Series: I Wish
Published by FictionEtc Press on October 13th 2015
Genres: YA, Fantasy
I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Goodreads
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 KimberleyRey is curious about what will come next. She needs topick a college, but her memory disability complicatesthe choice. Will her struggles to remember make it impossibleto leave home?Help arrives through an unexpected and supernaturalgift. Grant is a "genie" with rules. He can give herthirty wishes (one per day for a month) as long as thetasks are humanly possible. Kimberley knows just whatto ask for--lessons in how to live on her own.But her wishes change when a friend receives a devastatingdiagnosis. As she joins forces with Grant to helpher friend, Kimberley learns that the ability to live inthe moment--to forget--may be more valuable thanshe knew.
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.
In an Oyster Shell – An ingenious contemporary reimagination of the mythical genies. I highly recommend this book.
The Pearls – I thought this was an amazing reinventing the premise of genies and wishes. I loved how the author set the premise of the book. Where the wishes are to better people and the genie as well. I am totally in love with this series.
I loved the relationship between Lacey and Grant. I love that Grant (the genie) is learning more about human behavior in his relationship with her. I love that they influenced both for the better in the end.
I really appreciated the subplots of this book. Though Grant was there for Lacey his influence would go out to all the family.
I liked how this can be read as a stand-alone but is a great set-up for the next book.
The Sand – I have not critiques for this book it was good as is.
I give this a well deserved 5 pearls!
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 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.
In an Oyster Shell – As with the first book it was an ingenious story well worth the read.
The Pearls – This story was so raw it was refreshing. It tackled hard issues like cancer and not everything is rosy in the end. I feel like few books accomplish this well, this one did.
I absolutely loved the main character of this story, Kimberly. A girl with real struggles and a Genie who helps make her life better. It was a great story to follow.
I liked the friendship Kimberly develops with her friend Sean. I also like the romance she develops with another character later. It all works together for a pleasant read.
The Sand – I felt like the voice of the genie was a bit on the monotone side. I was also disappointed that the subplot of Lacey and Grant felt unresolved.
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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