Twelve Days of…Latinx Book Recommendations: Day 6

This “Christmassy” series is brought to you by my love of books by Latinx authors and my need for all of you to read them. Every day for twelve days leading up to Christmas, I will be gifting you all with a recommendation of a book by a Latinx author, along with twelve reasons why you should pick it up. Hoping to have lots of fun with with series which I am not so subtly calling Twelve Days of… Latinx Book Recommendations. Covers are linked to Goodreads. Feel free to sing this first part to yourself aloud.

♬On the sixth day of Christmas, my favorite Latinx blogger gave to me, a recommendation for…♬

We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia

      “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. Both paths promise 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 pedigree is a lie. She must keep the truth hidden or be sent back to the fringes of society.
      And school couldn’t prepare her for the difficult choices she must make after graduation, 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 will she give up everything she’s strived for in pursuit of a free Medio—and a chance at a forbidden love?”

Reasons You Need to Pick This One Up:

1. Mythological roots
2. Dominate religion weaponized for political purposes
3. Classism
4. Allegory for today’s immigration issues
5. Main character who must hide she’s undocumented
6. Down with the patriarchy
7. Exploration of women contributing to the patriarchy
8. F/F enemies to lovers romance
9. Latinx culture
10. Espionage
11. Tension
12. Ending that will gut you

Have you read this one? Are you planning to read it? What’s your favorite f/f romance with Latinx characters?

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