Lucha of the Night Forest – Review

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the Lucha of the Night Forest Blog Tour hosted by TBR & Beyond Tours.

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About the Book

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publishing date: March 21st, 2023

Content Warning: Addiction & toxic relationship with partner

Rep: Queer & Latinx


An edge-of-your-seat fantasy about a girl who will do anything to protect her sister–even if it means striking a dangerous bargain. Dark forces, forgotten magic, and a heart-stopping queer romance make this young adult novel a must-read.

A scorned god.
A mysterious acolyte.
A forgetting drug.
A dangerous forest.
One girl caught between the freedom she always wanted and a sister she can’t bear to leave behind.
Under the cover of the Night Forest, will Lucha be able to step into her own power…or will she be consumed by it?

This gorgeous and fast-paced fantasy novel from acclaimed author Tehlor Kay Mejia is brimming with adventure, peril, romance, and family bonds–and asks what it means for a teen girl to become fully herself.

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The prose in this YA Fantasy is done beautifully. I am enjoying the standalone fantasy novels we’re getting because we get some quick resolution. However, I felt like this one needed at least one more book. The story was lyrical and the descriptions fully developed but I think that lent a bit to the confusion I had while reading.

Lucha learns to navigate her power while trying to keep her sister safe. She wasn’t always a very likeable character and I didn’t feel like I ever really connected with her. I can appreciate the love she has for her sister and the adventures they face along the journey in this book. Lucha’s abilities with the mushrooms gave me some Mexican Gothic vibes which I found interesting.

Overall, I enjoyed the writing but found it to be a bit confusing. This book will satisfy you if you’re looking for an action packed YA fantasy that is unique in nature. I would recommend reading this one even for the writing alone and if you’re looking for a quick fantasy.

Author Bio

TEHLOR KAY MEJIA is a bestselling and award winning author of young adult and middle grade fiction.

Her debut young adult novel, WE SET THE DARK ON FIRE, received six starred reviews, as well as the Oregon Spirit Book Award for debut fiction, and the Neukom Institute Literary Arts Award runner up honor for debut speculative fiction. It has been featured on Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, and O by Oprah Magazine’s best books lists, and was a 2019 book of the year selection by Kirkus and School Library Journal. Its sequel, WE UNLEASH THE MERCILESS STORM, followed to continuing acclaim, while MISS METEOR (co-written with National Book Award Nominee Anna-Marie McLemore) was named to the American Library Association’s 2021 Rainbow List, honoring outstanding contributions in LGBTQIA teen fiction.

Tehlor’s debut middle grade novel, PAOLA SANTIAGO AND THE RIVER OF TEARS, was published by the Rick Riordan Presents imprint at Disney/Hyperion. It received four starred reviews, and was named Amazon’s best book of 2020 in the 9-12 age range. It is currently in development at Disney as a television series to be produced by Eva Longoria.

Tehlor lives with her daughter, partner, and two small dogs in Oregon, where she grows heirloom corn and continues her quest to perfect the vegan tamale. She is active on Twitter and Instagram @tehlorkay.

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