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In the bewitching conclusion to Lana Popovic’s sumptuous and romantic teen fantasy duology, Malina must use her gleam to rescue her twin sister from a magical power more dangerous than Death. Twin sisters Iris and Malina thought they knew how to reverse the ancient curse that haunts their line, the spell that destines them to use their gleams—unique forms of beauty-manipula In the bewitching conclusion to Lana Popovic’s sumptuous and romantic teen fantasy duology, Malina must use her gleam to rescue her twin sister from a magical power more dangerous than Death. Twin sisters Iris and Malina thought they knew how to reverse the ancient curse that haunts their line, the spell that destines them to use their gleams—unique forms of beauty-manipulating magic—to entice and enchant none other than Death himself. But both sisters thought wrong. Instead of ending the wicked bargain with the power of her infinite bloom, Iris is taken to an exquisite, uncanny realm in between this world and the next—a world Death created for her alone. Only, unlike all of Death’s companions before, Iris’s body goes on the one-way journey along with her soul, arriving in a kingdom never meant to sustain a living girl. Left behind with Niko, her girlfriend, and Luka, the boy her sister loves, Lina searches for a way to save Iris. But as Lina unearths the dark secrets that bind her family to parallel fates of loss and immortality and Iris tries to outwit Death on his own terrain, a power resurfaces that even Mara, the original witch mother, fears. Now both sisters must learn to fully embrace their gleams—or else they’ll truly lose each other forever. Luscious and breathtaking, Fierce Like a Firestorm is the second book in Lana Popovic’s dazzling duology about freedom, beauty, sacrifice, and the infinite power of love.


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In the bewitching conclusion to Lana Popovic’s sumptuous and romantic teen fantasy duology, Malina must use her gleam to rescue her twin sister from a magical power more dangerous than Death. Twin sisters Iris and Malina thought they knew how to reverse the ancient curse that haunts their line, the spell that destines them to use their gleams—unique forms of beauty-manipula In the bewitching conclusion to Lana Popovic’s sumptuous and romantic teen fantasy duology, Malina must use her gleam to rescue her twin sister from a magical power more dangerous than Death. Twin sisters Iris and Malina thought they knew how to reverse the ancient curse that haunts their line, the spell that destines them to use their gleams—unique forms of beauty-manipulating magic—to entice and enchant none other than Death himself. But both sisters thought wrong. Instead of ending the wicked bargain with the power of her infinite bloom, Iris is taken to an exquisite, uncanny realm in between this world and the next—a world Death created for her alone. Only, unlike all of Death’s companions before, Iris’s body goes on the one-way journey along with her soul, arriving in a kingdom never meant to sustain a living girl. Left behind with Niko, her girlfriend, and Luka, the boy her sister loves, Lina searches for a way to save Iris. But as Lina unearths the dark secrets that bind her family to parallel fates of loss and immortality and Iris tries to outwit Death on his own terrain, a power resurfaces that even Mara, the original witch mother, fears. Now both sisters must learn to fully embrace their gleams—or else they’ll truly lose each other forever. Luscious and breathtaking, Fierce Like a Firestorm is the second book in Lana Popovic’s dazzling duology about freedom, beauty, sacrifice, and the infinite power of love.

30 review for Fierce Like a Firestorm

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alaina

    I'm sorry.. but what the hell kind of ending was that horse shit? Or did I read a different book than everybody else? Fierce Like a Firestorm was a book that ended up annoying me to no end. Especially with certain chapters. Ugh, but it also had some good moments that kept me intrigued. I really did like that these two sisters, Lina and Iris, were trying to find one another and basically save them and the world. YET, that ending was just 'meh' to me. I'm not really happy with it and I don't know w I'm sorry.. but what the hell kind of ending was that horse shit? Or did I read a different book than everybody else? Fierce Like a Firestorm was a book that ended up annoying me to no end. Especially with certain chapters. Ugh, but it also had some good moments that kept me intrigued. I really did like that these two sisters, Lina and Iris, were trying to find one another and basically save them and the world. YET, that ending was just 'meh' to me. I'm not really happy with it and I don't know what to do with myself after reading that - maybe twiddle my thumbs or stare at a wall for a couple of hours before diving into another book. Either choice sounds awful but a bit better than that ending.. In the first book, Wicked Like a Wildfire, I loved the writing and everything about it but this time around I was just getting so annoyed. It was too much of something in this and I just felt bored while reading this at times. Especially when Iris was with Fjolar.. and then when Luka was kind of acting like a baby back bitch because of Iris not coming back. Like calm down dude, she's still alive just wait a hot second. Then about the halfway point, it got a bit more interesting but that's about it. It would've been nice to be in love with the whole book but I just wasn't. I did, however, like the little magical aspects I got throughout the book. Plus, the relationship between Lina and Niko was adorable and kind of it's saving grace for me. Overall, I probably would've liked this a bit more if the ending was different than what I got - but 'll live.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    This cover is giving me hearts in my eyes.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Shima

    I probably have, but at the moment I can't remember reading any other book that took as long to pick up as this one. The first half of this book, if not more, is basically descriptions of Iris and Fjolar in their kingdom of wonder. OOow look! The sky's filled with moons here. An infinite waterfall. A toxic garden. A ginormous tree. Now I'm not even one of those readers who are opposed to sensory descriptions. It was what I loved about Wicked Like a Wildfire in the first place. But.NOT.This.Much. I probably have, but at the moment I can't remember reading any other book that took as long to pick up as this one. The first half of this book, if not more, is basically descriptions of Iris and Fjolar in their kingdom of wonder. OOow look! The sky's filled with moons here. An infinite waterfall. A toxic garden. A ginormous tree. Now I'm not even one of those readers who are opposed to sensory descriptions. It was what I loved about Wicked Like a Wildfire in the first place. But.NOT.This.Much. The other part of the first half of the book was Maline and the others asking Mara over and over again what was going on, while she said some version of he is coming . Because that doesn't get old. Basically, the entire first 160 pages of this book could have been one chapter, two, if we're being generous. At least in the second half of the book, some resemblance of a plot started happening. It was too late by that point and I can't say I ever actually cared what would happen, but it didn't feel like I was only reading pages of writing exercises (Describe a beautiful scene, use all five senses) So maybe that's something. Three stars may start to feel generous at this point, but there is still a lot in the series as a whole that I liked. I think. Or maybe it's just a remnant of my liking for the first book. Who knows.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Andy

    4.5/5 Fierce like a Firestorm picks up right after the events of Wicked Like a Wildfire. Mara has yet to reveal all she has sacrificed in order to gain immortal life. Iris and Malina have been separated by a Death god and do not know the way back to each other. And a strange evil is coming for the witches of Mara's bloodline. I absolutely loved the first book, from the characters, to the magic and the world that was hidden within Montenegro and it's legends. I was really nervous that Fierce like 4.5/5 Fierce like a Firestorm picks up right after the events of Wicked Like a Wildfire. Mara has yet to reveal all she has sacrificed in order to gain immortal life. Iris and Malina have been separated by a Death god and do not know the way back to each other. And a strange evil is coming for the witches of Mara's bloodline. I absolutely loved the first book, from the characters, to the magic and the world that was hidden within Montenegro and it's legends. I was really nervous that Fierce like a Firestorm wouldn't pull me in as the first book did. I was so wrong!! I was hooked from the first chapter. My love for Iris and Malina knows no bounds. I was kind of sad by how much shorter this book felt compared to the first. It felt significantly smaller too. I think I would've enjoyed this more had the ending been like 20-50 pages longer. Several things happened in the ending and they happened very quickly. I would've like to have more time to have the events and consequences of actions more time to percolate and really sink in. One thing I love about this series is that it's incredibly slow burning. We go through this fantastical mystery and we're pulled through it by the characters, the world-building and the small hints that are dropped one piece at a time. It reminds me a lot of The Raven Boys in that regard. Malina really got her time to shine in this installment. This book is narrated by both Iris and Malina, but it felt like Malina got a majority of the time. Which I enjoyed because she was right in the middle of the action and danger. I loved seeing Malina train herself and her other grandmothers to fight. It was very inspiring to see how they could wield the gleam in other ways besides for beauty. Iris felt a bit muted while she was in the Death god's realm. She was such a spitfire in the previous book: quick to anger and quick to act. She definitely has grown more, but she also was isolated from her main motivation for all that she does--protecting Malina. I loved seeing her try to figure out what to do with her relationship with Fjolar. It was twisted and complicated on so many levels. I really loved this sequel, and I'm sad this duology is over. It was seriously amazing and I loved every second of it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Megan Derr

    Re-ordered! Very excited, loved the first one. ------ Amazon just canceled my pre-order of the hardback out of the blue, and only the kindle is still available to buy. But I can find nothing about why. It's very strange. Re-ordered! Very excited, loved the first one. ------ Amazon just canceled my pre-order of the hardback out of the blue, and only the kindle is still available to buy. But I can find nothing about why. It's very strange.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Breanna

    this book took a turn for the worse and went downhill real fast after that. (view spoiler)[Here's a Tip: Maybe don't have both the protagonist and her established love interest have sex with other people in the middle of the sequel? What the actual fuck. (hide spoiler)] this book took a turn for the worse and went downhill real fast after that. (view spoiler)[Here's a Tip: Maybe don't have both the protagonist and her established love interest have sex with other people in the middle of the sequel? What the actual fuck. (hide spoiler)]

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    I didn't like this one quite as much as the first. I did like the magical world of Death, that was pretty cool, but otherwise not a lot seemed to be happening until the end. The writing is still beautiful, though, and I love the two sisters. I really wanted more Luka in this one though! I didn't like this one quite as much as the first. I did like the magical world of Death, that was pretty cool, but otherwise not a lot seemed to be happening until the end. The writing is still beautiful, though, and I love the two sisters. I really wanted more Luka in this one though!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jalilah

    Sorry to say, but this is a rather disappointing follow up to the first one Wicked Like a Wildfire. I am giving it 3 stars for the authors imagination, lush descriptions and mostly perhaps because I liked the first book so much. Although the author's magic did not completely make sense to me in the first book, it did not matter because the magic was only simmering under the surface most of the time. What made the book was the setting in a village by the sea surrounded by mountains Montenegro. Wh Sorry to say, but this is a rather disappointing follow up to the first one Wicked Like a Wildfire. I am giving it 3 stars for the authors imagination, lush descriptions and mostly perhaps because I liked the first book so much. Although the author's magic did not completely make sense to me in the first book, it did not matter because the magic was only simmering under the surface most of the time. What made the book was the setting in a village by the sea surrounded by mountains Montenegro. When the autor took this away, a lot of this book takes place in a kind of alternate universe created by the Death character, or in the witches coven which could have been anywhere, it became a just another regular "save the world" fantasy involving fighting monsters.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Anne-Wil

    I’m not entirely sure about this book. It took me a while to get into, some kind of summary (especially with an intricate story like this) would have been nice. Once I got into it, I could follow it. However, the story didn’t have a hold on me like the previous book had. I mostly finished it because I wanted to know how it would end, not because I really enjoyed the story. It also got a bit of an open ending, which I don’t like. Still, I gave three stars, because wow what an imagination you have I’m not entirely sure about this book. It took me a while to get into, some kind of summary (especially with an intricate story like this) would have been nice. Once I got into it, I could follow it. However, the story didn’t have a hold on me like the previous book had. I mostly finished it because I wanted to know how it would end, not because I really enjoyed the story. It also got a bit of an open ending, which I don’t like. Still, I gave three stars, because wow what an imagination you have to write a story like this!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Cindee

    I really loved this book I liked how it was written I liked the relationships between the characters the romance and everything else. I really liked the characters even more than before they have grown so much more I especially liked Iris and Melina and the relationship between Lina and Niko it was so beautifully written. I really liked the story with Iris being stuck somewhere else and Lina doing anything she can to find her and the story just got more interesting from there. So overall I loved I really loved this book I liked how it was written I liked the relationships between the characters the romance and everything else. I really liked the characters even more than before they have grown so much more I especially liked Iris and Melina and the relationship between Lina and Niko it was so beautifully written. I really liked the story with Iris being stuck somewhere else and Lina doing anything she can to find her and the story just got more interesting from there. So overall I loved this book and would read more by Lana Popovic.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Anniek

    As much as I enjoyed the first book in this duology, this was a letdown for me. While it was imaginative, it didn't live up to its potential, mostly because hardly anything happened throughout the entire book. As much as I enjoyed the first book in this duology, this was a letdown for me. While it was imaginative, it didn't live up to its potential, mostly because hardly anything happened throughout the entire book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

    Anyway we can get an advance copy of this. :-) I just finished Wicked like a Wildfire and I must know how this ends!!!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jude (NovelReader13)

    While Wicked Like a Wildfire didn't blow me away, the ending left me intrigued enough to want to pick up Fierce Like a Firestorm. My hope was, now that I knew the characters and the world, I would have an easier time connecting with this book than I did with the 1st one. Unfortunately I found that the things I didn't enjoy about the 1st books were even worse in the 2nd one. I didn't care really for the characters or about what happened to them. That was even more the case for Fjolar and the coven While Wicked Like a Wildfire didn't blow me away, the ending left me intrigued enough to want to pick up Fierce Like a Firestorm. My hope was, now that I knew the characters and the world, I would have an easier time connecting with this book than I did with the 1st one. Unfortunately I found that the things I didn't enjoy about the 1st books were even worse in the 2nd one. I didn't care really for the characters or about what happened to them. That was even more the case for Fjolar and the coven witches like Mara, whom I'm assuming we were supposed to feel sympathy for. For me there was just a complete emotional disconnect. There were nice character moments, but overall they lacked depth. The writing was still beautiful (although again with the cringey dialogue and pet names), but there was even less plot than in Wicked Like a Wildfire. I feel like 90% of this book were just scenic descriptions. One of my main gripes about the plot is that, while we find out the whole backstory of how this situation came to be, the whole conflict at the center of the book could've been avoided if Mara had simply told her daughters the truth from the beginning. There were a couple of reasons given as to why she didn't, but for me personally, they just weren't convincing enough. The lack of any sort of rules for the magic felt even more apparent in this book as well. What was and wasn't possible was full dependent on what was needed for the plot, making the magic system feel completely arbitrary. Something I forgot to mention in the review of the first book is that there are some elements to this story that I personally really disliked. There are serious questions about consent and Stockholm Syndrome, and there is a romanticization of abuse and manipulation as love that's never properly addressed. Those things are called out by a character in a "kinda/maybe/sorta/but not really" kind of way, where it's mentioned as not cool in like a half-sentence, but then the issue is dropped. I would've liked to have seen that explored more. Overall, I think the same thing I said for book one goes for Fierce Like a Firestorm: If you love atmosphere and can live with little plot and convenient world building, you might really enjoy this duology. 2.5⭐

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mere

    More like a 2.5 rating. I didn't like the first half of the book at all. I found it atrociously boring. Of course, as with the first, I loved the writing and the descriptions. This book lacked cohesiveness, plot, any driving force, continuity, and interesting characters. I just felt all the characters in this book pale in comparison to them in the first book. I just didn't enjoy this one all that much until we got towards the end of the book. But by then I was lost and no longer invested in the b More like a 2.5 rating. I didn't like the first half of the book at all. I found it atrociously boring. Of course, as with the first, I loved the writing and the descriptions. This book lacked cohesiveness, plot, any driving force, continuity, and interesting characters. I just felt all the characters in this book pale in comparison to them in the first book. I just didn't enjoy this one all that much until we got towards the end of the book. But by then I was lost and no longer invested in the book, and just ready for it to be over. Such beautiful covers, but books that I am just "eh" on.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Real rating: 1.5 stars? I'm somewhere between not liking it and thinking it was just okay. It had its moments but overall, the story felt so scattered. Plus the imagery the author was trying to conjure up didn't work for me either. So disappointing because I really enjoyed the first book. Real rating: 1.5 stars? I'm somewhere between not liking it and thinking it was just okay. It had its moments but overall, the story felt so scattered. Plus the imagery the author was trying to conjure up didn't work for me either. So disappointing because I really enjoyed the first book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    explorerofbooks

    This sequel takes on a darker theme, and the action scenes are much more hauntingly rendered than before. As usual, I was completely lured in by the magic system, but still, this book didn’t manage to completely enchant me like its predecessor did. Iris and Malina were ready to sacrifice everything to shatter an ancient curse tying their family together, and in the end, they sacrificed too much. The uncanny bond with Death has been broken, but his greedy interest has led him to capture Iris. She This sequel takes on a darker theme, and the action scenes are much more hauntingly rendered than before. As usual, I was completely lured in by the magic system, but still, this book didn’t manage to completely enchant me like its predecessor did. Iris and Malina were ready to sacrifice everything to shatter an ancient curse tying their family together, and in the end, they sacrificed too much. The uncanny bond with Death has been broken, but his greedy interest has led him to capture Iris. She might be mesmerized by the world he has created for her, but her body might not remain intact anymore after living in it for so long. It’s up to Malina to regain her strong will and get her sister back, accompanied by her family and her girlfriend. With other forces haunting them, their unique gleams are their only weapons. The twins have always been different, but if they don’t manage to find their way back to each other, Death might be the least of their concerns. Fierce Like A Firestorm focuses on the loyal unconditional bond between siblings, like Malina and Iris, but like Niko and Luka just as well. It’s a story that clearly priorities the power of sacrifice, and humanizes every character with it. Even the ultimate evil was intriguingly written, a soulless darkness feeding on joy. Its perspective was definitely the most fascinating, especially when the puzzle pieces started falling together. The novel builds up slow, but goes rampantly fast after the middle point. Though it might have benefited from a few more occasional plot twists, all in all it was a worthy sequel that answered enough questions while still dwelling in some mystery. In that case, the series closely resembles The Raven Boys or The Night Circus. This time, the magic system also introduces the significance of herbs and the raw materials of this world. Malina’s gleam might be important, but Popovic learned to come up with many different ones as well, all one in a kind and magnificently described. I was glad to see Malina grow into a prominent role, as she was the most likeable narrator. She has always been sensitive, and losing her sister nearly broke her. Normally, she ignores violence and conflict, but now she will bend her fierce heart into action. Her gleam is a peaceful one, but she manages to change it into a keen eye. She’s her own heroine now, not the one that needs to rely on others, and even though it might take time, she has the determination for it. Iris has finally come to accept fear. Normally, she craves control of every situation, but now she’s left helpless. She has to learn how to be subtler, and instead of using verbal sharpness, she’ll aim for the softness she so desires. She starts to treasure life and her sentiments more, as she longs to be free and restless at the same time, and to own something that is truly hers. I was once again not really convinced if we were meant to like Iris. I couldn’t agree with the decisions she made, or the romantic development she got. While Fjolar was certainly a fascinating character, their romance was something that left a lot to be desired. Personally, I’m not a fan of the Stockholm-syndrome-romance, and here, the emphasis was really on that. The way that Popovic creates a setting is simply evocative. It’s a world that immediately compels you with its lucid magic, and the legends behind the enthralling descriptions. Now, we leave the comfort of Montenegro behind for the self-indulgent paradise of Death, and the coven household in Malina’s perspective. It was different, and maybe not entirely effective, for now, I could only rate it 3.5 stars. Even though I appreciated the queer diversity, some major characters, like Luka and Niko, got really one-dimensional this time around. The coven sisters did gain distinct personalities, but that still wasn’t enough for me. Additionally, at times, the mystery came close to simply lack of depth, and the descriptions became too overwhelming. Nonetheless, I especially enjoyed the cryptic tales behind Popovic’s idea of Death, who creates beauty and joy for everyone that leaves this world. One truly must have an amazing imagination to adapt tradition in something as unique as this, and I certainly will read more of her work.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Silvia

    *2.75* TW (they are spoilery, I'll put them as spoilers): (view spoiler)[death, loss of a parent, cheating, violence, gore, loss of a friend. (hide spoiler)] I have to say I was really eager to read this book, but for some reasons I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first one. I liked to see the main characters again and explore more POVs, but in the end I found the book to be too short and quite messy in its resolution. I didn't like the new main villain, I did not think it was strong as a vill *2.75* TW (they are spoilery, I'll put them as spoilers): (view spoiler)[death, loss of a parent, cheating, violence, gore, loss of a friend. (hide spoiler)] I have to say I was really eager to read this book, but for some reasons I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first one. I liked to see the main characters again and explore more POVs, but in the end I found the book to be too short and quite messy in its resolution. I didn't like the new main villain, I did not think it was strong as a villain, it seemes rather put there just to have an evil figure. My favourite POVs were Iris's ones, I always seem to enjoy the plot where a girl is being abducted by Death (obviously it's something really bad, but I don't know why it's highly entertaining in my eyes). I also liked Fjolar's character, but I did not understand if I should see him as a villain or as a good guy, or in a moral grey area. I like moral grey characters, of course, but I mean as a literary device I was quite confused. Let's just say I enjoy what the author did in the terms of the romance at the end of the book, regarding Iris. I think one of the strongest elements in this duology is the family aspect and I was not disappointed by that. I really enjoyed all of the family dynamics, and not just family by blood, but also found family which is something I'm always a sucker for. In this book we see less of the Montenegro setting, but for what we see I was in love all over again. I really like the author's writing style and I think that was the strongest aspect in this duology. Overall, I came here for a good duology/series about witches, because I'm quite obsessed, I have to admit it, but in the end I think the first one I would recommend, this one I could have done without.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin

    I feel like this book could be a great movie with all the beautiful descriptions and sounds that were described throughout it. The second book alternates between Iris and Malina, and while both were told in first person it wasn't difficult to differentiate the two personalities. It was pleasant to see Malina finally find her voice and be able to protect those she loved, instead of the other way around. The romance kind of takes a turn that I wasn't expecting for Iris and it disappointed me a lit I feel like this book could be a great movie with all the beautiful descriptions and sounds that were described throughout it. The second book alternates between Iris and Malina, and while both were told in first person it wasn't difficult to differentiate the two personalities. It was pleasant to see Malina finally find her voice and be able to protect those she loved, instead of the other way around. The romance kind of takes a turn that I wasn't expecting for Iris and it disappointed me a little bit, but overall I was still happy with her story at the end. I'd recommend this to anyone that read the first book that way you can get the conclusion plus the cover is just as gorgeous!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cabiria Aquarius

    Ever since reading Wicked Like a Wildfire (with a friend) we both went crazy and needed book two stat. It’s so well written and this one as well and got crazier and so many things are brought to life. You understand book two. It’s such a wild ride and oh goodness me. I couldn’t put it down. So well done and I... I need more. But alas that be it. Thank you for a wonderful journey Ms. Popović.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Moschou

    "Nothing but love was ever free, and often not even that."
~Fierce Like A Firestorm, by Lana Popović I read Wicked Like A Wildfire last year, I fell in love with the story and the characters and when I found out that the sequel was coming out this summer, I just had to read it! 💜 Yet again, technically speaking, this book was filled with beautiful, long descriptions, both of this world and another, otherworldly handsome dimension. It was lyrical and so very unique in its own way, that it made me c "Nothing but love was ever free, and often not even that."
~Fierce Like A Firestorm, by Lana Popović I read Wicked Like A Wildfire last year, I fell in love with the story and the characters and when I found out that the sequel was coming out this summer, I just had to read it! 💜 Yet again, technically speaking, this book was filled with beautiful, long descriptions, both of this world and another, otherworldly handsome dimension. It was lyrical and so very unique in its own way, that it made me crave for more, right from the moment I started reading it.
And yet... 🙃 
It felt way more slow-paced than Wicked Like A Wildfire, despite the fact that there were multiple points of view, and the reader could basically get a more complete picture of the whole story. 
Still, the first half of the novel was basically an explanation of what Malina started discovering about her family, and what Iris could see and smell and feel in this kingdom that Death created just for her. 
Where Wicked Like A Wildfire was packed with actions and ups and downs, Fierce Like A Firestorm wasn't that fierce, at least for the first 170 or so pages. 
Still, I do have to admit that I grew fonder of Malina in the sequel and I got to realise why  Mara and the girls' mother acted the way they did in the first instalment of the series. Regarding the rest of the characters though, Nikoleta became even more annoying that she was in Wicked Like A Wildfire (if that's even possible), Luka was being kept in the sideways almost throughout the entire book and Iris... Well, Iris made some really stupid decisions! That's all I can say without giving away too much. 
What I mean to say is that I kept reading Fierce Like A Firestorm mostly because I cared about the characters and their journey and not because there was a super intriguing, intense plot. 
And even though I wanted to rate that book differently, considering how much I liked the first instalment, I ended up giving 3.5 stars to it, mostly because I enjoyed the writing style once more, there were bits and pieces of the story that I actually adored, and because this book took the traditional image of witches and brought something unique and original into this world. It talked about sisterhood and bravery and sacrifice and the inevitability of death, and overall it was such a bittersweet ride.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mija

    3.5ish Well, that took a long time for some reason? I mean because if school, but I read a bunch of other books in the time since I started this one? Anyway, I did enjoy it. I didn't care that much for the characters, to be honest, although I did appreciate them becoming better people. Their arcs were well done. I didn't like Fjolar because I liked Luka for Iris, but honestly I liked how that storyline ended. (In fact, the ending was overall pretty satisfactory, except for Jovan which was unnece 3.5ish Well, that took a long time for some reason? I mean because if school, but I read a bunch of other books in the time since I started this one? Anyway, I did enjoy it. I didn't care that much for the characters, to be honest, although I did appreciate them becoming better people. Their arcs were well done. I didn't like Fjolar because I liked Luka for Iris, but honestly I liked how that storyline ended. (In fact, the ending was overall pretty satisfactory, except for Jovan which was unnecessary.) I liked Malina better than Iris in the first, but I think that evened out now (as in I liked Malina less and Iris more, just enough). The plot was well done and pulled together. The writing was lovely as before. I liked the stakes, and the aspect of family, and how they were all intertwined. I liked the few references to Serbian/Montenegrin culture that did exist, but they were so few. That was one of the things that kind of annoyed me in general, I think - that lack of connection to their culture. Why did Iris have to long for anyplace else? Why would Fjolar look Scandinavian at all (as in why did Iris want that so badly and mention it at almost every opportunity)? What's so wrong with her hometown and home country? And I get it - she and Malina are different in that sense and it was/is a part of her character. But it just represents this lack of connectedness that disappointed me. It was so easy to forget the setting, to forget that were not just English speakers in North America. That all said, what I really mean is that it's a shame the culture wasn't more utilized! I was looking for hints in the magic system through the stories I know but I found none (e.g. the one called Beautiful Mara about a girl who marries Death. It's technically Macedonian in origin, but still. Maybe it's not that well known.) Also, my thing with the names persisted. Overall, I'm still really glad I read this duology and that it will now sit pretty on my shelf. I'll look out for future books by this author, for sure!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Regina

    "Wicked like a Wildfire" was a really pleasant surprise for me and I still love Popović's lush purple prose, the characters and the magic system but I have no idea why this sequel even exists. I can believe Popović had the basic plot idea from the start, yet she makes nothing of it. The main plotline and villain are weirdly sidelined, as if he's needed as this threat but otherwisely irrelevant. That wouldn't be so bad if the book had character development or focused on the romance but there isn't "Wicked like a Wildfire" was a really pleasant surprise for me and I still love Popović's lush purple prose, the characters and the magic system but I have no idea why this sequel even exists. I can believe Popović had the basic plot idea from the start, yet she makes nothing of it. The main plotline and villain are weirdly sidelined, as if he's needed as this threat but otherwisely irrelevant. That wouldn't be so bad if the book had character development or focused on the romance but there isn't much in that regard either. Instead, it seems like half the book is spent on discussing how the magic works and doesn't work in needless detail which doesn't catch excitement in the least. Nearly everything else are filler descriptions of a magic realm that are imaginative but that alone can't carry a story. Something that I quite enjoyed about book 1 are the sensual descriptions of living in Montenegro which is missing here, too - see the favour of the magic elements. I wished Popović had avoided a cliffhanger and a pointless sequel and instead finished the story satisfyingly in one book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Savannah Holland

    UR ALL COWARDS FOR NOT LOVING THIS BOOK. LANA POPOVIC IS A GENIUS TALENTED BEAUTIFUL AND BRUTAL ANGEL. HER ATMOSPHERE IS UNPARALLELED, HER PROSE ARE STUNNING, HER CHARACTERS ARE BEAUTIFUL TERRIBLE DISASTERS. EVERYONE READ THIS SERIES - This book is all my kinks wrapped up in a perfect lil box 😭 - the prose are fucking insane - the world is inventive - kissing death??? Yes pls - perfectly messy and bittersweet ending - the lesbians thrive

  24. 4 out of 5

    Miriam

    Not what I expected - or hoped for, for that matter... The first half was a boring (okay, boring is a harsh word, maybe dull), filled with minimum plot and waaay to much scenic description, especially for me, who has a lot of trouble visioning those types of descriptions in my head. Of course the language was beautifully lyrical, but when the plot first really starts at the 150 page mark, the language really is irrelevant... So sad, when I liked the first book a lot

  25. 4 out of 5

    Paula Clapon

    It was just perfect! Exceptionally well-written, I loved the character development. A magical book, emotional and astonishing.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Cora

    Read this review on my blog! Fierce Like a Firestorm was an amazing sequel that didn’t disappoint. Iris’s beginning chapters were a little bit slow, but it picked up eventually and I loved every bit of it. The main reason I didn’t love this book as much was because of Iris. I still love her so much, but while she was fiery and rebellious in the first book, in this one she just felt lacking. She definitely tried to stay defiant, but she had very little independence, which made it difficult. On the Read this review on my blog! Fierce Like a Firestorm was an amazing sequel that didn’t disappoint. Iris’s beginning chapters were a little bit slow, but it picked up eventually and I loved every bit of it. The main reason I didn’t love this book as much was because of Iris. I still love her so much, but while she was fiery and rebellious in the first book, in this one she just felt lacking. She definitely tried to stay defiant, but she had very little independence, which made it difficult. On the other hand, Malina had it all. She was so strong and brave, I just loved her. She and Niko were also so much cuter than both Iris and Fjolar and Iris and Luka. While the beginning of Fierce Like a Firestorm was a tad confusing, which might’ve been because I forgot a lot of the first book, it definitely got better. It didn’t take long for me to become immersed in the world of Iris and Lina and the mysterious third narrator. The plot was definitely very different from the first book, but it was also very intriguing. The climax was a thrilling and chilling clash of magic that was spectacularly done. Lastly, Lana Popović’s writing is so beautiful. Every description is so perfect and gorgeous that I could see, hear, feel, smell, and taste every bit of this book. (Oh, especially taste. Why do these books have to make me so hungry?) Overall, this did have a rocky beginning, but the middle and ending were so wonderful that it made up for it. I’m so sad that the duology is over and I won’t get to see more of the characters, but I’m excited to give the author’s other novel, Blood Countess, a try.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Booklepuff

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I absolutely loved Wicked like a Wildfire so I was super excited for Fierce like a Firestorm to come out and I wasn’t disappointed! I give this sequel 4.5 stars and it only falls short of 5 stars for a couple of reasons! Firstly I loved that the book was split between both girls POV rather than just Iris (although I do love the Iris chapters more it was great to get an overview of what was going on for both sisters). I feel like the plot had got much more complex with Herron and Fjolar (who I mu I absolutely loved Wicked like a Wildfire so I was super excited for Fierce like a Firestorm to come out and I wasn’t disappointed! I give this sequel 4.5 stars and it only falls short of 5 stars for a couple of reasons! Firstly I loved that the book was split between both girls POV rather than just Iris (although I do love the Iris chapters more it was great to get an overview of what was going on for both sisters). I feel like the plot had got much more complex with Herron and Fjolar (who I must admit I absolutely love) and Goddesses. Their is so much depth and excitement to this story! Now the reasons it didn’t quite meet 5 Stars. One - Iris is taken to Deaths (or Fjolars) kingdom at the end of the last story as the necessary sacrifice to keep a greater evil at bay.. this is all fine but then to escape Iris had to kill Fjolar - am I the only one that absolutely loved Iris and Fjolar together? I think compared to Luka - who became much more of a side character and a questionable character, Fjolar is who I wanted Iris to be with! Even if he is death 😂 So I was so sad when he died! Two - I felt the ending to the book was okay but left very open and slightly anti climatic after everything that had happened! But overall this book was magical, beautifully written, exciting, fast paced and filled with characters I loved! Hoping for more!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Josie Jaffrey

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book was such a disappointment. I loved the first one in the series, which was dark and lush and had main characters with agency, but this sequel just felt so limp by comparison. The teenaged female characters are constantly infantilised by everyone around them. This is supposed to be a book about growing up and coming into your power, but that was constantly undermined by every interaction and it pissed me off. That was the first thing that annoyed me. The second was the plot, which reveals This book was such a disappointment. I loved the first one in the series, which was dark and lush and had main characters with agency, but this sequel just felt so limp by comparison. The teenaged female characters are constantly infantilised by everyone around them. This is supposed to be a book about growing up and coming into your power, but that was constantly undermined by every interaction and it pissed me off. That was the first thing that annoyed me. The second was the plot, which reveals “secrets” as though they’re supposed to be gasp-worthy, but just made me yawn. The third was the characters in general, who felt hollow and thin. Overall it was okay, and I still enjoyed some of the sections with Fjolar, but the magic has definitely gone.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kristy

    This was an action packed conclusion to this mini series - much faster paced than the first book. It had the same poetic prose, which I enjoyed, as well as a look into some fantastical worlds. The ending was a bit chaotic, as the logic of all the magic and gods and willpower all became a bit befuddled without any real clear boundaries, but I still found it entertaining. Would definitely read more from this author.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    Not quite as good as the first, but still a good sequel. I appreciate the complexity of the world the author built. I also like that the characters grew in this second story and explored some difficult realities. Still worth reading, just could have moved a bit faster. 3.5 stars

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