Release Date: August 25, 2009
Hardcover: 304 pages
Age Group: Young Adult
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Ever since Viola's boyfriend broke up with her, she has spent her days silently wishing—to have someone love her again and, more importantly, to belong again—until one day she inadvertently summons a young genie out of his world and into her own. He will remain until she makes three wishes.Jinn is anxious to return home, but Viola is terrified of wishing, afraid she will not wish for the right thing, the thing that will make her truly happy. As the two spend time together, the lines between master and servant begin to blur, and soon Jinn can't deny that he's falling for Viola. But it's only after Viola makes her first wish that she realizes she's in love with Jinn as well . . . and that if she wishes twice more, he will disappear from her life—and her world—forever.Jackson Pearce spins a magical tale about star-crossed lovers, what it means to belong . . . and how important it is to be careful what you wish for.
I know, I'm so late in reading a book by the awesome Jackson Pearce. I've been a fan of hers for a while now. I love her Youtube videos! Which, by the way, if you haven't seen them yet, you should. (You can find them here! They are seriously hilarious and you'll get sucked in and want to watch all of them!)But anyway, now that I've finally read one of her books--which is her debut book from 2009--I am even a bigger fan of hers! She didn't disappoint!
Honestly, I'll admit, it was a little slow at first. It took me a bit to get into it. That is mostly because of the fact that my last book was an Urban Fantasy. You do get sucked in though. And once you do, you have to keep reading. You wonder what is going to happen next with Viola and Jinn. It's one of those books that seems contemporary, but has a slight paranormal touch to it. Which I LOVED!
I really liked Viola. I could really relate to her from when I was in high school. I chose to be invisible, but at the same time I still looked at all the "popular" kids and longed to be in their group. And I really liked Jinn, he was really sweet and genuine and unlike all the other Jinn he actually wanted his "masters" to wish for what they want to be happy, instead of tricking them into wishes.
Overall, it was a pretty fast read. Mostly because the writing flowed so well together, and then a tiny bit due to how the font was. This was a very unique idea, I can't think of any other book with a genie in it. Which is awesome. It really had me thinking about what I'd wish for if I had the chance, and it's hard to pick just three! You want to really think about it and make it perfect!