Wicked as you Wish by Rin Chupeco
I really loved this book
just starting reading this book and already loving it!
Fans of Rin Chupeco’s writing will notice that the writing style of Wicked As You Wish isn’t like The Bone Witch. Right off the bat, I would like to say that readers should go into this book with an open mind. You shouldn’t be expecting a similar world to The Bone Witch. Judge this book on its own merits
Wicked as You Wish starts with a huge overload of information about the world. This annoyed me a bit since the information felt like it was dumped randomly in the book, instead of being worked into the plot. Wicked As You Wish also seems a bit unrefined, the edges weren’t smoothed out.
Luckily after the initial info dump, I was really captured by the book and I wanted to know what would happen next. I absolutely adored the titles of each chapter They were brimming with humor and I was always excited to discover how the chapter is connected to its title.
I loved how Rin worked fairy tales into the fabric of the world. It was honestly fascinating. And the idea that magic items, like phones that have magic to improve their selfie abilities, are commonly sold is so cool. This is a fascinating world with a lot of potential. I can’t wait to see what else Rin has in store for this world.
This book also has a really diverse cast of characters. They represent all across the board. I like the characters and I find them very interesting but I have to admit that I don’t really feel connected and very invested in them yet.
All in all, I enjoyed this book and I would like to read the next one.
Having previously read Rin Chupeco’s The Bone Witch - a book whose story grabbed me by the throat and held me captive, whose magic was new, engaging and rich with nuance and clever ideas - I expected to love Wicked As You Wish.
The book offers a vibrant combination of ideas that in principle excite me and make me keen to delve into the world and the story. Our main character is of Filipino and Scottish descent and the former is a culture she is surrounded by with family and friends. The world is urban fantasy with an enthusiastic layer of fairytale and myth, familiar places with an accepted and cemented magical spin.
I started to read, and the more I did, the more my heart sank. I found the world building was confusing and the politics and history presented unclearly. The main character, Tala, felt flat and uninteresting. I persisted. Surely this was going to get better? Going to grab me if I gave it half a chance?
I gave it half a chance, more than once, and I am so disappointed that it did not work out for me. I kept trying and I kept finding my attention lost, my brow furrowed in confusion, my interest in flipping to the next page dwindling.
I want to love this book, but I’m not sure I even like it. I’ve seen responses vastly vary in review and I feel perhaps this title is a little marmite, love it or hate it, your opinion is likely to be a strong one. Sadly I lean towards the latter and I therefore Did Not Finish. Despite this, I look forward to reading other titles of Chupeco’s and I urge you to form your own opinions on this title!
I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.
I don’t know that I’ll finish Wicked As You Wish in time to get the review up today. Honestly, I got March and May mixed up. yet. again. But it’s so good. It’s quick. Quirky. Fun. I fell into it and devoured half the book quick as snapping your fingers. And I actually thought the premise was way different. I just really love it.
Plot: 4 stars
Characters: 3 stars
Writing Style: 3 stars
Cover: 3 stars
Representation: 5 stars
Humor: 5 stars
Enjoyment: 4 stars
Overall: 4 stars
This is such an interesting premise! Rin Chupeco merges history and fairy tales to create a very unique world where our MCs are opposed by both the Snow Queen and ICE (yes, *that* ICE) because they’re hiding in Arizona but from the Phillipines and/or magical kingdoms and therefore illegal immigrants, brown, or both. Also the chapter titles are hilarious.
There were some issues with the writing style for me: mostly that it was a lot of telling, that it took a really long time to become invested with the characters, and that there was some present/past confusion.
I really *really* liked the Fillipino representation (food, language, culture, names, family, etc) which is something I’ve not really come across in a book before.
I also LOVED the humor. The chapter titles were wonderfully funny and the writing often had a sly wittiness that I enjoyed.
The plot was super twisty – especially near the end! I don’t even know who to trust anymore! – but it was also a little hard to decipher what was going on at times. There was also so much action right from the start that it became somewhat boring, and the attachment to the characters suffered - so much so that near the middle I almost put it down and gave up. Luckily, I was drawn back into it once they were in Avalon and found my interest hooked.
Overall I really enjoyed it, though I think it could have used a bit less action at the beginning and a bit more focus on developing the emotional attachment to the characters. I will definitely be planning to pick up the sequel when it comes out because of those last few chapters and their twists.
Thanks to netgalley and Sourcebooks Fire for the opportunity to review this e-ARC
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- I See You ; MISSIO
I see you when you’re down
And depressed, just a mess
I see you when you cry
When you’re shy, when you wanna die
I see you when you smile
It takes a while; at least, you’re here
I see you
Yes, I see you
It was raining heavily that night. He stood in it alone, drenched in it. Damon often enjoyed rain, he loved the earthy smell of it on warm grass and pavement. It…reminded him of home. Not of a place, but a feeling.
A feeling that was starting to come back.
Damon was changing. Cameron. A name riddled with pain and misery and wasted dreams. Its familiarity was coming back to him. He…hated it. And yet he longed for it.