Wicked Like A Wildfire by Lana Popović

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harper Collins August 2017

Summary

All the women in Iris and Malina’s family are born with a gleam- a unique way of manipulating beauty through magic. Seventeen-year-old Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork; her twin sister, Malina, interprets moods as music; and their cold, distant mother Jasmina, bakes scenery into decadent treats at her confectionary in Old Town Cattaro, Montenegro. But Jasmina forbids Iris and Malina to share their gleams with anyone, and, above all, she forbids them to fall in love. 

When a mysterious white-haired woman attacks their mother and leaves her hovering between life and death, the sisters unearth an ancient curse that haunts their line- a wicked bargain that masquerades as a blessing and binds the twins’ fates-and hearts- to a force larger than life. To save each other, they must untangle a thousand years of lies and reveal their own hurtful secrets. But even the deepest sacrifice might not be enough.”

Review

In her debut novel,  Lana Popović opens the imagination to a different kind of magic- unique, edgy and eclectic.  Wicked Like A Wildfire is a magical-suspense-thriller that keeps the readers attention and fascination from page one.

Twins Iris and Malina are typical teenagers, but with very, very different personalities.  What binds them is their unconditional love for one another. Their personalities play a huge part in this book. Jasmina, their mother, is tough and cold. As the reader I felt like I knew her way more than I should have with the background and detail given- a very well written character. The mother-daughter relationship is played out very real in this book. It will pull at your heartstrings and emotions until the very end.

This book was written with brilliant foreshadowing throughout and one theme I picked up early on was “taking what is not yours.” As the story progresses the magic blossoms becoming more advanced, beautiful and even dark. I also appreciated the conversation between characters- very human and relatable. I am not a writer but a reader. And there is nothing I appreciate more than a readers writer!

This book wasn’t without issues for me. First and most importantly, the gleam wasn’t fully understood until later on. And when I thought I finally caught on, a new gleam would be introduced and I would be again scratching my head. The magic/gleams can be hard to even visualize.

It could also be a bit cheesy at times. As soon as I’d get lost in the story some analogy or dialogue would make me cringe a bit.

Overall, this book was a good read. The first of a dualology, I’ll definitely be picking up the second!

3.5/5

Jessica

*This ARC was sent to me by a fellow bookstagrammer. In turn, I’ll pass it to another!

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