The Art of Wishing
By Lindsay Ribar
(Dial, Hardcover, 9780803738270, 320pp.)
Publication Date: March 21, 2013
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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"[With] a genie like no other. . . this lighthearted book is a well-rounded combination of humor, romance and paranormal suspense, with likable characters and easy-to-believe dialogue." (Kirkus Reviews)
Margo McKenna has a plan of attack for everything, from landing the lead in her high school musical to dealing with her increasingly absent parents. But when she finds herself in possession of a genie's ring and the opportunity to make three wishes, she doesn't know what to do. Especially since Oliver--not blue-skinned, not bottle-dwelling, but a genie nonetheless--can see more than what she's willing to show him. With one peek into her mind, he can see the wishes that even Margo herself doesn't know she wants.
But Oliver comes with more than just mind-reading abilities, a flair for magic, and the prettiest eyes Margo's ever seen. Someone from his past is hunting him--someone bent on killing him, along with all the other genies in the world, for the sake of honor. And as Margo soon discovers, it will take more than three wishes to save him.
A whole lot more.
Lindsay Ribar is a literary agent by day and a concert fanatic by night. A graduate of NYU, she currently shares her apartment with several roommates (two human, one feline) and way too many CDs. She is the author of The Art of Wishing and The Fourth Wish.
"Genies for the modern age, with passion, darkness, and heart. I loved it!"
-Tamora Pierce, author of MASTIFF
"The Art of Wishing is a fresh, fun, surprisingly poignant take on what it means to get what you wish for. With sexy genies and genuine stakes, I couldn't wish for a better story."
-Seanan McGuire, NYT bestselling author of MIDNIGHT BLUE-LIGHT SPECIAL
"Reading The Art of Wishing was like finding a new favorite song! The love between a musician and her genie is so bittersweet, so utterly human, it makes magic feel real--a feat all paranormal romances attempt, but few achieve."
-Jeri Smith-Ready, author of SHINE
"[With] a genie like no other. . . this lighthearted book is a well-rounded combination of humor, romance and paranormal suspense, with likable characters and easy-to-believe dialogue."
"Rich with romance, magic, and action, this novel will captivate teens."
-School Library Journal
"For anyone who thought Disney's Aladdin was the last word on genies, think again. . . . Margo and Oliver are extremely likable, with an easy camaraderie that pulls the reader straight into the story. . . . They are supported by a strong cast of secondary characters who are closer to magic than they realize. . . . A strong debut."
"The Art of Wishing stands head and shoulders above [paranormal] competition because of its main character Margo. Ribar brings us a heroine who is quick-witted, amusing to read, and honest. . . utterly relatable, vulnerable, and open. . . while still being a decisive, strong-willed heroine."