The Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar
First impression: Sounds interesting
Last impression: *immediately starts second book*
Format: Library Paperback / 336 pages
Publishing Info: March 21st 2013 / Goodreads
Other books read by author: None
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.
- I was intrigued by this book when I saw the premise. It was a really unique and compelling take on genies. I loved learning about what being a genie entails and how it can be a lot different than the mainstream interpretations of what genies do. (I’m kind of making it sound like genies are real now… maybe I’m convinced.)
- The writing style in this book was really fast-paced and enjoyable. It was very easy to read, which is what I was in the mood for!
- I’ve noticed this a lot in some of the books I’ve read lately: I like the slow release of information. It was over halfway through the book when I finally felt like I fully knew what it was like to be a genie and how Oliver’s life worked. I like jumping right into the middle of the action then learning more about the backstory as the book goes on.
- I loved that this felt much more like a contemporary romance with some fantasy mixed in. The main characters grow closer and develop a relationship despite the fact that Oliver is a genie. It just felt like I was reading a cute romance story and OH YA he’s a genie too I guess. The paranormal/fantasy aspects were really cool and I loved when they were mixed in, too.
- Oliver is so cute. I love him. That’s all.
- The concept behind the book overall was really interesting. As I said before, I just couldn’t stop reading because of the pace, the story, and the characters. I just sat on my porch in my chair and read the last 70% of the book in one sitting.
- Not many negatives with this one! One thing that bugged me was the backstory about Margo’s parents. There were constant references to a Parent Trap kind of situation, but I was surprised when they weren’t fleshed out completely. The vibe I got was that the parents were together, got divorced, and got back together. I think their characterization and story could have been developed a little more. It was unclear what actually happened with them, except for they were back together and honeymooning all over the place.
- Some of the conversation style was a little awkward. I didn’t feel like I was reading a book about high schoolers a lot of the time. They would say things like “That I do” or “Indeed I am,” instead of just talking normally. I only noticed it a lot at the beginning of the book, but it was still kind of weird.
- The ending was confusing. It all happened very quickly and I wasn’t sure who was doing what and why. I didn’t like that a few things (like Margo’s relationship with her best friend, Naomi) were left open-ended. Granted, there’s a sequel that I think picks up right where this one left off, but still. It felt unfinished and I would have been pissed if I read this book when it first came out and then had to wait for the second book.
If I could describe this one in one word, I would say it’s interesting. Not in the sarcastic weird way that people use that word. I was just so interested in reading it and finding out what was going to happen with Margo and Oliver’s story. It was unique, compelling, and really cute. It’s a quick read that has some elements of magic while maintaining the contemporary romance feel. I loved the characters, learning about Oliver’s story, and seeing them grow closer. The ending was a little confusing, but I know it’ll be cleared up in the sequel. Some of the awkward dialogue happened early in the book but kind of faded away throughout. Overall, this one gets a solid four stars from me. I’m tempted to increase the rating a little because I enjoyed it so much, but it didn’t blow me away enough to move onto an all-time favorites list. I will eagerly read the sequel immediately after typing this review, because I’m too invested in this story to wait any longer!