Book Review | Saving Wishes

Book Review Saving Wishes
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Illustrator: Gemma Walker-Smith
Published: February 11, 2013
For Charli Blake, being seventeen is a tough gig. She's been branded a troublemaker, her reputation is in tatters and she's stuck in Pipers Cove, a speck of a town on the coast of Tasmania. Thankfully, it's temporary. Her lifelong dream of traveling the world is just months away from becoming reality. All she has to do is ride out the last few months of high school, which is easier said than done thanks to…
5.0Overall Score

Saving Wishes (Wishes #1)

Here are my thoughts and review on Saving Wishes, the first and many books of the Wish series written by G J Walker-Smith.

  • Plot
  • Character
  • Pacing

My Original Review on GoodRead

I didn’t expect to finish this book in less than 24 hours because I haven’t sat down with a delightful book in almost a decade.

.. But I did.

This book delves into the storyline fairly quickly, introducing each character and their meanings without missing a beat. I read one of the one-star reviews and although I can understand the reader’s annoyance about cliff hangers; I don’t think the review was fair on the author nor the intentions of the story. This is part of a series, so I expect cliff hangers into the ending.

Back to the book. I didn’t miss a beat. I read every word. I took in every little visual the author intended to introduce into this book. I know many people can relate to the issues that seventeen-year-old Charli the spider was going through, along with her dreams and aspirations. Then there were the secrets that could have confused any teenage girl who felt her entire life was a lie. Oh, let’s not forget big wonder who helped her build the confidence that she needed to move forward with her goals.

Should the ending have ended the way it did? I expected Ethan and Nic to do what they did, and yes, the ending was a brilliant touch. It leads me to download the next series and in five hours, I will review Second Heart (wish number 2), and hopefully, I’ll find out what happened to Mitchell and Roe somewhere down the line.

What I Should Have Added

As mentioned back in 2017, I did not expect to finish this book. I was heading to an interview and need something downloaded and ready for me while I wait to present myself professionally. I was hooked because the pacing of the story was great. There was no surprise. Charli was very animated and ready to be her person. She had a goal, and she wanted to reach it no matter what happens. Even with all the issues that presented to her such as the town bullies, finding out about her father, and promising herself that she should not fall for Adam.

Wow, I read this book since 2017 and I still remember the story pretty vividly. The characters had a strong buildup. The images and fantasy that G.J. Walker-Smith painted for me were beautiful. I started searching up Pipers Cove, and I wanted to go there. I have cousins in Australia, so I called them and ask if we can search for fairies at Pipers Cove. They just laughed and told me that any ‘Cove’ in Australia was full of surfers.

That brought this book more life for me because surfing was something that Charli loved to do.

I guess you can say that I fell in love with Charli’s childlike nature and her liking to mythical things. I’ve read through 80% of the Wish series already and there is more to love than Charli but I will let you check it out for yourself.

Great literature and definitely something worth reading. I’ve hooked a few friends on to this story and they loved it so much that this was something we talk about. It’s innocent, magical, and heartfelt. You will not regret reading the book one.

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