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

Wicked Like a Wildfire (Hibiscus Daughter, #1)

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 sea-side town. Iris and Malina are not allowed to share their magic with anyone, and above all, they are forbidden from falling i...

Details Wicked Like a Wildfire (Hibiscus Daughter, #1)

TitleWicked Like a Wildfire (Hibiscus Daughter, #1)
Release DateAug 15th, 2017
PublisherKatherine Tegen Books
GenreFantasy, Young Adult

Reviews Wicked Like a Wildfire (Hibiscus Daughter, #1)

  • Emily May
    In some ways, I feel like I'm being generous. I'm upping my rating to two stars, and yet this book was so painfully slow and boring. I've mostly been reading it during the day whilst on vacation so I'm neither tired nor grumpy, but I could feel my eyes trying to close as they moved through the pages of snoozeworthy text. It just goes to show that having beautiful, poetic writing and an exciting setting in Montenegro cannot make up for a plot that...
  • ☆High Lady of The Night Court☆
    “Nothing tamed can curb what grew unfettered.” Wicked Like A Wildfire was nothing like I expected. The only reason I kept this book off for so long is because I read the blurb a long time ago and,sadly, the only part I remembered was that the girls were forbidden to love, which led me to the, frankly stupid, notion that this book would be a story about girls who are not supposed to fall in love but someone falls in love and the world goes to ...
  • Korrina (OwlCrate)
    This was a stunning book about the relationships between mothers and daughters, and sisters. The writing was utterly beautiful, and I've never read anything like it. The characters, especially the twins, were flawed and real. This is a great debut - keep your eye out for it next year!
  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    On sale this week! Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature: In Wicked Like a Wildfire (2017), magic and secrecy swirl around Iris and Malina, a pair of seventeen year old fraternal twins who live in current-day Montenegro with their single mother, Jasmina. Jasmina confides to them that all of the women in their family have a distinct gleam, a magical way to create and enhance beauty. Jasmina bakes marvelous foods that call particular vis...
  • Iryna *Book and Sword*
    1.5/5 stars (DNF at page 215) (rounded down)What's that saying? "Don't judge a book by its cover."? Well it goes both ways. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful cover, but the novel itself? Not so much. But let's start with the good stuff:- The cover, obviously.- This book will make you hungry will all of its desert descriptions. Like "so hungry can't stop drooling hungry!" - This book made me want to buy myself flowers, many flowers. - It also made m...
  • Fables&Wren
    WrensReads Review:"If you love the cover, you'll love the book!"Never judge a book by its cover. Especially when the cover is as beautiful as that with a perfect add-on of a title. I was just bored. There was a lot of fluffy and beautiful descriptions but not enough content for me. And the characters didn’t really seem to have actual relations. You know like you can call someone your best friend but are you actually best friends? You can say th...
  • Simona Bartolotta
    I'm really, honestly tired of and terribly sorry for having to say this, especially when it's a book that offers such potential for diversity I'm talking about, but there's just no other way of putting it: good concept, poor execution. •Wicked Like a Wildfire is set in Cattaro, Montenegro, which is maybe its strongest asset and the thing about it that appealed to me the most. In the course of the book, the characters visit some characteristic p...
  • Sarah
    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)This was a YA paranormal/fantasy story about two sisters with special gifts.I liked Iris and Malina, and I liked how much they supported each other, even when their mother seemed to favour Malina.The storyline in this was about the two girls having magical gifts that their mother had warned them to keep hidden, Iris’ ability to make fractal patterns out of...
  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    “Your beauty is a force, you know, a power all its own. It can be both sword and shield for you, and win you anything you want.” I love magical realism! Having read two really fantastic ones in the past month has reignited by love for this magically captivating genre. Wicked Like a Wildfire is an enchanting story of beauty, power, family, and love. Iris and Malina’s family has a history of manipulating or “gleaming” beauty into magical...
  • Laurie
    This book is a dazzling visual feast (and a graphic or CGI artist's dream project). I could give this book 5 stars solely on that. Or for the simply stunning writing that graces practically every page (from the breathtaking descriptions of Montenegro that make me want to go there RIGHT NOW to the vivid/visceral portrayal of her protagonist's passionate inner life - as well as the artful rendering of the book's unique "gleam" magic). *SPOILER ALER...
  • Irene△⃒⃘➰
    2/5I really don’t know where to start with this.First things first. You have to like the writing style, otherwise this book will only turn out super boring and confusing.And I’m definitely in the (very) confused category. I really didn’t like the style used. Everything is described so slowly and with smells and scents.At the beginning it sounded very interesting but after a while it started to bore me to sleep.I wanted a very cool magical m...
  • Alaina
    I have been dying to dive into this series for the LONGEST time. Two years is a long time right?Wicked Like A Wildfire totally consumed me. I honestly couldn't put my phone down. Mostly because then that would pull my headphones out of my ears.. and it would just hurt. Luckily for me, not so much for my ears, I fell in love with absolutely everything about this book. In it, you will meet Iris and some other characters. Iris, is and was my girl fo...
  • Jilly Gagnon
    I am in LOVE with this book. I could not get enough of the stunning prose Popovic weaves around her characters, and scenery, like a subtle perfume, coloring every moment on the page with richness and beauty. As if that's not enough, the plot is incredibly engrossing and the characters all burst off the page, fully-formed, flawed, and fascinating. At this point, I'm just salivating for book two. A must-read from 2017.
  • Sarah
    I honestly expected to love this book, fantasy is my favourite genre and I love magic so it seemed right up my street and then you throw in that gorgeous cover and of course I'm going to pick up a copy.Unfortunately it just didn't work for me though. There's no denying that Lana Popović's writing is beautiful but sometimes you can have too much of a good thing. There are pages upon pages of description, great when she's describing the Montenegro...
  • Anissa
    Beautiful brilliant writing, with a fairytale feel to it. It was a sensory explosion and no detail was left out. What a wild ride - I couldn't get enough of it! Highly recommend!
  • Sana
    'Nothing was ever simple. There was no such thing as the one and only truth, and that too was a freedom in itself.'*WTF was that ending?!So. As much as I enjoyed reading Wicked Like a Wildfire, I have to say that I found the beginning tough to read because of the intense mother-daughter relationship to the point where they both slut-shamed each other. Um not entirely okay reading that. Moreover, it read very much like a debut and I wasn't too fon...
  • Lana Popović
    This book sounds like it was written by a very hungry person who walks around sniffing too many things. Idk, idk.
  • Kay Wisteria
    When she was younger, Iris could see flowers and the rest of the world as flowers, could blow beautiful glass. All the women in her family have had this sort of gleam, the ability to manipulate beauty. Now that power is all but gone.Working in her mother's bakery in a little sea side town, Iris detests her mother, the woman who forbid her from using her gift and from loving. The only things she really has going for her are her twin sister, Malina...
  • Natasha Ngan
    I was lucky enough to read an early copy - which in a way turned out to be somewhat unlucky, as I have longer to wait for the sequel! WLAW is a beautifully executed novel (Lana's writing is just so, so gorgeous!) with the perfect blend of mystery, romance, adventure and magic. Prepare to be utterly seduced.
  • Arielle Walker
    Reviewing books by way of stars often feels so lazy, but I'm not sure how else to do it here.See, for the entire first half, this was sitting at a solid 4 for me, with a few moments here and there that made me either wince or swoon. And then a whole bunch of crazy happens, where the main explanation seems to always be "but beauty", and there's no way it's anywhere near a 4 star book after that, surely. Except the last few pages and the ending may...
  • Alexa
    It's hard to express exactly why I liked this novel, even though I know for sure that I did. It's wonderfully whimsical, crammed to the brim with odd, dark, beautiful magic, a potent mix of lore and culture. While it does start off fairly slow, I think it builds up into something that I just couldn't look away from, and I'm looking forward to reading the next one.
  • Dania
    This book was absolutely stunning! Every single description was beautifully done. From the scents, to tastes, and to the imaginary. A treat to any candle maker out there.
  • Jalilah
    This book is a marvellous and engrossing fairy tale-like read for young and old alike! Set in Montenegro in a small town by the sea and against the mountains, two sisters and their mother have magical powers that they must keep secret. Iris can see flowers as fractals and recreates them into glassworks. Malina interprets moods as music and sings them. Their mother Yasmina can transport people to memories through her baked creations. One day Yasmi...
  • Anniek
    This was such a pleasant surprise! I actually put off reading it for almost a year, because it didn't really appeal to me for some reason. I don't even know why, because this turned out to be right up my alley. The writing was lush and beautiful, and the whole vibe of the book was mysterious and drew me in right away. The only thing that put me off a little was that the story got a little messy towards the end, but some of the surprising plottwis...