Review: The Art of Wishing {Lindsay Ribar}

The Art of Wishing

Margo's the kind of girl who's got it all planned out. She knows she's going to get into an awesome college just like she knows she's going to land the lead in the school musical. 

But when she walks out of the girl's bathroom with a genie's ring and the chance to, quite literally, make all of her wishes come true, she's not sure what she knows any more.

And Oliver's not just a genie - he's a student at Margo's school. And he's on the run. And the more time she spends with Oliver, the more Margo realises that three wishes aren't enough to save him, her, or anyone.


A paranormal romance that isn't vampires or werewolves? Score! Don't get me wrong, I'm Team Angel (and Team Spike), but it's nice to have a change of scenery.

Lindsay Rabar did an awesome job of crafting characters that were loveable and completely realistic. Which is a pretty hard thing to do when the main premise is about a genie. Needless to say I devoured this book.

Margo was great and there wasn't a moment when I wasn't routing for her. She wasn't whiny and insecure like a lot of YA heroines – no damsel looking to be saved and no nonsensical jealous moments. She was strong, determined and accepted Oliver's past. And she had so many bad-ass Girl Power moments that I couldn't help but cheer. Out loud. Several times.

As for Oliver WOW. Hands-down my new favourite Book Boy. His one-liners were some of the best I've read and his attitude toward being a genie was really great. He wasn't brooding and 'oh-so-tormented' about being supernatural, but actually really liked his life and enjoyed helping people. As for his relationship with Margo: HELLO. Their connection was deep and believable and their chemistry was smokin' up my pages!

I also loved how Lindsay didn't ignore previously established mythology or the clich├ęs, but embraced them. Oliver poked fun at being a genie, even making references to Robin Williams in Aladdin (making me giggle like a child). And Margo was so cool: "Those girls. The ones in all the books and TV shows. Some high school girl falls in love with some supernatural guy, and he's all, 'Behold, I am five million years old!' and she's all, 'Oh my god, how can you ever love pathetic little me?' and he's like, 'Because of destiny!' or whatever. It's just so ... ew."

Also Lindsay's genie mythology was really unique. I liked the little twists in Oliver's past and in the whole 'wishing you free' scenario. And Oliver's background reveal was fascinating and really different from anything else I've read or seen.

But this isn't just some fluffy genie romance. There are some pretty intense / disturbing parts and some great action scenes. The villain is a real villain with a psychotic motive that he truly believes is right. He was sinister and twisted and smart. And I was on the edge of my mattress. 

I'm so glad I stumbled upon The Art of Wishing, because this has definitely earned a spot on my favourites list. Fans of romance, paranormal, magic, fantasy and, well, READING, should all fall in love with The Art of Wishing.

"Nobody ever feels just one way about another person. I can see a million things you want from me, just like the million things I want from you. Some of them are wonderful. Some are awful. Some contradict each other and some don't make sense at all. But none of those things matter. What matters is what you do about them."


Allie is a Pimm's-obsessed reader, who dreams of road tripping over America, learning to surf & becoming fluent in all the languages of her heritage (which, sadly, does not include Elvish). If she's not reading or blogging, you can find her catching up on Teen Wolf, or reigning supreme with Scrabble/Mario Kart.


  1. Goodness gracious I want to read this book so much!!!!!!! So happy to hear you liked it:) Hopefully I'll get to it soon!

    1. You'll absolutely love it and you'll fall completely head-over-heels for Oliver. Honestly, once you get a chance you have to pick it up. Be warned though, you may find yourself developing a twitch while waiting for book 2 - I know I have!


  2. To be honest, I wasn't going to try it out. Although I'm okay with urban fantasy. But after your review, I may have too! It actually sounds quite fun!

    1. Give it a go, really! I went into it not expecting much (urban fantasy is so repetitive and predictable sometimes) but I was so pleasantly surprised by this. Definitely the type of book I'll re-read again and again.

      If you get a chance to read it, let me know what you think!

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