Posted on Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Review: The Wicker King by K. Ancrum

The Wicker King by K. Ancrum


Rating: 4.25 out of 5 stars

Series: The Wicker King #1 | Published: October 31st 2017 by Imprint
Pages: 309 | Format: E-book
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Fantasy
Status: read February 2, 2018
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They were thirteen the first time they broke into the toy factory. It was almost midnight, it was freezing outside, and August was fucking terrified.”


I actually... REALLY LOVED THIS.
Like, much more than I imagined I would. I loved basically everything about The Wicker King: the characters (especially August and Jack) were fantastic, the plot was unique (and odd) and fast-paced, the short chapters, the fantasy elements, the slow burn romance (!!!!), and the mysteriousness. I loved how this book truly focused on flawed/unreliable characters! All of them were flawed, and that made me, surprisingly, very emotionally invested in the story. Oh, did I say that I love August and Jack? Because I do. SO MUCH.

Why I didn't give it 5 stars, even though I loved it very much, was because:
• It was a little confusing sometimes with the Wicker King. Occasionally, it sort of didn't make sense, and messed a little with my understanding.
• I was expecting things to happen in certain scenes that didn't happen, and that made me a tiny bit disappointed... (But it happened later. I'm so glad!)

I don't believe everyone will like this, and therefore I'm really happy that it was a story I ended up loving. Although I didn't love all the elements in this novel, I loved the story as a whole and I was very affected by this book. I felt a lot when I read this, is what I'm trying to say. So it's probably a new 4-star fave!

What is it about?

Jack once saved August's life…now can August save him? August is a misfit with a pyro streak and Jack is a golden boy on the varsity rugby team—but their intense friendship goes way back. Jack begins to see increasingly vivid hallucinations that take the form of an elaborate fantasy kingdom creeping into the edges of the real world. With their parents’ unreliable behavior, August decides to help Jack the way he always has—on his own. He accepts the visions as reality, even when Jack leads them on a quest to fulfill a dark prophecy. August and Jack alienate everyone around them as they struggle with their sanity, free falling into the surreal fantasy world that feels made for them. In the end, each one must choose his own truth.

Have you read this book? What did you think? :)

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