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Friday, February 19, 2010

Wish

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Wish
by Alexandra Bullen
pub: Jan 2010
322 pages


Synopsis:
For broken-hearted Olivia Larsen, nothing can change the fact that her twin sister, Violet, is gone... until a mysterious, beautiful gown arrives on her doorstep. The dress doesn't just look magical; it is magical. It has the power to grant her one wish, and the only thing Olivia wants is her sister back.

With Violet again by her side, both girls get a second chance at life. And as the sisters soon discover, they have two more dresses-and two more wishes left. But magic can't solve everything, and Olivia is forced to confront her ghosts to learn how to laugh, love, and live aga
in.
Wish
asks the question: If you could have anything, what would you wish for?

Wish does ask some interesting questions. It's that old "be careful what you wish for" scenario. Not that Olivia's wish goes bad it just doesn't turn out like she expected. Do they ever?

This is a sweet story that uses magic to jump start the plot, but it isn't used throughout. The magic is in the dresses that grant the wishes but then Olivia has to deal with the consequences without the use of magic.

Wish is really more of a coming of age story. Olivia was the quiet twin while Violet was the one with the powerful, outgoing personality. Consequently, when she dies, Olivia is rather lost. Not only did she lose a twin but she had been in Violet's shadow. Now she has to find out who she is and determine her place in the world.

Bullen does a nice job with description and she develops her characters well. The relationships worked. While I haven't dealt with this type of tragedy, the feelings and reactions rang true. The family as a wh
ole is affected and while Bullen shows Olivia dealing with her friends, she also shows how Olivia and her parents must muddle through the trauma to find peace and acceptance on the other side.

The story did drag somewhat for me but again,
Wish is more emotional than action and I think it's done well. I wasn't quite sure why the need for all of the excessive alcohol and partying at the end but it didn't ruin the story - just took me out of it since it seemed unnecessary.

The ending wraps up nicely and some things I thought were iffy were given a plausible explanation in the final pages. There was also a nice twist. And the ending does give you a sense of hope. Yes,
Wish is about death and dying but it the tale is an uplifting one. Bullen handles a difficult subject well.

Wish didn't grab me as much as I had "wished" (sorry, couldn't help myself) but I liked it. It's good. Those of you who like emotional, thought-provoking, coming of age stories will enjoy it.

The Cover: It's lovely! The magical and etheral quality really appeals to me, as well as the colors.

First Lines: "You must be Olivia." His shoes came into focus first: squishy loafers with soft raised edges and thick sensible soles.
Don't like it. The dialogue holds no interest for me and who cares about some boring shoes.


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118 comments:

Shy said...

One of my most anticipated books of the year (Yes, my list is like feet long *lol*).

You're definitely right about the cover and I think it really fit perfectly w/ the theme of the book. The story line sounds amazing and the way it connects w/ real life scenarios make it even more interesting =)

Thuy said...

I just got this book! Can't wait to read it.

Rheanna said...

I love the cover very whimsical. But the story line doesn't grab me as much, especially after reading the opening sentence. And your right who cares about some boring shoes!

Aleksandra said...

I love the cover & I'd like to read it :) Thanks for the review :)

Raíla said...

Yeah, this cover is pretty, lovely. I keep thinking I should read it although I feel it's not so good as I'm expecting... IDK!

Precious said...

Wish sounds interesting! She wished her sis back. It's a good thing the wish isn't from faeries - or she wouldve gotten a zombie sis. Great review!!

Chase92 said...

Great review! I like the cover, but I don't think I'll really enjoy it

vonze said...

Wow, the cover is really pretty. But I agree, the opening lines sound a little dull. I'll put it on my to-read-eventually list.

bianca_riot said...

I like the cover. The fact that Olivia has twin makes me wanna put it on my TBR pile because im a twin too. so ill definitely keep an eye out for it when i see it.

Ku said...

I agree with you. The first lines really suck. Thanks for your review. ;)

Aye.Me? said...

I think the cover is beautiful and I liked your pun. ;)

✖Mizz Yasmin✖ said...

Wow!
I just LOVE the cover!

Sarah said...

Sounds like an interesting story but I don't think it's one I'd go out of my way to read. I do love the cover though :o)

Hesperus said...

Thanks for the review. It did give me a better perspective on what it's about and I don't think it's something I'd enjoy much.

But it does have a lovely cover!

May said...

I agree that the cover of Wish is pretty, but it also seems a little too simple to me. This book is going to my TBR pile just because I'm curious to know how Bullen handles the subject of death.

Sasha said...

I also read and loved this x

Beleth said...

I didnt know this book, but the cover is beautiful!

Bunny B said...

A magical dress sounds interesting, but the rest doesn't really :P

Yunaleska said...

Oh wow - I really want this book.

babygirlG said...

Sorry the book didn't do much for you.

ExtremeReader said...

This sounds good. Great review- it really made me want to read the book!!

Book Crazy Jenn said...

Awesome review - though this book does not sound like something I would normally read your review has made me want to pick it up... :) Thanks!

Blodeuedd said...

It does look very cute, I just fear I would think just like you did

Ana C. Nunes said...

I've been curious about this book, though it's not a genre I usually read much about.
And I agree, the cover is lovely.

~Jennifer~ said...

The book sounds great, but the cover is particularly awesome.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

FAB cover. Lovely review :)

Michelle said...

I absolutely love the cover of this book.

I picked it up earlier this week in the bookstore and almost came home with it, but I went with The Iron King instead. I'll need to get this one some other time.

Thanks for the review!

Michelle said...

I absolutely love the cover of this book.

I picked it up earlier this week in the bookstore and almost came home with it, but I went with The Iron King instead. I'll need to get this one some other time.

Thanks for the review!

Cleverly Inked said...

I a so in on Wish. Just need to get to the store

Stacy said...

this books sounds great! It has been on my wish list for awhile but you are the first to review it for me. Thanks for the great review!

Elie said...

Good review. I had always wondered about this one. I like the cover and I always like a twist in the story. Maybe I will wiat for the library copy.

rem said...

It's sounds great!!! I love the cover

Tina said...

Great review! And the cover is just PERFECT :)

Brooke Reviews said...

I almost bought this book, but I actually thought the cover looked a little girlie. So I passed. Thanks for the informational review...now I feel more prepared when book shopping :D

Bani said...

Nice to read reviews and in-depth descriptions on all these books I've seen mentioned pretty often, Wish included. The book sounds more sad and touching than I'd anticipated, looking at the cover.

Liz said...

OMG! I love the cover and I love magic!

I wish I have a magical wand to make better everyone's life! that eould be my wish^^^

Kisses!

Lucía said...

Thanks for your review, I'd like to read this :)

Book Addict Girl said...

What a great review. Wish has been on my TBR since it came out. Now I want to read it even more!

jacabur1 said...

The book since seen in all it's magical mystical glory on a shelf in the bookstore has been (pardon this) on my "Wish" list. Your review does tell me that I will probably wait a while longer but it gives me hope at the same time that when I do read it the story will be worth the wait. Thanks Alyssa and the extra points are nice also but the review this time is what grabbed me to come on in and comment, it made some good points and has me even more interested to see what Bullen comes up with next!

jackie b central texas

Anna said...

OMG What a sweet and wonderful cover! Love it!
Concept seems interesting, and if done artfully can get a nice story. Will try and have a look at it when it reaches my side of the world.

thekams said...

Olivia's situation is definitely a hard one to go through; I'll be adding this one to my TBR pile for sure. I'm interested to see how Bullen handles the subject of death in the immediate family.

Great review! And you're right, the cover is really pretty =)

InABox said...

I think this sounds so fun, like a lovely YA fairy tale. I'd like to read it, especially since it's more emotionally than action driven. That will be a nice change.

donnas said...

Great review. I love the cover but I still have mixed feeling on if this is the book for me.

elaing8 said...

thanks for the honest review,I was iffy about this book..but maybe I'll eventually check it out.

jacobsbeloved said...

I love the cover, but I'm not sure if I am all that interested in reading about death and dying, but it would be a good one to remember to recommend to others who could be going through a similar situation in the future.

pepsivanilla said...

Thanks for the review. The first line doesn't really grab me either. I don't know if this is a book for me, although the cover is cute.

Kristen said...

I definitely want to read this one. Sorry it was a bit iffy for you at parts! :)

Sharli said...

It doesn't really sound like my kind of book... It just doesn't... grab me.
Thanks for the review! ;)

Tynga said...

Interesting review, doesn't seem like something I would enjoy though. Thank you!

Kathy Martin said...

This book is on my TBR stack for 2010 Debut YA Authors but I haven't gotten to it yet. It sounds "interesting".

melissa said...

the opening line is a little dull. while the concept has been done and done, it sounds like there may be a twist to it. interesting.

YA Vampire Books said...

Thids book sounds really good, and I love the cover! :)

Misty said...

I'm still on the fence about whether I want to read this one. And the review has kept me there. I dunno, it'll probably be an on a whim thing if I ever do.

KC said...

Sounds like an interesting read. It may be one of those "mood" books where I have to be in a certian mood to read it, since its about death and dying.

Little Miss Youngblood said...

I've heard of this book before, and it seems like an interesting read, but I don't think I'll read it. It doesn't appeal to me that much. Lovely cover, though. Great review!

Michelle @ The True Book Addict said...

LOVE the cover! This sounds like it might be a pretty good read. Great honest review!

Sapphire said...

The cover is lovely. I like how the stars form dress. ; )

Jen said...

This one looks like a sweet story, but nothing that I'd be super excited to get my hands on. Great review.

xxsquigglesxx said...

This book looks like it's really good. For some reason every time I see the cover it reminds me of barbies. I have no idea why.

samantha.1020 said...

Thanks for the honest review on this one. it doesn't sound like my type of book but I'm sure a lot of others will enjoy it!

Rebecca said...

The cover of Wish looks amazing.

aprilnichole said...

I love the cover! The book sounds interesting but I'm gonna have to think about it if it is slow at times.

oO Mariana Oo said...

Pretty cover, looks interesting. Nice review

Emidy said...

Excellent review! This isn't a book that I want to read right now, but I'll keep it in mind for the future. Thanks!

Emidy
Une Parole

MannaB said...

Sounds like I might or might not enjoy it...I think I will wait for now...

twipippi said...

Great review! I think the cover is pretty but simple.

(: Isa :) said...

I loved your review of it and this has been on my reading list for a while now. Maybe I'll finally get around to it since you approved of it so much. :)

GABY said...

The cover is beautiful, but lately I'm not in the mood to read about dead girls.

I also think that the story isn't original, because its the same "wish always turns wrong".

Jasmyn said...

Yes the cover is gorgeous. It sounds like a great story too.

Jessica said...

Such a lovely cover!

Cats on the Shelf said...

I've been wanting to read this book for a while now, it looks cool. +5=15pts now (I think)

Justine said...

I agree with you on the first lines...It doesn't really tell me anything other than the girl's name is Olivia...and a description of shoes is a bit random, unless there's some sort of significance. Anyway!!! I love the cover, and this sounds like an interesting book. I'll be reading it soon ;)

skyla11377 said...

What A Nice Review. I Have Heard Some Good Things About This Book. I Have Been Wanting To Read It.

Book Monster said...

I'm so unsure about this one!! But it looks so good to!!!

mariska said...

oh, i've been wishing to to read this book, since i read the first review about this !

Jenn-ay said...

I love the cover. And it sounds like a cute, fun read...Hmmm maybe one day I'll get to it, but not anytime soon....WAY too many books to read ; )

Zombie Girrrl said...

Glad to hear that this one's got more going on than just a magical dress! That's what a friend told me, "Oh, it's about a magical dress that grants wishes."
Me, "Well, thats... kinda lame."
Thanks for setting me straight, Alyssa!

bookaholic said...

I love the cover!!! Thanks so much for the review!

WilowRaven said...

This one doesn't sound like it's for me :) Thanks for the review!

Temperance Blackwood said...

I didn't realy like like the cover, when I saw it I thought the book was about some silly magical dress, I thought the book was a romantic comedy or something. I think it doesn'r reflect anything of what you've told us.

Anyway, I think it would be my kind of book. Thank you for the review! ^^

InfinitePlaylist said...

What's it with dead sisters in books lately?
I agree that the cover is lovely but the book itself doesn't sound all that interesting

Sassy CC said...

Wish isn't grabbing me to read it but if it's in library I would pick it up.
As most are saying the cover is very nice.

Seahn

Jill of The O.W.L. said...

You review is similiar to most of the other reviews I've read on this book.

I just love the cover. It's pretty :)

aqtbenz said...

Great review. It's on my TBR list! little disappointed it wasn't fantabulous! haha

Cherry said...

Aa... another one for my evergrowing wishlist :)

Natalie (Mindful Musings) said...

Sorry to hear that it dragged a bit for you. This one's on my TBR list, but it's near the bottom. I'll probably save it for later. Right now, I've got to get through a huge stack of books including The Maze Runner, Catching Fire, and The Iron King, among others! Thanks for the review!

Wings said...

i wanted to read this, but it sounds different to what i expected...

i will still prob read it but it wont be as high on the list now i dont think,

sorry it dragged for you. and yeah loafers? nuh uh hehe

mariska said...

I wish i have that magic dress ! Nice blue cover.

Ryan G said...

Gorgeous cover.

Lea said...

I've got this one on my shelf, so I'm glad to see a positive review! I love the cover as well, it's gorgeous!

Allison said...

Before it came out, I thought it would be the perfect book for anyone's tastes. I don't know why I had that thought. Glad to see a more positive review. I'm interested in whether what everyone is saying is really true. The cover is too lovely for words though :)

Christa Holland said...

I'm pretty sure I'm not the first to say this: the cover really caught my attention. I love it! It made me think Faery Tale & that made me happy (& interested in the book!)

...MY NAME IS ELENI AND I AM A BOOKAHOLIC... said...

Nice review, this book sounds cute ;]

EVA SB said...

I think the cover is incredibly eye-catching and the premise sounds exciting.
When you start bringing loved ones back from the dead you can be sure something is bound to go awry!

It is a pity the author wasn't able to make more out of it.

Brodie said...

I'm in love with the cover too, it's so gorgeous. I have yet to find any of those new trend of purple covers to look anything but pretty! And it sounds like the story lives up to it aswell. I like the sound of it, I really enjoy the emotional reads aswell as action so I'll definitely be checking tit out.

pitu572 said...

Sounds interesting, looking forward to reading it!

Jenny N. said...

I havent read this one yet and I also think the cover looks lovely.

Kathrin said...

Sorry it didn't grab you, Alyssa! From the summary it sounded great, but after your review I might just wait a bit longer until it is out in paperback...

throuthehaze said...

Pretty cover :)

Jessica Secret said...

Good review! This isn't really a book that cathces my interest, but the cover's GORGEOUS!

Nikki @ Bookizzle said...

Sounds like an interesting read. Not one to jump at right away, but something I'll check out in the future. Thanks for your review!

Wanda said...

I loved reading this review. You've definitely made me want to get my hands on a copy of this book.

Bhumi said...

This cover is beatuiful! Unfortunately, from your review, the actual book doesn't sound as good.

Nina said...

It's on my tbr list and I so want to read this one. Look at that wonderful cover, it's beautiful!

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

I like the cover for this book, but I also think it is what turned me off of it. Wish looks like a light-hearted, almost chicklit and that's really not me. Now that I know it has a much deeper storyline, I may have to reconsider reading it.

A Life Bound By Books said...

Great review. Not a book I think I'll pick up, but the cover is fluffy pretty :o)

Thanks again,
-Lisa

Bhumi said...

haha Alyssa I like the little pun you put in your review :)

Amy said...

Hmm..I've seen this in bookstores but haven't really thought about getting it. Perhaps I'll give it a go since I like coming-of-age stories :) thanks for your review!

Kristi said...

The cover is absolutely beautiful - and I do like those coming of age stories, so this one might just be a winner for me.

elizabeth said...

Sounds like this book has potential, but I don't think it's my type of read. Thanks for the review!

Teddyree said...

I like the sound of this one but it might be a library borrow rather than a purchase :-)

Wrighty said...

Love this cover and it sounds like a great premise. Sometimes I'm really in the mood for a sad, sappy story. I'll be looking for this one too!

Sherry @ Flipping Pages for All Ages said...

I love the cover of this too, as do many others I guess! It's very pretty! I've seen lots on this one but I still haven't read it, I will one day tho!

a girl you once knew said...

I want to read this book, and I love the cover. The only thing that is iffy is the dresses. I'm sure if I read it, I'll understand, but why dresses? Why are there suddenly two? The description on the dust jacket gets me until the two dresses part.

I'll probably pick it up at the library, but I might buy it.

Ina said...

you are right - the cover IS gorgeous *sigh* maybe I like the storie more...

Amanda Leigh said...

I've been hearing great things about this book!

Raspberry said...

I know this isn't within 7 days, but I just wanted to commetn anyways. I checked this out and read the flap first and somehow couldnt' find it in me to start it...but maybe someday I'll be overwhelmed again by the cover and try it out.

misskallie2000 said...

Oh I love this book already. I have read so many great reviews. You did a great review.


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