Hi, everyone. Paul here today. I’m here to bring you the Wishing for You Blog Tour hosted by I Am A Reader Not A Writer. Thanks go to Kathy for all her hard work. Before we get to the tour make sure you check out The Ghost Host Blog Tour and giveaway, The Wishing for You Book Blast, and The Beat on Ruby’s Street middle grade release giveaway, I mentioned last week that I would be involved with this tour. I am happy to have had to opportunity to read and review this book. Before we get to my review, let’s learn a little more about the book and the author shall we?
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.
Praise for I Wish
From School Library Journal (I Wish #1)
Langston wisely limits the power of wishes, so there can be no easy fixes to complex problems. [The story] is all the better for it, putting the focus on the compelling and sympathetic characters.
… the denouement offers enough twists and unresolved questions to have readers wishing the next book was already available.
From K-books blog:
I Wish is a fantastic storyline, with a dash of romance that is perfect for any YA fan. I can’t recommend it enough.
From Reese’s Reviews blog:
This is definitely one of the most beautiful and amazingly written books I’ve ever read. Elizabeth Langston has written a fantastic story that drew me in from the first page.
Wishing for You by Elizabeth Langston
She’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 to discover 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.
Elizabeth Langston lives in North Carolina, halfway between the beaches and the mountains. She has two college-age daughters and one old husband. When she’s not writing software or stories, Elizabeth loves to travel with her family, watch shows on dance or Sherlock Holmes, and dream about which restaurant ought to get her business that night.
Now it’s time for my review:
What I liked best: I really, really enjoyed the main character, Kimberly. I thought the author did a particularly great job of making me feel invested in Kimberly’s life and circumstances. Kimberly was believable, interesting, realistic, and most of all someone I wanted to root for. The instances were she was able to overcome her issues and feel the reward and joy of life were exceptionally good.
What missed a bit: I actually don’t have anything to report here. If I there is anything at all it is the sad circumstances that surround the characters in this story. *** WARNING *** POTENTIAL SPOILER *** I am one that is a sap for happy endings. The truth of the matter is that without these circumstances the book would not have been so compelling and gripping.
Overall: Let me first state that I would not usually pick this genre of book. I am much more of a middle grade, adult, or children’s book reader. With that being said, am I glad I did. I loved this book. There were so many instances of personal triumph that I really felt rewarded for reading it. I know that triumph and growth are often born from trying times, and this was most certainly the case in Wishing for You. I enjoyed this book so much I am planning on reading I Wish. Wishing for You is an exceptional YA book. It is is emotional, rewarding, compelling, and very well written. Kudos to Elizabeth Langston. I am a fan and will read whatever she writes. I recommend this book to all YA fans as well as readers that don’t often read YA (like myself) as it is, all in all, a wonderful story.
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