Title: Wicked As You Wish (A Hundred Names For Magic, #1)
Author: Rin Chupeco
Tala Warnock has little use for magic – as a descendant of Maria Makiling, the legendary Filipina heroine, she negates spells, often by accident. But her family’s old ties to the country of Avalon (frozen, bespelled, and unreachable for almost 12 years) soon finds them guarding its last prince from those who would use his kingdom’s magic for insidious ends.
And with the rise of dangerous spelltech in the Royal States of America; the appearance of the firebird, Avalon’s deadliest weapon, at her doorstep; and the re-emergence of the Snow Queen, powerful but long thought dead, who wants nothing more than to take the firebird’s magic for her own – Tala’s life is about to get even more complicated….
The premise of this novel is enticing: our favorite fairytales smushed into one novel. Diversity between the characters, a different culture, and political intrigue. However, I felt there was WAY too much politics in this books that it actually made the read less enjoyable. And not only that, but I felt like these weren’t challenged enough to reality and VERY sterotypical.
I am not a DNFer, but I was very close to doing that with this novel. But there is one thing I’m not…a quitter!
Things I did like are the association with other magical lands we grew up hearing about like Wonderland, Neverland, etc. I loved the titles at the beginning of the chapters, alluding to other fairytales and characters, and the ending!
What didn’t work for me were the characters. They were just kind of blah and not developed enough for my liking (and honestly, I felt that the characters were trying to be funny at times and, instead, it was cringeworthy). For a while, I actually got two confused because their characterizations were so similar. There was no connection and sounds bad, but I could really care less about them. I had trouble figuring out what the plot of the novel was. The world-building wasn’t clear and I still can’t picture what the geographical difference was between any of the worlds.
Guys! I swear, I wanted to like this one, but it is extremely hard for me to gloat about this novel. There is so much more potential. Hopefully the author focuses more on character development and a slow introduction into the magical land and system so that readers have an easier time grasping the concept of the novel.