What Lacey needs is a miracle. What she gets is a genie with rules.
Lacey Linden is hiding the truth of her life—a depressed mom, a crumbling house, and bills too big to pay. While her high school classmates see a girl with a ready smile and good grades, Lacey spends her evenings seeking ways to save her family. On a get-cash-quick trip to the flea market, Lacey stumbles over a music box that seemingly begs her to take it home. She does, only to find it is inhabited by a gorgeous “genie.” He offers her a month of wishes, one per day, but there’s a catch. Each wish must be humanly possible.
Grant belongs to a league of supernatural beings, dedicated to serving humans in need. After two years of fulfilling the boring wishes of conventional teens, he is one assignment away from promotion to a challenging new role with more daring cases. Yet his month with Lacey is everything that he expects and nothing like he imagines. Lacey and Grant soon discover that the most difficult task of all might be saying goodbye.
Praise for I Wish
From School Library Journal (I Wish #1)
Langston wisely limits the power of wishes, so there can be no easy fixes to complex problems. [The story] is all the better for it, putting the focus on the compelling and sympathetic characters.
… the denouement offers enough twists and unresolved questions to have readers wishing the next book was already available.
From K-books blog:
I Wish is a fantastic storyline, with a dash of romance that is perfect for any YA fan. I can’t recommend it enough.
From Reese’s Reviews blog:
This is definitely one of the most beautiful and amazingly written books I’ve ever read. Elizabeth Langston has written a fantastic story that drew me in from the first page.
Wishing for You by Elizabeth Langston
She’s a girl who can’t remember. He’s the guy she can’t forget…
It’s her final semester of high school, and Kimberley Rey is curious to discover what will come next. She needs to pick a college, but her memory disability complicates the choice. Will her struggles to remember make it impossible to leave home?
Help arrives through an unexpected and supernatural gift. Grant is a “genie” with rules. He can give her thirty wishes (one per day for a month) as long as the tasks are humanly possible. Kimberley knows just what to ask for–lessons in how to live on her own.
But her wishes change when a friend receives a devastating diagnosis. As she joins forces with Grant to help her friend, Kimberley learns that the ability to live in the moment–to forget–may be more valuable than she ever knew.
Wishing for You is the second book in a series by Elizabeth Langston, featuring a group of Beings with wish-granting gifts who seek out those in need. Each book so far has centered on a different character narrating in first person, and Wishing for You focuses on Kimberley Rey, who wants nothing more than to be independent. However, she’s limited because she has a condition that makes her forget. To function on a day-by-day basis, her schedule is written out for her on her phone. If she forgets her phone, she has no idea what she should do next.
Kimberley’s Being is Grant; he was first introduced in I Wish as the Being who helped Kimberley’s friend, Lacey, pull her family tighter together after the untimely death of her stepfather. Grant and Lacey fell in love, and Lacey let him go so that he could use his extraordinary gifts to help out her friend, Kimberley.
Wishing for You is quite similar in structure to I Wish; you could definitely read one without having read the other, but there is some continuity and I liked them both enough to recommend them. Those favoring more romantic tales will be more satisfied with I Wish. Wishing for You continues with the themes of loss and friendship, but packs a little bit more of an emotional punch.
Kimberley uses some wishes for herself, but she also wants to help out her friend, Sean. There is not much romance in this book, though; I thought it seemed as if Kimberley and Sean might have a thing, but I found myself a bit confused in regards to the author’s intention with their relationship. They seemed more like best friends than anything else.
Wishing for You may have ended on a somewhat sad note, but again, it deals with the same themes that we experience in our own lives: love, loss, and finding the strength to move forward. The ending also had a perfect setup for the next book in the series, which if I’m correct will be Sara’s story. Sara was introduced in Lacey’s book, I Wish; she will most likely be Grant’s most challenging client yet.
Elizabeth Langston lives in North Carolina, halfway between the beaches and the mountains. She has two college-age daughters and one old husband. When she’s not writing software or stories, Elizabeth loves to travel with her family, watch shows on dance or Sherlock Holmes, and dream about which restaurant ought to get her business that night.
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