Book Review: The Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar

Posted July 25, 2013 by Debby in Book Reviews

Book Review: The Art of Wishing by Lindsay RibarThe Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar
Series: The Art of Wishing #1
Published by Dial Books for Young Readers on March 21st, 2013
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 314
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

He can grant her wishes, but only she can save his life.

Margo McKenna has a plan for just about everything, from landing the lead in her high school play to getting into a good college. So when she finds herself in possession of a genie's ring and the chance to make three wishes, she doesn't know what to do. Why should she put her life into someone else's hands?

But Oliver is more than just a genie -- he's also a sophomore at Margo's high school, and he's on the run from a murderer. As he and Margo grow closer, she discovers that it will take more than three wishes to save him.

A whole lot more.

4 Stars

The Art of Wishing is a sparkling and original story that is just completely enjoyable. Practically from page 1, I was hooked. I was in the mood for something light and compelling, and this book certainly delivered. It’s a refreshing take on the paranormal genre with heavy influences from the contemporary, and all around a stunning debut from Lindsay Ribar.

Now, as you can gather from the synopsis, this book is about a genie. Yes. Oliver appears before Margo and can grant her three wishes. I’m not a big paranormal reader, but this was such a refreshing and cute, adorable concept that I couldn’t help liking it. It was entertaining from the get go. And genies being largely unexplored so far, I felt like it was much more interesting to gradually find out about the world, its rules, and the “creatures”.

Margo was an extremely enjoyable main character, and since I’ve just read The Distance Between Us, I can’t help but compare her to Caymen. Because, yes, she is that awesome. Though not quite as sarcastic as Caymen, Margo deals out her own fair share of wit, and for the rest she’s an extremely realistic character. She acknowledges her own flaws and struggles through taking the high road in frustrating situations. She just felt very human and relatable.

Oliver was absolutely adorable. He was just… so sweet and dreamy. He made me giggle. I was literally giggling over this book in public, at the train station. And I regret nothing. Their romance was so cute and wonderfully paced. All of the squees.

He paused, his fork hovering just above his plate. He looked at the waffle in question, and then back up at me. “That was the real reason I decided not to change. Not because I didn’t have time, although that was part of it. It was because I already liked, um, waffles.” He laughed, squeezing his eyes shut for a second. “I’m sorry, I can’t do this. This is a terrible metaphor. I already liked you, Margo, and I liked liking you, and I didn’t want to risk ruining it.” The Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar
So the story itself read mostly like a contemporary romance, which struck just the right chord with me. The paranormal elements mixed in worked rather well and made it even more enjoyable. My only disappointment, really, with this book was the ending. Without spoiling anything, I’ll just say that I thought it would have done so much better by going in any other direction. It was the most cliché ending that, all throughout the book, I was hoping wouldn’t happen. However, I do like that it didn’t really end on a cliffhanger. This book could be read as a stand alone despite it being in a series. And I have no idea where the story will go next! But I am excited!

Summing Up:

This is a solid debut novel from Lindsay Ribar. You can immediately tell her talent for writing and her involvement in the industry just by how this doesn’t read like it’s a debut at all. Solid writing, adorable characters, original concept, and all around enjoyable. If you need a light read to cheer you up, the perfect mix of paranormal and contemporary, definitely pick this one up.

GIF it to me straight!

Recommended To:

Anyone in the mood for something different, and fans of contemporary romance.

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13 responses to “Book Review: The Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar

  1. readerswonderland

    I love when a book hooks you right from the start and you just know it's going to be a great read. I don't know much about this one but it sounds really cute. Aw, too bad about the ending, that can really ruin it for me. I loved Eleanor & Park but the ending of that ruined the whole book for me. Great review, Debby!

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  2. I like Aladdin when I was a kid and I've been looking forward to read this book. It seems like an adorable read — exactly what I need right now! Especially thanks to piling school assignments, I've been a little stressed out lately so hopefully something adorable and light or fantasy and paranormal can boost my mood!
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  3. I think, while I was hesitant about the ending, the great rest of the book overpowers that. It was a great light read over all 🙂

  4. YES. I read this while I was trudging through Adela Arthur and it was JUST the right kind of pick me up. 🙂 Very light, very adorable. Hope you like it!

  5. Most paranormal really doesn't work for me either. It seems to be where the worst of the tropes, especially romance ones, go to die, or at least I hope that awfulness is their last gasp. I may be optoomuchistic though. Anyway, yay for the occasional good paranormal. *hugs Lindsay*

    Margo is pretty great, and I remember her being awesome in a totally normal girl sort of way.

    Gah, Oliver. So adorable. *pats his head*
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  6. Yesssss paranormal romance is often just SO cliché I just can't even with that. Sooo this one definitely improves upon that. 🙂