From the gorgeous writing to the phenomenal female characters, Wicked Like a Wildfire is a wonderful new novel by debut author Lana Popović.
About the Book
Title: Wicked Like a Wildfire
Author: Lana Popović
Pub. Date: August 15, 2017
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
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?
I paired Wicked Like a Wildfire with this Wildflower Shiraz Cabernet. This wine’s theme pairs perfectly with Iris’s beautiful gift. The fact that this wine is a blend of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, which compliments the way Popović blends contemporary fiction and magic to create a stunning story of magical realism.
*All wine recommendations are for those of legal drinking age only.*
Wicked Like a Wildfire is a beautifully-written and enchanting debut. Lana Popović’s writing is full of gorgeous imagery and prose. Several times while I was reading this story, I found myself going back and re-reading paragraphs and even full pages just because the execution was so lovely.
The magic system in this story is captivating. I loved how it manifested itself differently in Iris, Malina, and their mother, and it allowed for some truly spell-biding scenes that I won’t soon forget.
There are some incredible female characters, who I absolutely fell in love with, and I can’t wait to see more of them in the next book in this series.
I did have a bit of a hard time with the character of Iris and Malina’s mother. She intentionally isn’t written to be likable, which I understand. I just didn’t feel that her motivations always justified her actions.
I enjoyed the plot of the story. I felt that it moved quickly with lovely bits of magic and romance sprinkled throughout. The romance in this novel was also so well-done. It was swoony and captivating and definitely complicated.
Magical realism is one of my favorite genres, but I also feel that it would be a tough one to write. It is hard to continuously balance fantasy and reality while still maintaining the reader’s suspension of disbelief. There were a few times when the magic in this story pushed that boundary for me a bit, but for the most part, I did find it to be beautiful and engrossing.
I was very impressed by this debut novel and can’t wait to see more of Popović’s writing in the future.
What are some of your favorite magical realism stories? Will you be picking up Wicked Like a Wildflower when it hits shelves tomorrow?