YA / Fantasy / Paranormal
I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars
Be careful what you wish for because wishes can come true! It's Ally Peterson's sixteenth birthday, and as she dangles from a tree -- the victim of a cruel prank -- maybe Ally wishes a little nastiness on bully Lisa and the rest of the cheerleaders, and maybe those wishes come true. Ally soon finds out that it is not coincidence but her family lineage that is making her wishes come true, and that even the most innocent of wishes can have dire consequences. Already Ally's life is complicated with divorced parents, bullying that's lasted for years, an annoying little brother, and a crush on a boy who seems beyond her reach. But careless wishing creates even more complications, and now the stakes are high, Ally's mistakes are many, and time is running out for Ally to master the magic. Can Ally balance her life with her new powers?
People speak of dark magic and light magic, but there is no such thing on either side — there are only people who practice in darkness and people who practice in the light.
There were so many good messages in the book, and it was refreshingly clean -- Ally had plenty of circumstances where no one would have blamed her for dropping an Fbomb or two, but how wonderfully surprising that there was no profanity, and the romance was sweet and thoughtful (but not at all dull).
Despite the main character being sixteen years old, this book would be great for middle grade readers or older reluctant readers. The storyline doesn't get bogged down with too many details and the writing is pretty simplistic, yet highly interesting. By the end of the story, I did feel there were too many people who were supposedly "in the know" and sworn to secrecy, and yeah, I think readers know how that probably would turn-out. And though I was happy that Ally ultimately handled being bullied, the scene itself was somewhat vague and anticlimactic.
I do have a gripe about the cover (but it didn't affect my review) -- it just doesn't fit. There are no spell books or fancy form fitting dresses for Ally, and if anything, Farmor mocks the preconceived notions of witches and spells.
I received this book from Ebooks For Review in exchange for my honest review -- the only kind I give.