I do this thing when I go to the library and just pick up books off the new releases shelf that have a cool cover. The Art Of Wishing was one of those books. So when I started this book I had NO idea what it was about. After the first few chapters I thought I was reading a contemporary romance about our narrator Margo McKenna that takes place while putting together a production of Sweeney Todd. I love Sweeney Todd so I was excited. Turns out this book is about genies. Margo stumbles upon a ring and soon finds herself in possession of a genie that also happens to sophomore Oliver Parish. After explaining to Margo that he is a genie, he also tells her that her wishes may be the last ones he grants because he is on the run from someone in his past. A romance starts to bud between the two as they both try to protect the other from our villain.
I really liked this book and found it to be an easy read. The story is sprinkled with Aladdin jokes (and even a Princess Diaries one!) that I found myself laughing out loud frequently. The story is always flowing and I never felt that the genie “rules” were dumped on the reader. A rule was only introduced when it was appropriate to the story. My genie knowledge does not reach much farther than Aladdin so I could not tell you if anything was over the top or forgotten when talking about genies. There are also a few twists in the story that I was not expecting at all!
I loved Margo. Female characters are always hit or miss for me and Margo was totally spot on. Margo is strong, determined and overall selfless. One reason Oliver sticks around is because he can see inside her head (genie perk) and he knows she has good wishes in her.
Favorite Quote – “My breath caught. There were a lot of things I wanted to say to that, most of which ended in exclamation points.”
Overall 4.5/5 stars. This book is for any Disney fan. This is not a retelling of Aladdin but had many connections to that story. It was light-fantasy and is perfect for people who do not usually read fantasy.