Wicked As You Wish
Author: Rin Chupeco
Series: A Hundred Names for Magic, #1
Publication Date: March 3rd, 2020
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Synopsis: An unforgettable alternative history fairytale series from the author of The Bone Witch trilogy about found family, modern day magic, and finding the place you belong.
Many years ago, the magical Kingdom of Avalon was left desolate and encased in ice when the evil Snow Queen waged war on the powerful country. Its former citizens are now refugees in a world mostly devoid of magic. Which is why the crown prince and his protectors are stuck in…Arizona.
Prince Alexei, the sole survivor of the Avalon royal family, is in hiding in a town so boring, magic doesn’t even work there. Few know his secret identity, but his friend Tala is one of them. Tala doesn’t mind—she has secrets of her own. Namely, that she’s a spellbreaker, someone who negates magic.
Then hope for their abandoned homeland reignites when a famous creature of legend, and Avalon’s most powerful weapon, the Firebird, appears for the first time in decades. Alex and Tala unite with a ragtag group of new friends to journey back to Avalon for a showdown that will change the world as they know it.
I really liked The Bone Witch when I read it. It was the kind of book that really drew me in thanks to the setting, atmosphere, and characters – not to mention a plot that was unforgettable.
I was super excited when I heard that Rin Chupeco had another book coming out – starting a new series. Wicked As You Wish has a pretty cover – simple, but pretty and definitely attention grabbing – and at first I didn’t even question what the book was about, I just knew that I had to read it. After I did read the synopsis, I was even more excited – it sounded so good!
I mean, an alternative fairy-tale series? How could you not be excited for this, right? The fact that it’s written about modern day magic makes this even more exciting – it’s like fantasy and contemporary rolled into one, making it such a killer idea!
The writing in this book was exceptional – just like in her previous books. She really knows how to write a setting and create an atmosphere like no other. She can really wrap you up in her writing and it’s amazing.
The characters in this book? AMAZING! I could not get over how full of personality they are. How can they all be so great and written so well?! They were so much fun to follow along in their daily lives and with the whole added magic going on, it was just so fun.
The plot was so on point. As I’ve stated earlier, I love how it’s written so it’s kind of like a fantasy and a contemporary. It’s different. Unique. And that factor made this book so special.
I really can’t wait to read the next book in this series. I know for a fact that I am going to be so super excited for that one, too!
Note: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
Despite an unsettling resemblance to Japanese revenants, Rin always maintains her sense of hummus. Born and raised in Manila, Philippines, she keeps four pets: a dog, two birds, and a husband. Dances like the neighbors are watching.
She is represented by Rebecca Podos of the Helen Rees Agency. She is also fond of speaking in the third person, and may as well finish this short bio in this manner. While she does not always get to check her Goodreads page, she does answer questions posed to her here as promptly as she is able to.
1st Prize: Win a signed copy of WICKED AS YOU WISH by Rin Chupeco + 3 character stickers (Alex, Tala, and the firebird) + 2 character cards (Alex and Tala) [INT]
2nd Prize: Win (1) of (3) character stickers from WICKED AS YOU WISH (Alex, Tala, and the firebird) + character cards from WICKED AS YOU WISH (Alex and Tala) [INT]
Starts: February 26th 2020
Ends: March 11th 2020
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