Review: Wicked Like a Wildfire (Hibiscus Daughter #1) by Lana Popović

August 15, 2017 Review 0

Review: Wicked Like a Wildfire (Hibiscus Daughter #1) by Lana PopovićWicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popovic
Series: Hibiscus Daughter #1
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on August 1, 2017
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Romantic, Urban Fantasy, YA Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 416
Source: Publisher
Excerpt: Excerpt
Sexual Content: References to sex.
Reviewed by: Julia
4 Stars

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?

WICKED LIKE A WILDFIRE is a story about the complexity of relationships, the economy of love and hurt that exists within families.  It spins a fairytale without readers realizing, we stare at the magician's right hand while the left builds whole new worlds around us.  In the spaces between teenage rebellion and romance, magic blooms and expands.

A magic spun of the senses can be hard to contain on the page, but WICKED LIKE A WILDFIRE reflects the awe of its magic into the space between characters. It's impact shows in how they draw toward each other and flinch away.  Iris and Malina each deal with their mother's distance in different ways, their magic an organic part of the expectations and disappointments that chafe on both sides of the divide.  Iris drinks and smokes and parties her pain away, brandishing each rebellion in her mother's face, but her wildness never entirely masks a clear longing for a return to their happier days.

It is this vulnerable, hidden heart that makes WICKED LIKE A WILDFIRE memorable, a notable addition among contemporary, young adult fairy tales.  For all her wicked ways, Iris loves and longs for love.  For all her meek sweetness, Malina is fierce in her loyalty and love.  These sisters have to unravel the heartbreak and deceit of their mother's past, all the while trying to survive their present. And WICKED LIKE A WILDFIRE will sweep us all along for the ride.

Series Titles:
  1. Wicked Like a Wildfire
  2. Fierce Like a Firestorm
More Reviews: Similar Titles:
  • Holly Black and Melissa Marr both write teenagers struggling with magic in a world that doesn't acknowledge it, two of my favorites are Holly Black's THE DARKEST PART OF THE FOREST and Melissa Marr's WICKED LOVELY.
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