Review: WISH by Alexandra Bullen

Wish
TITLE: WishAUTHOR: Alexandra Bullen – Web, Blog
GENRE: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
FANTASY ELEMENT: Wishes/Magic, Ghost
PUBLISHED: Point (Jan 12, 2010)
FORMAT: Kindle eBook
SOURCE: Freebie from Amazon




SYNOPSIS: (Provided by Publisher)
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.

REVIEW:
This book is a cute little story about loss and love. It’s not epic but it is interesting, beginning to end. The story idea is sweet and the dresses are beautiful and vibrant. I love how some authors can make you see the things in their stories. I liked the little twists and turns in the story line, especially the ones I wasn’t expecting.

Olivia is much like me: timid, afraid of new places, etc. I loved how her sister’s “ghost” helped her fit in her new school and showed her how to be more outgoing. I love how it helped her deal with the the grief of losing her sister. (I imagined half way through that had she had to grieve her sister alone, it would have taken much longer.)

RATING:
I was not expecting to like this book but it turned out pretty cool. I’d rate it at a 3. Good. No regrets. It was interesting how the popular kids in the school were actually pretty good kids. I liked how deep Calla was portrayed and I was actually rooting for her friendship.

Wishful ThinkingWhen I finished this book on the Kindle, I found the first chapter of book 2 there… I had to read it of course. I was hesitant to care, because where could this story go? But it hooked me right away and doubled the wishing trouble! The second book: WISHFUL THINKING was released on Jan 1, 2011. I guess it’s going on my reading list.

RECOMMENDATIONS:
This is a great novel for teens who like a tender story. Sadly there is little parent involvement but the reason is believable. There is also drinking and a few kisses.