Skip to main content

Wicked Like a Wildfire

Review

Wicked Like a Wildfire

WICKED LIKE A WILDFIRE by Lana Popovic is a delicious story that mixes magic, mystery, family and love all together. Iris and Malina are sisters that have magical abilities and a protective mother who doesn’t allow the girls to share their secret with anyone. They live in a secluded town and their mother claims they have no one else in the world besides each other. The girls don’t always get along with their mother, Iris in particular, and after their mother is attacked, the two sisters try and find the attacker and discover the truth about their past.

The premise of this book sounded so interesting and once I received it I fell in love with the gorgeous purple cover and the details of the flowers and butterfly. I also loved the characters in this book. Each character was so unique and different and Lana Popovic did a wonderful job fleshing each character out into people that I found myself actually caring about.

"Each character was so unique and different and Lana Popovic did a wonderful job fleshing each character out into people that I found myself actually caring about."

For me, the beginning of the book was very slow and I found myself waiting for the synopsis promised attack to get the mystery of the book going. Before the attack I found the book to be a bit dull, but it really picked up after the reader was given a mystery to think about. I found it so interesting that this was a modern book, with reference to current day movies, but had the feel of an old time kind of setting. This was probably due to the remoteness of the towns the story took place in, in addition to Iris and Malina not owning a car.

I found the magic in the book, the “gleam” to be so interesting and I thought the plot was equally fascinating. There were so many twists and turns, some I caught onto, and some I did not. While I thought Popovic did an excellent job executing the mystery and romance part of the novel, the magic and the curse fell short for me. I found myself to be confused at times and in disbelief at certain parts.

I did however, love all of the friendships and romantic relationships in the book! Iris and Malina’s support system of friends and family really saved the novel for me, my favorite characters being Cica Jovan, Luca and Nico. The way that they gave Iris and Malina unconditional support and trust, especially at times when they didn’t always deserve it, warmed my heart. While the girls may have thought they had to bear the burden of their mother’s attack and the mystery of the curse on their family, they really didn’t have to.

Truthfully I had very high hopes for this book, and while it met many of those hopes, it also fell short of several as well. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves magic, especially girls wielding magic. If you love books with strong female protagonists who can kick butt, then this is the book for you. Additionally, if you love complicated magic and curses, then this is also the book for you! There is also a bunch of Eastern European culture sprinkled in, with the food the characters eat and make in addition to the setting. Overall the book picked up halfway and I was able to fly through it after that.

Reviewed by Ilona K., Teen Board Member on August 14, 2018

Wicked Like a Wildfire
(Hibiscus Daughter #1)
by Lana Popovic

  • Publication Date: July 24, 2018
  • Genres: Family, Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult 14+
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
  • ISBN-10: 0062436848
  • ISBN-13: 9780062436849