Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Fourth Wish by Lindsay Ribar [Review]

The Fourth Wish (The Art of Wishing #2)3 out of 5 Robots!

The Fourth Wish by Lindsay Ribar
Series: Art of Wishing #2
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release: July 31, 2014
Hardcover:  358 Pages
Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
Here's what Margo McKenna knows about genies: She's seen Aladdin more times than she can count; she's found a magic genie ring and made her three allotted wishes; she's even fallen head over heels in love with Oliver, the cute genie whose life she saved by fighting off another genie. But none of this prepared her for the shock of becoming a genie herself.

Everything Margo's taken for granted--graduating high school, going to college, hating math, performing in the school musical, even being a girl--is in question. Just at a time when she's trying to figure out who she wants to be, Margo is forced to become whomever her master wants. But Margo is also coming into a power she never imagined she'd have. How will she reconcile the two? And where will she and Oliver stand when she's done?

Fans of Every Day and Anna and the French Kiss will love this romantic, magical, and surprising conclusion to The Art of Wishing.
(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
(First of all, what is going on with that cover?!)

Hrm.  I'm going to be honest and say that this book frustrated me a lot and lost a lot of the things I liked about the first book, The Art of Wishing.  Now, The Art of Wishing was not perfect.  I especially hated the beginning and found Margo a hard character to want to read about.  I didn't like her attitude, her selfishness or her self-righteousness.  But the second half of the book picked up and it sort of changed her tune.  Things got really intense with Xavier's plot to kill Oliver, which led to Margo's Fourth Wish which changed her into a genie.  This is where The Fourth Wish starts up, with Margo just getting her powers and trying to navigate her new world.  The Fourth Wish is essentially all about Margo's new experiences as a genie and her trying to balance her human life with her immortal one.  There are no murder plots, or bad guys (except for one real douchebag of a master) so it is essentially a coming of genie age story. 

 But, that's where things derail for me because I could NOT. stand. Margo.  All the parts of her I didn't like in the first book are back: the selfishness, the judgmental attitude, the self- righteousness, the pushiness.  She just doesn't come across as a nice person at all.  She spends most of the book arguing with everyone.  Now, that doesn't mean everyone was great either.  Naomi, Margo's best friend, is especially terrible.  

Now, there were things I liked about this book.  I do like that Ribar tackled some tough subjects like slavery, consent, gender, and sexuality.  I thought she handled them very well and brought some very interesting questions into play.

Overall, though, it was a bit of a struggle for me to be interested in this book.  Margo and I did not click at all and I found her attitude really hard to deal with.

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