Book Reviews

Book Review: Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco

Note: I won a free ARC copy in a Goodreads Giveaway.

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Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Series: A Hundred Names For Magic #1
Rating: 1 out of 5 (DNF @ pg. 225)
Recommend to Others?: No


ABOUT: When a hidden prince, a girl with secrets, a ragtag group of unlikely heroes, and a legendary firebird come together…something wicked is going down.

Many years ago, the magical Kingdom of Avalon was left encased in ice when the Snow Queen waged war. 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 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.

A new hope for their abandoned homeland reignites when a famous creature of legend, the Firebird, appears for the first time in decades. Alex and Tala must 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.


My Review:
[DNF @ pg. 225]

I did not like Wicked As You Wish and had to stop reading. The story tried to do too much. All the fairy tale references and the reimagined America and world and the different types of people, and the excess of characters…I felt I was getting bombarded.

There was nothing to grasp on, nothing compelling. Very small things that were interesting were few and far in between. It was all a jumbled mess.

Tala is the most useless main character I’ve ever read about. What’s equally worse was that it wasn’t her fault. She was kept in the dark about literally everything. So when things starting going bad, there wasn’t much she could do beside follow someone else’s lead. It was all on a need to know basis, which put Tala at a disadvantage no matter how many times she inquired. What’s more is that there is no foundation for why her specifically (along with Alex) will be what turns the tide. I found it hard to label Alex or Tala as the main characters of this story.

There are way too many characters at the forefront and too many people talking. These are all good people but so many are providing input or doing things or the POV shifts that it gets confusing at times. This also led to a lack of character development by anyone. No character to root for. No character that’s interesting. Just flat characters.

I could not enjoy this story; it wasn’t for me.

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