I Wish by Elizabeth Langston
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.
From K-books blog: I Wish is a fantastic storyline, with a dash of romance that is perfect for any YA fan. I can't recommend it enough.
From Reese’s Reviews blog: This is definitely one of the most beautiful and amazingly written books I’ve ever read. Elizabeth Langston has written a fantastic story that drew me in from the first page.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have your very own genie? But wait, there are rules now. You get more wishes, but the wishes can’t involve magic and have to be completed in one day and humanly possible.
When Lacey “accidentally” gets her own genie named Grant, he is hers to provide wishes for an entire month. Between her totally depressed mother, her eight-year-old brother, her job and their lack of finances, Lacey has more than she can handle and would prefer a good old-fashioned miracle. Besides, how do you explain the hunky guy suddenly hanging around your house?
Lacey and her family have quite an adventure over the month of wishes that Grant provides. There are surprises and scares and both Lacey and Grant learn a thing or two.
I liked the way the story was written with each chapter alternating with a short report from Grant to his boss about the activity of the day from his perspective. This allows the reader to get a bit of a view of both Lacey’s and Grant’s view of things.
I liked how Lacey grew as a person through the novel and became able to accept help from others, learning that it is okay to accept help sometimes. But the biggest growth was what happened in Lacey and Grant’s relationship. That took a great deal of maturity.
I Wish was a fun fantasy, clean romance novel to read. It was rapidly paced and enjoyed reading it. I am looking forward to reading the sequel, Wishing For You. If you would like a light, easy book to read, I would recommend I Wish, for all ages. I gave this book a rating of 5 stars out of 5.
Thank you to the publishers via NetGalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion is not required. All thoughts are my own.
Wishing for You by Elizabeth Langston
She’s a girl who can’t remember. He’s the guy she can’t forget…
It’s her final semester of high school, and Kimberley Rey is curious to discover what will come next. She needs to pick a college, but her memory disability complicates the choice. Will her struggles to remember make it impossible to leave home?
Help arrives through an unexpected and supernatural gift. Grant is a “genie” with rules. He can give her thirty wishes (one per day for a month) as long as the tasks are humanly possible. Kimberley knows just what to ask for--lessons in how to live on her own.
But her wishes change when a friend receives a devastating diagnosis. As she joins forces with Grant to help her friend, Kimberley learns that the ability to live in the moment--to forget--may be more valuable than she ever knew.
Author Elizabeth Langston
Elizabeth Langston lives in North Carolina, halfway between the beaches and the mountains. She has two college-age daughters and one old husband. When she's not writing software or stories, Elizabeth loves to travel with her family, watch shows on dance or Sherlock Holmes, and dream about which restaurant ought to get her business that night.
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