Publishing Date: November 18th, 2014
Page Count: 312
Source: Sent for review
Format: Paperback ARC
Description from Goodreads.com:
What Lacey needs is a miracle. What she gets is a genie with rules.
Lacey Linden is hiding the truth of her life—a depressed mom, a crumbling house, and bills too big to pay. While her high school classmates see a girl with a ready smile and good grades, Lacey spends her evenings seeking ways to save her family. On a get-cash-quick trip to the flea market, Lacey stumbles over a music box that seemingly begs her to take it home. She does, only to find it is inhabited by a gorgeous "genie." He offers her a month of wishes, one per day, but there's a catch. Each wish must be humanly possible. Grant belongs to a league of supernatural beings, dedicated to serving humans in need. After two years of fulfilling the boring wishes of conventional teens, he is one assignment away from promotion to a challenging new role with more daring cases. Yet his month with Lacey is everything that he expects and nothing like he imagines. Lacey and Grant soon discover that the most difficult task of all might be saying goodbye.
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As you know, the paranormal is my thing! I feel like I have read about a good chunk of paranormal "creatures", but what I have never read a book about is a Genie. I Wish is my first encounter with "The Beings", and I really enjoyed it! What I really loved was how believable and realistic the story was.
For one, Grant (our Being) can only grant wishes that humanly possible and not against the law. This means you can't ask for things you would normally wish for. If you want new clothes then you need to either give Grant the money to go buy them or give him money for fabric to make them for you. This simple fact make the entire experience that more enjoyable. It was so fascinating to see what kinds of things Lacey would wish for when really she just had someone who was forced to help her with things.
Lacey, our main character, is the first person Grant has helped who wasn't selfish. All of her wishes are for things that make her family's life easier. In the past, Grant was used to dealing with superficial teens who treated him as nothing but a servant. Lacey may not be selfish, but she is one hard nut to crack. She has a LOT going on in her life that she needs help with, but she can't and won't ask for help. This made Grant's month with her pretty hard, but somehow he saw through her hard exterior and fell for her.
What made the small amount of romance in this book so believable is that although they have only known each other for less than a month, Grant has been there to help her every step of the way. He has truly made her life easier when she thought she couldn't lean or depend on anyone but herself. Lacey didn't know it, but she needed someone to be there for her and she found it in Grant. Ever since her stepfather died, Lacey has had to take care of both her mother and little brother, and everything in between. Her mom is extremely depressed and can't leave her bed, leaving Lacey to try and figure out how to take care of an entire household while keeping it all a secret. Grant is the first person that Lacey (begrudgingly) lets in on her huge secret.
The only bad thing about this book was the ending. It really truly sucked, and I don't mean that in a bad way. Unfortunately, this book doesn't end with a happily ever after. It was so heartbreaking and it made me so unhappy, but it was the right thing to do. As much as the ending hurts and sucks, it is what's best. Thankfully, there are at least two more books in the series so, I hope this isn't truly the end!
I really enjoyed this book a lot. Lacey is a very tough character, but that is because she has had nobody but herself to depend on. Ever since her stepfather died, she has had to take care of everything, and it has been a long, rough road. When she finds Grant, her life truly changes for the better and she finally learns that she has to let people in. She and her family need help, and there is nothing wrong with letting people in. I loved how believable everything was, and although the ending was not a happily ever after, I think it was the best call. I will definitely be continuing on with this series!
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 5/5
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