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Wicked as you Wish by Rin Chupeco (Ken)
Wanna be know far and wide as a great warrior? Slay a dragon! Wanna impress the princess two kingdoms down from yours? Slay a dragon! Wanna show you’ve got better claims to the crown than the despot in power? Slay a flipping dragon! Genocide, all packaged up as feats of bravery.
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3.5/5 💥

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.

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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.

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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.

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New Releases

A ton of new books come out tomorrow (3/3), and at least a few have probably made it onto your TBR pile already. What’s your latest must-read?

Distant Stars: Book 3 by MariNaomi
In the final volume of the Life on Earth trilogy, celebrated cartoonist MariNaomi concludes her tale of growing up, falling in and out of love, and possible alien interventions. Shy, self-deprecating Paula Navarro is coming into her own–and it’s making her new girlfriend, Johanna, a little nervous. Paula’s former friend Emily Baker is learning to look inward. Brett Hathaway, Emily and Paula’s mutual ex-hook-up, is torn about reconnecting with his estranged dad. And Nigel Jones is smitten with his tutor, Claudia–whose disappearance and reappearance remains a mystery to everyone around her. As Claudia and her guardians put the final plan in motion, they’ll reveal the truth that links everyone’s fate. — Cover image and summary via Goodreads

Wicked As You Wish (A Hundred Names for Magic #1) by Rin Chupeco
Tala Warnock has little use for magic – as a descendant of Maria Makiling, the legendary Filipina heroine, she negates spells, often by accident. But her family’s old ties to the country of Avalon (frozen, bespelled, and unreachable for almost 12 years) soon finds them guarding its last prince from those who would use his kingdom’s magic for insidious ends.

And with the rise of dangerous spelltech in the Royal States of America; the appearance of the firebird, Avalon’s deadliest weapon, at her doorstep; and the re-emergence of the Snow Queen, powerful but long thought dead, who wants nothing more than to take the firebird’s magic for her own – Tala’s life is about to get even more complicated…. — Cover image and summary via Goodreads

Every Reason We Shouldn’t by Sara Fujimura
Warning: Contains family expectations, delightful banter, great romantic tension, skating (all kinds!), Korean pastries, and all the feels.

Fifteen-year-old, biracial figure skater Olivia Kennedy’s Olympic dreams have ended. She’s bitter, but enjoying life as a regular teenager instead of an athlete… until Jonah Choi starts training at her family’s struggling rink. Jonah’s driven, talented, going for the Olympics in speed skating, completely annoying… and totally gorgeous. Between teasing Jonah, helping her best friend try out for roller derby, figuring out life as a normal teen and keeping the family business running, Olivia’s got her hands full. But will rivalry bring her closer to Jonah, or drive them apart? — Cover image and summary via Goodreads

Anna K. by Jenny Lee
Every happy teenage girl is the same, while every unhappy teenage girl is miserable in her own special way.

Meet Anna K. At seventeen, she is at the top of Manhattan and Greenwich society (even if she prefers the company of her horses and Newfoundland dogs); she has the perfect (if perfectly boring) boyfriend, Alexander W.; and she has always made her Korean-American father proud (even if he can be a little controlling). Meanwhile, Anna’s brother, Steven, and his girlfriend, Lolly, are trying to weather an sexting scandal; Lolly’s little sister, Kimmie, is struggling to recalibrate to normal life after an injury derails her ice dancing career; and Steven’s best friend, Dustin, is madly (and one-sidedly) in love with Kimmie.

As her friends struggle with the pitfalls of ordinary teenage life, Anna always seems to be able to sail gracefully above it all. That is…until the night she meets Alexia “Count” Vronsky at Grand Central. A notorious playboy who has bounced around boarding schools and who lives for his own pleasure, Alexia is everything Anna is not. But he has never been in love until he meets Anna, and maybe she hasn’t, either. As Alexia and Anna are pulled irresistibly together, she has to decide how much of her life she is willing to let go for the chance to be with him. And when a shocking revelation threatens to shatter their relationship, she is forced to question if she has ever known herself at all.

Dazzlingly opulent and emotionally riveting, Anna K.: A Love Story is a brilliant reimagining of Leo Tolstoy’s timeless love story, Anna Karenina―but above all, it is a novel about the dizzying, glorious, heart-stopping experience of first love and first heartbreak. — Cover image and summary via Goodreads

Salty, Bitter, Sweet by Mayra Cuevas
Seventeen-year-old aspiring chef Isabella Fields’ family life has fallen apart after the death of her Cuban abuela and the divorce of her parents. She moves in with her dad and his new wife in France, where Isabella feels like an outsider in her father’s new life, studiously avoiding the awkward, “Why did you cheat on Mom?” conversation.

The upside of Isabella’s world being turned upside down? Her father’s house is located only 30 minutes away from the restaurant of world-famous Chef Pascal Grattard, who runs a prestigious and competitive international kitchen apprenticeship. The prize job at Chef Grattard’s renowned restaurant also represents a transformative opportunity for Isabella, who is desperate to get her life back in order.

But how can Isabella expect to hold it together when she’s at the bottom of her class at the apprenticeship, her new stepmom is pregnant, she misses her abuela dearly, and a mysterious new guy and his albino dog fall into her life? — Cover image and summary via Goodreads

The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu
Two siblings. Two brilliant talents. But only one Mozart. Born with a gift for music, Nannerl Mozart has just one wish—to be remembered forever. But even as she delights audiences with her masterful playing, she has little hope she’ll ever become the acclaimed composer she longs to be. She is a young woman in 18th century Europe, and that means composing is forbidden to her. She will perform only until she reaches a marriageable age—her tyrannical father has made that much clear.

And as Nannerl’s hope grows dimmer with each passing year, the talents of her beloved younger brother, Wolfgang, only seem to shine brighter. His brilliance begins to eclipse her own, until one day a mysterious stranger from a magical land appears with an irresistible offer. He has the power to make her wish come true—but his help may cost her everything.

In her first work of historical fiction, #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu spins a lush, lyrically-told story of music, magic, and the unbreakable bond between a brother and sister. — Cover image and summary via Goodreads

Find Your Voice: A Guided Journal for Writing Your Truth by Angie Thomas
In this guided journal, #1 New York Times bestselling author Angie Thomas shares advice and best practices for developing a true-to-you writing project. Includes step-by-step craft tips, writing prompts, and exercises for:

Discovering story ideas
Creating memorable characters
Realizing your setting
Shaping your story
Writing your “zero draft”
And more!
With 24 illustrated inspirational quotes from Angie’s acclaimed novels The Hate U Give and On the Come Up, and plenty of blank pages for your own words, Find Your Voice will ignite your creativity and help you bring your own unique stories to life. — Cover image and summary via Goodreads

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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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