The Wicker King by K. Ancrum

The Wicker King

The Wicker King is a psychological young adult thriller that follows two friends struggling as one spirals into madness.When August learns that his best friend, Jack, shows signs of degenerative hallucinatory disorder, he is determined to help Jack cope. Jack’s vivid and long-term visions take the form of an elaborate fantasy world layered over our own—a world ruled by the Wicker King. As Jack leads them on a quest to fulfill a dark prophecy ...

Details The Wicker King

TitleThe Wicker King
Release DateOct 31st, 2017
GenreContemporary, Young Adult, Mystery

Reviews The Wicker King

  • destiny ☠ howling libraries
    "All virtues not granted at birth are taught to you by life, one way or another."✘ PLOTWhen Jack begins to show signs of a hallucinatory disorder, his best friend, August, is determined to carry him through the illness. Even when Jack comes to August, telling him they must go on a quest in this hallucinated world. The quest is a dangerous one, but August can't leave his best friend - after all, Jack is his Wicker King.✘ WRITINGHoly hell, was ...
  • Joshua Gabriel (Ever Bookish Josh)
    My written interview with the author can be found here.Thank you, Macmillan, for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.codependencynoun co·de·pen·den·cy \ˌkō-di-ˈpen-dən(t)-sē\: a psychological condition or a relationship in which a person is controlled or manipulated by another who is affected with a pathological condition (such as an addiction to alcohol or heroin); broadly : dependence on the needs of or cont...
  • Jessi ♡
    When Jack starts having hallucinations, his best and closest friend August vows to help him navigate through them and keep it between them. But the lines between whats a game or not real and what is, begin to get blurry even for August. how can i tell u that i could not stop reading from the very first sentence? that it's been a while since i've read a book that captured my attention like this? i needed to know, i had to know, so i had to keep r...
  • Chelsea
    you guys.....this book.......reminded me so much of my merlin/arthur feelings ;;a king and his lionheart....boys who would throw themselves into the pits of hell for each other......I gotta go cry goodbyeActual review to (maybe) come closer to release dateARC was provided by the author
  • Adri
    The Wicker king centers around August and his best friend, Jack. This book reeled me in quick; I couldn’t put it down and I blew through it in a few sittings. It’s written in such a poetic and unique way. Even the formatting is incredibly unique. The chapters are very short and there are few pictures and illustrations in between. The two boys you see on the cover? Yeah, you’ll see more of them. I felt like these little snippets made the cha...
  • Callie (lovelybookishbelle)
    Thank you, Macmillan, for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.This was my most anticipated release for fall and I was beyond excited to receive an ARC. I immediately started it and once I started I couldn't stop. The only thing that prevented me from actually finishing it in one siting was having to go to work, and as soon as I was home again I devoured the second half. First off, this book was unlike anything I have e...
  • Erin
    You have to be prepared, this is not an easy or happy book. It's unsettling, uneasy, and beautifully written. You want Jack and August to be together and you simultaneously want them as far apart from each other as they can possibly be.
  • Brittany (The Book Addict's Guide/Novelly Yours)
    Initial Impressions 6/30/17: This is another book that's so unique that it's hard to rate! I didn't fall tooootally head over heels with it but at the same time, I absolutely could not tear myself away for so many reasons. Let's discuss: 1. The book gets DARKER as it goes on. No, literally. The pages start out normal and then doodles get added along the edges, gathering until the middle is a shade of gray when the book is closed, and as things ge...
  • Melanie Thompson
    August and Jack have a complex relationship. Unhealthy, really. Jack hallucinates, August is co-dependent, and neither one is ready to face reality. As Jack' hallucinations grow worse, August assists him in exploring his visions and together they embark on a quest which results in a terrible fire. The story is beautifully written and is hard to put down. The madness and the relationships of the boys are compelling and psychologically rich.
  • Lane Brown
    Plot SummaryThe story of two damaged teen boys who love and support each other. If by love and support you mean become entangled in a quest to save an fantasy land which might only be a sign of their impending madness. It's sweet, in an "oh god no what are you doing stop it with the fire" kind of way. CharactersAugust and Jack are so lovable. On the surface, they're both a couple of foul-mouthed, troublemaking assholes, but the deeper you get th...
  • Rachel
    The writing is certainly compelling. Each section has a heading and each chapter lasted anywhere between one and three pages, making it a quick and easily digestible read. The images also added to the story and I look forward to seeing the additions and edits that were not in my ARC copy. I was driven to finish the book in order to find out what happens to the characters, but I suppose I expected more from the ending than I got. It left me wantin...
  • Morrisa
    Thank you so much to those at Imprint for approving me for a copy of The Wicker King. I was really looking forwards to this one and I absolutely loved it! This story is about two best friends: August and Jack, where Jack starts seeing an alternate reality, and August has to help him through it. It’s a really interesting story about friendship and love and I truly had a fun time reading – it only took me one day to get through it all. What I t...
  • anna
    2.5 tbh. it's 2017. i don't have a lot of patience for queerbaity erotic male friendships and outdated dramatization of mental illness, and when i do, it's gotta be........ a lot better written than this.
  • Kristi
    I loved this book. I can't wait for it come out in print so I can make other people read it. It was heartbreaking and fantastical. The story, chunked up into small pieces the way that it was took me a moment to get used to, but once I did, it worked beautifully for the story. I loved the relationships and the eccentricities of all the characters. I loved the acceptance of Jack and August's friends and how they functioned around this dysfunctional...
  • Genevieve Taylor
    I read the entire book in an afternoon because I couldn't put it down. Within fifty pages I was obsessed. A beautiful, heartrending story about love, loyalty, codependency, and madness. It's a story about two teenage boys on the border of another world, a world which may not even exist, and the lengths to which they will go for each other and for the world. Intense and compulsively readable. Highest recommendations.
  • Ariel
    I just finished this (maybe 10 minutes ago) and I'm still just blown away. This book was amazing; the media aspects only enhanced the story and I can't wait to get the finished copy so I can view the missing art pieces that didn't make it in the arc. The slow decline in Jack's mental state (and August's as well which wasn't what I was expecting but made this story even better) was done so well I couldn't even believe how we got from brief halluci...
  • Faith
    I'm so confused. Maybe I'm not getting the book like I was supposed to...? Review to come closer to release date.
  • Christina (christinareads_)
    Review also on Christina Reads and BlogsRating: 3.5The Wicker King takes a unique look into degenerative hallucinatory disorder by placing us in the mind of the individual's best friend. We aren't able to see what Jack sees, but we can see how it affects August. This is an incredibly dark book with flawed characters.August is best friends with Jack, who experiences hallucinations. Due to a near death experience August had where he was saved by Ja...
  • Renee
    I enjoyed this one! Not my favorite, but a very quick read and easy enough to get through. Honestly I only read it a couple days ago and I'm already forgetting stuff about it. I do really like the cover, and it was interesting enough to keep me reading. I didn't actually care for any of the characters, but they are very flawed and realistic. I personally like short chapters, and I had no trouble with the writing whatsoever. I can't remember wheth...
  • Kate
    This was a really interesting look at codependency and when it crosses the line from friendship to obsession. The design concept is awesome—I kind of want to get an "official" hardcover copy to see what some of the missing pictures turn out to be. The Wicker King is a solid book, but definitely for a very specific audience. More TK.
  • Sara
    It gets 3 stars for its uniqueness, but this book was SUPER weird and a little confusing at times. The ending felt a little lacking. I wanted a little more resolution. Jack and August's relationship is so bizarre and insane that I didn't know how to feel. Sad for them? Annoyed? Creeped out? It made me want to keep reading, but I wanted a little more character development.