(blurb and cover from Goodreads.com)
By: Lindsay Ribar
Publication: March 21st, 2013
Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal-Romance
Synopsis: 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.
To sum up this book two words: It’s different. Normally, when you read a description that uses “Paranormal Romance” you think vampires and werewolves and aliens and that stuff. Does the word genie ever come to mind? Nope.
I liked parts of this book. Margo was a tough character, an independent and I-want-to-do-it-my-way kind of girl. Following her through the story was enjoyable and her romance with Oliver was cute.
However, the book as a whole is not spectacular. It’s different, yes, but not very memorable. If someone were to ask me what the best book I recently read was, The Art of Wishing would not be the first thing that popped into my head.
As I was reading, I felt like the author was trying to make the reader see that, oh no, guys, this is NOT another Twilight rip-off. This is serious stuff, with genies and a kick-butt heroine who does her own thing and doesn’t cry and wait for her 500,000 year old boyfriend to save the day.
I even remember Margo telling the antagonist of the story something along the lines of, “Let’s skip the part where you tell me all of Oliver’s past lovers and I cry knowing that I’m not the first.” Why does the author draw attention this? Why can’t she just let the reader make their own comparisons to other books and realize that Margo was a unique heroine who doesn’t get upset over things she couldn’t change?
One last question: Why does Margo trust Oliver? She barely knows him. Why does she want to protect him so much? Again: she barely knows him. Why does she easily believe that he’s told her the whole story, that there’s nothing he’s hiding about genies and his past? Would she want to save him if she wasn’t in love with him?
Personally, I thought it would’ve been interesting if Margo had given the ring to Xavier and somehow found a way to save Oliver in the next book. But that’s just me.
Summing it up:
The Art of Wishing is a quick read, with sweet (and paranormal) romance. It ends in a cliff-hanger, leaving the reader wondering how Margo is going to deal with the life-changing event that occurred in the last chapter. The Fourth Wish, the next book in the series, comes out this year and should bring us more Margo/Oliver and their genie adventures.
My rating: 3.5 stars.