Friday, January 15, 2010

Blog Tour For Wish: Review of Wish by Alexandra Bullen


Summary:

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 again.

In a breathtaking debut from Alexandra Bullen, Wish asks the question: If you could have anything, what would you wish for?
 
Review:
 
Ever since seeing the cover and synopsis of this one a while back, I knew Wish was going to be a book I would read. I mean when a book contains wishes and magical dresses I'm definitely in! Luckily enough for me, I truly enjoyed this cute read of love, loss, and magic.

Olivia is a character that brought so much pain and sorrow to the page at first simply because of the fact that she feels like she's nothing without her sister Violet who never let anything get in the way of her living her life to the fullest. Though, as time went on, I liked seeing how she evolved into someone who realized that even when you loose something that means the world to you, you still have to keep going and just live while keeping that person close to you. Plus, I loved how Olivia learned from the mistakes she made because sometimes you don't tend to see that in teen books.

Moving on I liked the different relationships Alexandra portrayed through Wish. Ones that varied from the mixed feelings between the parents and remaining child to typical relationships between friends and boyfriends to my favorite one in the book- the one between siblings. It was refreshing to see just how close Violet and Olivia were and how they depended on each other to help the other. Because of this, there was times in Wish when I just felt like crying my eyes out, since I can't even began to imagine not only hard it is to loose a sibling, but one you were so close to.

The premise in this was also original and fun. I liked how Alexandra incorporated a very different kind of fairy god mother in this one. Plus, as mentioned in the earlier, I loved the idea of wish dresses. I know for one I would love some of those, especially if Posey was making them.

In all, while Wish isn't the most exciting and suspenseful book, it was still a refreshing one that will leave you with a smile on your face by the end.
 
Grade: B+
 
Wish is now out!
 
Source: Publisher for blog tour. Thanks Sheila/ Scholastic!

13 comments:

  1. Great review. I have this on my tbr list and cant wait to read it. It sounds so heartbreaking and at the same time fun to read. Adore the cover!!

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  2. I hadn't heard of this book! Great review and great interview!

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  3. I have this on my to read list. Great review!

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  4. Although I've never heard of this book before, I'm totally sold on reading it now! It doesn't hurt that I have an identical twin sistre myself and I can't imagine life without her!

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  5. I am so excited to read this book!
    It looks so original, great review

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  6. This book looks great! I saw the commercial at school for the book and have been trying to find it but couldn't remember the author.

    Great review.

    ~musicangirl

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  7. I think Wish has an interesting premise and you hit the nail on the head about the emotional impact of losing a sibling...it must be hard to lost that friend/foe of your youth. I absolutely love the cover, it would definitely make me pick it up in the store.

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  8. Thanks for the review! I *really* enjoyed this book too!

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  9. Light, predictable feel-good books have their place. It's good to know that this is a well made one. The idea of a magical dress sounds like a fun new take on the traditional fairy godmother story.

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  10. I REALLY like the cover of this one. And I'm totally intrigued about carrying the story over into a new sequel with a similar premise but different characters.

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  11. The cover is really magical and the plot sounds awesome. Definitely going to hunt this one down!

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  12. I've heard a lot of so-so things about this. It's as if it's a sad book, but lighthearted at the same time. Anyway, I'm looking forward to reading it. Awesome review!

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  13. Great review! This is on our TBR pile.

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