Thoughts – Playlist
Tahoora Hashmi – Reading Journal + Playlist
Amina Reads – Reasons to Read this Book
The Crafty Reader Bee – #OwnVoices Reflection
Musfira Sultan – Reading Journal Spread + Cover Recreation
Phantom Paper – Book Recs
Novels Nerd – Mood Board (Blog)
Sumi Reviews – Favorite Quotes + #OwnVoices Reflection
Marshmallow Pudding – Playlist
Book Briefs – Review
NerdGurll – Mood Board + Look Book
Wordsborn – 15 Thoughts While Reading + Themes Analysis + Video Review
The Books Warlock – #OwnVoices Reflection + Fan Art
Shelf of Stories – Favorite Quotes
Kali’s Bookish Rambles – Favorite Quotes (IG)
Pop The Butterfly – Review
The Crafty Reader Bee – Original Book Tag + Original Quiz
NK Literary Nerd – Blog Interview + 15 Thoughts While Reading (IG)
Levicorpsvs Blog – Favorite Quotes (IG)
Musings of a Bookish Teacher – Mood Board
Fafa’s Book Corner – TV Recs
Aelin’s Kingdom – Review
Books Over Everything – Review
Reading On a Star – Review
Wishful Endings – Review
Mis Hashmi – Playlist + #OwnVoices Reflection + Video Review (IG)
Books Tales By Me – Favorite Quotes
Diary of a Bookgirl – Original Quiz + Favorite Quotes (IG)
Fanna for Readers & Writers – Book Recs
Mind of Luxe – Favorite Quotes + Mood Board
Moonlight Rendezvous – Favorite Quotes (IG)
A Fangirl’s Haven – Mood Board + #OwnVoices Reflection
Readlogy – Blog Interview + 15 Thoughts While Reading + Theme Analysis
She & Books – Favorite Quotes
Yours Afictionately – Favorite Quotes (IG)
Endless Pages – 15 Thoughts While Reading (IG)
Moon Child – Dream Cast + Theme Analysis
Lauren Marie’s Musings – Reading Vlog
I grew up in Karachi, Pakistan, and currently live in Sacramento, California. There have been plenty of stops in between though. I’m a first generation immigrant, twice over. I’ve been a citizen of three different countries and lived in nine cities.
I am, as Goethe, said, “nothing but a wanderer […] on this earth.”
Living among different people, in different countries at fascinating times in their histories, has shaped both my view of the world and my writing. Ultimately, human beings are the same everywhere (despite the fact that they tell themselves, everywhere, that they are different from each other), and the theme of this fundamental human unity informs everything I write.
As to my life outside of writing, I went to the William and Mary School of Law, and before that attended the University of Toronto, where I studied English Literature. I am currently practicing as an attorney and must “measure out my life in coffee spoons” on a daily basis.
Some members of my family will tell you that I’m also a poet. This isn’t true. I wrote a few poems in Urdu when I was a teenager, and I’ve never heard the end of it…which I wouldn’t mind, honestly, if they were any good. As it is, I’m very happy living in prose, thank you very much.
Other interests include good food, video games, sitcoms, and books of all kinds. Most of my time that doesn’t go to writing or billable hours is consumed by my two children, four and two years of age.
More Than Just a Pretty Face
By: Syed M. Masood
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: August 4, 2020
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
For fans of Becky Albertalli and Jenny Han, a sweetly funny YA rom-com debut about falling in love, familial expectations, and being a Renaissance Man.
Danyal Jilani doesn’t lack confidence. He may not be the smartest guy in the room, but he’s funny, gorgeous, and going to make a great chef one day. His father doesn’t approve of his career choice, but that hardly matters. What does matter is the opinion of Danyal’s longtime crush, the perfect-in-all-ways Kaval, and her family, who consider him a less than ideal arranged marriage prospect.
When Danyal gets selected for Renaissance Man–a school-wide academic championship–it’s the perfect opportunity to show everyone he’s smarter than they think. He recruits the brilliant, totally-uninterested-in-him Bisma to help with the competition, but the more time Danyal spends with her…the more he learns from her…the more he cooks for her…the more he realizes that happiness may be staring him right in his pretty face.