Wicked as You Wish by Rin Chupeco is the first in an all-new YA Fantasy series from the author of The Bone Witch and The Girl from the Well.
“Many years ago, the magical Kingdom of Avalon was left desolate and encased in ice when the evil Snow Queen waged war on the powerful country. Its former citizens are now refugees in a world mostly devoid of magic. Which is why the crown prince and his protectors are stuck in…Arizona.
Prince Alexei, the sole survivor of the Avalon royal family, is in hiding in a town so boring, magic doesn’t even work there. Few know his secret identity, but his friend Tala is one of them. Tala doesn’t mind—she has secrets of her own. Namely, that she’s a spellbreaker, someone who negates magic.
Then hope for their abandoned homeland reignites when a famous creature of legend, and Avalon’s most powerful weapon, the Firebird, appears for the first time in decades. Alex and Tala unite with a ragtag group of new friends to journey back to Avalon for a showdown that will change the world as they know it.”
I know this one has a lot of differing opinions in that you either like this one or you hate it. For me, it was kind of in-between.
While I liked the concept of a world where all the fairytales merge into one, I think that there was a bit too much going on to where it took a little while to really dive into the story.
The writing really created a complex, intricate world where there was something new around every corner. There is diversity also spread throughout the story, so if you like fantasies with a bit of a kick to it, this one may be one to pick up.
I gave it a 4 out of 5 star rating. It’s a story that is set apart from the others and really explores more from what the genre can give!
Published: 3 March 2020
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
How I Read It: eARC from NetGalley
*Disclaimer: I requested a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All of my reviews contain my honest opinions only and are not influenced in any way.*
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