Review: The Art of Wishing

The Art of Wishing (The Art of Wishing #1)
by Lindsay Ribar
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Goodreads summary:

He can grant her wishes, but only she can save his life.

Margo McKenna has a plan for just about everything, from landing the lead in her high school play to getting into a good college. So when she finds herself in possession of a genie's ring and the chance to make three wishes, she doesn't know what to do. Why should she put her life into someone else's hands?

But Oliver is more than just a genie -- he's also a sophomore at Margo's high school, and he's on the run from a murderer. As he and Margo grow closer, she discovers that it will take more than three wishes to save him.

A whole lot more.

What I thought:

I wasn't quite sure, going in, what to expect, but it was such a fun read! I loved this one! The story flowed really well, making it easy to get into. I loved the sarcasm and the voice of the characters! I liked how the author let her characters be realistic, at least they seemed that way to me. There also seemed to be a good balance between the characters and the roles they played. I felt like the conversations were definitely suited to their ages and relationships.

I liked how Margo acts like a teenager. Even though she could be dramatic, she was mature enough to figure out when she was probably overreacting or when she shouldn't do what she felt like doing. One example would be when she doesn't get the lead in the play like she was planning on and she wants to hate the person who did, but she knows that's wrong, so she tries to be nice to her and act like it's no big deal anyway.

I thought Oliver was a great character! He was kind of happy-go-lucky, but with this hidden depth or seriousness that peaks through. He seemed to fit what I would think a leprechaun or genie would be. He is also swoon worthy, with deep green eyes. When Margo finds out that Oliver might be acting, she doesn't take it very well and for good reason. Everything doesn't just fall into place. There are some rough spots here and there in their relationship.

So why did I only give it four and a half stars? I felt like Oliver should have been a little stronger against Xavier. I also wasn't completely happy with the ending. I understand it and it worked. I'm just not completely satisfied, but that's all I'm going to say. You'll have to read it yourself to find out why. :)

UPDATE: I did find out that there will be a second book, so I can accept that ending now.

Overall, this was a great read and one I definitely would recommend to those who enjoy Contemporary YA. I loved the quirkiness, the characters, and the sweet romance. Definitely pick it up!

Content: Some innuendo, a few swear words, some violent moments.
Genre: YA Contemporary/Fantasy
Publication date: March 21st 2013 by Dial Books For Young Readers
Source: NetGalley

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  1. I've had this one on my wishlist! I'm glad you liked it. I've only heard good things about it. I'll have to pick it up soon.

    1. It really surprised me, in a very good way! I've heard that this might be part of a series, so maybe the ending can be redeemed for me. :)

  2. I've heard good things about this one and I'm goin to try to get it from the library!

    1. I really liked it! There aren't any serious issues delved into or anything, but I definitely think it's worth reading.


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