Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Book Review: The Art of Wishing by: Lindsay Ribar

Goodreads Summary: 

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.

My Review: 

ReadingNook Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

The Art of Wishing is unlike anything i've read before. The only thing genie-related that I have experienced would be Aladdin as a child, and Oliver is definitely unlike any other genie i've ever heard of before. He dosen't live in a bottle, and dosen't ride a magic carpet, instead he appears to be a completely normal 16 year old boy.

Margo finds a ring in the bathroom during play rehersal, that ultimately turns her world upside down. She's told she can make three wishes, by a fellow student Oliver, but Oliver isn't at all what he seems. Margo suddenly is thrown into a different world filled with magic and genies, and surrounded by history.

To be completely honest, I really thought this book was heading towards cheesey-town USA when I was about 25% percent done with the story, but although I still kinda felt there was a bit of insta-love, the story ultimately redeemed itself, and left cheesey-town just as quickly as it arrived. I ended up really enjoying the characters, and was excited to find out this book is a part of a trilogy.

I definitely cannot wait to see where the story goes, because the second half of the story really pulled me in and made me a believer of magic!! Lindsay Riber is a debut author for 2013 and I can see her having a long future in the world of YA.

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