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ARC Review – Wishing Heart by J.C. Welker

ARC Review – Wishing Heart by J.C. WelkerThe Wishing Heart by J.C. Welker
Published by Entangled Teen on May 1, 2017
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 370
Source: Publisher

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


With a book in her bag and a switchblade in her pocket, Rebel's been thieving her way through life while hoping for a cure to fix her ailing heart.
But when the bejeweled vase she just tried to hawk turns out to be a jinni's vessel, Rebel gets lost to her world and dragged within another. Now every magical being in the city wants the vase for himself.
Thrust into a game of cat and mouse in a world she never knew existed, Rebel must use her uncanny skills to find a way to free Anjeline the Wishmaker.
But wishes have consequences. And contracts. Anjeline's freedom could unravel a love like Rebel has never known, or it could come at the cost of Rebel's heart...

Rebel is a thief with a pocket knife and a book that is special to her. One night she takes a golden vase. When she goes to pawn that vase it stirs up all the magical creatures in London. What she really took was a vessel that holds a wishing Jinni and all the magical creatures want it. Thrown into a world of magic Rebel finds things she only thought were stories. As she evades the magical creatures to help the Jinni become free she battles with her weak heart. Will she survive to help the Jinni become free?

In ” an Oyster Shell – A fantastical paranormal urban fantasy that’s fast paced.

The Pearls – The idea of a magical side of London was intriguing to me. First I liked that it was set in London. I always like being taken to places that I haven’t been in a book. The next thing is adding a magical side to London. Everything is not as it seems. It makes for an invigorating read.

The main character Rebel was a beautifully flawed character. She was weak but in her weakness was strong. She was a pure heart which enables her to wish without consequences. This also makes her a target for the dark magician Nero. Who is looking for someone like her to grant him the wish of immortality.

The action was non-stop. You almost needed to take a breather it was that intense at times. There were lots of twists and turns. I kept reading faster to know what happen. Rebel and the Jinni got into so many binds. It was gut-wrenching at times. It’s almost like they couldn’t catch a break. Yet they did at certain parts of the book. I’ll say it again it was intense.

The Sand- I wish there had been some indication that this was and LGTBQ book. This is not a genre that I read.

4 Pearls!

4 Stars

About J.C. Welker

J.C. Welker is a YA author who’s been, among other things, a fashion designer, a filmmaker and a kickboxer (seriously).

Her short documentaries which focused on homeless vets and LGBTQ issues in the military have been featured on CURRENT TV, and her novel won first place in the paranormal category of the 2016 YARWA Rosemary Awards. She continues to work towards giving a voice to LGBTQ stories, while facing magic and monsters along the way.

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