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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar

The Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar
"Margo McKenna has a plan of attack for everything, from landing the lead in her high school musical to dealing with her increasingly absent parents. But when she finds herself in possession of a genie's ring and the opportunity to make three wishes, she doesn't know what to do. Especially since Oliver--not blue-skinned, not bottle-dwelling, but a genie nonetheless--can see more than what she's willing to show him. With one peek into her mind, he can see the wishes that even Margo herself doesn't know she wants.

But Oliver comes with more than just mind-reading abilities, a flair for magic, and the prettiest eyes Margo's ever seen. Someone from his past is hunting him--someone bent on killing him, along with all the other genies in the world, for the sake of honor. And as Margo soon discovers, it will take more than three wishes to save him.

A whole lot more."- summary from Amazon

First off, I want Book 2 now.

Honestly, that should tell you enough about how much I loved this book that I want more of it now. But I guess I must delve deeper!

Genies are very underutilized in YA. I feel like I've only read one other (As You Wish by Jackson Pearce) but I feel like I've read another and forgotten about it (if anyone knows, tell me in the comments). There needs to be more! This story was so good. I absolutely loved Ribar's prose; it flowed really well, and kept me reading huge chunks of pages in a sitting.

Margo is a great character (and she loves theatre- yay!), and I loved seeing her grow closer to Oliver as the story went on and he came more and more into her life. Such a sweet romance! Gah, I loved it! I can't wait to get back into this world and read about them again in the next two books.

Also, that ending came out of nowhere! I thought it was gonna go one way and then it went a completely different direction. Which was nice to see. I'm interested to see how the series continues from this point.

Overall, a wonderful debut and a thrilling start to a series. Go check it out!!

FTC: Received e-galley from Netgalley. Link above is an Amazon Associate link; any profit goes toward funding contests.


  1. This sounds really cute, I have never read a genie book but I really like the sound of having wishes granted, the characters and romance sounds great so I'll definitely have to look out for this one.

  2. This sounds totally unlike anything I've read before. I don't think I've read the synopsis before today but I always thought it was a contemporary. But, genies? Wishes? Cool! I'm in. : )