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Wicked As You Wish

(A Hundred Names for Magic #1)

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  1,957 ratings  ·  752 reviews

An unforgettable alternative history fairytale series from the author of The Bone Witch trilogy about found family, modern day magic, and finding the place you belong.

Many years ago, the magical Kingdom of Avalon was left desolate and encased in ice when the evil Snow Queen waged war on the powerful country. Its former citizens are now refugees in a world mostly devoid

Kindle Edition, 432 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by Sourcebooks Fire
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Rin Chupeco A tentative date is 2020. Some very new and happy announcements this month, hopefully!
Rin Chupeco Eep. I actually didn't know that this planned book had already found its way to Goodreads until you asked this question! As of today (10/13/2014) -

Eep. I actually didn't know that this planned book had already found its way to Goodreads until you asked this question! As of today (10/13/2014) -

1.) no publisher has seen this manuscript;
2.) not even my agent has read this;
3.) because I am working on revisions, there is no final version

I am very grateful that people seem to like this book, and are adding it to their to-read pile, and I thank whoever it was that added it to GR. But there are no plans for this book just yet, given the points mentioned above!

I'll be announcing any new updates on my blog or on my Twitter account. It's an odd, whimsical manuscript that needs a lot of mind wrestling to get right (hence the constant revisions), and very different from my horror books. It's one I am hoping to share with you guys soon!(less)

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Nilufer Ozmekik
Oh no! I haven’t pushed the dnf button for any book for a long time! But I cannot go on however I tried sooooo hard!
I gave up. I’m at page 125 and I listen my inner voice kept screaming me; “Put the book down! Nice and slowly!” So I did as I’m told! I raised my hands to the air and surrendered!

I did my best to be patient! I uncounted sheep and drank triple shot espressos at the night time to focus on the story. (I sacrificed a great bottle of wine during my read which gives me more inner scream
Rin Chupeco
May 23, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
EDIT: for everything you might like to know about WICKED AS YOU WISH, a thread:

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This was the first book I'd ever written, shelved way back in 2010 because it wasn't "marketable", according to the feedback that I'd believed then.

Except every book I'd published since wasn't really marketable either. THE GIRL FROM THE WELL wasn't marketable because "horror didn't sell". THE BONE WITCH was
I should have loved this.

A world that combines every single fairytale into one. A large cast of characters. Political intrigue. Filipino culture.

so why oh why did this disappoint?

the summary
In a world much like our own, but with a fantastical twist- the Royal States of America are joined by Wonderland, Neverland and Avalon. Their histories are intertwined with our own, creating an interesting political landscape and blend of cultures. Tala is a young girl with a curse of repelling and negatin
Amy (libraryofamy)
haven't read this, but people are flooding this book with 1 star reviews because the author called out Mackenzi Lee for signing/defacing (Lee's words) the book without Rin's consent.

People are trying to punish an author of color for standing up for themselves when a white person does something insulting and demeaning. NOPE.

Your racism is showing!
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
ARC from December FairyLoot

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
C.G. Drews
This was such an ambitious fairytale and mythology mashup! Like welcome to a whole NEW WORLD (literally) as we enter the Royal States, where magic is normal and Ice Queens freeze whole countries, a kiss can turn you into a frog, princes go missing, and girls can cancel out magic to save their best friends. It's packed with plot and details too, and layers of history and world building. If you're into books that focus on the action, the journey, and the world, THIS is for you. Also I'm so here fo ...more
Apr 21, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, read-2020
Was this the worst book I’ve ever read? No. But it was close. I didn't like this book. Not even a little bit. Let me tell you why.

A few months ago I read Rin Chupeco's The Never Tilting World. It was another book with a beautiful cover and an exciting premise that left me dry and bored while reading. I have since then come to the conclusion that maybe, just maybe, Rin Chupeco's books just aren't for me. Although considering the ratings for this one and The Never Tilting World, they aren't for a
h o l l i s
I honestly try not to let other reviews and ratings affect me prior to diving into a book but unfortunately this one was definitely a victim of me doing a whole lot of side-eye as the GR rating went down, down, down in the weeks leading up to release (and, as of writing this review, there's still three weeks to go..). I stayed away from reviews for the most part but I went into this with concerns not only due to the rating but also after seeing a few DNFs pop up in my feed.

Suffice it to say, I u
Umairah | Sereadipity
Plot: 3.5/5
Characters: 3.5/5
Writing: 4/5

Wicked As You Wish was a tale of family, friendship and a fight for freedom that was fun and full of creativity. The start of the book was very full on with a lot of information to process but it really is worth sticking with until the end.

It was set in a world similar to ours only there was the Royal States of America and a few extra countries: Wonderland, Avalon and Neverland, not to mention an entirely different history inspired by fairy tales such as S
It’s probably more of a 2.5 but I’m rounding it up because of a good ending.

I’d been rejected for this ARC so many times that I thought I would have to wait a long time after the release to get it from the library. But then I got selected for Rin’s street team and got the advance copy and I can’t tell you how ecstatic I was. But after finishing the book, my enthusiasm has dulled a little.

The author has written at length on twitter about what this book means to her and why she wrote it, particula
Yna the Mood Reader
First of all, let me just say that I am at a loss for words after reading this book. As a Filipino, I have accepted the fact that the chance of being represented in books and films are close to none. This book proved me wrong and gave me so much hope. You might look at this as a slight bias on the way I see the totality of the book, but I actually enjoyed reading this one.

I have 2 books of Rin Chupeco on my TBR mountain that I have not read yet, which means that this is my first time to fully ex
Jessie Sedai of the Black Ajah🥀🐍
You know how when you start a new job and they sit you down and force you to watch a cheesy, outdated orientation video that is equal parts corporate propaganda, exposition spouting, and a whole lotta cringe? That's kinda what this whole book felt like.

There is not much I have to say about this. It was a blend of modern times and mythical folklore but it took the worst parts of both. The interpretation of nostalgic stories like Snow White and Robin Hood felt juvenile, overly animated, and ultim
this was one of the most entertaining books I've read in a very long time! it kept me on the edge of my seat, made me fall in love with its characters, gasp in shock several times, laugh a lot, and most of all it fascinated me. I understand why it might not be for everybody, the magic system can be confusing at first, but it worked so well for me! the very end of the book got me so shocked, I cannot wait to read the second book! (4.5) ...more
I don't know where to begin, but I swear, a positively glowing review will eventually be available on this little space.

For the time being, all I have to say is: With its beautiful cast of courageous (and occasionally whimsical) Filipino characters and clever fairytale references, Wicked As You Wish is a precious book that means so, so much to me. Please, please pick this one up!

Dnf at 20%. Unfortunately I’m not as interested in this as I thought I was and the world was a bit hard to wrap my head around.
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i don't have enough words as to how happy i am that this book features so much about the filipino culture. MY FAVORITE PINOY FOODS. VIDEOKE. EATING WITH YOUR HANDS. we love to see the representation.


i just didn't give this book five stars because i think there was a lot of confusing parts in the story. there were just too many things to grasp like the modern fantasy world, the politics and the mag
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-releases
Consider reading this review over on my blog!

March 2, 2020:

➝ Sum it up in points!

✔ Filipina, Chinese, Japanese, Latino characters (racial diversity)
✔ modern-day fantasy setting
✔ gay main character along with queer side characters (sexual diversity)
✔ fantastical creatures and warrior traditions
✔ squad comes together in this folklore-inspired retelling

Wicked As You Wish is wickedly determined to make the readers fall in love with every character on the right side with the determination, magical t
"'Just because you've never been to the Philippines doesn't mean that their rivers don't course through your blood. It doesn't mean their rivers don't course through your blood. It doesn't mean you don't have their mountains in your eyes. It's not where we are, it's who we are. You'll always be both a Makiling and a Warnock, and always a Filipina. Never forget that.'"

4.5 Stars. Wicked as You Wish is an entirely different beast than Rin Chupeco’s previous work, but still contains the hallma
Apr 14, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-releases
Full review here:
Timestamps for titles in description.
Mel (Epic Reading)
This is a difficult one to review. On one hand I liked it. It's a fast paced teen fantasy with an (actually) tolerable romance, diverse group of characters (including a non-binary one!), and a rich world to build the story around. Yet, on the other hand, the use of existing stories, characters and worlds was really disappointing. I might read the second book in this series, maybe, if I find myself caught up in the hype or am intrigued by its blurb; but honestly I could easily see skipping over i ...more
Wicked as you Wish by Rin Chupeco is a bridge apart from her past books that I’ve read; it doesn’t carry the same feeling of darkness that The Girl from the Well or The Bone Witch series does but I found it to be just as compelling. Although it took a little time for me to get in to the story, I’m glad I stuck with it.

Prince Alexei of Avalon is new to Arizona in the Royal States of America and is living undercover since the Snow Queen encased his Kingdom in ice. Tala has the ability negate or to
I enjoyed this book the more I got into it. I felt lost at first, because there are a LOT of details. There is also a lot of name-dropping, like the author tried to put every magical being known to man in her universe history. I still don't know if all of it was necessary in the first book, or if it could have been dispersed throughout the story.

However, when the action kicked in... I was ALL IN! The magical obstacles that the group have to overcome are delightful and imaginative. I really enjoy
nati ♡
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
(I´m not in the mood to write a detailed review, so these are just my thoughts of the book overall)

This book had such an interesting concept, but it was just so confusing. I never really understood, how or what is happening. The world building was confusing too and sometimes it felt like info-dumping. Also, I didn’t really care for any of the characters or their relationships. However, I liked the writing and the pop culture references.
Overall, this book was a confusing, but enjoyable mess.
Apr 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Rin Chupeco and Sourcebooks Fire for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

Wicked As You Wish
By: Rin Chupeco

First, thank you, Rin, for having me as part of your street team. It was a fun unique experience! #100namesformagic
Now, as for Wicked As You Wish, it's also a unique experience. I'll bet you have never read anything quite like this book. It's a serious mish mashup of fairytales and folklore, some familiar and some
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, 2020-releases
i’m dnfing this (for now, i might pick it up again later) because i am Confused and also sick so i don’t have the energy to push myself through anything right now.

HOWEVER i am still giving this 5 stars to balance out all the 1 star ratings people are giving rin chupeco because they spoke out for themself when mackenzi lee signed other authors’ books (especially poc authors) without asking permission and wicked as you wish was one of these books. i can’t phrase stuff well so idk if that made sens
Beatrice in Bookland
Jan 05, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
DNF @ page 110

Honestly one of the worst books I've ever tried to read lol.
Alexis  (TheSlothReader)
Firstly I want to say that I adore Rin Chupeco and the books that I've read from them in the past. And a part of me didn't want to put a rating on this book because of the recent issue that Chupeco had of people unfairly rating their books after a certain thing on twitter. But ultimately I feel like that would be unfair because I always strive to be the most honest about my feelings on books.

I was really hooked in the first half of this book. I had followed all of the twitter threads Chupeco rel
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Guylou (Two Dogs and a Book)
Wicked As You Wish

I read this book while I was on holiday. I loved Rin Chupeco’s series entitled The Bone Witch and I was looking forward to her dark writing style in this new series and did not find it. I tried to find an anchor in the story and was unable to get in it. I love how she described the Filipino way of life of her main character; that made me smile. I have a few friends from the Philippines and recognised their sense of community in the story. Unfortunately, the story and the characters sounded recyc
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WICKED AS YOU WISH reminds me of a patchwork quilt; it’s made up of so many pieces, but it smells like your childhood and brings a certain sense of comfort as you’re reading. This book is about a young girl named Tala, whose family “curse” is to negate the effects of magic, and she and her family are in charge of putting an exiled prince back on his throne. The world Tala lives in is familiar and rich with Filippino influences, and it’s clear that our “history” remains the same -- but all of you ...more
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