Margo McKenna likes to plan things out. She has already planned to completely blow away the competition at the auditions for her high school production of Sweeney Todd and earn the coveted role of Mrs. Lovett. Things go according to plan until Vicky steps in. With no talent for acting and a dead aura on stage, Margo is left wondering why Vicky was chosen for the lead when she wasn’t. Checking on Vicky on day after an awkward rehearsal, Margo is thrown into a whirlwind of magic when she meets Oliver. He is a genie, but not the blue kind that sounds like Robin Williams. Oliver is just an average looking sixteen year old boy who has beautiful piercing green eyes. As Oliver helps Margo discover what she really wants out of her wishes, Margo learns that Oliver is in serious trouble. Someone wants to kill Oliver, and Margo has to figure out how to stop him before it’s too late.
I laid down with the intent to read a chapter or two of The Art of Wishing before bed, however I found myself 200 pages deep and still dying to see what was going to happen next. From the first page I was hooked and I. Just. Couldn’t. Stop. This book was so good, and so different from all the YA paranormal fiction I had been reading. I hadn’t even thought about Genie’s being a good topic, but Lindsay Ribar takes her characters and story to a whole new level. I loved Margo and Oliver, from the first glance to the first kiss. They had a beautiful love story, not forced at all. Their relationship, while magical in the literal sense, was natural as it unfolded. I recommend this book to any YA lover who is looking for something other than vampires and werewolves. Such a great read!
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.