We Set the Dark on Fire
In this daring and romantic fantasy debut perfect for fans of The Handmaid’s Tale and Latinx authors Zoraida Córdova and Anna-Marie McLemore, society wife-in-training Dani has a great awakening after being recruited by rebel spies and falling for her biggest rival.
At the Medio School for Girls, distinguished young women are trained for one of two roles in their polarize...more
Before you get too excited, these are not highly challenging professions these girls aspire too, but societally designed and assigned 'womanly roles' within a man's household.
A Primera essentially handles the business aspects, while the Segunda takes care of the more emotional sides, raising children, providing humor and relaxation for the husband. As you can expect, a household requires both to fun ...more
Representation: Latina main characters and an f/f romance. According to the publisher, these are both ownvoices.
ARC kindly provided by Katherine Tegen Books in exchange for an honest review.
This was such a refreshing and original read that takes on so many prevalent issues in today's society. I hate comparing books, but if you like diverse reads with queer characters of colour that have the same vibe as The Handmaid's Tale (except Young Adult), then you'll love this. Even ...more
I cannot tell you guys how excited I was to receive an ARC copy of this book from Edelweiss+!
So, when I started actually reading, I realized…maybe, this isn’t exactly what I imagined it to be.
But naturally, I kept reading…
This was ALMOST my first DNF book of 2019.
Daniela’s family sacrificed everything they had to give her a better life. ...more
After following Tehlor Kay Mejia on social media for years and hearing some early buzz about her debut, I was highly anticipating this one. And, friends, let me tell you: it did not disappoint!
We Set the Dark on Fire is set in a world that feels uncomfortably close to our own. Medio is a world in which women are expected to conform to prescribed subservient role ...more
Now that we have that out of the way, this is an unsettlingly prescient read for the state of politics in 2018-19 - like, it's literally about wall-crossing "illegals"and has a bunch of characters you'll want to rip apart with your bare hands and thank God there is some kissing in there.
If we’re not all free, none of us are free.
I'm looking forward to writing down my thoughts on the amazingness that is WSTDOF, but for now let me just say that. Ending. was. WILD. I seriously cannot wait for the next book and read what becomes of Dani, Carmen, Sota, & Alex...
The MC, Dani, was nothing special. She was the typical character who wants to please her parents even if it means sacrificing their own desires. This character that we've all read a hundred times, rebukes the rebels or ignores them until she's confronted with the realness and joins them. IF YOU MUST WRITE THIS CHARACTER THAT APPEARS IN EV ...more
2) Tehlor Kay Mejia's story in All Out was so phenomenal that I feel an empty space in my soul begging for more of her writing
We all know Dystopian has had its big hype and it seems like it's not coming back anytime soon. But with WE SET THE DARK ON FIRE, Tehlor Kay Mejia managed to write a truly engaging, very timely Dystopian Fantasy that feels different from what we've seen before.
“'Women, I'll never understand them.' With only his Primera and Segunda present, there was no one in the room to laugh at his joke. While he was busy congratulating himself on it, Carmen shot Dani a look over her napkin...more
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ARC provided from the publisher via Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review (thank you Katherine Tegen Books and HarperCollins!!)
OOF, if it isn’t one of the most exciting, original, well written and gorgeously set up books I’ve read. it’s a YA The Handmaid’s Tale AND ALSO The Handmaiden all at once: a dark, forbidden sapphic romance with intensely vivd world building?? count me in!! and as if that wasn’t enough to pique your in ...more
I HAVE SO MANY THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS!!!!! I'M NOT OK!!!!! SOMEONE SEND HELP!!!!!
I absolutely adore the MC in this one, she's so smart, resourceful, strong willed and confident, she doesn't let anyone step on her toes and her trust is very hard to earn! I also loved her LI (spoiler but not really: it's f/f) and the way their attraction and later on romance bloomed! I loved the urgency and intensity of it all!
I also LOVED how politically charged this was. It set parallels w ...more
"I heard about men with big boots and helmets who would come in the night, step on your garden and steal your food, and make your parents disappear. I heart about a dark room with no windows where they'd take you if you didn't behave. Where they'd ask you questions until you forgot what the sun felt like on your skin. I heard about a wall so tall and so wide that if you woke up on...more
DNF at 83%
I just wasn’t feeling it anymore so what’s the point.
Kinda liked the GxG romance though. Nice touch. ...more
Usually, I'm not a big fan of dystopia, but that was a great and interesting read. The book was brilliantly written, and the author did a great job with the world-building.
Our MC Dani is now one of my favorite characters this year. She's clever, compassionate, str ...more
Dani came illegally over the wall into the legal side of her country. She still grew up close to the border which is very poor. Her parents got her papers illegally and did everything they could to get her into the Medio School For Girls. In this school, the girls are prepared to be married off to prominent boys. Dani is the top in her class. She ...more
Update 12/13/2018: it has gotten better. This is a story of immigration and revolution and family. Tehlor’s written something gay and special I think.
In this world, wealthy men take two wives to fulfill different roles in the family. The Primera is smart and logical, intended to be an intellectual ...more
I didn’t have many expectations for what this was going to be like as I went into this book, but can I say that if I did have expectations, We Set the Dark on Fire would have blown them away?!
Like the cover, this book was both lush and gorgeous yet fierce and wild in its story. Mejia creates a world full of societal expectations and steeped in tradition, and then she works to tear down all of it throughout this book.
It was a very unique mix of genres, which I ended up enjoying! I can’t p ...more
it's time for f/f relationships to have their glory and together they will throw the guts of the guys who made them feel lesser into the deep sea.
Great debut! I enjoyed the writing and the world this book takes place in however I felt the romance needed more depth and felt a little rushed as well as the plot at times, though I would definitely say this book is more plot heavy than anything else. It was definitely a quick read, the pages seemed to fly by whenever I could find the time to read and I enjoyed the story the entire time. I will be reading the sequel and recommend this to YA fantasy readers looking for books with import ...more
|What's the Name o...: SOLVED. YA/New Adult (might be dystopian), girl must choose to be a wife and bear children for a man or manage a man's household, academy training for girls, Handmaid's Tale but for YA vibe. [s]||5||16||Jun 18, 2019 11:04AM|