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.
♥ Quick Thoughts and Rating: Solid 3-star read! This was cute and entertaining for the most part, but at times I felt like the storyline was battling too hard to walk on one side or the other between a complete contemporary feel or an absolute paranormal one. I think I went into this expecting more of a “fantastical” feeling when it felt more like your typical YA contemporary with a touch of magic.
♥ Review: So here I am yet again with another review for a book I requested once upon a time in 2012 (Gosh! That long ago, huh? Fail much?), and I’m just now getting around to reviewing it. I remember exactly what made me fall in love with the idea of this book and request it: A FREAKING GENIE! As a lover of the great Disney classic Aladdin, I have long dreamed over and over again about the possibility of having my own personal blue dude to grant me wishes, and this was a story not only about A. Freaking. Genie. but also about falling in love with one, and quite possibly being the only person to save his life. So yeah, I was all, Sign me up for that! For the most part, this book really delivered on the epicness of having a genie at your beck and call, only he was a lot less blue and totally giving off more sixteen-year-old adorable vibes (*cough* even if he was rocking triple digits in literal age*cough*). The magic was cute, but not as . . . I don’t know, grandiose as I was expecting, and that was probably because Oliver’s powers really dealt mostly in illusions rather than real magic. Which, if I’m being totally honest, was a bit of a bummer. As characters, I’d have to say that altogether, I found both Margo and Oliver as rather cute, well-rounded characters and I liked the budding romance between them, but at times I missed the chemistry on the page between them and found their love to be a little “insta-lovish”. Yet, for a majority of the book, I thought they were funny and kind of adorable together. There were secondary characters obviously, but if I’m being perfectly honest, I can’t even remember most of their names, so I’d say they were pretty forgettable. As for the plot of the story, I won’t go in to specific details, but I will say that it definitely held my attention even though the pacing seemed to stall in places and the ending felt a little anti-climatic; however, I liked that it felt decisively concluded.
My one major gripe of the whole book can be broken down to this: Oliver kept telling her he had to leave, to escape a former master that wanted to hurt him but he was willing to stick around and give her three wishes on the basis that he needed her to choose them quickly. While I respect that she tried to give him back his ring so that he could just leave and I acknowledge that her character was a “planner” at heart, the fact that she took FOR-FREAKING-EVER to actually decide her wishes– all while he was putting his life on the line, mind you– had me super annoyed. Paraphrasing scenes to follow, but you’ll get the gist of my irritation.
“I need to go. There’s a guy that wants to find me and hurt me.” “Okay, but you can’t just expect me to make my wishes so quickly.” “Fine. Take the night and think it over. I can wait till tomorrow.” … Four days later. “Have you decided yet? Remember I’m in danger here.”
“Oh, about that… I was so busy being wrapped up in enjoying the fruits of my first wish, that I totally forgot you could be killed and I didn’t think on my other two wishes. At. All. #sorrynotsorry”
“I have to leave!” “But could you stay five extra days and watch me sing at a gig?”
“I might die, but sure.”
So yeah, that aggravated me just a bit, but all in all, I didn’t dislike the book at all. It was mostly fun and charming.
♥ Teaser Quote: I thought this book contained a lot of funny references to pop-culture and other books. The following teaser excerpt is a conversation between the heroine and the hero when she learns how old her 16-year-old-looking genie boyfriend actually is.
“Oh god, I knew it,” I moaned, covering my face with my hands. “I mean, I didn’t really, but you’ve been dropping hint after hint after hint, and I should have known. I really should have. Oh god. I’m one of those girls.”
“What girls?” he asked, perplexed.
“Those girls. The ones in all those books and TV shows. Some dumb high school girl galls in love with some supernatural guy, and he’s all, ‘Behold, I am five million years old!’ and she’s all, ‘Oh my god, how can you ever love pathetic little me!’ and he’s like, ‘Because of destiny!’ or whatever. It’s just so . . . ew. You know?”
There was a pause. When I finally chanced a look up at him, he was biting his lip, like he was trying really hard not to laugh.
“What?” I said defensively.
“You’re in love with me?”
“Pfft. No. I’ve known you for like a week.” Another pause. “You’re a really good kisser, though.”
–quote taken from the eARC of The Art of Wishing at 56%
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♥ Rec It? Sure! It was a super quick read and the plot kept me intrigued. I read it all in one sitting and smiled quite a few times. I thought there was enough closure in the ending that I doubt I’ll continue with the series– not because it wasn’t good, rather due to time constraints and the number of books on my review stack. There’s also the small fact that this wasn’t so overwhelmingly amazing that I feel really compelled to search out the next one.
♥ A very special thanks to Dial Books for Young Readers and NetGalley for providing me with an advanced copy of this title.
*Disclaimer: An e-copy of this title was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. However, that did not influence this review in any way. All thoughts, quotes, and opinions will be of this version and not of the published edition.
Full of giggles, flails, snark and Southern endearments. Avid Reader. Lover of swoony boys, kickass heroines, yummy kissing scenes, and pretty prose.
I like to draw hearts in the sky (eternal optimist) and wish on stars (forever dreamer). Documentaries, sweet tea, sleep, and brightly colored knee-socks are a few of my favorite things. ♥
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