Entry 90: We Set the Dark on Fire (We Set the Dark on Fire #1)

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Author: Tehlor Kay Mejia
Genre:
Fiction > Young Adult > Sci-fi > Dystopia
Fiction > Young Adult > Romance
Published/Publisher: February 26th 2019 by Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 384
Format Read In: Audiobook

Summary from Goodreads (GOODREADS LINK)

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?

My Review

TW: sexism, sexual harassment, violence, blood

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3 Sci-fi Novels GIVEAWAY + FREE graphic novel to all who enter

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Hey all, here’s some exiting news!! On February 22, there will be a giveaway for three (3) paperback classic sci-fi novels, courtesy of David William Richards, author of the graphic novel “Alexandra Forever: 2337”. Plus, when you enter, you get a free copy of “Alexandra”!

A link to the giveaway is at the end of this post. For further details, keep reading below.

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Entry 89: The Silent Patient

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Author: Alex Michaelides
Genre:
Fiction > Adult > Mystery
Fiction > Adult > Thriller
Published/Publisher: February 5th 2019 by Celadon Books
Pages: 323
Format Read In: Audiobook

Summary from Goodreads (GOODREADS LINK)

Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.

Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London.

Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations—a search for the truth that threatens to consume him…

My Review

TW: suicide attempt, blood, depiction of mental illness, childhood trauma, brief description of child abuse, mentions of self harm, scars, infidelity, sexual assault, fatphobia

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Entry 88: Odriel’s Heirs (Odriel’s Heirs #1)

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Author: Hayley Reese Chow
Genre:
Fiction > Young Adult > Fantasy
Expected Published/Publisher: March 1st, 2020 by Amazon KDP
Pages: 332
Format Read In: ARC ebook

Summary from Goodreads (GOODREADS LINK)

The brave, burning with fire, harnessed the Dragon’s Rage….

As the Dragon Heir, seventeen-year-old Kaia inherited the power of flame to protect her homeland from a godlike necromancer’s undead army. But after centuries of peace, the necromancer has faded to myth, and the Dragon Heir is feared by the people. Persecuted and cast out, Kaia struggles to embrace and control her seemingly useless gift while confined to her family’s farm.

But when the necromancer’s undead terrorize the land once again, Kaia runs away to join the battle.

With the help of her childhood rival, the handsome Shadow Heir, and a snarky, cursed cat, Kaia must figure out how to control both her fire and her confidence in time to save Okarria. If she fails, she will sacrifice her family, her new friends, and the enchanting world she has only just begun to see.

And time is running out.

My Review

TW: violence, blood, mild gore, death of a child (not depicted), body horror, suicide, use of torture (not depicted), blood

Disclaimer: I received an ARC copy of this book from the author. Thank you to Hayley Reese Chow for the opportunity to provide an honest review.

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