Hello friends and happy book birthday to Wicked as You Wish by Rin Chupeco! Yes, you heard me right, Wicked as You Wish is released today! Are you planning to read this book? If you are, keep reading to know what you’re going to expect from this book. In case you didn’t know, Rin Chupeco is Chinese-Filipino author, best known for her best selling YA fantasy, The Bone Witch and The Never Tilting World. Now that you’re informed, let’s take a look on my mini review and 5 reasons why you should read Wicked as You Wish!
I received digital copy review from Sourcebooks Fire via Netgalley. This does not affect my review in any way; all opinions are my own.
WICKED AS YOU WISH
by Rin Chupeco
publication date: 3 March 2020 by Sourcebooks Fire
genre: urban fantasy
Many years ago, the magical Kingdom of Avalon was left desolate and encased in ice when the evil Snow Queen waged war on the powerful country. 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 in 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. Tala doesn’t mind—she has secrets of her own. Namely, that she’s a spellbreaker, someone who negates magic.
Then hope for their abandoned homeland reignites when a famous creature of legend, and Avalon’s most powerful weapon, the Firebird, appears for the first time in decades. Alex and Tala 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.
#1 Heavy influenced by fairytale and folklore
Sets in alternate universe where magic exists (and weaponized), Wicked as You Wish is deeply influenced by various fairytales, especially Filipino folklores. Our main character, Tala, is a descendant of infamous Maria Makiling, a protector of Mount Makiling in Filipino folklore. Not only that, other fairytales character like Rapunzel and Robin Hood—to name a few—are mentioned as historical figure rather than characters from a fairytale. Rin Chupeco also adapted the world where these fairytale characters live and made it as new countries, which I think it’s very brilliant!
If you love fairytale inspired book, read Wicked as You Wish!
#2 Urban fantasy that is mixed with social issue
I think it’s important for authors to bring up social issues in their books, so I’m just glad that Rin Chupeco included issues like refugee, family separation and child abuse. Although, I wish Rin Chupeco would focus on these issues more, but I can say that her execution with these issue is good.
If you’re looking for a YA book that tackled those issues, this book is for you!
#3 Rich in Filipino culture
It’s always fun to read other people’s culture, especially culture from other South-east Asian culture. It feels like meeting your cousin and realizing that you two share a lot of similarities other than having the same grandparents. Reading about Filipino culture in Wicked as You Wish warms my heart a lot, and honestly, I feel so giddy reading few Filipino terms in this book.
Read Wicked as You Wish if you’re looking for #ownvoices book written by Chinese-Filipino author!
#4 Detailed world building
It’s not easy to make an alternate universe where the world we live in has magic while adding some details to world’s history without twisting it. I think Rin Chupeco makes a great job with this one. The magic system is so detailed and we were provided with little background story on what happened in between three fairytale-ish countries—and how they impacted to other countries.
Like I mentioned earlier, these fairytale countries are literally fairytale countries where many characters from our childhood live.
I can say that her magic system is different from others in a good way. Often, we get to see blood sacrifice if we want to perform magic, but not in Rin Chupeco’s world. Other originality I found is how Rin Chupeco mix technology and magic together, creating a new magic system called spelltech.
Although, I have to warn you that, the world building and magic system kinda overwhelm me because they entangled with one another and if you don’t read it carefully, it’ll confuse you.
Looking for a detailed world building book? Try Wicked as You Wish!
#5 Perfect for Once Upon a Time fans
Throughout the book, I see a lot of resemble between Once Upon a Time and Wicked as You Wish. There are many similarities between the two, but they’re also different on their own way. Fairytales inspired city/country, fairytales characters come to live, Evil Queen, magicla people—yup, Once Upon a Time fans, I think you’d like this!
Fairytales characters come to live in Wicked as You Wish, find out more about it by reading the book!
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