REVIEW: The Wish List by Gabi Stevens

Title: The Wish List (Time of Transition, #1)
Author: Gabi Stevens
Format: paperback, 371 pages
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: library
Published: May 2010 by Tor Books

In the magical world, a TIME OF TRANSITION occurs every seventy years. Old Council members step down and new ones are chosen; but the biggest change is the appointment of the new Fairy Godmothers. Unlike their role in storybooks, Fairy Godmothers protect the barrier between the magical and the human world.

Three new godmothers discover their destinies in this three book series. Only this time the Transition won’t be smooth.

Why I Read this Book: Let me start off by saying this: Never judge a book by its cover. Or by its blurb for that matter. When I first saw the cover for The Wish List, I thought it was a YA novel. There’s lots of pink and sparkles going on, a super cute swirly font and it has a whimsical feel to it. Now, there’s nothing wrong with YA. I love YA! But I’m not a big fan of fairies so what I do read, that involves fairies, is very minimal. I need a strong romantic element to carry me through it. And there wasn’t any hint of romance in the blurb. So if The Wish List was a YA novel, I probably would not have picked it up. But alas, I finally discovered that it is indeed an adult novel and decided to give it a go. And I’m glad I did.

What I Liked: The Wish List was a fun, cute and light read. And there was a bit of suspense that kept me interested. Kristin and Tennyson are both likeable characters. Kristin didn’t just jump into the role of being a Fairy Godmother without hesitation. She discounted it and she questioned it and that made it conceivable.

There’s romance in the book! Like I mentioned earlier, I need a strong romantic element is most books I read. What can I say? I love reading romance. Kristin’s relationship with her leading man progressed at a good pace. I’m glad they didn’t fall in love right off the bat. She was a bit reluctant to follow his guidance so there was a bit of bickering at first. She was more concerned about this new-to-her world she now belongs to, and rightfully so.

What I Didn’t Like: It was a bit weird that there were no set rules for performing magic. Magical commands varied from person to person. So while one person would say “Veni” to make an object come to them, someone else might say something completely different.

There wasn’t much said of the Council; the Council remains to be a bit of a mystery. I am hoping that there will be some light shed on the Council world in the next book. I’m interested to know more and to find out what’s going to happen with Kristin.

Overall Impression: The Wish List was a light and fun read with a cute romance. Nothing dark or heavy. There were a few loose ends which made me eager to read the next book, As You Wish.


The Book Vixen’s Rating:

3 1/2 Frogs

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  1. "Light and fun read with a cute romance"

    Sounds good to me! Thanks for explaining the differences between the cover/blurb and the actual book.

  2. I knew it was an adult book but now when I look at it with other eyes it does kind of scream YA


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