Not-Sew-Wicked Stepmom 3 Mixes Love and Warmth with Emerging Threats

Not-Sew-Wicked Stepmom 3 cover of Blanche squatting down with her head propped on her hands.

The affection Sabrian feels is present in Not-Sew-Wicked Stepmom 3, even if she does not realize how he feels. 

Not-Sew-Wicked Stepmom 3 reminds readers why this series is warm, comical, and magical. The story turns dark as a traumatic backstory comes to the fore. However, the series handles it with care and does not shock for the sake of it. Still, laughs are in abundance in this volume as the Founders Ball looms and Abigail hosts a tea party. Not-Sew-Wicked Stepmom 3 builds up the family’s relationship through events while increasing connections outside the trio.

With an original story by Iru and illustrations by Mo9Rang, the third volume begins where the last left off, with Sabrian’s visceral reaction to dancing with Abigail. Translated by Kakao Entertainment and lettered by Chana Conley, the Yen Press manhwa makes it clear that Sabrian’s trauma runs deep. While Sabrian appears irredeemable due to his callous behavior toward Abigail and his daughter Blanche, it becomes understandable. However, it’s still no excuse. However, in this fairytale world where women still wear corsets, therapy seems unlikely. 

Not-Sew-Wicked Stepmom 3 Navigates Trauma

The series delicately handles Sabrian’s history with his previous wife, Blanche’s mom. It does not sensationalize it. Nor does the story subscribe to the belief that boys cannot be victims. It’s not only the way the creators handle his pain that stands out. In addition, they help Abigail realize how painful it must’ve been for Sabrian to see her in his bedroom, pretending like she was going to seduce him.

Again, as there do not seem to be therapists in this world, it’s up to Sabrian to work through his pain. Moreover, the fact that Sabrian shares the story with Abigail demonstrates that he cares for and trusts her. The affection Sabrian feels is present in Not-Sew-Wicked Stepmom 3, even if she does not realize how he feels.  

People Gravitate to Abigail

Perhaps it’s the transition from the wicked stepmother to the isekai Abigail, but her kindness brings people to her. While she still has the villain look, especially when she tries to smile, her warmth shines through. With Blanche’s apparent affection, the mother and daughter pair are the belles of the ball. Even if her smile makes people believe she’s about to commit murder. Not-Sew-Wicked Stepmom 3 always feels similar to Kimi Ni Todoke. Because both Abigail and Sawako possess chilling grins. But behind that lies a kind soul who wants to make friends. 

Not-Sew-Wicked Stepmom 3 cover of Blanche squatting down with her head propped on her hands.
Not-Sew-Wicked Stepmom 3 cover. Courtesy of Yen Press.

In addition to the laughs from Abigail’s facial expressions, there’s more. Now that Abigail and Sabrian are closer, there are hilarious misunderstandings. Sometimes, even intentionally, such as when Sabrian announces during their meal that he will keep his promise and visit Abigail every night. Sabrian, Abigail, and readers know it’s to hold hands, but the staff does not. When Abigail thinks she’s allaying Sabrian’s fears of intimacy and asserts there’s no chance she would ever want him, his face is side-splittingly funny. 

Not-Sew-Wicked Stepmom 3 balances the bitter with the sweet, exploring pain, healing, kindness, and strength. Moreover, none of it feels heavy-handed or misplaced. Instead, it’s a natural offshoot of the characters. Through Abigail, Blanche becomes tougher, able to speak up and look people in the eye. Similarly, Sabrian starts the gradual process of moving past his pain and engaging with his daughter. Not-Sew-Wicked Stepmom 3 is pure delight, joyful, moving, and a gem readers can return to time and again for a pick me up. 

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