A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
This story is grounded in classical Greek mythology.
Strive to understand how your past affects you, but know it doesn't have to define you.
Positive Role Models
The main character finds her way in the world with support from immortal and long-living ancestors, especially in her female lineage. They model and teach emotional regulation, perseverance, and discipline in pursuing a goal.
The main character is a Black teen girl raised by two adoptive moms. She has a romance with another teen girl.
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Violence & Scariness
Consistent with the genre, there are a few gory scenes including fist fighting, stabbing, and murder.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There are scenes of affectionate hugging, kissing, and snuggling between two teen girls who are falling in love.
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There are occasional instances of profanity, including including "s--t" and "f--k."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that This Wicked Fate, by Kalynn Bayron (Cinderella Is Dead), is the conclusion to the duology that began with This Poison Heart. Consistent with the genre, there are a few gory scenes including fistfights, stabbing, and murder. There are scenes of affectionate hugging, kissing, and snuggling between two teen girls who are falling in love. Occasional instances of profanity, include "s--t" and "f--k."
Is It Any Good?
This exciting duology conclusion tops the first book in thrills and fun characters (especially interesting female characters). This Wicked Fate follows author Kalynn Bayron's successful formula of retelling myths and fairy tales with novel plot twists and Black and queer characters. This book works as a standalone, but there's much more at stake emotionally for readers who met Bri and her family in This Poison Heart.
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