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Oct 19

I Wish & Wishing for You by Elizabeth Langston

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I received the books mentioned below in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

I wish
I Wish by Elizabeth Langston

What Lacey needs is a miracle. What she gets is a genie with rules.

Lacey Linden is hiding the truth of her life—a depressed mom, a crumbling house, and bills too big to pay. While her high school classmates see a girl with a ready smile and good grades, Lacey spends her evenings seeking ways to save her family. On a get-cash-quick trip to the flea market, Lacey stumbles over a music box that seemingly begs her to take it home. She does, only to find it is inhabited by a gorgeous “genie.” He offers her a month of wishes, one per day, but there’s a catch. Each wish must be humanly possible.

Grant belongs to a league of supernatural beings, dedicated to serving humans in need. After two years of fulfilling the boring wishes of conventional teens, he is one assignment away from promotion to a challenging new role with more daring cases. Yet his month with Lacey is everything that he expects and nothing like he imagines. Lacey and Grant soon discover that the most difficult task of all might be saying goodbye.

 

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My review:

I am not a huge fan of YA fiction but this series really piqued my interest.  Everybody always hears about genies but this was definitely a new twist on an old story.  I was a bit disappointed to read about how Grant could not grant obvious wishes, like those for a million dollars, to be beautiful or thin and so on.  Money would have solved many of Lacey’s problems but then this story would have been very short.  I really admire Langston’s mind for coming up with all of these rules, the whole system Grant must follow, and all of the Principals in general.

I really liked I Wish but it was difficult to read.   This book features wildly divergent emotions that you only really feel as a teenager.  It’s nice that Lacey gets to escape through Grant for a bit but then she must make yet another wrenching decision, just one more of many in her troubled young life.

While we do get a somewhat happy ending, I felt sad at the end of this book.  While Lacey may find happiness elsewhere, I feel like her heart will always be with Grant.  And I want to know where Grant was before he came to Lacey.  Lacey found him at the flea market from a lady she had dealt with before.  Did this lady know what she was doing when she sold Grant’s home to Lacey?  I hope to see these questions answered in future installments of the series.

Praise for I Wish

From School Library Journal (I Wish #1)

Langston wisely limits the power of wishes, so there can be no easy fixes to complex problems. [The story] is all the better for it, putting the focus on the compelling and sympathetic characters.

… the denouement offers enough twists and unresolved questions to have readers wishing the next book was already available.

From K-books blog:

I Wish is a fantastic storyline, with a dash of romance that is perfect for any YA fan. I can’t recommend it enough.

From Reese’s Reviews blog:

This is definitely one of the most beautiful and amazingly written books I’ve ever read. Elizabeth Langston has written a fantastic story that drew me in from the first page.

 

 

Wishing for You New

Wishing for You by Elizabeth Langston

She’s a girl who can’t remember. He’s the guy she can’t forget…

It’s her final semester of high school, and Kimberley Rey is curious to discover what will come next. She needs to pick a college, but her memory disability complicates the choice. Will her struggles to remember make it impossible to leave home?

Help arrives through an unexpected and supernatural gift. Grant is a “genie” with rules. He can give her thirty wishes (one per day for a month) as long as the tasks are humanly possible. Kimberley knows just what to ask for–lessons in how to live on her own.

But her wishes change when a friend receives a devastating diagnosis. As she joins forces with Grant to help her friend, Kimberley learns that the ability to live in the moment–to forget–may be more valuable than she ever knew.

 

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My review:

Wishing for You is the second book in this series.  While I don’t think it’s absolutely necessary to read I Wish first, I do think it would go a long way to helping you enjoy Wishing for You.  I think the reader needs to fully see Grant’s background and his growth as a genie.  However, should you pick up the series here, you should enjoy the book well enough.

I find Kimberley’s disability fascinating.  Her lack of short term memory is due to chemotherapy from a bout with cancer.  I have never heard of this happening but of course that doesn’t mean it can’t happen.  It makes me wonder many other survivors of childhood cancer suffer in the same way Kimberley does.

This book is heart wrenchingly sad while also a bit confusing.  I found the dynamic between Kimberley and her friend Sean to somewhat confusing and unrealistic.  Maybe I just didn’t understand enough about how Sean saw Kimberley’s lack of memory to really get this relationship.  As for the sad – have tissues ready.

I was also a bit puzzled by Kimberley’s mother.  To put it bluntly, she seems to be all done with daughter now that her child is heading to college.  She doesn’t want her in the house anymore. I don’t know if we’re only seeing this from Kimberley’s perspective as a teenager but her mom seems to have her own issues.  One moment she’s overly protective of her daughter and the next she wants her to move on to the next step of growing up.

Of the two books, I liked the first one better.  However, Wishing for You is certainly not a waste of time.  I’m interested to see where Grant and his companion “genie”, Camarin, wind up next.

 

Elizabeth
Author Elizabeth Langston


Elizabeth Langston lives in North Carolina, halfway between the beaches and the mountains. She has two college-age daughters and one old husband. When she’s not writing software or stories, Elizabeth loves to travel with her family, watch shows on dance or Sherlock Holmes, and dream about which restaurant ought to get her business that night.

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    Tim Deeter

    i would win $25 paypal

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