Thursday, October 14, 2010

READING: As You Wish by Jackson Pearce

As You Wish by Jackson Pearce

Publication date: September 1st, 2009
Published by: HarperTeen
Source: Bought
Rating: 2,5/5

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.

There are times when you read such praising reviews about a book and you instantly want to buy it and read it, ignoring the little voice inside your head that's saying "Don't do it!You know you won't like it.Look the other way!", knowing all along that the little voice is always, always! right.
This was one of those times.

I just couldn't get into this book at all!
I was not drawn to the story at all and I felt that I could stop reading at any point and not miss it.Thing is, the story was what motivated me to read this book, in the first place.I mean, genies, 3 wishes and all that sound so exotic and amazing right?Well, it should.But it didn't.

I just couldn't connect with the characters.Viola was annoyingly selfish and not at all the shy and introverted girl she is trying to come across as.She plays with people's feelings in an attempt to "belong", not caring about the consequences.After the Jinn grants her first wish, and after claiming that she must put a looooot of thought in her wishes becuase they are not to be taken lightly, she suddenly changes her mind and wants to take it back, something which would entail hurting another person's feelings.And she doesn't seem to care at all about that!At fist I thought OK,maybe Viola is way too young(10-12 years old) and she doesn't know better,poor girl.But she is 16!She SHOULD know better!
As for the others, they were pretty much invisible to me.

I am really sorry to have to write such a bad review,but when I started this blog I made a promise to myself that I would express my thoughts about a book, whether it's good or bad.And I guess if I was a middle grader,maybe I could bring myself to like it.But seeing that I am not a middle grader, I must be honest and say that I didn't enjoy this book.

I will give this book 2,5/5. 0,5 is because of the Keanu Reeves line and the ending.

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  1. Thanks for being honest. I have read only positive things so far but I'm usually the one to be opposite. Welcome to the club :-)
    I think I would still give the book a shot.

  2. @Karen Of course you should give it a chance.I am really not trying to discourage anyone from reading it.It just wasn't for me :)


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