Lana Popović

Wicked Like A Wildfire

All the women in Iris and Malina's family are born with a gleam—a unique way of experiencing and manipulating beauty through magic. Seventeen-year-old Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, her twin sister Malina interprets moods as music, and their cold, distant mother bakes scenery into decadent treats at her confectionery in Old Town Cattaro. But when a mysterious, white-haired woman attacks their mother and leaves her hovering between life and death, the sisters must trace their way back to the ancient curse that haunts their line. To break the curse and save each other, the sisters must untangle a thousand years of lies and come to terms with their own secrets. Wicked Like a Wildfire was published by Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins on August 15, 2017.

Wicked Like A Wildfire will be published in Serbian by Publik Praktikum, and in Turkish by Pegasus Yayinclari.


“A cliffhanger ending and layered, likeable characters will leave readers eager for what’s next in this unique new series from debut author Lana Popović.”

“With rich descriptions and characters that will stay with you, this standout debut novel makes Popovic one to watch.”

“Popovic weaves a wild and beautiful tale. Readers will revel in the evocative language and sensory details that feel a time and place apart.”
Shelf Awareness

“Reminiscent of Practical Magic, this sensory-rich debut and series opener highlights the mysteries of life, death, and love for modern twin witches…those looking for fantasy with diversity may find themselves bewitched.”

“For fans of Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone...readers will be greatly pleased with this debut novel...a must-purchase for YA fantasy collections.” 
—School Library Journal

“Elements of Balkan folklore, especially the darker stories of blood goddesses and death, are also incorporated, giving both authenticity and chill to the atmosphere…this is a story as much about the unbreakable bond between the two sisters as it is about magic and witchery. The cliffhanger ending will have readers breathlessly waiting for the sequel.”
—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“Atmospheric and often sensual, this first in a duology is a slow-burning fairy tale about the power of love and the bonds between siblings… much to savor.”

“Readers will be captivated by her entrancing writing, evocative setting, and distinctive supernatural worldbuilding, and will eagerly await the second book in this planned duology.”
—Publishers Weekly

“By the end of Popović’s debut novel, it’s clear that this author has the potential to become a big name in YA fiction. Wicked Like a Wildfire is a novel with so much to offer.”
—RT Book Reviews

“Wicked Like a Wildfire was like devouring a succulent fairy fruit—it will rob your time, settle into your dreams, and leave you starving for more.” 
—Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen

“Lush. Delicious. Bewildering. And darkly magical. Popović has created a world that you tumble into from the very first words and wish you could stay in forever.”
—Evelyn Skye, author of The Crown's Game