Backlist Review: The Wicker King by K. Ancrum

I really do NOT recommend reading the ebook version, or at least not an ePub, maybe kindle is different. But the ebook I read didn’t have the beautiful ombre from white to black that the physical pages have and it made me sad. I love how the color of the pages represents the conflict brewing in August and Jack’s life. It makes the emotional journey of this story so much more powerful.

I don’t know how Ancrum did what she did in such a short book. This book is told in mixed media and incredibly short chapters that makes this book fly by. It also helps set the dangerous yet adventurous tone of the story. The heartfelt dedication and acknowledgments in the book also make me emotional and I love that Ancrum included them because it made me feel seen in a way I’ve never felt before from an author. Sure authors will admit to struggles with their mental health but the way Ancrum speaks about it is so realistic and I love how she encourages people to find help.

This story is about friendship at its core. Jack and August were flung together by a myriad of situations and when things start to get tough they turn to each other since they have no one else. The way their relationship unfolds, you can clearly see how unhealthy it is, but at the same time you can’t help but root for them and hope they figure out a way to make it work.

Rina is the star of the story for me. I love that she gives August and Jack a safe space. I love that she brings some more sense into their relationship. I love that she loves them enough to finally tell them that what they are doing isn’t healthy and that they need to find help. So many people have friends that will just continually enable them. So seeing Rina stand up to August for both of their sake’s was so heartwarming and compelling.

I love this book so much and I can’t wait to see these characters’ cameos in The Weight of the Stars!

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