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Wicked Like a Wildfire Hardcover – August 15, 2017
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“Lush. Delicious. Bewildering. And darkly magical. Popovic has created a world that you tumble into from the very first words and wish you could stay in forever.” (Evelyn Skye, New York Times bestselling author of The Crown’s Game)
“Wicked Like a Wildfire was like devouring a succulent fairy fruit—it will rob your time, settle into your dreams, and leave you starving for more.” (Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen)
“This sensory-rich debut and series opener highlights the mysteries of life, death, and love for modern twin witches.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Readers will be captivated by [Popovic’s] entrancing writing, evocative setting, and distinctive supernatural worldbuilding, and will eagerly await the second book in this planned duology.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Atmospheric and often sensual, this first in a duology is a slow-burning fairy tale about the power of love and the bonds between siblings. Patient readers will find much to savor.” (Booklist)
“...a wild ride of magic and family secrets... For fans of Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone, readers will be greatly pleased with this debut novel.” (School Library Journal)
“Readers will revel in the evocative language and sensory details that feel a time and place apart...” (Shelf Awareness)
About the Author
Lana Popović studied psychology and literature at Yale University and law at Boston University. She is a graduate of the Emerson College publishing and writing program and works as a literary agent with Chalberg & Sussman, specializing in YA. Her books include Wicked Like a Wildfire and Fierce Like a Firestorm.Lana was born in Serbia and spent her childhood summers surrounded by the seaside and mountain magic of Montenegro. She lived in Bulgaria, Hungary, and Romania before moving to the United States, where she now calls Boston home, subsisting largely on cake, eyeliner, and aerial yoga. Visit Lana at www.lanapopovicbooks.com or follow her on Twitter @LanaPopovicLit.
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5 out of 5 stars.
Where do I begin with this spellbinding novel? Perhaps that reading this compares to a piece of melting chocolate on your tongue. Or the fact that the prose, the story, and the characters felt like sunshine by the sea. Honestly, this book felt REAL. The imagery, the descriptions, the story were so engrossing that I could not tear myself away.
This is a story of women, of beauty, desire and love. Malina and Iris are twins, born with special talents: Malina can sing what others feel while Iris can fracture her surroundings into beautiful gleams. Their abilities, are however, curbed by their overprotective and sometimes violent mother. Then one day, a stranger arrives in town, she has snow white hair but is young and she turns their world upside down. That same day - their mother is brutally attacked and is now dying. In order to save her, Malina and Iris, must uncover their mother's secrets, find their family and discover a terrible curse which their great ancestor put into motion.
The story is set in Montenegro and I swear, every time Popovic described it - I felt like I was there, experiencing the sunshine and eating the food. Popovic incorporates local folklore and legends into her book and these are unlike anything I have ever heard before.
Wicked Like a Wildfire is a book which explores what it is to be a woman, to love, to age, to have children and to loose all. It is a book about how far we would go in order to never experience pain or loss. It is a book about family, and sisterhood and motherhood. All told through incredibly fantastic tale which ends in one of the biggest cliff-hangers I have ever read.
It begs the question: how far would you go to protect the ones you love?
I will be HIGHLY anticipating the sequel in this beautiful duology.
I was definitely excited to read this one because I have heard some great things about it and it’s one of this year’s highly anticipated reads from HarperCollins. Plus, the cover is absolutely gorgeous.
So, Iris and Malina are sisters that harness different powers of song and beauty. Their mother, Jasmina, prefers that they hide their powers and are forbidden to fall in love, due to the fact love can heighten their powers to a dangerous level. However, when their mother falls into a mysterious “coma”, the sisters find out secrets about their family and their powers that could destroy both of them.
This book starts off with a flashback of when the sisters are younger and their mother sort of introduces them to their powers. It’s basically a short backstory, but we learn more as the book goes on. From the beginning, I gathered that their mother was kind of crazy. More on that later.
The setting is modern times, but the dialogue and details make it seem like this should be set in a time that was many, many years ago. It’s like a mix of both and I actually liked that. For some reason, my reader mind enjoys mixing of timeframes. It just makes it all the more interesting and fun to read. I mean, can you imagine having cell phones and cars during a time where it isn’t right for women to show their ankles even though their dresses pump up their breasts? Yeah.
Iris and Malina are definitely two peas in a pod. They are sisters, so of course they have their differences. Iris is a lot more adventurous. She likes to party and dabble in the favors while also not caring much about who she...spends her time with. Malina is a lot tamer and keeps trying to tell Iris to slow things down in life. It’s like night and day; complete opposites. But, their bond is still strong despite their differences. It was nice to read about their relationship and how they continue to forage it in this book. I think the last time I read a sisterly-relationship in a fantasy novel, it didn’t work out that well. Sisters like this is like the dream team for a novel.
Their mother was strange, to say the least. She was very controlling, especially towards Iris. She didn’t like how she dressed or acted and, at first, I found it annoying because Malina was treated better. Like, how was Iris different? She was beautiful, too. It all came down to the fact that Iris wanted to harness her power so badly and her mother resented that. Obviously, as a mother, she wanted to protect her daughters. She isn’t featured much in the book. It reminded me of Clary’s mother in the TMI film (yes, the film). You know, she is basically asleep for most of it. That’s what it’s like for their mother. She is dead, but she isn’t. She doesn’t have a pulse or a heartbeat, but she has brain activity despite having her chest caved inward. Nothing is mentioned in the end about what has happened to her, so I hope she makes a recovery in the next installment.
I’m not giving this book a full five stars only because I flew through it. That’s supposed to be a good thing, right? Well, it was kind of hard to keep track of some information. Maybe it’s because of the fact I was reading it on my computer in the tiny print that the digital edition likes to put it in. But, I do think that there may have been too many details to remember in order to full grasp what is going on in each chapter. I’d sometimes forget something as soon as I read it and it was mentioned again later in the book. This is just a word choice and grammar thing, but some wording didn’t seem to sound right in my head. This was an ARC, so maybe it was fixed up before the final print of the book. Don’t quote me, though, as the ARC rules state.
All in all, this was a magical read and I loved the characters. After that ending, I’m eager to find out what happens next.
What would you do with the power to influence beauty in the world around you? If you are anything like me and love stories with many details that it drags you right in, this is a great book for you. Wicked Like a Wildfire, written by Lana Popović, is an engrossing tale that hooked me from the beginning with her descriptions of the world around two twins and their mother.
Twins, Iris and Malina, each have a different gleam, a power that manipulates the beauty around them. Their mother forbids them using their gleams and tells them to keep it secret and above all else, not to fall in love, as their lives could be put into danger. The story follows Iris, who has the gleam of making kaleidoscopes from the objects around her, mainly flowers. When the twin’s mother is attacked, it is up to them to learn of her past and make a future for themselves with that knowledge.
This book definitely captures the world, set in modern day Montenegro, and describes everything with such feeling and detail. I have read other’s reviews which stated that they disliked how detailed Wicked Like a Wildfire was, but it made the setting pop up around me and see, smell, hear and want to touch everything Popović described. The pages flew by as I was enthralled by the book and the surprise twists and turns it took. I would recommend this book to those who love magic, witches, captivating details, and of course, love. This book was recently released on August 15th, 2017.
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Author: Lana Popović
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Reviewed by: Kelsey Batchelor on 8/23/2017 on InkTeller.com
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