As You Wish by Jackson Pearce
Release Date: August 25, 2009
Publisher: Harper Teen
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.
Jackson Pearce spins a magical tale about star-crossed lovers, what it means to belong . . . and how important it is to be careful what you wish for.
I was blown away. Seriously. Jackson Pearce has written an amazing debut novel. I'm already a fan. The story is new, original, surpring, and shocking. I read it in one sitting.
The story is told from both of the main characters' points of views, Viola and Jinn, so you get an understanding of the differences between their worlds and thoughts. Most of my favorite novels are with alternating views. It's amazing to watch their relationship grow from both sides and to watch as their hidden longing for one another becomes undeniable as it slowly coaxes its way out of them.
The romance in this novel was genius. I'm convinced that Jackson Pearce thrives in this topic, because occurences that I only wished (pun intended) would happen actually did, things that most authors wouldn't dare to write. It's like she personally asked me what I wanted, and I was surprised by that!
Jinn, Viola, and Lawrence are astounding characters. They were developed fantastically and were very pleasurable to read about. They're the kind of people I'd love to have in my life. They had such wonderful characteristics and opinions. There was a special connection between all of them and it shined radiantly through the pages. I especially liked the unique relationship between Viola and Lawrence. I so badly wanted Lawrence to have mutual feelings toward Viola, but at the same time, didn't want him to change. Plus Jinn was irresistable :)
Overall, an alluring romance of intrigue, longing, and desperation. As You Wish is brilliant; an impressive debut! I loved it.
More on the cover: I like the cover on the advance reading copy more than the final cover. It's simpler and the colors go together better than the final.