Title: Wicked Like a Wildfire
Author: Lana Popovic
Publish Date: August 15, 2017
# of Pages: 416
(**Warning** Possible spoilers)
(From Goodreads) All the women in Iris and Malina’s family have the unique magical ability or “gleam” to manipulate beauty. Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, while Malina interprets moods as music. But their mother has strict rules to keep their gifts a secret, even in their secluded sea-side town. Iris and Malina are not allowed to share their magic with anyone, and above all, they are forbidden from falling in love.
But when their mother is mysteriously attacked, the sisters will have to unearth the truth behind the quiet lives their mother has built for them. They will discover a wicked curse that haunts their family line—but will they find that the very magic that bonds them together is destined to tear them apart forever?
Wicked Like a Wildflower is a book about witches, magic, and sacrifice. It is a tale of two sisters, Iris and Malina, who must combine talents to break a curse and win their freedom.
This is probably the most disappointing book I’ve read this year. I had high hopes for the book—not only did the storyline sound interesting, but the cover is absolutely gorgeous. Seriously—look at the cover! So pretty. Unfortunately though, the book fell flat.
First off, the plot was incredibly slow to develop. About halfway through the book, I still wasn’t sure what the primary plot was, which is not a good sign. The entire book is very clumsy as it meanders through the plotline.
Second, the characters aren’t very well developed, and even once I finished the book, I still didn’t feel attached to any one character. I like feeling attached to the characters I’m reading about, and the author failed to make me care about Iris and Malina.
Third, the teenage drug and alcohol use and smoking was jarring to read in this book. I was trying to immerse myself in the realm of magic, and all of a sudden, the character were partaking in underage drinking. It felt out of place and didn’t do much to advance the storyline. Each time it was discussed, it took me out of the story.
Will I read the next book? Honestly . . . most likely. I’m hoping this clumsy attempt is cleaned up in the next book. I like the story concept, and I’m hoping the author makes the second book shine.
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