Tuesday, February 9, 2010

As You Wish by Jackson Pearce

As You Wish by Jackson Pearce.
Publisher: HarperTeen.
Pages: 304.

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.

For such a light-hearted and fun idea, As You Wish was surprisingly deep and heartfelt. This isn’t your predictable Aladdin-with-rubbing-lamps-for-an-oversized-blue-genie kind of story. Mixing real teenage emotions and real teenage voices with a touch of subtle magic, this is anything but your average young adult chicklit.

Viola is easy to relate to. Her fears and feelings of being invisible and out of place were so easy for me to understand. Jinn was a bit more elusive and stony, but his chemistry with Viola breaks both his walls and his hard personality with time. It’s a beautiful example of great character progression.

Jackson wrote the magical sense of this story so seriously that it didn’t even feel as if the magic existed. Jinn and his world of genies, Caliban, became so natural. The wishes and presses and existence of Caliban came second to Viola’s self-discovering story.

Overall, Jackson’s wonderful writing and perfectly voiced characters make for an enthralling story of teenage angst, humor, love, magic and everything in between. I definitely recommend checking it out!


  1. I love your review!

    You're right! As You Wish isn't your typical "Aladdin-with-rubbing-lamps-for-an-oversized-blue-genie" story! It's a lot better!! And the characters are amazing! :) As You Wish is an excellent book!

    Robyn (:

  2. I've read good things about this book. I have it on my wish list so hopefully I'll read it soon. I'm glad you liked it.

  3. Great review, hopefully I'll get to this one in my TBR pile soon :)

  4. i liked the ARC cover more :D I have 2 start this one soon. Awesome review!

  5. This one sounds really cute! At first I wasn't too sure, but if you say it's good...awesome review!

  6. Sounds really cute! I've never heard of it, but I love excellent reviews!

  7. aw, sounds good. I need to read/review this. I'm so behind!!

    I don't know if you entered the Holey Donuts giveaway or not, but if you could check out this post and do so for my blog, it would mean a TON for my family and you can enter for the book afterwards too if you wish (White Cat by Holly Black ARC)!:



  8. This sounds like a cute book to read :) Great review!

  9. With well-developed characters and a unique, seamlessly-written plot, Pearce lends weight to what could be, in less deft hands, a chick-lit cliche. Instead, As You Wish is a quick, enchanting read with unexpected depth and subtle but important messages about identity, self-respect, and what it means to really belong. A fantastic book for avid and reluctant readers alike!