Friday, February 2, 2018

Review: Society of Wishes (Wish Quartet #1) by Elise Kova & Lynn Larsh


Society of Wishes by Elise Kova & Lynn LarshSociety of Wishes
(Wish Quartet #1)
by Elise Kova & Lynn Larsh
January 29, 2018
 
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Goodreads Summary:
BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR.

Josephina Espinosa makes her living as a hacker-for-hire in the Lone Star Republic, a remnant of the fractured U.S.A. That is, until the day she and her best friend are gunned down in a government raid.
With her dying breath, Jo uses magical lore passed down from her grandmother to summon a wish-granter. Her wish? To save her friend’s life. Except wishes have costs, and for Jo, the price is the erasure of her entire mortal existence.

Now, as the most recent addition to the mysterious Society of Wishes, Jo must form a new “life” alongside the seven other members, one of which being her savior himself. Living as an occupant of the Society’s lavish mansion should be quite the perk, but while it is furnished with everything its inhabitants could possibly need, it lacks one thing—freedom.
 
Her otherworldly identity crisis takes a backseat, however, when Jo learns that the friend she sacrificed everything for is headed down the same path to ruin. Jumping in head-first, Jo uses her newfound magical abilities to protect him, only to realize that the ripples of her actions have far-reaching consequences. When the Society’s aloof leader Snow decides to give her a taste of his own ancient magic, Jo discovers that there are threads woven into the tapestry of her new reality that reach far beyond the wishes she is now required to grant. Ones that, if tugged on, could mean the unraveling of her existence itself.


Review

Urban fantasy is a genre I generally enjoy so of course at the first chance I got I jumped on Society of Wishes. I've always enjoyed Elise's stories and this book was no different.

I have to hand it to the authors. The wish concept to the story was so unique. I've never read anything like it. You could tell a lot of thoughts were put into creating the complex notion. Details, no matter how small, did not escape notice. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the inner workings of granting a wish.

Jo faced a completely new reality when she absentmindedly joined the Society of Wishes. I sympathized with her predicament but I also struggled to feel anything for her. She was such an impulsive character. Her reckless behaviour not only jeopardized herself but also the wellbeing of her new family. At least she had confidence and her survival instincts were commendable. She's growing on me but I just need a little bit more from her.

I enjoyed getting to know the other members of the society. They're all so different but rich in personality and background. I can't wait to learn more about each person. I'm especially curious with what Snow's hiding. His hot and cold attitude has me baited. I have theories.

My one problem with Society of Wishes is how the writing felt odd at times. Almost like the authors were trying too hard to make things fancy. Some wording felt awkward to read- a little out of place but they didn't affect the story in any major way. The pacing was also on the slow side in the beginning though it did eventually pick up in pacing and intrigue.

While the start of the book had me struggling to stay focused and inside the story, the last third of it had me hooked. Society of Wishes brings a brand new concept to life and allows the readers to explore the world alongside the main character. Read it!

3.5 Cats
*I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinion are my own and not affected in any way.
 

2 comments:

  1. This does sound really good, but interesting about the writing---maybe it was because it was a joint effort that disrupted the flow? I've only read one book by Elise but I really loved it! I may skip this one and get myself back to finishing the Loom saga!!

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    1. You've got a great point Becky. Thankfully the story's got me hooked enough to keep going ;) And all the yes to continuing the Loom Saga! You must!

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