Bullet-Point Review: We Set The Dark On Fire, Tehlor Kay Mejia

I should have talked about We Set The Dark On Fire when I first read it, almost two months ago, but time and other reviews came around and before I knew it, it was the very start of May. The thing is: how do you talk about a book you love with all of your heart? A book you anticipated that ended up completely delivering? I find it way easier, somehow, to find the right words to express myself with other books.

I wish I could write eloquently, but when I think about We Set The Dark On Fire, I can’t even think clearly, so….let’s make a list of reasons why I loved this book instead.

There are no spoilers in this review.

We Set The Dark On Fire, Tehlor Kay Mejia

Publishing on February 26th, by Katherine Tegen Books.
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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?

I ENJOYED…

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  • Reading this book reminded me of reading one of my favorite books of all times for the first time. The book was Delirium, by Lauren Oliver and even though these two books are nothing alike, I got exactly the same feeling while reading this book. The slow obsession starting within the first few pages, feeling completely swallowed by the story and its characters.
  • It helped that the writing was absolutely stunning, so many moments and sentences just made me want to scream and read over and over again and I was so immersed into it all and ahhh.

“On the outside, she was frozen, but inside her, whole cities were being razed to the ground.”

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  • We Set The Dark On Fire is set in a world completely different from ours, yet also echoes with our own. With women expected to act and conform to certain roles, with people crossing the border and viewed badly by the government and so on, there are many many similarities with our own world. The world was so, SO well-built, so realistic and intricate and I loved and feared everything about it. It was fascinating, really I don’t have any other word.

  • THE CHARACTERS. I adored them with all of my heart. Dani was one badass, incredible main character carrying the story and she grew as the pages went on, which I adored. She is strong, smart yet sensitive, always thinks of her family and is just overall a character I adored. I loved seeing her becoming more and more conscious of the terrible ways of her own society and slowly falling into rebellion and I rooted for her right from the start.

“Mateo thought she was powerless. That he could reduce her to a trembling victim with some harsh words and the scent of his breath on her face. But she wasn’t powerless. And if she played her cards right, she would never have to be again.”

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  • Carmen was one complicated character that took me a moment to warm up to, but that’s only because we only know as far as Dani knows, so at first, it’s not a lot. I loved seeing the two women getting close to each other and getting to know Carmen a whole lot and I grew fond of her and her awesomeness very quickly, too.
  • The ROMANCE was one of my favorite parts of the book, too, easily one of the best f/f romances I’ve read and fell in love with. It slowly developed and, as they grew feelings for each other, my heart expanded slowly with ALL.THE.FEELINGS. It’s a bit of an enemies to lovers trope and I loved it so much.
  • That ending was absolutely terrible and I can’t believe I have to wait until 2020 to know what happens next OKAY.

“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.”

OVERALL

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I feel like I couldn’t really express my love well for this book, so I should stop there and can only hope that this little bullet-point list managed to convince you to add this book to your TBR. It’s the diverse, badass fantasy you all need in your lives and I know I’m going to be screaming about it for a long, long, long time.

Final rating: it’s a hurricane!

Trigger warnings: forced marriage, murder, poverty, bullying, explosions and fire, reference to abduction, car accident.

Diversity: Latinx main characters and side characters, queer main characters. (#ownvoices)

Did you read We Set The Dark On Fire? Do you want to?

What’s the last book that exceeded your expectations? Let me know in comments!

 

 

 

 

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38 thoughts on “Bullet-Point Review: We Set The Dark On Fire, Tehlor Kay Mejia

  1. I often find it more difficult to talk about the books I loved the way you loved We Set the Dark on Fire, the overwhelming emotions are just A LOT, but in the best way possible. So I totally understand! This book is most definitely on my TBR, and it was so interesting to read about what you enjoyed about it. I’m even more excited to read it now ♥

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    1. Ahhh this makes me so happy that the book is on your TBR, I hope you will be able to read it soon and will love it. I loved it with all my heart and ahh, I’m having such a hard time expressing my thoughts and feelings when it’s like that haha 🙂
      Thank you so much!! ❤

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  2. Ahhh I’m so glad you enjoyed this one! It’s on my TBR and I’m planning to pick it up really soon. I don’t read enough from Latinx authors and I love that this book reminded you of reading Delirium because Delirium was one of my favourite YA dystopians back in the day. Great review!

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    1. Oh I’m so glad you liked Delirium, it is one of my favorite book of all times 🙂 We Set The Dark On Fire really is nothing alike, yet I got the very same feeling I had while reading Delirium, and a number of favorite books, this slow obsession starting and I LOVE THAT FEELING ahh 🙂
      I hope you will love the book, Jess! And thank you so much 🙂

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  3. Writing reviews for book you really loved can be so hard– I never have an idea where to begin except squealing sounds 😂
    I like that certain aspects relate to our world– I think it is really clever and make the story really interesting.
    And yes a slow burn relationship– I love that!! 😍
    Aw… waiting for the sequel is the worse!! We want the book now!! 😂
    I really want to read this book– it is most definitely on my TBR because of how much you loved it!! 💕 Great review!!!

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    1. Same, I’m so glad I’m not the only one, I just want to write like amehzykeezhrkuzytgb or something😂😂
      I’m so, so, SO happy to hear this Sophie! I can’t wait for you to read it and hope you will LOVE it 😀 thank you so much! ❤ ❤

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  4. Wonderful review as always, Marie! It’s great to hear that you enjoyed this one! I’m glad that some of it was able to remind you of an old favorite read. I love being able to draw connections between new reads and past favorites! ❤️ The characters sound fantastic in this one, and I’m excited to experience the lovely writing.

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  5. I am SO happy you adored this, Marie! I know how much you were anticipating it! I’m hoping on purchasing it soon to read for Pride month — I know I’m going to absolutely love it and I cannot wait to read it (and own it, since the cover is literally GORGEOUS). Love your review! ❤

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    1. AHHH MAY! I hope you will be able to read this book for Pride Month -which means SO SOON yay! and that you will love it. I can’t wait to hear what you think of it ❤
      Thank you so much!! ❤

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  6. I feel like you did a wonderful job explaining why you loved this book! From your disclaimer at the beginning about procrastinating the review because of how much you loved it, I’m going to assume you have a similar problem to me.

    When I love something too much I lose all ability to word properly. And so I just shove books in people’s face going I LOVE IT! PLEASE READ IT! I find that I lose the ability to coherently break down everything that I enjoyed when I enjoyed just about everything. I just don’t know where to start.

    ANYWAYS, all that is to say that this was a wonderful review, and I’m so glad you enjoyed this book!

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    1. I’m EXACTLY the same as you are then hahaha, I just… I don’t know how to put words on my feelings, when I adore a book. I just want to write, READ THIS OKAY and… that’s it hahaha. These kind of reviews are, most likely for that very reason, the ones I procrastinate on the most haha 🙂
      Thank you so, so much, Malka! ❤

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  7. Oh oh this is on my tbr but now I definitely want to bump it up higher on the priority list because THIS IS AN AMAZING REVIEW! *happy flails* I really love books that shake you up and make you think too (also want more f/f romance in speculative fiction eep) and I’m glad it just blew your expectations out of the water 🤗 I wasn’t expecting to love Truly Devious as much as I did!!

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    1. Ahhhh yay this makes me so, so very happy ❤ I can't wait for you to read this one and I hope you will love it 😀
      I have heard so many good things about Truly Devious, I can't wait to read it 😀
      Thank you so much ❤

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  8. This is a brilliant review Marie, and you’ve definitely convinced me to add this to my to-read list. 😀 Not only does it have f/f romance and LGBT representation but it sounds like it also has amazing characters and brilliant world building (which you know is a must for me). Also the fact that you compared it to Delirium (which I know is one of your favourites) means I need to check this out.
    Great review, and I’m really glad you enjoyed this book as well. 🙂 ❤

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  9. Wonderful review, Marie 🙂 This book was not on my radar but now, of course, it is 😀 And sometimes this happens to me too that when I love a book too much I often can’t find my words to express myself.
    The last book I read which exceeded my expectations is The Flatshare.

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  10. I’m so darn excited for this novel, and your review made me even more pumped for it, I’m definitely pushing it up on my to-read list. I loved the way you described the characters and the writing. Also, I’m happy that while it takes place in a different world, it tackles real-life issues – I love when authors are able to incorporate things like that into their fantasy novels. Great review!

    PS: Your blog is really freaking pretty. 🙂

    Veronika @ Wordy and Whimsical

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    1. Oh, oh Veronika thank you so much for your sweet words, this means so much ahhh thank you!! ❤ ❤
      I can't wait for you to read this book, I hope you will love it just as much as I did, it was such an INCREDIBLE read ❤

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