The Ones We Burn Readalong: Day 1!

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Hi Fairies!

Happy Monday and welcome to day 1 of our readalong of The Ones We Burn by Rebecca Mix.

Before we start, how are you all doing? I hope you had a wonderful weekend and got some reading and relaxing done.

Since today is day 1, we’ll be reading from the beginning to the end of Chapter 14. Get comfy and let’s get started!

When you’ve finished today’s section, catch up with me in the comments down below so we can discuss the beginning of the book!

Please be warned, the following section will include spoilers for The Ones We Burn by Rebecca Mix from the beginning to Chapter 14. Please only read on if you have finished this section!


We meet Ranka, a witch. She’s searching for another witch named Yeva. During a coven meeting it’s decided Ranka will go to Seaswept and become betrothed to the prince, infiltrate his home and kill him.

No one in the palace knows of Yeva though. Ranka is introduced to Galen and Aramis. She quickly sees that Galen doesn’t do much leading, his sister Aramis seems to, even though her brother will one day be King. She also meets Percy, ambassador of the Star Isles.

Ranka overhears that a witch has died and Foldrey tells Aramis the morgue has been paid off. She seizes her opportunity and follows Aramis and Percy. She learns of sick witches, but not what’s happening to them to become sick. When they’re ambushed, Ranka saves Aramis and Percy and they reveal that they’ve known all along that she’d been snooping and following them. 

Aramis wants to know who Yeva is. Ranka explains and tells Aramis she may be her only chance to get Yeva back. Aramis has nothing to do with the disappearance though. They come to an agreement, a deal to help each other.

It’s time for some quality time with Galen! Ranka and Galen escape the palace for a day to attend the parade and explore the city together.

Do you think Ranka will find Yeva?
Do you have any theories on where Yeva might be?
What do you think Aramis’s plan is?

See you tomorrow for day two of the readalong!


8 thoughts on “The Ones We Burn Readalong: Day 1!

  1. Yes, I do think that ranka will end up finding yeva in the end!
    I think that yeva was most defiantly kidnapped and I think it has something to do with the sick witches.
    I’m honestly not sure what Artemis’s plans are yet.

  2. *I do think Ranka will find Yeva. However, I do not think her disappearance is a coincidence. I think Yeva is up to something. (Fatal Flaw: I’m obviously pessimistic of everyone in YA fantasy. ?)
    * I bet Yeva is in the palace or capitol but she’s not being held as a prisoner. Idk why I don’t trust her but I don’t. ???
    *Aramis seems like she actually wants control over the blood magic but idk if it’s for good or bad reasons. I can’t really get a feel on her.

  3. I struggled to slog through the beginning. Things only started getting a bit interesting for me in the last few pages before today’s section ended, but I’m hoping it keeps the pace going & fleshes everything out by the end. My FairyLoot reads thus far have rarely fallen below 4-star ratings.
    Daily Q&A:
    1.) Do you think Ranka will find Yeva?
    2.) Do you have any theories on where Yeva might be?
    3.) What do you think Aramis’s plan is?
    1.) I’m hoping she will. Alive.
    2.) If she’s not being held captive by the Hands (the lightening woman killed herself to keep their info from Ranka), hopefully, she’s hiding somewhere in the city.
    3.) She seems to have a scientific mind about things, but Percy’s involvement still has me questioning things.

  4. So I was confused because the dead witch had a bracelet so I thought she was Yeva. I thought Ranka was just in denial about it, but then no one else said anything about it either, so…I’m a little confused but it’s cool. I hope Yeva is still alive somewhere, hopefully somewhere nearby and not taken by some totally different people out near the border.

    Aramis and Percy (and Galen) seem like such an unusual team-up, I don’t have a good grasp on how any of them think yet.

  5. Why do I have a feeling that her dister is behind the witches dissapearing I mean she only went missing she isnt dead wright

    Also I have a theory that the missing witches are being turned into blood witches somehow

    I think that Ranka will find Yeva but I have this feeling she went missing on porpose so that Ranka would go kill the prince or something

    The book is interesting cant wait to find out what is next

  6. 1. Yes, she’ll find Yeva but I’m anxious in what state she’ll be found…
    2. I think the Hands, since that woman killed herself to be kept out of Ranka’s hands. If she didn’t know something it seems unlikely she’d have done that.
    3. I feel like it something very ambicious that will elevate her, something that isn’t perse good or helping for all but just for her or a select few

  7. I wish we had some more concrete details of what things look like and where things are happening.

    Is it also just me or does the book mention her name too often? It says Ranke a lot! I think this would have worked better in first person pov. Anyway, I’m not sure I fully understand the world yet but we’ll see how things progress.

  8. Maybe a bit late, but never too late too enjoy a good book…

    Although I hope Ranja will find Yeva, I don’t think see will. The bracelet might be a clue where Yeva is, but it might also be a coincidence. Even though they might think it is unique, it could be a common piece of jewelry somewhere else.
    To be honest… I kind of suspect that Yeva was never really kidnapped. It was said multiple times that she wasn’t fit for scouting and still that one time, Ongrum took her scouting. Ongrum who also had a reason to find a way to convince Ranka of going south for the Bloodwinn. Ongrum, who is portrayed as a warrior and might have sacrificed one to save them all?

    Yeva might be dead already, or hidden somewhere in the north. Or maybe she is somewhere amongst that group of witch hunters?

    No idea what Aramis plan is. But mighty conspicuous that the inkstains on her finger tips are mentioned several times, just like the black of a bloodwitches fingertips. Has she been hiding her magic? Is it possible that she uses Ranka to experiment what she needs to control her own magic? She seems to want the throne more than her brother does, and who is going to stop a bloodwitch that is in control? Certainly one that no one knew about.

    Maybe I am thinking too much in conspiracies, but I love that this book makes me think like that.

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