Wicked As You Wish (A Hundred Names for Magic, #1)
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….

Wicked As You Wish (A Hundred Names for Magic, #1) Details

TitleWicked As You Wish (A Hundred Names for Magic, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 3rd, 2020
PublisherSourcebooks Fire
ISBN-139781492672661
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult

Wicked As You Wish (A Hundred Names for Magic, #1) Review

  • Lola
    January 1, 1970
    This is a ‘‘did not finish’’ from me.The world building is so confusing. I can keep on reading and reading but I don’t understand more. Actually, I understand less. Because if from the beginning you’re not eased into the magic system and the different aspects that constitute the fantasy world, chances are you’re going to be so confused that you’re going to compensate by focusing on the characters more than the world around them.But if, as is the case here, the characters—main and secondary—are This is a ‘‘did not finish’’ from me.The world building is so confusing. I can keep on reading and reading but I don’t understand more. Actually, I understand less. Because if from the beginning you’re not eased into the magic system and the different aspects that constitute the fantasy world, chances are you’re going to be so confused that you’re going to compensate by focusing on the characters more than the world around them.But if, as is the case here, the characters—main and secondary—are one-dimensional, then focusing on them is boring and pointless because it doesn’t make you feel more invested in the story. It’s a little frustrating, especially when you’re kind of intrigued by the world. I genuinely wanted to understand it and love it but the combination of dystopian and urban fantasy elements did not work for me. Also, the world has magic but not anymore but some people still use it except Tala doesn’t because she’s different? I am lost. I also did not enjoy the banter between the one-dimensional characters. There are so many scenes in which all that happens is that a bunch of people are discussing random stuff with each other. It felt so forced, like the author tried to appeal to lots of various fandoms out there and wanted this to be a funny book but also a serious one all at once. That’s a hard thing to pull off.One thing I did like, though, was the writing and the chapters’ beginnings as well as the chapters’ titles. So, basically, I liked the author’s writing style but I did not like her ideas and characters. Sad but I should have seen it coming, since I read her THE GIRL FROM THE WELL novel five years ago and gave it two stars, too. Oh well.Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’
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  • Rin Chupeco
    January 1, 1970
    EDIT: for everything you might like to know about WICKED AS YOU WISH, a thread: https://twitter.com/RinChupeco/status...Join the street team: https://t.co/BdYEVFWpwL---------------------------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 EDIT: for everything you might like to know about WICKED AS YOU WISH, a thread: https://twitter.com/RinChupeco/status...Join the street team: https://t.co/BdYEVFWpwL---------------------------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 wasn't written like a Western fantasy and readers "wanted something different but not that different". THE NEVER TILTING WORLD's premise was "too weird".I have since decided, if you will pardon my Tagalog, na punyeta na lang, so here it is, anyway. I am tired and I too would like to sleep for a dozen more years, but I am also very proud. I am forever appreciative of the people who have always supported my odd little books, from my publishers to my readers. Hope you like this one.(edit: this sounds so woefully bitter when I read it again, haha! To better reiterate: I am happy and thankful that the book that gave me so many rejections wayyy back in 2010 because of "why not make the character white instead, I'm not sure readers will relate" syndrome has finally found an amazing publisher without my having to change that.)
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  • Divine
    January 1, 1970
    THANKS TO THIS I NOW HAVE A 2020 MUST HAVE SHELF THIS EARLY. AHHHHHHHH FINALLY THE FILIPINO FANTASY REP I'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR.
  • Lance
    January 1, 1970
    "'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 "'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 hallmarks of her masterful writing. Prior to this read, I had attempted to start this book so many times that I've lost track. The first time I attempted to read this, I got 100 pages in and put it down because I realized I wasn't in the mood for it. This then led to this intense trepidation in regards to reading this. Turns out, I really didn't need to worry because Chupeco managed to win me over once again. While a departure from the dark fantasy of The Bone Witch, this book manages to highlight the best parts of Chupeco's storytelling: unique, superb worldbuilding, a gorgeous aesthetic, and a lovable cast of diverse characters that will only continue to endear themselves to the readers as the series goes on. Let's start with the strongest part of this book: the worldbuilding. For those of you who don't know, this book's setting is essentially the current day world but with an alternate-history twist. In this world, fairy-tales are real and are actually part of history. The United States becomes the Royal States of America and other countries such as Beira, Wonderland, and Avalon also exist and have had an impact in history. Right from the very beginning, Chupeco wastes no time in entrancing the reader in this vividly colored world. While there is quite a bit of info-dumping in regards to things like spell-tech, the different categories of each, and the general world politics, I will say that it is fully worth to push past this info dumping for this wondrous story. In addition, the worldbuilding itself is so enchanting. From mentions of fairy tales figures who are actual historical figures in this world like "Ella of the Cinders" and the needle of Sleeping Beauty being an actual weapon, Chupeco effortlessly weaves fairy tales and their stories into this book but also takes care to understand the ramifications, whether magical or socio-economic, of them being real history. It's amazing and I can't gush enough about it. The aesthetic of this world is also on point. As it goes hand-in-hand with worldbuilding, the aesthetic just... it feeds my soul. This world is somehow all encompassing with so many varying elements yet has a very specific aesthetic: a girl gifted and cursed with the lineage of Maria Makiling and her agimat, a runaway prince with more than a few chips on his shoulder, and a conflict at once fairy tale like and incredibly complicated. Speaking of this book's fairy tale like qualities, the prophecies in this book? So unexpected yet so amazing. Seeing this fairy tale like element of prophecies and choices leading to death or something worse in this book worked so well. Chupeco loves to utilize the future and prophecy in her books, and I absolutely live for it. Now for the cast. In true Rin Chupeco fashion, there's a large cast with lots of potential for growth introduced in this book: in addition to Tala and Alex as our main protagonists, we have the former's parents, the Katipuneros, the latter's protectors, the Bandersnatches (or "Banders."), and of course, the opposing faction consisting of literal ICE agents (WE LOVE A POLITICAL STATEMENT) and the Snow Queen and her minions. Each and every single one of these characters has dimension already, but are also poised for greater development in this series future books. I also love how Chupeco chose to tackle the found family trope but from within a Filipino context and how being Filipino effects that: she writes about both found and biological family. The Banders (Zoe, Cole, Loki, Ken, and West), in particular, are all such interesting characters and if the prophecies are any indication, poised for all interesting storylines. All of the cast is also incredibly diverse, with characters of varying sexual orientations, gender identities, and most if not all of the characters are POC.Our two main characters are amazing. Tala Warnock as a protagonist is one of my new faves: she's written as a hesitant heroine, willing to do what needs to be done when harm threatens to befall her loved ones, but she ultimately truly wishes to live a life where her friends and family are safe. When at the end, (view spoiler)[she goes on a sword-crazed rampage with the Nameless Sword and literally slices the Snow Queen to almost pieces and she feels terrible and awful and rejects ownership of the sword? ICONIC, TRULY CANNOT WAIT TO SEE WHERE THIS GOES. (hide spoiler)] As for dear Alex, I'll be honest: he annoyed me through most of the 2/3 of this book. However, I completely understand his behavior and am very excited to see how he develops as the Prince of Avalon. Also the fact that he's gay as fuck makes me almost pre-disposed to love him so..... Overall, I would definitely say read this when it comes out early next year. Most, if not all of you, absolutely sleep on Rin Chupeco and her work. She truly is a gift to YA fantasy as a writer and all of you need to read her work! As such, highly recommended.
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  • Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
    January 1, 1970
    RIN CHUPECO REALLY ISNT COMING TO PLAY WITH ALL THESE UPCOMING RELEASES
  • turniip
    January 1, 1970
    Not the book for me and that’s okay!
  • Shealea
    January 1, 1970
    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!
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  • Isa Lavinia
    January 1, 1970
    I NEED THIS BOOK RIGHT NOW!
  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    January 1, 1970
    Ooo some promising releases coming it seems
  • Ava
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 your favorite (and even lesser-known) fairy tales also exist. It’s like an alternate reality/fairytale mashup, and once that was made clear, I was obsessed. Characters discuss the battle between Captain Hook and Peter Pan that made Neverland inhospitable and subsequently drove dragons to extinction in the twelfth century as if it is actual history, and damn if I don’t want our world to look like the one Chupeco created. I also just want to give massive props to this author for the diversity and representation included within this book. Because Chupeco mentions fairytales and mythological figures from every corner of the world, so to do her characters hail from all around. And they are all fabulously memorable - I wanted so badly to jump into this book and join in on the banter and adventures these characters go on! I felt like I had FOMO, because I couldn’t participate in the lives of these people. Tala and her BFF/exiled prince, Alex, had such an honest relationship, and the girl power of Zoe and Nya almost brought me to tears. Chupeco also gets some serious bonus points for Ken and West, who might be the funniest pair I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading about. I was particularly enamored with the villains of WICKED AS YOU WISH, some of whom are original, and others are people/creatures recognizable in folklore and legends. But while fairytale villains sometimes fall a bit flat (because they’re evil and their only personality is evil and all they are is evil for the sake of being evil), Chupeco stepped up her game and made them so dynamic, I almost rooted for one of them. The twists and turns really kept me flipping through the pages of WICKED AS YOU WISH, and the worldbuilding was completely unparalleled. This book will delight anyone hoping to see a truly fresh spin on all fairytales, with its enchanting characters and fantastical, fast-paced plot.
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  • Breanna Boyer
    January 1, 1970
    Yeeeaaaaaa I need this book like now!!
  • Dany
    January 1, 1970
    I received the e- copy in exchange for my honest opinion.Review will be posted closer to the publishing date.
  • Raquel Flockhart
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
  • Manon
    January 1, 1970
    This story had so much potential, but sadly for me it wasn't it. I do want to give it another go once it's been released though.
  • amanda ✧
    January 1, 1970
    GOT THIS BEAUTIFUL ARC IN BOOKCON AND I’M HELLA EXCITED TO READ THIS SO MUCH rin chupeco i am ready for that filo rep and mythology!! GOT THIS BEAUTIFUL ARC IN BOOKCON AND I’M HELLA EXCITED TO READ THIS SO MUCH ❤️❤️ rin chupeco i am ready for that filo rep and mythology!!
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  • Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Sourcebooks for the ARC
  • Cecilia Rodriguez
    January 1, 1970
    Cupeco's plot is a confusing Dystopian urban fantasy.The story relies very heavily upon literature in: "Public Domain."I wish Chupeco had spent more time with Tala's Filipino heritage, as I thought it was more original and interesting.
  • Meghan
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book as an ARC from Sourcebooks Fire in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.I could not put this book down. I am a huge lover of modernized fairy tales and Rin Chupeco does a brilliant job marrying the worlds and with Wicked as You Wish she does that beautifully with the Snow Queen. I also love books that focus on the drama and conflict such as the mystery of the Avalon family and the secrets of Prince Alexei and his I received this book as an ARC from Sourcebooks Fire in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.I could not put this book down. I am a huge lover of modernized fairy tales and Rin Chupeco does a brilliant job marrying the worlds and with Wicked as You Wish she does that beautifully with the Snow Queen. I also love books that focus on the drama and conflict such as the mystery of the Avalon family and the secrets of Prince Alexei and his friend Tala and the conflict that brews up from keeping their secrets and exposing themselves to everyone especially each other. Fans of Red Queen and Court of Thorns and Roses will love this book and I can't wait to see what this series brings to the table.We will consider adding this title to our YFantasy collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.
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  • Isabella
    January 1, 1970
    IM SO EXCITED OMG. FINALLY A FILIPINA IN A FANTASY BOOK.Update 5.30.19That cover is beautiful!
  • Kelly Erickson
    January 1, 1970
    This is absolutely one of my new all time favorites. I cannot wait for the sequel
  • Shannon (enchantedfiction)
    January 1, 1970
    *More like a 3.5 stars*Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco is the beginning of the series "A Hundred Names for Magic". It incorporates a lot of fantasy lands that are popular in fairy tales and other stories with the real world. Tala, a 17 year old girl with the ability to repel magic, and her family are keeping the exiled prince of Avalon safe from the Snow Queen. But it doesn't take long for things to get dangerous, and get turned upside down.Since the release for this book is 2020, I will do a *More like a 3.5 stars*Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco is the beginning of the series "A Hundred Names for Magic". It incorporates a lot of fantasy lands that are popular in fairy tales and other stories with the real world. Tala, a 17 year old girl with the ability to repel magic, and her family are keeping the exiled prince of Avalon safe from the Snow Queen. But it doesn't take long for things to get dangerous, and get turned upside down.Since the release for this book is 2020, I will do a short review that gives no spoilers. I don't want to give anything important away.I really liked the concept of the story, especially incorporating the real world with mythical and fantastical worlds, such as Wonderland and Avalon. There was a lot of diversity which I also appreciate in a story, since it's more true to real life. The characters were pretty witty and there was a lot of action which always helps move a story along.The main problem I had with the story was some of the characters actions didn't make sense to me. Alex, the exiled prince, has really strange outbursts and his entire personality seemed to change from how he was at the beginning of the story. I ended up not liking his character at all. I think if his attitude change had been more subtle, it would have been better for me.I will be really interested to see where the story goes, especially with what happened at the end. I think for me too, if a book takes me a long time to read for whatever reason, I always seem to not enjoy it as much as a story I finish in a relatively timely manner. Which might be a selfish type of rating, but there were enough things in this story that left me a little off-put to give it any higher of a rating.
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  • Catherine
    January 1, 1970
    The author of The Bone Witch series introduces a brand new fantasy world where characters from fairy tales and mythology fill the world with magic. Tala is a young girl living in Invierro, Arizona, a place where magic doesn’t work. She is descended from a family of spell breakers and must hide her ability. Prince Alexei lost his parents and his kingdom when Avalon was frozen by the Snow Queen during the Wonderland Wars. When Alexei seeks sanctuary and anonymity in Invierro, he and Tala join The author of The Bone Witch series introduces a brand new fantasy world where characters from fairy tales and mythology fill the world with magic. Tala is a young girl living in Invierro, Arizona, a place where magic doesn’t work. She is descended from a family of spell breakers and must hide her ability. Prince Alexei lost his parents and his kingdom when Avalon was frozen by the Snow Queen during the Wonderland Wars. When Alexei seeks sanctuary and anonymity in Invierro, he and Tala join forces. The arrival of the Firebird, a legend that has not appeared in generations, gives them a powerful weapon that might just save Avalon. Filled with fairytales, mythology, action and a hint of romance, this is an exciting start to a new series.
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  • Laura Mauro
    January 1, 1970
    * I got this book for review for my honest thoughts*This book was such a welcome surprise. I loved both the set up of this book and also how this book was structured. I really was impressed and captured by the world building throughout the whole novel. I thought the main characters were super easy to become invested in and also really loved the "rag tag bunch of heroes". I also really enjoyed the various fairy tale characters that used to that filled this world . I really loved the pace of this * I got this book for review for my honest thoughts*This book was such a welcome surprise. I loved both the set up of this book and also how this book was structured. I really was impressed and captured by the world building throughout the whole novel. I thought the main characters were super easy to become invested in and also really loved the "rag tag bunch of heroes". I also really enjoyed the various fairy tale characters that used to that filled this world . I really loved the pace of this novel and found this book to be both super heartfelt but also really funny read. I thought some moments the world building could of been clearer but I think because this world was so vast, it was understandable. I really am excited for more books in this series eventually!
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  • Soup
    January 1, 1970
    Wicked As You Wish is Rin Chupeco's first attempt at a novel which she ultimately put aside after multiple rejections. I suspect minimal revisions went into the release of the work once she was able to sell it on the strength of her Bone Witch series as there are more than a few errors in logic, world building, and flaws that most professional editors would pick up. That being said, the story is addictive and the world (which combines global folklore and what I can only describe as the magical Wicked As You Wish is Rin Chupeco's first attempt at a novel which she ultimately put aside after multiple rejections. I suspect minimal revisions went into the release of the work once she was able to sell it on the strength of her Bone Witch series as there are more than a few errors in logic, world building, and flaws that most professional editors would pick up. That being said, the story is addictive and the world (which combines global folklore and what I can only describe as the magical spectrum of Disney films) is incredibly intriguing and wonderfully rich. It is supposed to be the start of a new series and one I am very much looking forward to, particularly if subsequent books are new productions that make use of Chupeco's increased skill. ARC via NetGalley.
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  • Vinny —☽.。* Artsy Draft
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Sourcebooks Fire for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.
  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    This was chaotic.... I LOVE IT.This was a unique fantasy/magical realism/re-telling/contemporary (ah so many slashes). My favourite aspect being in brings in some many different fairytales/fables and Run Chupeco makes it her own - the main ones being Alice in Wonderland and the Snow Queen but there are countless others.I really liked the the group of friends (well sort of) sent of this adventure, all with great personalities - especially Tala and Alex's friendship which really progresses in the This was chaotic.... I LOVE IT.This was a unique fantasy/magical realism/re-telling/contemporary (ah so many slashes). My favourite aspect being in brings in some many different fairytales/fables and Run Chupeco makes it her own - the main ones being Alice in Wonderland and the Snow Queen but there are countless others.I really liked the the group of friends (well sort of) sent of this adventure, all with great personalities - especially Tala and Alex's friendship which really progresses in the book.I can't wait to read more from this world - I'm just in love.
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  • Lindsey
    January 1, 1970
    Wicked As You Wish was a very strange book. The setting integrates a bunch of separate fairy tales and real world places into one gigantic world. There's somewhat confusing magic (laws and usage are a bit murky throughout the story), ice queens, ice maidens, swords in stones, Cheshire cats, and a lot more mixtures of various tales. There's a band of warrior teens fighting agains the ice queen to regain the throne for the once presumed dead prince of Avalon. Lots of battles and tricky ensues. Wicked As You Wish was a very strange book. The setting integrates a bunch of separate fairy tales and real world places into one gigantic world. There's somewhat confusing magic (laws and usage are a bit murky throughout the story), ice queens, ice maidens, swords in stones, Cheshire cats, and a lot more mixtures of various tales. There's a band of warrior teens fighting agains the ice queen to regain the throne for the once presumed dead prince of Avalon. Lots of battles and tricky ensues. This one looked like it was going to be more fun than it actually was. Ugh.
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  • rachel ☾
    January 1, 1970
    Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Blog • Goodreads • Twitter • Instagram • The Book Depository ◯ Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Blog • Goodreads • Twitter • Instagram • The Book Depository
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  • Kat
    January 1, 1970
    #WickedAsYouWishThank you to Edelweiss and Sourcebooks for the E-Arc copy of Wicked As You Wish.An excellent fast-paced fantasy that will have you cheering for the prince and his cohorts. It is filled with fantasy, but gives the reader a reality check with them being stuck in Arizona of all places.
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  • Christine
    January 1, 1970
    This was a fun read with a diverse cast that I truly appreciated it. Loved all the references to fairy tales and I’m intrigued for book two. There were some slower parts towards the middle that could have been edited out but overall enjoyed this one.
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