Featured Book Review: Quarantine Bae



"It all looked good on the surface."


Amina is a young woman who went from college to newlywed to prison wife to a much desired (and initially unwilling) Quarantine Bae. This story was told blog style in first person. The character takes us through how her life changed so drastically in such a short period of time, how and by whom. 

Her retelling mixed in her own life with current cultural events i.e. Covid and the pandemic. She is left alone in a city with just her best friends-Dash and Mooch. However, through her work at a gossip blog, she finds a "work husband", a new "scene" and a bit of fame. 

What she doesn't expect is for former husband to be released early.  Covid disrupting the lives of her close friend and betrayal of the highest order.  She doesn't realize that the culmination of all of these things occurring will lead her to infamy in her new city. 

The story moved a fast pace. We were quickly ushered through the pandemic activity and how she became the QB. The characters were interesting. The storyline a solid one to build upon. There were a few issues with formatting and transitioning, but nothing that took away from the salacious retelling of the protagonist's story. The ending was fitting and I could not have asked for more. I even had a few steamy flashbacks during a "scene" or two. I enjoyed it. 

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Each of his novels earned 5 out of 5 stars, critical acclaim and sells internationally. The honor of knowing his books are in home libraries in the US and other nations is humbling. Genres: Urban Fiction, Crime, Erotica, Thriller, Political, LGBTQ, & Alternate Universe. 

Abd’ al Halim K. Rashad was raised on Reggae and American Pop music. Born to a Jamaican family residing in Brooklyn, NY, Halim bore witness to the atrocities of life growing up with an abusive father involved in nearly every aspect of crime throughout NYC in the 70s and 80s. 

Halim’s influences are The Almighty, Chinua Achebe, J.M. Coetzee, Alice Walker, bell hooks, Orhan Pamuk, Albert Camus, Samuel Clemens, Earnest Hemingway, William Golding, Spike Lee, Edgar Allen Poe, Robert Browning, William Shakespeare, and V.S. Naipaul. 

While still an aspiring musician and songwriter, Halim found himself following in his father's footsteps to make ends meet and build his name in that world. Arrested at 16, Halim faced 15 years in prison when he was wrongfully accused of attempted robbery (with a litany of charges attached). By 18, the case was dismissed and sealed. He went on to work with many of the big name rap artists of that era, including WuTang Clan, and many more.

 Today, Halim is a father, author, poet, and educator. He has worked with members of Wu-Tang Clan, interned at the legendary Cold Chillin’ Records at the age of fourteen, and taught the art songwriting to many developing artists. As of late, Halim has been writing poetry and novels also. He has completed a collection of poetry titled, "Blurred Rephlekshunz, Vol. I; The Foul Doctrine" which, in fact, took more than twenty-five years to create. At present, Halim is working on a collection of novels, and a part two of the Blurred Rephlekshunz volumes.