Title: Wicked Like a Wildfire
Author: Lana Popović
Published by: Katherine Tegen Books
Release date: 15th August 2017
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?
Thank you to Harper360 for sending me a copy of Wicked Like a Wildfire to review!
I was really excited to read Wicked Like a Wildfire — the premise sounded really intriguing. This book was so difficult for me to rate, though. I really enjoyed the first half and would have given it four stars, but the second half of it let it down for me, hence the rating of three. However, I did enjoy it overall!
The book follows Iris and Malina, twin sisters who were born with a gift that they must keep hidden away from the world. They live with their mother, who has strict rules for them to never share their gift with anyone, and to never fall in love. They have a difficult relationship with their mother because of this and I liked the way that this book explored that complicated relationship, and how the sisters dealt with that after she was attacked. It’s something that I haven’t really read a lot of. Iris and Malina are so different but very supportive of each other — I really liked them both, but I think Malina was my favourite.
The writing was beautiful and I really enjoyed the setting of this book. It’s set in Montenegro, which was a refreshing change from the usual USA or UK settings we see in books. The first half of was really engaging and I read it in a flash. But after that, it just seemed to slow down a lot and I found that I was getting bored, which is a shame because it had the potential to be something I’d really love. There was a good chunk of the book where it felt like some pretty major stuff should have happened, but not much really did. I found the final ‘fight’ scene was disappointing and didn’t really leave me on the edge of my seat desperate to read book 2.
Despite this, I do think I will read the sequel in the future — I’m curious to see where the story goes, and I’m hopeful that I’ll enjoy the next book more. I also hope that some of the POV is from Malina in the next book!