Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Review: As You Wish

Title: As You Wish
Author: Jackson Pearce
Release Date: September 1, 2009
Publisher: HarperTeen
Cover Designer:
Jennifer Rozbruch
Age Audience:
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 named Jinn out of his world and into her own. He will remain until she makes three wishes. But it's only after Viola makes her first wish that she realizes she's in love with Jinn....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.

My Review:
I really liked Jackson Pearce’s other book, Sisters Red, and thought it was her only book until I discovered As You Wish. By the way, please do not make the mistake of judging this book by its cover. The cover makes this book look like cheesy chick-lit. Even the summary sounds cliché. But As You Wish was neither cheesy nor cliché.

I loved the dialogue, it was funny and realistic. Viola and Lawrence and Ollie and Xander could very well be people I know. The plot was simple yet thought-provoking, especially when you’re reading from Jinn’s POV. The paranormal aspect was simple too. It was nice to see that Jackson Pearce knew she didn’t have to come up with a complicated mythology to have a good supernatural story.

In any other paranormal romance, I’d say that a little over a week is too soon for people to fall in love. But since Jinn and Viola spent a lot of time together, their relationship had plenty of time to develop and nothing seemed rushed.

As You Wish was generally fun and feel-good. And now that I know that Jackson Pearce has written more than one good book, I can expect whatever she writes next to be worth reading.

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