Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Review: Wish by Alexandra Bullen

Hardcover, 336 pages

Publisher: Point

Released: Jan 1 2010

ISBN: 978-0545139052

Recommended for: YA fans who like HEA

My rating: 3 /5

My thoughts:

Life is different for Olivia after losing her twin sister, Violet, to a tragic accident. Violet was the outgoing one and now Olivia is having to make new friends and living in a new town with her withdrawn parents. When Olivia brings a dress of Violet's to the local seamstress for repair, a new dress is returned to her instead - a magical one . She wishes for her sister and thanks to the dress, it comes true. Lucky for her, she is granted two more wishes.

We can all relate to growing up, the awkwardness of trying to fit in while at the same time discovering who you are. I enjoyed seeing Olivia develop into a stronger, more confident person. There were a couple of things that bothered me while reading the book though. First, I know it was to portray the 'bad girl' image but smoking rubs me the wrong way. The other is founding too many current trends/names mentioned which make me question how long of a life the book has (as trends change, will the reader connect the same way we do now?) This is a cute but predictable story of self-discovery with a HEA ending but it just didn't WOW me.


  1. I mentioned your review to Alyssa since she recently read this book. She agrees with you. It didn't grab her either.

  2. Ick! Smoking totally rubs me the wrong way, too. I have so much trouble liking characters when they smoke.
    Or when anyone smokes in life, even. Sad this book didn't seem to live up to its potential.