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Reviewed by Jennifer J.

After the tragic death of her twin, Olivia Larsen is having a difficult time adjusting to life without Violet. Everything is harder without Violet–making friends, choosing the right wardrobe, and even interacting with hot guys. Moving to a new city offers Olivia the perfect opportunity to start over, but all she can think about is the past. If she could just have her sister back, her life would be absolutely perfect. When a stunningly beautiful ball gown promises the gift of one wish, Olivia doesn’t hesitate to wish for her sister to be alive again.

Now with Violet’s ghostly presence at her side, Olivia’s life is slowly getting back to normal. With a bit of prompting from Violet, Olivia is starting to make friends and gaining a confidence in herself that she never had before. With just two wishes left, Olivia must learn that magic can’t solve everything–especially when it comes to matters of the heart.

Wish, the debut YA novel from newcomer Alexandra Bullen, is an enchanting and believable story of two sisters blended with just the right touch of magic and the bloom of first romance. She has realistically captured the unbreakable bond that sisters–especially twins–have with one another. Though Wish primarily focuses on Olivia, Violet was a very strong presence. In situations where Olivia faced a lot of internal struggle, Violet was often the much desired comedic relief.

I appreciated that the magical elements in Wish did not dominate the entire story. Even with a few inaccuracies regarding Violet’s abilities and limitations as a ghost, I was not distracted from enjoying the overall themes presented in Wish. As I neared the end of the novel, I wasn’t quite ready to be done with Olivia’s and violet’s stories. Wish ended in a such a way that I was perfectly satisfied with its conclusion; it doesn’t need a direct sequel. I wouldn’t be surprised in the least if Alexandra Bullen continues to write other books which include a small tailoring shop, beautiful gowns, and magical surprises for its unsuspecting patrons.

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Jennifer graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She occasionally dabbles with her own fiction writing, particularly with the Young Adult and Paranormal genres. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and daughter.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Point. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.