As You Wish
By Jackson Pearce
Published September 1st, 2009
Published by HarperTeen
304 Pages, Hardcover
Source: Given to me
Summary from Goodreads:
"Ever since Viola's boyfriend broke up with her, she has spent her days silently wishing—to have someone love her again and, more importantly, to belong again—until one day she inadvertently summons a young genie out of his world and into her own. He will remain until she makes three wishes.
Jinn is anxious to return home, but Viola is terrified of wishing, afraid she will not wish for the right thing, the thing that will make her truly happy. As the two spend time together, the lines between master and servant begin to blur, and soon Jinn can't deny that he's falling for Viola. But it's only after Viola makes her first wish that she realizes she's in love with Jinn as well . . . and that if she wishes twice more, he will disappear from her life—and her world—forever.
Jackson Pearce spins a magical tale about star-crossed lovers, what it means to belong . . . and how important it is to be careful what you wish for."
Before I review this title, I will admit that the last review I posted was two weeks and three days ago. Now I know that this blog is a review blog, and I hope that my lovely readers haven't stopped reading just because I've been slacking on the reviews. I am literally in the middle of ten books right now. I haven't been able to find one that just sucks me in and has me not wanting to stop reading. I'm glad I can finally say that my reading block has been broken. Thanks Jackson! :)
Review: ***** = 5 Stars
I had previously read Jackson Pearce's second novel, Sisters Red, and I loved it. There's something about the way she writes that just draws the reader in. Since reading Sisters Red, I've been very excited and interested in reading As You Wish. I wanted to see how her writing differs, and if I enjoyed her first book as much as her second, or if what I really enjoyed was the fairy tale retelling. I am very pleased to say that I am not in the least bit dissapointed.
I don't need to tell you what As You Wish is about, it's pretty clear from the summary. What I can tell you though is that Jackson Pearce is an artist. Her words flow like it was an effortless task for her to write them, and we all know that writing a book is anything but effortless. If you haven't read one of her books, you should.
It didn't take me long to finish it, probably 5 hours total. The characters are fun and enjoyable, and even when they are sulking there is just the right amount of emotion. The main character Viola, she's smart. She thinks about her actions before she goes forward with anything. And Jinn is sarcastic, which I find quite charming. While I seem to enjoy books where the girl is head over heels for the guy and shes just plain stupid, there's something about a book where the girl is actually intelligable.
If you are looking for a fun, quick read, that is enjoyable and written extremely well, then I recommend this book for you! I have high hopes that you won't be dissapointed.
BTW Jackson Pearce is now on my "will read anything she publishes" list. And she makes the best videos, you should totally check them out. Everybody's Free(To buy a laser printer) or Writers Blok <---Seriously... watch those! :P