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Wild and Wicked Things

By: Francesca May
Narrated by: Marisa Calin,Gemma Dawson,Ralph Lister
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Publisher's Summary

"A sapphic historical fantasy novel that drips with dark curses and alluring witchcraft. It delivers all the gothic, witchy vibes you could hope for." ―CultureFly

In a world of 1920s decadence and excess, Francesca May's irresistible debut weaves a glittering tale of dark magic, romance, and murder. 

To those who are bright and young; to those who are wild and wicked; welcome to Crow Island. 

On Crow Island, people whisper that real magic lurks just below the surface.

Magic doesn’t interest Annie Mason. Not after it stole her future. She’s on the island only to settle her late father’s estate and, hopefully, reconnect with her long-absent best friend, Beatrice, who fled their dreary lives for a more glamorous one.

Yet Crow Island is brimming with temptation, and the most mesmerizing may be her enigmatic new neighbor. 

Mysterious and alluring, Emmeline Delacroix is a figure shadowed by rumors of witchcraft. And when Annie witnesses a confrontation between Bea and Emmeline at one of Crow Island’s extravagant parties, she is drawn into a glittering, haunted world. A world where the boundaries of wickedness are tested, and the cost of illicit magic might be death.

Praise for Wild and Wicked Things:

“Entrancing, seductive, and decadently beautiful. Here is a deep, sensuous exploration of the bonds between three very different, complex women that readers won't soon forget." —Gwenda Bond, New York Times bestselling author 

"Haunting, immersive, and seething with dark magic."―Alexis Henderson, author of The Year of the Witching

"Brimming with romance and gilded with danger, Wild and Wicked Things is a heady, lyrical gem of a book." —Hannah Whitten, New York Times bestselling author

©2022 Francesca May (P)2022 Redhook
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Critic Reviews

"Brimming with romance and gilded with danger, Wild and Wicked Things is a heady, lyrical gem of a book."—Hannah Whitten, New York Times bestselling author of For the Wolf

Haunting, immersive, and seething with dark magic, Wild and Wicked Things cast its spell on me"—Alexis Henderson, author of The Year of the Witching

Wild and Wicked Things ticked all my boxes. May’s vivid prose carries us off to a world not quite unlike our own and spins the story of one woman coming into her own, another fighting the darkness inside her, and the two of them drawing together to become something more. I couldn’t put it down.”—Genevieve Gornichec, author of The Witch’s Heart

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So. Dry.

Couldn’t even finish it. It was so dull. Character development, storyline, all of it dull. What a waste of a credit. Avoid my mistake.

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I might DNF...

At first I really liked this book, but I'm more than halfway through (5 hours left) and don't think I want to bother finishing it. I have developed a strong hatred for the 3 main characters and have more empathy for the 'bad guy.' Bea's husband is the real victim; his whole life was destroyed by Bea and Emmeline. He was effectively date r@pd for a year. He was drugged by magic that convinced him to leave his wife, brainwashed into marrying a woman he didn't know, the list goes on.

Bea is one WRETCHED character with no redeeming qualities. Emmeline is self-absorbed and feeds on everything negative. Annie at least has an ok arc, but she's still whiny and just accepts that she's to blame when she's not, but it's also blind to how screwed up she really is.

I almost passed on this one based on the negative reviews, but since I tend to like books others don't, I decided to try it. I might ask for a credit refund, but I'm still on the fence.

I'm sorry to the author. You write well and the world you built is great, but your characters are just too weak for too long in the book. Also, give readers a little taste of the budding romance at least once every 4 hours of listening or so... the tension turning to anger and resentment between Annie and Em is getting VERY old.

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Good

I liked this alot. My only issue was the ending. I felt it went sooo quick compared to the build up. But other than that I liked it alot and loved the Saphic romance!

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the type of niche content I’m looking for

Sapphic gilded age witchcraft set an a mysterious island is the exact type of content I’m looking for. The start of the story was pretty slow but kept me interested with questions. The main character Annie is a little annoying at first constantly questioning herself but comes into her own by the end. Emmaline is… my type lol. Everything was wrapped up nicely at the end. A cute queer pallet cleanser read.

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alright

struggled to finish. male narrator was not my favorite, over articulates, I also don't like when they add music to background so that part just wasn't for me. I felt the storybstarted out strong and then kind of dragged on. good ending though.

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Enjoyable enough

I enjoyed listening to this one but I don't think it is one that will stick with me.

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Definitely not bad

Actually really enjoyed the story. Could have had more details, more story. I mean, it is like 16hrs but if you listen, you’ll understand.

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Idle and Indecisive Stuff

Wanted to like this book. The premise was intriguing. Was hoping for an adult fantasy novel, magic but grounded in reality and with adult themes. Not what you get. Every chapter, the author beats you over the head with the fact that the main characters are internally conflicted about everything. Most of the book is the main character declaring that she's going to be brave or otherwise different than she was before. She'll then spend 5 seconds being brave and then immediately get scared and regret it. As a result, very little progress is made in character development and exploring the world that is being created - both the physical island and the magic existing world.

One of the narrators would sometimes sound like she was trying not to spit out some large ice cubes while she was talking.

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Stopped early

I enjoyed the readers, very good performance.
I stopped shortly after the first lesbian reference and foul language. It was several chapters. I was enjoying the story and am sad to miss what happens to Annie.

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Boring, dull, tedious.

Dull, poorly written dribble with no plot whatsoever. Most boring book I've listened to in a long time.