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Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popović

Wicked Like a Wildfire

Wicked Like a WildfireWicked 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.

Now I am just going to have to recover from the ending and hope Ms. Popović is kind enough to write with speed.4 Star




Title: Wicked Like a WildfireWicked 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.


  1. Olivia @ The Candid Cover

    I have been drooling over this cover for quite some time now! The story sounds like it is really interesting, and the fact that you loved it so much has me thinking that I should push it up on my TBR. However, reading a series all at once is so much more satisfying. I have to agree with you on that! 😉

  2. Sam@WLABB

    I come from a science background, so I am always amazed how much I love lush and gorgeous writing. This book swept me away with its amazing descriptions of Montenegro and all the food. I am also eagerly awaiting the next book.

  3. Kimberly Sabatini

    OMG!!! Love that cover too!

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