Review: Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popović

WLAWIt’s been a while since I’ve written a review, but I’m back! Some of you may know that I’ve been taking a small break from bookstagram, but I’m still reading. Just a little more slowly than usual… 😅

Wicked Like a Wildfire was a cover buy, but I’m always intrigued by magical mysteries and strange new worlds. Before I get into what I liked and disliked, I will say that I think Lana Popović has created a fantastic, memorable world, and I’m very much looking forward to reading the sequel! (From what I’ve read, it looks like this series is going to be a duology.)

Not sure what this book is about? You can find a short synopsis in my September TBR post! 🙂

What I Liked: I found the story to be fascinating, and I think Popović did an incredible job of describing both the real and surreal worlds depicted in this book. The magic, while familiar in some regards, felt like something I haven’t really seen before — the ability to manipulate beauty, in many forms and with varying degrees of strength and effect. My favorite relationship in the book was the one between Iris and Malina. Their closeness — and even their moments of distance — seemed so real, and I found myself hoping that they would both pull through in the end. The synopsis promised surprises and twists, and let me tell you — this book delivered. Saying anything more would likely lead to something a little too spoiler-y, so I’ll leave it at that. But if you like books that keep you on your toes until the very end, I think this would be a fun read.

What I Disliked: I’m usually a big fan of detailed, vivid language. But it seemed like this book had too much of it. There were passages that were undeniably beautiful — descriptions that utilized grand and intricate imagery woven with simile — that I found myself having to reread several times in order to fully discern the meaning. As the book continued, I became more and more tempted to skim, which is a feeling I hate. 🙁 As far as relationships go, I really wanted to love Iris and Luka. But something just felt… I don’t know. Forced? And I definitely wasn’t a fan of Fjolar. Iris’s attraction to him felt forced in a different way, and from the moment he first appeared, I sort of knew something was going to be off about him. (And if you’ve read the book, you’ll know that their second encounter on the beach is… troubling. As we learn later, it’s part of who he is, but still. This scene pretty much sealed the I’m-never-going-to-like-this-guy deal for me. 😑)

This book left off on a HUGE cliffhanger, and although there were some things I struggled with, I’m excited to see how Iris and Malina’s stories come to a close!

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

About the Author: Lana Popović

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