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The Wise and the Wicked

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  24 ratings  ·  19 reviews
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 ...more
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Expected publication: May 28th 2019 by HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray
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Nov 16, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy, arc
ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

This cover? The most beautiful thing I've ever seen. The blessings.

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May 03, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2019-releases
ahhhhhhhhhh magical realism ahhhhhhhhh russian-inspired ahhhhhhhhhhh psychic sisters ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh i want this so badly!
Ashley Blake
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had the honor of getting an early read on this book and oh, oh, the world is going to love this beautiful story.
(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 inclusivity and focus on familial relationships, there ...more
Dec 17, 2018 marked it as to-read
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#ownvoices Russian rep! I'm excited!
Abi (The Knights Who Say Book)
i want to read this so badly don;t TOUCH me!!
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Nov 19, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: ebooks, arcs
*I received an eArc of this book from the Publishers through Edelweiss in exchange of an honest review*

11/19-- This cover? PLEASING TO THE EYE.
Jacquelyn White
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
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.
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Chernyavsky girls have always possessed the gift of foresight but it never fails to attract trouble. Driven from Russia to America, the Chernyavskys have lost some of their power, but after the death of their matriarch, Ruby realizes there's more to her family than the destinies they foretell. As she digs into the history of her ancestors to uncover her own future, Ruby grows into the kind of formidable woman she was always meant to be. The Wise and the Wicked is the perfect urban fairytale, ...more
Mar 10, 2019 rated it liked it
I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

While I enjoyed the magical realism and all the Russian fairy tales, the story fell a bit flat for me. It was good and I was interested but I felt that it lacked depth. I had not realized that it was not a stand alone so that was also a bit disappointing for me.
Brittany Holcomb
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Overall, I really liked this book! It kept surprising me and I was thrilled to see some pretty awesome LGBTQ characters. I just wished that the ending had more closure! This book had me hooked and I read it in one night.
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I got an arc from the author to read. This is a wonderful piece of literature. Queer love, strength of family, love of family and the power of choice.
I would recommend this novel to everyone to read.
Ashley Faith
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
so many thoughts, no words to say them
love the rep and diversity
and the plot had me on the edge of my seat
Jaina Shaw
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is perfect
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Sandie, Teen Lit Rocks
Well written tale inspired by Russian folklore and magical realism. I didn’t love the ending, but it was a compelling read. The author is definitely worth following.
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May 05, 2017 marked it as releases-2019
a family of women who each have a premonition of their own death upon reaching teenagehood!! wondering whether they're the heroes or the villains of their story!! guys!! 2019 is truly going to be the year of magical realism and I love it
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Rebecca Podos' debut novel, THE MYSTERY OF HOLLOW PLACES, was a Junior Library Guild Selection and a B&N Best YA Book of 2016. Her second book, LIKE WATER, won the 2018 Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Children's and Young Adult. THE WISE AND THE WICKED, her third novel, is forthcoming in May 2019.

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