The Wise and the Wicked by Rebecca Podos

The Wise and the Wicked

Ruby Chernyavsky has been told the stories since she was a child: The women in her family, once possessed of great magical abilities to remake lives and stave off death itself, were forced to flee their Russian home for America in order to escape the fearful men who sought to destroy them. Such has it always been, Ruby’s been told, for powerful women. Today, these stories seem no more real to Ruby than folktales, except for the smallest bit of ...


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TitleThe Wise and the Wicked
Author
Release DateMay 28th, 2019
PublisherHarperCollins/Balzer + Bray
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Magical Realism, LGBT
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Reviews The Wise and the Wicked

  • Jane (It'sJaneLindsey)
    2019-05-24
    Excuse me, this is a stand-alone and it ends like THAT?
  • Ashley Blake
    2018-03-25
    I had the honor of getting an early read on this book and oh, oh, the world is going to love this beautiful story.
  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
    2019-05-25
    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight This is going to be a review in Three Acts. Because I had three very distinct experiences while reading this book, so... seems legit I guess.Act One: Oh Crap I Might DNFOkay I hate DNFing, we know this. But Val suggested I call it quits, because she didn't love it, and honestly when Val tells me to DNF something I really need to listen be...
  • Madalyn (Novel Ink)
    2019-05-29
    This review originally appeared on Novel Ink.I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.From page one, The Wise and the Wicked swept me into a world of ancient Russian fairy tales, long-hidden family secrets, and a main character trying to make sense of the world and her place in it. The writing was immersive, the characters were interesting, but the main...
  • Jennifer
    2019-04-12
    I would classify this book as YA contemporary combined with magical realism.The narrator of this book is 16 year old Ruby (3rd person POV). She comes from a family where the women have powers. At a certain point in their lives they will have a vision of when they will die.This was an original story with a pretty cover. There is some romance in the book. But to me it wasn't the main focus.Ruby had two sisters. But I honestly I did not feel like we...
  • Ashley
    2019-05-02
    I loved this book so much from the beginning all the way up to maybe 80% of the way through. The story and concept were so interesting and nothing like what I've read before. I'm obsessed with slightly witchy stories set in a contemporary setting, and this is exactly that. The pacing was amazing, the romance had me itching for more, and the complicated family situation felt very real to me. The only problem I had with the whole book was the end (...
  • Jacquelyn White
    2019-01-04
    A standout in YA magical realism genre. From the culture inspirations of Russia to the real life drama of growing up a teen in America this book has a authentic vibe with just the right dose of magic. 10/10 would recommend and can’t wait for book two.
  • Jessica
    2019-05-26
    Put a book in front of me with any type of fairy tale aspects to it, and you can pretty much guarantee that I'm going to read it. When I saw that The Wise and the Wicked was based around Russian folktales, my heart was so happy. I love a good story with folktale roots. It's probably no surprise at all that I was very excited to read this book.To be honest, I actually really loved about the first 70% of this book. It was a little slow, sure, but I...
  • Kalie
    2018-11-18
    (3.5/5) THE WISE AND THE WICKED feels as if the collective works of Anne-Marie McLemore, Katherine Arden, and Laura Ruby were put into a literary blender and this is the result. I just wish I had enjoyed it more than I did. Still, I’d love to tackle this book again in the future as it improved for me greatly about half of the way through as I got settled into the story. From the magical realism elements and lore that spans generations to the in...
  • Marija (Inside My Library Mind)
    2019-06-07
    More reviews up on my blog Inside My Library Mind *I initially gave this book 3.5 stars but I lowered it to 3 stars after sitting down to write the review and getting frustrated "We're Chernyavsky women, and the dark is scared of us." Stuff I Liked There was so much to like about this book. Matter of fact, if you follow me elsewhere online, you know I have been talking about how much I’ve been loving this one. And I was loving it.Fi...
  • Karen • The Book Return
    2019-05-28
    Read this review and more on my blog.The Book Return BlogRuby and her sisters come from a long line of wise and powerful women. When their grandmother and her sisters fled Russia they lost most of their magical powers. Today only one of their great powers remain. The power to have a vision of their own death.The cover on this one was what initially got me. It justs screams Russian folklore. It gives a great representation of what this novel is a...
  • Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
    2019-05-21
    RTC for blog tour.Thank you to the publisher and Edelweiss for my copy for review.
  • USOM
    2019-04-15
    (Disclaimer: I received this book from Edelweiss. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)The Wise and the Wicked is a story about confronting our fate, of wondering if we are willing to sacrifice what it takes to change it, and go against what we thought. It's a story of expectations, of bravery, and friendship. All while it being a story about stories themselves, about heroes and villains, and whether we can find the power...
  • Christina Reid
    2019-05-25
    By day, they were the kind of people who seemed to belong in the house on Stone Road. Ruby went to school while her sisters worked the part-time jobs they could get without college degrees, scrambling to save for Ruby’s own (ultimately pointless) college fund. Ginger was an office assistant at a feed store, while Dahlia currently worked at ’Wiches and Wings, a butterfly conservatory and sandwich shop in one.And then some nights, rare but cons...
  • Brooke Banks
    2019-05-25
    I received this book for free from Fantastic Flying Book Club in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Ohhhhhhhhh boy. The Wise + the Wicked is like Anna-Marie McLemore meets Noami Novak in contemporary America with cell phones. Lead by a critical despondent broke-ass nihilist with sticky fingers.Gods, did I love it.  Check it out. Read a sample. Enter to win a copy. All below ⬇ ...
  • Jenna (Falling Letters)
    2019-05-20
    Review originally published 21 May 2019 at Falling LettersOn first glance, I might consider The Wise and the Wicked a read alike to a number of other YA novels I loved: The Devouring Gray (small town, families with powers and dark past), The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender (immigrant family, generational story, fabulism), The Weight of Feathers (romance, muddled family feud). But in many ways, this book just didn’t click ...
  • Jackie
    2019-05-25
    I admit I’m not entirely sure what to think about this book. For the first half, i kept hoping something was going to happen to break up the complete self-absorption of our main character. For the second half, i was struggling to understand the family dramas unfolding and why decisions were made and actions taken. This is the story of a 16-year-old girl who comes from a line of people whose magical gift is to the see the time of their own death...
  • Haley Renee The Caffeinated Reader
    2019-05-25
    Podos starts this book with a leap into a world that I want to just never leave. She gives us a YA fantasy with a darker spin but leaving throughout the story glimpses of hope and goodness. Honestly, the little intro/prologue was so tantalizing that I knew I was going to love this book if it kept up that kind of dark fairytale feel, and it did. She weaves in Russian fairytales and folklore with a modern twist, and she doesn't lean on them so heav...
  • doᥒᥒᥲ jo
    2019-06-02
    I wish the author had explored more ruby's relationship with her sisters, sometimes the mistery was annoying and nothing is reaaaally explained butttttt gave me a raven cycle vibes when I needed most. Nothing happened besides drama so.... yeehaw 🤠 (3.5*)
  • Erica C
    2019-03-30
    arc provided by corner bookstore Ruby Chernyavsky, avid Carl Sagan reader and lifelong skeptic, has no use for her magic-touched sisters and aunts. But even she carries her family’s residual gift/curse--she knows who she’ll be when she dies. Rich with everyday culture and dark Russian folklore, Ruby’s tale asks questions about self, family, and above all: When fate says you’ll never be who you want, what would you sacrifice to change it?...
  • Elizabeth Mathis
    2019-05-26
    Ruby Chernyavsky has been told the stories since she was a child: The women in her family, once possessed of great magical abilities to remake lives and stave off death itself, were forced to flee their Russian home for America in order to escape the fearful men who sought to destroy them. Such has it always been, Ruby’s been told, for powerful women. Today, these stories seem no more real to Ruby than folktales, except for the smallest bit of ...