One of my FAVORITE books of 2019 so far is easily We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal, and it’s May 14th release date is fast approaching. In fact, it comes out ONE WEEK FROM TODAY!
So how can you celebrate the release of this fabulous new YA fantasy? Here are some tips to have your own mini-release party at home, by yourself or with friends!
1. Set the Mood
We Hunt the Flame has such a lush aesthetic, with a setting inspired by ancient Arabia. Set the mood with decorations inspired by this world: plush floor cushions, wispy draped curtains, lanterns and lots of candlelight, etc. Use the blues and golds of the cover as your color scheme. Check out my recent aesthetic board for more inspiration! (And check out Hafsah’s Pinterest board for even more!)
You can also take inspiration from my recent Styled By Books post, and dress up to go with the book!
2. A Festive Feast
- Aish El-Saraya
- Éma’a (Syrian Ice Cream)
- Date Ma’mouls
- Dolma (Stuffed Grape Leaves)
3. WHTF-Inspired Activities
And before you start reading, download & print at home one of these bookmarks (click to view full-size, then right-click to save):
For another fun activity, maybe try a group cooking project & try your hand at creating one of the delicious recipes linked above!
4. Start Reading!
I mean, that’s the real reason we’re celebrating, right? You can finally read We Hunt the Flame. Be sure to pre-order your copy now, so it’s ready to go come May 14th.
Meanwhile, you also might want to stock up on some of these other books to read when the inevitable book hangover sets in when you’re done with We Hunt the Flame.
Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the king. If Zafira was exposed as a girl, all of her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed his compassion, his father would punish him in the most brutal of ways.
Both are legends in the kingdom of Arawiya—but neither wants to be.
War is brewing, and the Arz sweeps closer with each passing day, engulfing the land in shadow. When Zafira embarks on a quest to uncover a lost artifact that can restore magic to her suffering world and stop the Arz, Nasir is sent by the king on a similar mission: retrieve the artifact and kill the Hunter. But an ancient evil stirs as their journey unfolds—and the prize they seek may pose a threat greater than either can imagine.
Set in a richly detailed world inspired by ancient Arabia, We Hunt the Flame is a gripping debut of discovery, conquering fear, and taking identity into your own hands.
Hafsah Faizal is an American Muslim and brand designer. She’s the founder of IceyDesigns, where she creates websites for authors and beauteous goodies for everyone else. When she’s not writing, she can be found dreaming up her next design, deciding between Assassin’s Creed and Skyrim, or traversing the world. Born in Florida and raised in California, she now resides in Texas with her family and a library of books waiting to be devoured. WE HUNT THE FLAME is her first novel.