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Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan {Just Hatched}

Just Hatched Book Feature

Just Hatched is a feature where I share my first impressions of a book after the first chapter. Check out the announcement post for more information.

Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan intrigued me since it seems to start where many first books in a series end: Lucie has already found the boy she loves and gotten out of a horrible and unfair situation, so everything should be good now right? The mix of Light and Dark magic also appealed, though after the first chapter, the magic seems more typical than I at first hoped.

Note: I received an advanced copy of Tell the Wind and Fire from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan {Just Hatched}

Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan
Published by Clarion on April 5th, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Page Length: 368 pages
How I got my copy: NetGalley
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In a city divided between opulent luxury in the Light and fierce privations in the Dark, a determined young woman survives by guarding her secrets.

Lucie Manette was born in the Dark half of the city, but careful manipulations won her a home in the Light, celebrity status, and a rich, loving boyfriend. Now she just wants to keep her head down, but her boyfriend has a dark secret of his own—one involving an apparent stranger who is destitute and despised. Lucie alone knows the young men’s deadly connection, and even as the knowledge leads her to make a grave mistake, she can trust no one with the truth.

Blood and secrets alike spill out when revolution erupts. With both halves of the city burning, and mercy nowhere to be found, can Lucie save either boy—or herself?

2.5 Stars

How is the writing style?

The point of view is first person past from Lucie’s perspective and it doesn’t look like it switches between chapters. I couldn’t help but notice that sort of overly dramatic tone that a lot of YA heroines seem to have when narrating their stories, the tone that emphasizes that people they love are in danger or everything is different now, etc.

General tone of the beginning

Tell the Wind and Fire starts with Lucie on a train with her boyfriend apparently going through the Dark city where they aren’t supposed to be. A lot of the magic of the world is introduced in the first chapter, everything from healing to dopplegangers, and the stark divide between the Light and the Dark magicians, etc. The action and main plot start quickly.

Setting, genre, etc?

YA fantasy in a fantasy world that seems to be a modern day style city but with magic common place. This setting did intrigue me since there doesn’t seem to be many books set in modern day with magic!


  1. My current read, leave me alone! (~5 stars)
  2. Reading in the near future *hides from TBR pile glare* (~4 stars)
  3. Hoping to get back to eventually (~3 stars)
  4. Probably not getting back to but someone else will like it (~2 stars)
  5. Don’t really want to push this copy on anyone else (~1 star)

I’m going to give Tell the Wind and Fire 2.5 stars. I’m not sure if I’ll feel inclined to jump back in since things seem to be going in a typical YA fantasy direction, but the setting does seem unique enough that fans of YA fantasy will really like it!

Have you read this one yet? Are you inclined to check it out?

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings -Anya

Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan

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