Interesting. Wish I knew it was a series before I got into it...
“In a battle between two men trying to control her, she‘d chosen herself.”
Enjoyed it on audio. Great world building for a dystopian story. Daniela has been trained to be a Primera, a wife that will manage her husbands household and be his partner, her husband will also have a Segunda that be his lover and bare his kids. She is wed to a man with high hopes to one day lead the government, a corrupt government. Dani has only got to this position due to forged papers, the rebels know, and use it to force her to help them.
I heard the buzz about this a while back. Glad I finally checked it out. It‘s sort of a YA Latinx Handmaiden‘s Tale-type dystopia with a very familiar boarder wall crisis. (More in comments)
I probably chose the wrong day to read this, with the senseless acts of violence discussed throughout the book, and with a wall built around a community - always sad when dystopian fiction eerily resembles real life.
I liked Dani‘s strength, as she struggles with her role in her society, and her feelings towards others. She‘s in a difficult place, and I‘m hoping the ending sets off for an even more powerful book two. I wanted to keep reading...
Only did half of my daily goal today, it was a very relaxed sunday with my family. On the plus side I did drink lots of water and my hubby is going to do the #fitnesschallenge as well! 😊😍 #bfcr2
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Ugh the ending still hits me in the feels. Can't freaking wait for the sequel which is apparently Carmen's POV which SIGN ME THE FUCK UO FOR WITH THAT ENDING
I used to really like dystopian novels, and I keep placing them on hold, starting them, and realizing I just can‘t right now.
So- this book is great. I‘m intrigued. And I‘m quitting after an hour and a half because I just can‘t right now.
Their lips met like swords sometimes do, clashing and impatient and bent on destruction, and Dani thought her heart might burst if she didn‘t stop, but it would surely burst if she did. So she didn‘t. Carmen didn‘t. They barely noticed when the sky cracked open, extinguishing the fire at their feet, though it couldn‘t touch the one between them.
Daniela Vargas has been trained since she was 12 at the Medio School for girls to be the best Primera wife even though her pedigree is a lie. She is just trying to live the life her parents fought for her to have.
This was a great story featuring a Latinx heroine who felt real to me and I really enjoyed the story. The story and the characters felt authentic. And the ending! Gah! I need book 2 now.
Yes, yes, yes! This books was soo good! A dystopian island full of corrupt politics, economic inequality, and sexism. A resistance movement blackmailing the main character the night before she graduates and is married off to a rising politico. Not to mention a dash of queer romance. This series has so much potential, and I'm excited to see where it goes! I couldn't read it fast enough.
Ow! My heart! That ending and that f/f romance was so damn good and hit me in the damn feels.
I am 100% sure that I have 0 clue what is actually happening in the revolution rebellion. I just know there is one and Matthieu is garbage. He is the only person I know how I feel about. The concept itself is pretty sexist but it breaks down the women hating women plus the two main females aren't pushovers. Also, betrayal for days!
Squeezing this one in this month! I'm trash for the cover and it sounds super interesting
I rather suspect this is a “It‘s me, not you” moment but while I liked this book I didn‘t love it. There‘s a lot to like—solid writing, an interesting (if not wholly original) world, resistance, feminism, great female characters, representation, & an ending that definitely leaves you wanting to know what happens next. It takes something special to stand out in YA dystopian lit, & this one doesn‘t. It‘ll likely find an audience with kids however.
I devoured this one in a day and a half!! (ahhhhh! cliffhangers!!)
I liked the dystopian feel, but with also a lush and vibrant world
Definitely recommend for a quick but powerful YA read 🔥
Wow! This book was amazing. This book was compared to a YA Handmaid's Tale and I can totally see it. Dani and Cameron are trained to either be one of two roles. When they are both sent to the same house they don't like each other. But when Dani is recruited for the Rebellion she realizes that Cameron isn't so bad and as they get to know each other they start to have feeling for each other and both are involved in the rebellion. 👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻
I definitely enjoyed this book! If you like undercover resistance organizations, f/f romance, and real world issues, this is your book. Immigration/human rights play a huge role and it‘s also own voices, written by a Latinx author. It‘s beautifully written and has some really powerful one-liners throughout that make you miss home and the safety it brings.
TW/Disclaimer in comments below.
Release Date: Feb 26, 2019
Current read: We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia
I‘ve been waiting since August to read this book! The story takes place on an island where only a portion of the island prospers. The main character, Dani, is trained to fulfill one of two important positions within society, but when her upbringing starts to catch up with her, she has an important decision to make: join the resistance to free Medio or participate in the abuses of society
Officially done with finals! Now I can read and relax :‘)