Wicked As You Wish
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...more
…moreEep. 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)
I gave up. Im at page 125 and I listen my inner voice kept screaming me; Put the book down! Nice and slowly! So I did as Im 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 screams. ...more
The world building is so confusing. I can keep on reading and reading but I dont understand more. Actually, I understand less. Because if from the beginning youre not eased into the magic system and the different aspects that constitute the fantasy world, chances are youre going to be so confused that youre going to compensate by focusing on the characters more than the world around them.
But if, as is the case here, the charactersmain and secondaryare ...more
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?
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 ...more
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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 ...more
Suffice it to say, I ...more
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 ...more
Id 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 Rins street team and got the advance copy and I cant 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, particularly ...more
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 ...more
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 didnt 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.
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!
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 ...more
4.5 Stars. Wicked as You Wish is an entirely different beast than Rin Chupecos previous work, but still contains the hallmarks ...more
Tala negated spells. Prince Alexei of Avalon was in hiding after the war with Snow Queen which caused his kingdom to freeze. The Snow Queen too had disappeared. But the appearance of the firebird at Talas place changed the dynamics of the equation. Now Alex, Tala, and the rest had to go ...more
March 2, 2020:...more
➝ 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
Oh, is that not the customary greeting in America? Hom-mies, to represent? Sup, Gee cheese doodles? To th-throw ones hands in the air and wave them in clockwise or counterclockwise motions to express nuh-nonchalance?
That was a real line in this book. I couldn't make that up. I don't know what happened with this book- I've read two of Rin Chupeco's other books and really enjoyed them, so I'm not sure what happened ...more
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💌 full review can also be found on my blog!
Sets in alternate universe where magic exists (and weaponized), Wicked as You Wish is deeply influenced by various fairytales, especially Filipino folklores. Our main character, Tala, is a descendant of infamous Maria Makiling, a protector of Mount Makiling in Filipino folklore. Not only that, other fairytales character like Rapunzel and Robin Hoodto name a feware mentioned as historical figure ...more
I read this book while I was on holiday. I loved Rin Chupecos 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 ...more
HONORED TO BE PART OF THE PH CHAPTER OF THE ORDER OF THE BANDERSNATCH TOO. (pre-order this book!!!)
i just didn't give this book five stars because i think there were 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 ...more
Tala Warnock has never had use for magic. As a Makiling, she's always been able to negate spells, typically by accident. When she meets Alex, the prince in exile of Avalon, they become immediate friends. As the Royal States of America becomes increasingly against magic, an old enemy rises, and a firebird appears, Tala & Alex will have to rely on each other much more than they ever thought they would need to. If they wish to unfreeze Avalon from it's icy imprisonment ...more
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Despite an unsettling resemblance to Japanese revenants, Rin always maintains her sense of hummus. ...more
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