Review | I Wish for You by Camilla Isley

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Review | I Wish for You by Camilla IsleyI Wish for You by by Camilla Isley
Published by Pink Bloom Press
Release date : July 23rd 2015
Genres: Adult, Chick Lit, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 309
Source: The Author | Format: eBook
Purchase at: Amazon (Affiliate Link)
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If all your wishes could suddenly come true, what would you do?

A year ago when the love of her life dumped her for no apparent reason, Ally thought she had hit rock bottom. But now that she has seen him with another woman, and one she knows only too well, her life seems to have reached a whole new level of low.
Yet, when she stumbles across an ancient object infused with magical powers and a stranger with a dark past appears out of nowhere promising to grant all her wishes, she finds herself hoping again.
Suddenly Ally’s life is turned upside down; she has a mystery to solve, a rival to beat, a millenarian curse to break, and well, she wants to have some fun playing with her new “gifts”…

But can she wish her way to happily ever after?

I received this book for free from The Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.



My Take:

Well, where to start?

I Wish For You had its ups and downs. On the good side, it’s a fun, fluffy and quick read and often entertaining. The story-line is cute and quirky, though not wholly original. However, there were a few things that really kept me from falling in love with it.

The Writing

It’s not bad – but just wordy. I find myself annoyed at times because it felt like it took TOO LONG for the point to be made. That’s probably not the best way to put it – but it was too descriptive at parts that were unnecessary. I also find mundane tasks thrown in novels to be tedious and pointless. I don’t need to know the characters morning routine, or what they had for breakfast or what they dress themselves in, ya know?

Ever heard that saying SHOWING not TELLING? Yes, that. I had no emotional connection what so ever with ANY characters. Perfect example would be their romance.

But these are personal peeves, and may not bother many readers.

The Characters

I had a HARD TIME liking Ally. She is rude, self-centered, selfish and so, so whiny. I could look the other way with characters with less than appealing traits, but I didn’t see any character growth. Not ONE redeeming thing. Not to mention, she was not the nicest person to Arthur, which adds to my bafflement on the ending.. On a good note – she owned it. She knew when she was being petty and selfish, and I admire anyone that can own it.

Just a side note – I could not understand her hold up on James. This could be the showing vs telling but he didn’t seem like a nicest guy. But, I didn’t get much about how their relationship was, what kind of person James is and how Ally was WITH him. So, it was hard for me to understand.

The Romance

I didn’t.. feel the development between these two. I saw it coming, because I knew the direction the novel was taking from the beginning but I just couldn’t SEE it, or FEEL it.

So Much Fun

I had a lot of fun reading I Wish For You, even though I had no emotional connection at all and Ally is an infuriating character. Ally goes to great lengths with her schemes and I was laughing often. I also enjoyed how Arthur was learning about modern times. His story was fascinating, as well! Overall – it was a fun, fast read. It’s fast pace will keep you engaged and Ally’s wild schemes are fun to read.

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Tonya is a 30 y/o mom, wife, avid reader, coffee junkie, junk food addicted workaholic and blogger.
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