Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco. This tour is being hosted by Fantastic Flying Book Club.
Wicked As You Wish (A Hundred Names for Magic #1)
by Rin Chupeco
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: March 3rd 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
An unforgettable alternative history fairytale series from the author of The Bone Witch trilogy about found family, modern day magic, and finding the place you belong.
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.
If you pre-order WICKED AS YOU WISH on or before March 1, 2020 you will also receive a character card of Tala and an enamel Order of the Bandersnatch firebird pin!
- US/ Canada pre-orders: https://t.co/5c7lQTI3Os?amp=1
- International pre-orders: https://t.co/eCZvNLcWj1?amp=1
From March 3rd – 31st 2020, the author be hosting an Instagram giveaway for WICKED AS YOU WISH (https://www.instagram.com/rinchupeco/)! Just post a photo of the book with the hashtag #PRETTYWICKEDASYOUWISH and every participant will receive book swag! (Alex character art card + character stickers). The Alex card will only be available during promos and not for the pre-orders!
I just finished Wicked As You Wish and I’m not quite sure how I feel about it. It was fairytale mixed with current social issues. The United States was now the Royal State of America and California wasn’t a part of it. The early part of the book took place there. ICE agents were always looking for people there illegally. Magic was banned in the Royal States of America. If anyone was caught using it, they could be imprisoned or deported. Tala had been living with her parents in a small town in Arizona. Magic barely worked there. The last prince of Avalon, thought dead, showed up in Arizona to be hidden. His home was frozen by the Snow Queen. Twelve years earlier, there was a Wonderland War. Magic and curses had an exchange to use them. You have to give something up, a sacrifice. For Tala and her mom, magic doesn’t work on them. They can stop a spell from working. They’re Makilings and that is their power.
The firebird was to arrive on Alex’s eighteenth birthday and he was to take back Avalon. A group of protectors showed up to help Alex escape. Zoe, Ken, Loki, and West were sent by the Cheshire. Another boy, Cole, showed up saying he was sent there for the same reason. They need to escape through a mirror/magic portal, but there are things getting in their way. Ogres and shades mostly. There are ice maidens that work for the Snow Queen as well as ice wolves. The ice maidens are immortal. Another creature is a deathless, basically a zombie. The group of kids come across multiple women who could see the future. Their prophecies didn’t make a lot of sense, but each kid was given theirs. Later on, they have another girl added to their group. Her name is Naya and she’s escaping so she’s not forced to marry.
Not only do these kids risk their lives encountering challenges along the way, but they also find out secrets about themselves and others along the way. They were told that there was a traitor among them, but no one is sure who it is. Some friendships were formed and others were partially changed.
The concept of this book was really cool. I loved the magic and the world. But I was really confused in the beginning. I think there was an information overload for me at times. I would confuse family members and places. I wish that would have been built a bit slower. It took me until 50-60% to really get invested in the story.
I gave this book 3 stars. Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for my earc.
Fight Song by Rachel Platten
My power’s turned on
Starting right now I’ll be strong
I’ll play my fight song
And I don’t really care if nobody else believes
‘Cause I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me
Raise Your Glass by Pink
So raise your glass if you are wrong
In all the right ways, all my underdogs
We will never be, never be anything but loud
And nitty, gritty, dirty, little freaks
Won’t you come on and come on and
Raise your glass!
Tala Warnock: Bamboo by Kimie
Thought love was easy and I kept Belivin’
In that old fantasy, that fairytale dream
Real life has shown us it’s a rollercoaster and, oh
We had to learn where to take our turn
Alexei Tsarevich: Skin by X-Ambassadors
Who do I know in here
See, I struggle to be
Two different people at the same time
So I keep running, running my mouth, trying to be somebody
Trying to be somebody I’m not
Ryker Cadfael: Suit and Jacket by Judah & the Lion
I ain’t trading my youth for no suit and jacket
I ain’t giving my freedom for your money and status
So don’t say I’m getting older
‘Cause I’ll say it when I do
Kensington Inoue: Where My Love Goes by Lawson
My love goes out of my heart and into the wind
Out my guitar and under your skin
Into your house and out of your headphones
That’s where my love goes
Kay Warnock: Low Life by X-Ambassadors
I’m nothing but a low life
Thinking about my own life
I’m trying to fight the good own fight
But after it all, I’m still just a low life
Lumina Makiling-Warnock: Maybe the Night by Ben & Ben
Moon has never glowed this color
Hearts have never been this close
I have never been more certain
I will love you ’til we’re old
Nya: First Time by Lifehouse
Lookin’ at you
Holdin’ my breath
For once in my life
I’m scared to death
I’m takin’ a chance
Letting you inside
Loki Wagner: Renegades by X-Ambassadors
Long live the pioneers
Rebels and mutineers
Go forth and have no fear
Come close the end is near
West Eddings: Take My Hand by The Cab
Now take my hand
And we will run away
Down to this place that I know
How did this night become the enemy
It’s over, it’s over, it’s over
Zoe Carlisle: New York City, 1964 by Shawn Amos
Winter came so soon
We watched All About Eve in the afternoon
I see her, east of the sun
One last bow and the curtain comes down
Can you believe I’m on my own?
Cole Nottingham: Who Did You Think I Was by the John Mayer Trio
Here is a line that you won’t understand:
I’m half of a boy, but I’m twice the man
Carry the weight of the world in the palm of my hand
Who did you think I was?
Despite an unsettling resemblance to Japanese revenants, Rin always maintains her sense of hummus. Born and raised in Manila, Philippines, she keeps four pets: a dog, two birds, and a husband. Dances like the neighbors are watching.
She is represented by Rebecca Podos of the Helen Rees Agency. She is also fond of speaking in the third person, and may as well finish this short bio in this manner. While she does not always get to check her Goodreads page, she does answer questions posed to her here as promptly as she is able to.
1st Prize: Win a signed copy of WICKED AS YOU WISH by Rin Chupeco + 3 character stickers (Alex, Tala, and the firebird) + 2 character cards (Alex and Tala) [INT]
2nd Prize: Win (1) of (3) character stickers from WICKED AS YOU WISH (Alex, Tala, and the firebird) + character cards from WICKED AS YOU WISH (Alex and Tala) [INT]
Starts: February 26th 2020
Ends: March 11th 2020
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