Review: I Wish/Wishing For You

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

i wishTitle: I Wish

Author: Elizabeth Langston

Series: I Wish #1

Published: November 14, 2014 by FictionEtc Press

Source: eARC

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.

I picked this book out of the blue-it had a cute blurb and looked like a quick read. I couldn’t have picked a better book! I read it in one night and fell in love!

Lacey is a high schooler who puts on a smile at school while her home life is falling around her. Her mom is depressed, her younger brother wants to play soccer and the bills are months late. Lacey is at her breaking point until she picks up a music box at the flea market. This isn’t an ordinary music box though-a genie lives in it by the name of Grant. Grant can “grant” a month of wishes as long as its humanely possible. Lacey realizes that this is her last chance to turn things around. Grant on the other hand is jaded about humans and thinks all teenage humans are the same-greedy and selfish-until he meets Lacey and he can’t stop thinking about how different she is.

I really liked this book. It was short and sweet in my terms and it made me have lots of feels. I felt heartbroken over what Lacey has endured her whole life and the tragic way her life has ended up. I loved how strong she thinks she is though she is breaking inside. I loved how Grant was portrayed-very sarcastic and prideful and yet he had a sweet side to him. I loved the letters at the end of each chapter-thought it added a little magic touch to it. The writing was good-not great but the character development was awesome!

I can’t wait to read the next book in the series!


I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

wishingforyouTitle: Wishing for You

Author: Elizabeth Langston

Series: I Wish #2

Published: October 13, 2015 by FictionEtc Press

Source: eARC

he’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 about 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.

Another cute story that continues on with from the previous book! In the last book we met Kimberley as one of Lacey’s friends who came back into her life. We found out that Kim had cancer and that she has short term memory loss everyday and so relies on her parents and her ipad to keep her notes straight. Lacey though that giving Grant to Kim would help her out with her memory loss. So we get the chance to see Grant again as well as learn more about Kim.

Kim is a strong character regardless of her memory loss though she relies heavily on her mom to get her through the day. Only until she meets Grant that she comes to realize that she has no independence of her own and only with Grant does she find out what she really wants/needs. A side plot to that main story is the health scare of one of her best guy friends. She helps him through the diagnosis but you know it doesn’t end well. That was super tough to read through and I know I was reading through watery eyes.

Overall this was another cute quick read and I look forward to the next installment!



Review: Spinning Starlight

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

spinning starlightTitle: Spinning Starlight

Author: R.C. Lewis

Series: Standalone but Stitching Snow is like a companion novel

Published: October 6, 2015 by Disney Hyperion

Pages: 336

Source: eARC

Sixteen-year-old heiress and paparazzi darling Liddi Jantzen hates the spotlight. But as the only daughter in the most powerful tech family in the galaxy, it’s hard to escape it. So when a group of men shows up at her house uninvited, she assumes it’s just the usual media-grubs. That is, until shots are fired. Liddi escapes, only to be pulled into an interplanetary conspiracy more complex than she ever could have imagined. Her older brothers have been caught as well, trapped in the conduits between the planets. And when their captor implants a device in Liddi’s vocal cords to monitor her speech, their lives are in her hands: One word, and her brothers are dead. Desperate to save her family from a desolate future, Liddi travels to another world, where she meets the one person who might have the skills to help her bring her eight brothers home—a handsome dignitary named Tiav. But without her voice, Liddi must use every bit of her strength and wit to convince Tiav that her mission is true. With the tenuous balance of the planets deeply intertwined with her brothers’ survival, just how much is Liddi willing to sacrifice to bring them back?

Haunting and mesmerizing, this retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Wild Swans fuses all the heart of the classic tale with a stunning, imaginative world in which a star-crossed family fights for its very survival.

What an amazing novel and story!!! I actually finished this back in August but because of moving and such I am only now getting around to writing the review for this AWESOME book! It’s a retelling of The Wild Swans fairy tale and not a very widely popular one you can guess. The only other book that I’ve read that uses this fairy tale is Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier which I highly recommend reading!

In this retelling we follow Liddi who is the only girl in a family of 8 brothers who are all geniuses and have invented a lot of technology. Sadly, their parents died in an accident years ago and has made Liddi the sole heir to their technology empire. Liddi feels like a disappointment because she is not as smart as her brothers and doesn’t know how to run a technology business she has no idea what its all about. Then one night as Liddi is taking a night walk she sees men in black outfits surround her home and one of her brothers mysteriously appear to lead her away. Only then does she realize and find out that her brothers are missing and her voice is now under blackmail. If she speaks one word her brothers will die and her only hope is to travel to another world to learn more about where her brothers are.

Liddi is a strong character and since she has no voice we get to really listen to what is going on inside her head. She is strong willed but insecure in her place as heir to the technology empire. She is stubborn and makes silly choices but she is 16 and is used to her brothers taking care of her so for once in her life it is up to her and she is full steam ahead.

The world building is a little lacking and the science behind some things can be a little hard to understand. I had to read sections over again to fully understand it but it was worth it. There is romance but it’s a subplot-doesn’t take away from the story and the guy (forgot his name is a little blah anyways).

I LOVED this retelling and I highly recommend anyone to read this that loves fairy tales and retellings-this is a unique story!