Sunday, July 25, 2010

Wish by Alexandra Bullen

From Goodreads:
For broken-hearted Olivia Larsen, nothing can change the fact that her twin sister, Violet, is gone... until a mysterious, beautiful gown arrives on her doorstep. The dress doesn't just look magical; it is magical. It has the power to grant her one wish, and the only thing Olivia wants is her sister back.

With Violet again by her side, both girls get a second chance at life. And as the sisters soon discover, they have two more dresses-and two more wishes left. But magic can't solve everything, and Olivia is forced to confront her ghosts to learn how to laugh, love, and live again.

The "Don't judge a book by its cover" platitude does not apply when it comes to this book. I have never seen such a stunning book cover in all my life. It's what drew me to read it.

But did the book live up to the cover? Not entirely.

There were a lot of great lessons in this book about love and loss, but there was also a lot of fluff too, fluff that masked some of the beauty. At the same time, that fluff I'm sure helped to lure in girl readers who like reading about fashion and cute boys.

Line that finally won me over:
"What's the point? Violet repeated, her voice becoming gravelly and almost harsh. "You know, life doesn't have to be something you watch happen to everybody else. You say you want things to change, but nothing's going to change until you change it."

This line came at the midway point in the story and made the reader understand Violet's purpose to the story. There's an even more powerful line uttered by Violet towards the end of the story that relates to this one but I would be giving too much away if I told you what it was.

This book did not blow me away as much as the cover did, but it was definitely worth the read and I think it teaches a valuable lesson about not dying along with those we lose.

Wish by Alexandra Bullen
First Published: January 2010
Pages: 336
Genre: Fantasy
Audience: Young Adult

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