Wicked As You Wish | Rin Chupeco | Review





Tala Warnock has little use for magic – as a descendant of Maria Makiling, the legendary Filipino heroine, she negates spells, often by accident. But her family’s old ties to the country of Avalon (frozen, respelled, and unreachable for almost 12 years) soon finds them guarding its last prince from those who would use his kingdom’s magic for insidious ends.

And with the rise of dangerous spelltech in the Royal States of America; the appearance of the firebird, Avalon’s deadliest weapon, at her doorstop; and the re-emergence of the Snow Queen, powerful but long thought dead, who wants nothing more than to take the firebird’s magic for her own – Tala’s life is about to get even more complicated.


I would like to say thank you to Netgalley for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I was so excited for this book, this is the first Rin Chupeco book I have read but I have heard so many good things about her.

Let’s start with what I did enjoy, I enjoyed the writing in this book, I also enjoyed the chapter headers. I feel like they were very unique and really added to my enjoyment of the book. I liked her writing style, I found that despite my feelings the book was easy to read and could have been devoured in very few sittings.

The world  building in Wicked As You Wish is so confusing. I kept reading in the hope that at some point I would understand what is going on, but even after finishing I’m not sure that I still know what happened. There is no easing into the magic system or the plot, you are thrown straight in with very little explanation. It is almost as if the author assumed that the reader knew what was going on. I feel like the characters were the main focus, which is fine, I enjoy a good character.

The characters were an issue for me, there was no character that I liked, they all irritated me in several different ways. I wasn’t invested in the characters, I had not built up a connection in any way which made my enjoyment levels very low.

This book just wasn’t for me. I wouldn’t say don’t pick it up because everybody is different and you may enjoy it. I will be giving The Bone Witch series a go as I have heard very good things about this and I am looking forward to diving in.

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