Review: Wicked as She Wants by Delilah S. Dawson

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Wicked as She Wants (Blud #2)

  • By Delilah S. Dawson
  • Editions: ebook, paperback
  • Expected publication: April 30th 2013 by Pocket Books
  • Genre: Adult Steampunk / Fantasy / Romance
  • Source: NetGalley
  • When Blud princess Ahnastasia wakes up, drained and starving in a suitcase, she’s not sure which calls to her more: the sound of music or the scent of blood. The source of both sensations is a handsome and mysterious man named Casper Sterling. Once the most celebrated musician in London, Sangland, he’s fallen on hard times. Now, much to Ahna’s frustration, the debauched and reckless human is her only ticket back home to the snow-rimmed and magical land of Freesia.

    Together with Casper’s prickly charge, a scrappy orphan named Keen, they seek passage to Ahna’s homeland, where a power-hungry sorceress named Ravenna holds the royal family in thrall. Traveling from the back alleys of London to the sparkling minarets of Muscovy, Ahna discovers that Freesia holds new perils and dangerous foes. Back in her country, she is forced to choose between the heart she never knew she had and the land that she was born to rule. But with Casper’s help, Ahna may find a way to have it all… [>
    ~ Goodreads

  • Bomy’s Flutter: Delilah S. Dawson delivers awesomesauce yet again

  • I read and talked about Wicked as They Come back in October as part of my steampunk galore RAWBL-ing. When I saw the second book in the Blud series up on NetGalley of course I did my best to snatch the ARC and, thankfully, managed to.

    The world of Blud is still as charming in Wicked as She Wants as it was in the first book of the series. Even more so, since this time we’re in Blud from start to finish, while Wicked as They Come took us into the Blud world from our own. If you’ve read the first book, you’ve already been introduced to Casper, the love interest of Ahnastasia, our main character. In fact, Criminy and Tish make a short appearance in Wicked as She Wants, just enough to say “Hi!” pretty much. I loved that, I love novels that stand on their own just fine but include characters from the previous ones in the series.
    The world of Blud is fascinating, with bludmen and bludwomen and pinkies living in something of a delicate balance. Fantastic bludanimals and a parallel world feel dominate the realm of Blud, where history is similar just different enough to make your grin. Or, well, to make me grin. Delilah S. Dawson playfully references authors, places, historical events with the blud spin and I love her worldbuilding, without a doubt. Plus, if the princess Ahnastasia didn’t make you wonder, Freesia’s capital – Muscovy – sort of made it clear to me what historical character she was referencing. Loved, loved, loved how Delilah S. Dawson built this story, just loved it. In fact, because of the setting and story, I found myself enjoying this novel even more then the first in the series. It has more of a classic beauty air about it, and I’m not going to lie, my first love was and will remain classic literature, names that for instance Delilah S. Dawson mentions in her blud-version of the world.

    Ahnastasia was a fantastic main character. She was proud, perky, very able of defending herself and claiming back what was hers. She was a princess in more ways then one, though, and it made her funny, likable. Very well spoken, very proper but self-entitled – something royalty might suffer from, we can guess. She was a very well rounded character, charismatic though not the easy to like type perhaps – that to me makes her even more likable. I like strong and proud and unapologetic and she’s all that. Loved her.
    Casper was an interesting character in Wicked as They Come and he delivered in Wicked as She Wants as well. Charismatic, a powerful presence but tender and thoughtful, he made an awesome pair with Ahnna. While Casper, like Tish, is a human who landed in the Blud world, there’s a duality to his nature that you’ll understand better and better as the story unfolds. I loved his transformation and the Casper version from the end of the novel was, in my opinion, the best possible version of Casper. No, I’m not spoiling your read with clarifications. *insert evil chuckle*
    The tension between Ahnna and Casper was delicious, just delicious. They made the kind of couple I adore reading about, a spin on the enemies turned lovers with a not-so-hardcore enemies instance in the beginning. Sparks were flying all over the place and their one on one, when it happened, was very hot. Slow burn romance and hot one on one, that’s a recipe to make even evil readers such as myself happy.
    Another interesting character was Keen, Casper’s human sidekick. I felt she helped emphasize Casper’s dual nature and she was quite fun on her own.
    Favorite character of the novel: Ahnastasia. {And it’s not as often as I’d like that I love the MC, but she’s just that awesome xD}

    The plot was an eventful adventure that took us traveling through the world of Blud and helped us meet all sorts of its inhabitants and explore some of its lovely landscapes. While the pace of events was alert, this wasn’t the agitated action flavor. This, coupled with the first person narrative writing’s tone make me say the novel has some of that classic charm I so love. The story has a fairytale flair that won me over quickly, the princess fighting to get her kingdom back and falling in love in the process. For a words-geek like myself this novel is a jewel, it’s just so beautiful on all accounts.

    As far as curb appeal goes, the cover is fabulous, the blurb had me hooked but the real selling point, for me, would be the fact that I believe Delilah S. Dawson can’t really do me wrong.

    All in all, I loved Wicked as She Wants to bits and would recommend you try it out. It’s one of my favorite reads of this year for sure.

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