Book Review: Wicked Like A Wildfire by Lana Popovic

Wicked Like A Wildflower (Hibiscus Daughter #1) 
Author – Lana Popovic
Publishing – July 24th 2018 by Katherine Tegen Books
Genre – Young Adult, Fantasy
Format – Paperback
Pages – 432
Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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 seaside 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?

I bought this book because the cover is so pretty, but luckily, it’s also a great story! Lana Popovic’s writing is so beautiful and descriptive it feels as though you can taste, smell and see everything for yourself.  I really fell in love with her unique writing style as she was describing Jasmina’s baking, which was so vivid and detailed, it actually made me hungry! My only criticism is that I feel Popovic tends to focus more on writing descriptions rather than plot, and it can sometimes be slightly overwhelming. 

The plot follows twins Iris and Malina who have the ability to use magic known as the gleam, which allows them to manipulate beauty. Their mother, Jasmina, tries to keep their gleam a secret and tells them they cannot show anyone their ability, and most importantly, they must not fall in love.

After Jasmina is viciously attacked, Iris and Malina are left to follow random clues and cryptic dreams to discover who is responsible and why. But what they find reveals more than they expected, and their very own twin bond will be put to the test. 

I really loved the characters, and I especially liked the dynamic between Iris and Malina. Despite both girls being completely different (Iris is more hard-edged and determined whereas Malina is the opposite, soft and sweet) their bond is unbelievably strong and you can really feel how much they love each other. There’s a good collection of supporting characters including brother and sister, Luka and Niko, who are really interesting and bring a good mix of platonic and romantic relationships.

Despite the plot being a bit slow, the book gets really intense towards the end. There are so many twists, you’ll never guess how the story will play out! The ending was a huge cliffhanger and a complete shock! 

To summarise: If you love magic, badass witches and mystery, along with beautifully descriptive writing, then you have to read this book! It will not disappoint.

What’s your favourite magical themed book? Let me know in the comments, I would love to get some witchy/magical book recommendations!

Thanks for reading! x

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