The Wicker King – K. Ancrum


33158541The Wicker King by K. Ancrum

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: Borrowed
First Published: October 31st, 2017
Publisher: Imprint
Recommended Age: 13+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Psychological Thriller, Dysfunctional Relationships, LGBT


BLURB:

When August learns that his best friend, Jack, shows signs of degenerative hallucinatory disorder, he is determined to help Jack cope. Jack’s vivid and long-term visions take the form of an elaborate fantasy world layered over our own—a world ruled by the Wicker King. As Jack leads them on a quest to fulfill a dark prophecy in this alternate world, even August begins to question what is real or not. August and Jack struggle to keep afloat as they teeter between fantasy and their own emotions. In the end, each must choose his own truth.

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This book. This book.

I am a kaleidoscope. I am a puzzle in disarray. My heart is … simultaneously heavy and light? Frozen in a total equilibrium room? All I could think as I read it was, ‘‘Please, have mercy.’’

What cruelty. What wickedness.

And yet… I know that I will be rereading this one next year, and the year after, and so on and so forth until the end of my days on Planet Earth.

I couldn’t put it down. I was planning on testing the field, just going through a few chapters to see if it would be for me…

Then an explosion happened. How was I supposed to know there was a bomb planted in the very first chapter, the very first sentence? How was I supposed to know my body would be so strongly affected?

August, my baby. Jack, my… I don’t know what you are to me. Sometimes I hate you, sometimes I love you. I wish you could be here right now so I could slap you or hug you. Perhaps both.

I am cruel to you, too, dear reader, as I am unwilling to give anything away. I need to break the cycle and be clear, precise, eloquent, but right now I… can’t… do that. My emotions have taken over the part of my brain that forms coherent ideas.

This book will consume you.

What cruelty. What wickedness.

You will not be okay. But you won’t drown forever.

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