Sunday, 23 January 2011
As You Wish - Jackson Pearce
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins Childrens Book Group; Reprint edition (15 Sep 2010)
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.
Well, what to say about this book, other than it is truly magical.
This book was so well written and had such cleverly written characters.
Viola was totally was someone I could totally relate too. She many issues to deal with, such as her ex-boyfriends sexuality and for that I found her to be a very admirable character. She always stood her ground, and was constantly on a mission for self completion, to become whole. Jackson Pearce dealt with some tricky teenage aspects in life, like self-esteem. This book really gave a strong message to the reader, to always believe in yourself, and never let other peoples thoughts get you down.
Jinn was also an exquisite character, and as I continued on in the book, I found that it wasn't only Viola who was looking for self discovery and belonging, but also Jinn.
The magical elements were all there, mixed in with serious undertones, which I loved.
I loved seeing Jinn and Violas relationship grow, and watching the struggles they had to overcome. You really felt like you were apart of the journey.
But wow. The ending. I thought that the ending was very powerful, and just perfect. This is by far one of my favorite love stories.