May 23 2019

Blog Tour & Review: The Wise and The Wicked by Rebecca Podos

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The Wise and the Wicked

by Rebecca Podos
Publisher: HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray
Release Date: May 28th 2019

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, LGBT, Magical Realism
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Ruby Chernyavsky has been told the stories since she was a child: The women in her family, once possessed of great magical abilities to remake lives and stave off death itself, were forced to flee their Russian home for America in order to escape the fearful men who sought to destroy them. Such has it always been, Ruby’s been told, for powerful women. Today, these stories seem no more real to Ruby than folktales, except for the smallest bit of power left in their blood: when each of them comes of age, she will have a vision of who she will be when she dies—a destiny as inescapable as it is inevitable. Ruby is no exception, and neither is her mother, although she ran from her fate years ago, abandoning Ruby and her sisters. It’s a fool’s errand, because they all know the truth: there is no escaping one’s Time.
Until Ruby’s great-aunt Polina passes away, and, for the first time, a Chernyavsky’s death does not match her vision. Suddenly, things Ruby never thought she’d be allowed to hope for—life, love, time—seem possible. But as she and her cousin Cece begin to dig into the family’s history to find out whether they, too, can change their fates, they learn that nothing comes without a cost. Especially not hope.

Tour Schedule


Gypsy-Stevie Nicks

Spirit in the sky – Doctor and the Medics

Radioactive – Imagine Dragons

About the Author

Rebecca Podos’ debut novel, THE MYSTERY OF HOLLOW PLACES, was a Junior Library Guild Selection and a B&N Best YA Book of 2016. Her second book, LIKE WATER, won the 2018 Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Children’s and Young Adult. THE WISE AND THE WICKED, her third novel, is forthcoming in May 2019.
A graduate of the Writing, Literature and Publishing Program at Emerson College and the Creative Writing Program at College of Santa Fe, Rebecca’s fiction has been published in journals like Glimmer Train, Paper Darts, and Smokelong Quarterly. By day, she works as a YA and MG agent at the Rees Literary Agency in Boston.

Review of The Wise and The Wicked

Review (4 Stars): The Wise and The Wicked was filled with rich beautiful dialogue and a magical storyline that will put a spell over readers. Ruby comes from a long ling of women who have the ability to see into the future as to who they’ve become when they die.  Once they see this, they can’t run from it and they can’t change it no matter what they do.  When her Great Aunt Polina dies and it doesn’t match her vision, Ruby and her cousin, Cece, go on a journey to learn the truth about the Chernyavsky women.  They soon learn that information comes with a price and there is more to their history than they could ever imagine.

I enjoyed The Wise and The Wicked and following Ruby on her quest for the truth about her heritage.  This story was well-written, intriguing and I loved the mystery that surrounded Ruby and her sisters.  This was an enjoyable read and I’m looking forward to seeing what Ms. Podos puts out next.




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