Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popović
Wicked Like a Wildfire is the first book in Lana Popović’s Hibiscus Daughter series and what a way to start. As you know I am not a huge fan of tackling series until all the books are published (seriously no patience #bookwormproblems), but when I saw this one I couldn’t resist. The cover and title are begging to be read and I am so happy the story didn’t disappoint.
She was alone when she woke and the waking hurt.
I found it difficult to get into the story at first, almost as if the weight of the rich, descriptive writing forms a barrier and I was easily distracted. The story sat just beyond the brink, so I could reach out and touch it but not quite able to submerge into the words.
An electric warmth swept through me, like I’d swallowed one of the lightning bolts that still flickered above the water.
The change over to a dramatic, gripping and mesmerising story was so smooth, I didn’t notice until I realised the day had gone while I was buried within the pages.
Turning girls’ blood into glitter happens to be my specialty.
The story is as lyrical as it is melancholy. I love the focus on the complexity of the relationships between the sisters and their mother as well as the secrets, the twists and the dark, simmering magic.
We had been so beautiful together, reflecting each other like a family of mirrors.
Title: Wicked Like a Wildfire
Series: Hibiscus Daughter #1
Author: Lana Popović
Publication Date: 15 August 2017
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Source: Review copy
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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? — Abstract from Goodreads.com
The fact that I received a complimentary advanced copy of this book does not influence my policy to write an honest review.
Disclaimer: The quotes appear in my review copy and may not appear in the final version.