Today I’m here to introduce this new section of the blog: *insert number* reasons why you should read… Basically I’ll list all the things I liked in a book and give my opinion on why should you read it. It’s like a review but easier (for me) because I will just list everything and hope to not be as incoherent as when I write full paragraphs, hopefully I won’t overthink and doubt my English like I do with reviews and this won’t take me that much time. Plus this is the perfect mix of a recommendation and a review. (yep, i’m trying to convince myself).
And because we are in the #LatinxHeritageMonth the first book will be We set the dark on fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia.
Genre: Young adult, fantasy, fiction, #ownvoices
Publication: February 26th 2019 by Katherine Tegen Books
Length: ebook, 384 pages
Synopsis: At the Medio School for Girls, distinguished young women are trained for one of two roles in their polarized society. Depending on her specialization, a graduate will one day run a husband’s household or raise his children, but both are promised a life of comfort and luxury, far from the frequent political uprisings of the lower class. Daniela Vargas is the school’s top student, but her bright future depends upon no one discovering her darkest secret—that her pedigree is a lie. Her parents sacrificed everything to obtain forged identification papers so Dani could rise above her station. Now that her marriage to an important politico’s son is fast approaching, she must keep the truth hidden or be sent back to the fringes of society, where famine and poverty rule supreme.
On her graduation night, Dani seems to be in the clear, despite the surprises that unfold. But nothing prepares her for all the difficult choices she must make, especially when she is asked to spy for a resistance group desperately fighting to bring equality to Medio. Will Dani cling to the privilege her parents fought to win for her, or to give up everything she’s strived for in pursuit of a free Medio—and a chance at a forbidden love?
“The bad stuff will be there … If we want to fight it, we have to find joy where we can. We have to find beauty. We have to take our moments to be happy. Because the joy is what keeps us strong and reminds us we have something to fight for.”
1. Enemies to lovers romance. And it’s not only that but also slow burn. And what can be better than those two tropes?
2. The characters 1.0 Sassy love interest and super intelligent main character. I might be biased on this one because the MC has the best name ever (and it’s the first time I read it in a book) but I swear she’s a really good character. They both feel three dimensional and they balance their personalities.
3. The characters 2.0 Okay, the main characters feel real and amazing but not just them. The secondary characters have great personalities and I love that.
4. It’s queer. The romance is f/f.
5. The world building. I really liked the myth that introduces us to how the world works. The three people marriage and that everything is a good analogy on what’s happening nowadays in the USA.
6. It’s latinx. The author is latinx, the characters, the food.
7. The plot. Most of the book is lead by political intrigue and conflict between the two parts, it’s engaging and easy to get lost in.
8. It’s filled with dresses as beautiful as the book cover.
9. Food. The MC Dani loves food and the descriptions she makes will make you hungry.
10. It’ll make you think. I feel like I learned a lot along with Dani, there are some quotes that will mark you.
11. I don’t want to spoil anyone but the ending is epic and will leave you dead and needing the sequel.
12. You won’t have to wait much for next book.
That being said, We Set the Dark on Fire is the perfect book to read when you’re looking for a light fantasy, easy to read that will blow your mind. I loved every part of it and foe through its pages and now I cannot wait to read it.
Have you read it? What did you liked the most?