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
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Fantasy, Lgbt

Reviews The Wicker King

  • Cait (Paper Fury)
    JUST SO WE'RE FRIKKIN' CLEAR: THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF MY LIFE. I actually teared up. I actually think part of my soul fell out. I actually care so much about this book I'm just a mess. aghiaglihasfdkl It's really brutal and sad and yet beautiful. It's about mental illness and codependency and unhealthy relationships and neglect and kids just trying to cope the best they can. It is flawed. It is a flawed story about flawed boys. But can w...
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    Have you ever read a book that you love, but also feel as if you'd be judged by everyone for recommending? This is that book for me. The Wicker King is a weird, weird book, and one I'm sure will be polarizing. But the immersive atmosphere and developed characters absolutely saved this one for me.Let's talk atmosphere. The Wicker King is told with gradually darkening pages, beginning white and slowly getting darker and darker, and with incredibly ...
  • Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
    Upon closing The Wicker King, I opened my eyes and I just... blinked, in that forlorn way we do when we're so affected that the real world around us has stopped making sense. It's the kind of novel that fails to be contained in any kind of genre, but honestly, it delivers just the kind of weird, dark atmosphere that never fails to enrapture me. Think Charm & Strange. Teeth.I swear I'm going to do my best to write a real review but it's hard alr...
  • destiny ☠ howling libraries
    Because I've gotten a few comments and private messages lately regarding this review, I'd like to preface it by stating that this is an ARC review, not a review of the finished copy. The author has informed me that she amended several of the problems I had with the ARC, so I am currently awaiting a finished copy to reread. If my thoughts change, I will certainly be updating my review to match that!---"All virtues not granted at birth are taught t...
  • Jessi ♡
    Some books feel like you're reading a recycled version of past books, like you're reading the same characters with just a bit of a difference, the same relationship dynamic except with a few different pet names. This book is completely it's own, different, a relieved sigh left me when I felt like I was reading something NEW, something unique, something so important and interesting and intriguing, that I was lacking in the hundred+ books I read th...
  • 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...
  • Kyle
    *UPDATE* 1/27/18FUCK IT! This deserves the full five stars. I can’t stop thinking about it.There’s so much to process right now...I’m actually quite stunned.That wasbeautifuland darkand insaneand profoundand weirdand unexpectedand so goddamn original! This book would have received full stars from me (in a damn heartbeat!), but I still begrudgingly can’t get over the erratic nature of the short/abrupt chapters, and how they progressed all...
  • 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
  • anna (readingpeaches)
    Things I loved about this:» the characters. August & Jack are utterly lovable (and spoiler alert: in love) but also “problematique” by which I mean they both struggle with their mental health while not getting any help from adults around them. Their relationship was one of the most intense ones I have ever read about & there are no clean lines there but that just makes it so much more interesting. If you thought Gansey & Ronan’s friendship...
  • Chiara
  • Emily Mead
    This was entirely different to what I was expecting. It features: - Short, page-length chapters- Inserts of detention slips, psychologist's reports and other paraphernalia- A dark descent into madness (the pages even go from white to grey to black)- Two boys who have been neglected, who become codependent and provide all of the wrong things to each other- Hallucinations- An absolutely incredible author's noteIt's...very dark. And you might not li...
  • anna van sunshine 🌻
    tbh my favorite part about this book was the note from the author at the end.this was so different from what i thought it would be? i didn’t expect it to be so heavily influenced by mental illness. seeing how august drastically suffered made me realize that i look like august during my worst. even though i have a mental illness, i don’t read too many books dealing with the issue because it makes me scared. it makes me feel guilty. but this bo...
  • Silke
    I simply can not not be impressed by this book. It has crawled under my skin and I’m still trying to wrap my mind around everything. I read this so freaking fast and already wish I could read it again. It kept me up last night, and when a book is able to do that I can’t give it any less than 5 stars.The Wicker King is a captivating story about two boys and their beautiful, twisted, kind of disturbing and unhealthy relationship. I did feel unc...
  • Maria (Big City Bookworm)
    Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars rated up!--Initial post reading thoughts:This is one of those books that I'm going to need to think about for a while before I write a full review...stay tuned.--Where do I even begin with this one? The Wicker King is one of those books that has left me questions all of my thoughts surrounding it. I really enjoyed it and yet there were also things that I didn't really like about it as well. It was one of those books that ...
  • rachel • typed truths
    i don’t think i’ve ever bawled because of a book before but god. this is a fucking blessing in all our lives, one we do deserve
  • Shelumiel Delos Santos
    Ancrum examines love, friendship, and mental illness in her debut The Wicker King—a quiet, dark, and beautiful novel told in vignettes.It’s 2003. August Bateman, a poor boy of mixed race, tries to earn extra money by running drugs in their high school. Jack Rossi, a popular, light-haired varsity rugby player, seems to enjoy a perfect life. The two are so far apart on the social spectrum that it shouldn’t make sense for them to be friends an...
  • charlotte
    well shit,
  • Stacee
    3.5 starsI pretty much have no idea what I just read and I liked it. August and Jack are interesting characters. They have sort of a toxic relationship that is rooted in a history of absentee parents. They find themselves together all the time and there some serious co-dependency. Plot wise...yeah I don’t even know. It was weird and at some parts boring and I had my WITAF face on the entire time. And yet, I was captivated. The last third of the...
  • 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...
  • lindsey
    this is the first book that’s made me cry in a while and i don’t even really know why it did? this wasn’t the book that i expected it to be, and i think that’s why it took me a long time to get into it. eventually though, i really started loving this.
  • Stephanie
    I am not convinced that the protagonists won’t die in a codependent fire within a couple of months, but otherwise this was great.Full review:The format of this book hits you first. The chapters are really (really) short. There are photos, documents, and other “visuals” that help tell the story. The narrator is unreliable and his friend is unreliable. Because of all of these things, it’s sometimes hard to figure out what is going on or wha...
  • adaline
    I am confused and significantly fucked up because of this book now so that's cool. RTC*3.5 out of 5 stars*
  • 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...
  • Harper
    I WAS NOT PREPARED FOR THIS BOOK. It was so much more than I expected. The mental health stuff is both magical and terrifying. You can see what’s wrong, but you are so inside of the boys’ heads that you get wrapped up in their world and their decisions too. Highly recommended if you like the following:- Boys Having Emotions And Not Understanding Them- INTENSE PINING- slow build romance- weirdly codependent friendships- mental health feels- lo...
  • 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...
  • Michelle
    Note: This is a mini review because I didn’t want to ruin anything from this story. I might post full thoughts later.*The Wicker King is a young adult psychological thriller by author K. Ancrum. I was pretty much addicted to this story from the moment I read the summary. It starts out by saying, “The Wicker King is a psychological young adult thriller that follows two friends struggling as one spirals into madness.” Does this not sound beyo...
  • rin (lorenzo)
    that was........weirdlike not in a bad way weird but like oddly and fascinatingly weird im not sure how exactly i feel about thisit gave me lowkey trc and alice in wonderland vibes tho~~~so, from the author's site: Whats it about?Its contemporary magical-realism, deals with mental health issues, codependency/parental abandonment. The two main characters are Bi, and it covers questioning orientation, etc. idk watch two boys fall in love slowly and...