RELEASE DATE: January 29th, 2018
AUTHORS: Elise Kova, Lynn Larsh
GENRE: New-Adult, Urban-Fantasy, Magic, Dystopia.
PUBLISHER: Silver Wing Press
BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR.
Josephina Espinosa makes her living as a hacker-for-hire in the Lone Star Republic, a remnant of the fractured U.S.A. That is, until the day she and her best friend are gunned down in a government raid.
With her dying breath, Jo uses magical lore passed down from her grandmother to summon a wish-granter. Her wish? To save her friend’s life. Except wishes have costs, and for Jo, the price is the erasure of her entire mortal existence.
Now, as the most recent addition to the mysterious Society of Wishes, Jo must form a new “life” alongside the seven other members, one of which being her savior himself. Living as an occupant of the Society’s lavish mansion should be quite the perk, but while it is furnished with everything its inhabitants could possibly need, it lacks one thing—freedom.
Her otherworldly identity crisis takes a backseat, however, when Jo learns that the friend she sacrificed everything for is headed down the same path to ruin. Jumping in head-first, Jo uses her newfound magical abilities to protect him, only to realize that the ripples of her actions have far-reaching consequences. When the Society’s aloof leader Snow decides to give her a taste of his own ancient magic, Jo discovers that there are threads woven into the tapestry of her new reality that reach far beyond the wishes she is now required to grant. Ones that, if tugged on, could mean the unraveling of the world itself.
Elise Kova is one of my favorite YA fantasy authors and I was so disappointed with this book. I was really very excited to read it because It was her new series which sounded quite intriguing and It also has Jinns. I just can’t resist books with Jinn. I loved her Air Awakens series and also The Alchemists of the Loom saga but this was one was a huge disappointment. While reading this book, I was wondering “is this really her book” because it really has a great concept but the story’s execution felt pretty much dull to me. Honestly, It wasn’t really great as her previous works and the romance was totally meh. Adding to that, the protagonist didn’t impress me much either. This was actually Elise’s debut in urban fantasy and also her first collaboration with another author maybe the problem lies in that, I’m really not sure but I really hope the sequel is much more improved.
The story follows Nineteen Year old Josephina Espinosa aka Jo who works as an hacker for hire in the Lone Star Republic, a remnant of the fractured U.S.A. One day, she was hired by the Yakuza to break into the Black Bank System but everything goes disastrously wrong when they get busted and gunned down by the government, and her friend Yuusuke gets killed. Jo feels responsible for his death. She suddenly remembers the old magical tale about wish granters her grandma used to tell her when she was young. Without thinking for a second, she completes the ritual and summons a Jinn. Her only wish was to save her friend’s life, but in exchange she had to sacrifice her eternal life and get completely erased from the mortal world.
After Jo’s wish was granted, she’s the newest member of the society of the wishes. She lives in a lavish mansion and meets seven other members like her. The guy who granted her wish is also with them and he was the leader of their group. Jo has a hard time adjusting to her new life when no seems to answer her questions. When she learns that her friend whom she sacrificed her mortal life for is once again heading to the same path, she decides to stop him because her sacrifice would mean nothing if he dies once again. Despite everyone’s warnings, Jo uses her new abilities to help him but even a minute change in the mortal world can bring great consequences. When Jo finally realizes her mistake she decides to make everything right even though everyone forbids her to not to get involved.
I have mixed feelings about our main protagonist, Jo. I liked her sassy and tough personality but when she started to make stupid decisions, she started to seem like an annoying teenager. She’s a badass hacker but I wish she wasn’t too overconfident about her skills. Honestly, She’s really not as amazing as Elise’s other heroines Vhalla and Arianna. The secondary characters were interesting but I wish they were a bit more fleshed out. I wanted to know more about Snow, Nico, Takako, Eslar and Wayne. Everyone seems to have their own stories but no one wants to share them. Seriously, how can you build a connection with the characters if you don’t know anything about them. Snow is one of the major characters but he was barely there in the plot. I like broody mysterious guys but his hot and cold personality towards Jo really irked me. Sometimes he acts like a total douche but sometimes his expressions shows that he has feelings for her which felt major awkward to me. There is a light romance but I didn’t care much about it because it was sort of a insta-lovey thing and here I was expecting a slow burn romance.
The Plot was good but to be honest, it’s a bit predictable and I think it could’ve been executed even better. This book mostly seemed like a prequel because we still don’t know what’s the actual story really about so there’s still hope for this series. The story moved in a fast pace with engaging scenes but it still failed to thrill me. And Argh, that random sex scene was totally awkward. It’s like watching two horny teenagers getting each other off. It seemed like forcing a sex scene into the book to make it a New Adult novel because that scene didn’t bring anything to the plot and it felt unnecessary to me. Another thing that I didn’t like was the single POV. I really would’ve enjoy this book a bit more if it was written in multiple POV. The world building was pretty cool and I want to explore more of the outside world but not the lavish mansion because I had enough of that. The magic in this book is a bit different which is good and I want more of it. I liked the diverse aspect and how every member of the society comes from different regions and worlds.
Overall, it was an okay-ish read! It really has a great concept and intriguing characters but the execution part seemed average to me. However, I still want to give this series another chance and I hope the next book is better than this one.
Despite my issues, I would still recommend this book because you might enjoy this more than I did but if it’s your first Elise Kova’s novel then I would suggest you to read her YA debut series Air Awakens first.
MY RATING:[3/5 Stars]
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