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I Wish... (The Witches of Desire #1)

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All she ever wanted was a chance to settle down in one place.

Thistle Nettlebottom knows her life isn't exactly normal. She travels the country with her secretive mother and bestselling author grandmother in a pink RV going from book signings to crazy research trips. She's never been to public school or had a boyfriend, but she can pick a lock and hotwire a car. One day the
Kindle Edition, 199 pages
Published May 14th 2011 by Lakehouse Press
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Courtney Cole
May 16, 2011 Courtney Cole rated it it was amazing
Okay, I'll just be upfront and tell you that I. Love. This. Book.

Now that that's out of the way, let me tell you why.

The author delves into a subject that we haven't seen a lot of yet. We've seen vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, etc. But for some reason, there hasn't been a lot done on witches. The storyline in I Wish is unique, something that draws you in from the beginning.

The main character is likeable and quickly discovers that her life isn't really what she thought it was and she bec
Selina Fenech
Aug 06, 2011 Selina Fenech rated it really liked it
Recommended to Selina by: Indie Author Rockstars
The writing style was quality and really enjoyable. I enjoyed learning about Thistle's life as she did, although some of the twists were easy to work out well before Thistle found out. At times I felt that Thistle should have been smarter, more pro-active or simply able to better rely on all the fancy training she's had, but I couldn't really blame her character overall. She's young, confused and has growing to do to reach her potential and that all read quite realistically- particularly with th ...more
May 30, 2011 Laurie rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! A good YA read that deals with modern day witches. Once I started reading I couldn't wait to find out what happened next to Thistle. I was confused by the ending, as well as disappointed that it was over, but I understand there is a sequel coming out, so that answers my questions. I highly recommend this book!
Oct 25, 2015 Susan rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012, paranormal
First the irritation I have to mention - The cover illustration has no legitimate connection to the story. I've seen other books with _the exact same cover_ so clearly the author didn't put an effort into an original cover for her otherwise original story (rant off. small point of irritation but I like to have the cover be somewhat relevant, silly of me I know).

The story is about a modern 21st century 17 year old girl who has 'special power' and is part of a very powerful family of **special pow
Apr 21, 2014 Adriana rated it really liked it
No puedo creer lo mucho que me gusto este libro es que lo empece con muy pocas expectativas y me llego a encantar; realmente me metí en el odie con toda mi alma la estúpida burocracias con la que viven en ese pueblo eso de las clases sociales nunca me ha gustado y odie a la tia y a la entrenadora y a la abuela y ame a los demás personajes; empece el libro por el reto de brujas de un grupo y termino encantandome, muero por leer la segunda parte aunque no tengo muchas esperanzas ya que este libro ...more
Jun 27, 2011 Aine rated it liked it
Shelves: own-ebook, witchy
I got my hands on I Wish… when the author, Wren Emerson, was gifting them for simply asking. And it’s been on my iPad waiting to be read. I finally got a chance to start it, and before I knew it, I was almost done.

Thistle has no idea who she really is. She doesn’t know her real name, who her father is, or where she comes from. All she knows is that her grandmother is strict, her mother is emotionless, and her training with Shep. Thistle wants to know who she is and where she came from, which pul
Emma (BelleBooks)
May 29, 2011 Emma (BelleBooks) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, review-copy
I bought this book for my Kindle after a recommendation from a friend, it is currently 69p on Amazon UK and $1.12 on Amazon US for Kindle.
This book is worth way more than that, so all I can say is grab it now before the price changes!!

At first when I saw the book was about witches, and was the first in a series I thought to myself "Here we go with another YA witch series for Kindle that I'm going to get sucked into and spend lots of money on" (I'm sure a few of you will know which series I'm ref
May 19, 2011 Dani rated it really liked it
In I Wish Emerson has created a complex, original world that is as intriguing as it is terrifying. Politics, amorality and ruthlessness abound in the town of Desire, where Thistle quickly learns that almost everyone she knows, her friends, her family and her enemies, are involved in an ongoing and calculated power struggle, and she has just become the most influential player on the board.

Thistle is an interesting character. A girl who grew up on the road with her dictatorial grandmother and emo
Feb 23, 2012 Cyndee rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, magic
I did like this book. It was a little strange in the beginning trying to really understand what was going on as Thistle was sparing. Once you caught on, the book had a great flow and entertaining read. Some of the Young Adult books I have read are full of so much drama that you feel like yelling at the kids to take the bubble gum out of their brains.
I enjoyed the change in perspective where women are in charge. I am so happy that social structure is not so ridged. I enjoy historical fiction so t
Glenn Skinner
Jun 22, 2011 Glenn Skinner rated it really liked it
I purchased this book when it debuted mainly due to the enthusiastic tweets of its proud author. Reading the synopsis on amazon, it peaked my interest. The story revolves around Thistle Nettlebottom, a bored 17-year-old who has spent most of her life living out of a pink RV following her famous grandmother from one book signing to another. Her whole life to date has been that RV, her mother, & their driver Shep. A situation that abruptly changes with a single phone call. Suddenly, they are o ...more
I've read my share of terrible indie books and I know one when I see one.
I Wish... by Wren Emerson is definetely one of them.
Let's start with the writing style. The mistakes were fewer than I expect from an Indie book, but I'm not a person who takes it personnally when "than" and "then" are mixed up or when the author refuses to spell the words the way everyone else would.
Spelling and grammar are things that could be changed by a good editor, while bad ideas definetely can't be changed.

I admit t
M.R. Merrick
Jun 22, 2011 M.R. Merrick rated it really liked it
Where to begin? Well this book wasn't very long, I started it in the morning and I was finished by lunch time, but I quickly became lost in the characters, the story, and the lore the author has created in the town of Desire. I didn't just read this book, I devoured it.

The plot hooked me right away. I loved the naive characters throughout, and they felt very real to me. I got into the story and picking my favorites right away, and I was happy seeing them develop as elements of the story were un
A Book Vacation
Sep 24, 2011 A Book Vacation rated it really liked it
thought this novel and the idea of a matriarchal society of witches was extremely unique. In the small town of Desire, things are not what they seem, and Thistle soon finds herself thrust into the middle of this backwards town, where her very name evokes hatred and spite among females, while causing males to forget their current girlfriends and fawn all over her instead. As if finding out she’s a very powerful witch isn’t hard enough, trying to find true friendships in a town full of alliances ...more
Aug 20, 2011 Melanie rated it really liked it
I read Wren Emerson's addition to The Glassheart Chronicles which is titled Second Daughter's Second Daughter. It drew me in to the intrigue of Desire, witches, Families, and Covens. Remember the details of this prequel because you will have a lot more insight than the main character in I Wish...

Back to I Wish..., I enjoyed this book but did not love it. I do have to say that when it finished, I was left wanting more (this is why I upped my rating from three to four stars). Hopefully there are m
Fisher Amelie
Jun 13, 2011 Fisher Amelie rated it it was amazing
So, apparently Wren Emerson is like, the funniest person on the planet. I can’t tell you how many times I was reading this novel and had to laugh out loud, complete with snorts and everthing, garnering bewildered looks from strangers and my husband alike , both shaking their heads at what was an apparent raving lunatic. Just had to get that out there. I love to laugh so kudos to Wren.

Now, for the heart of the book. Wow. No, double wow. I never put it down, read it in one sitting and was flabberg
Rebecca Monahan
May 18, 2011 Rebecca Monahan rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who love Paranormal and Witches
I Wish… is an amazing read! Once I started reading, I was in for the ride. I couldn’t put it down until I finished reading, and boy was I mad when I got to the end. Mad only because there wasn’t anything else! I can’t wait for the second book to come out. I need to know what’s going to happen next.

What I loved most about this story was Thistle, the main character. I love books where the female MC is tough, and Thistle is as tough as they come, considering I wouldn’t want to face up next to her i
Nov 02, 2011 Susi rated it it was amazing
I recently read I Wish… by Wren Emerson, a fun story about a young girl coming to terms with who she really is.
Thistle Nettlebottom grew up in an RV, constantly on the road with her mother, grandmother, and family friend Shep. Being home schooled while on the road, she had no friends and dreamed of a normal life.
No one ever talked about any other family or where they were from in front of Thistle, so she was blown away to learn that her family was suddenly returning to the town where she was b
Wakefield Mahon
Jun 23, 2011 Wakefield Mahon rated it really liked it
Shelves: emerging-authors
Thistle Nettlebottom is not your ordinary girl. Her grandmother is a celebrity writer and Thistle has spent nearly her whole life on the road. She's excited when she finally gets the chance to settle down but she has a hard time fitting in. Soon she realizes that things in the town of Desire are not what they seem.

Regular high school politics are hard enough to manage, but in this town they are strongly tied to the small town's deeply entrenched political hierarchy. To make matters worse, Thistl
Ty Hutchinson
Sep 15, 2011 Ty Hutchinson rated it really liked it
What happens when you're suddenly told you're a witch and you need to deal with it? Well that's what happens for teenage girl Thistle in I Wish... Based on the cover one would never know this book was about witches, but it is.

When I first started reading it, I wasn't sure if I was going to like it but then the story took a turn. An interesting one. It was about witches and it's not the typical Twilight type of parnormal story. It's really different. Magic and witches are everyday normal occurre
Amy Jones
Sep 09, 2011 Amy Jones rated it it was amazing
Wren Emerson's I Wish is a unique and suspenseful tale of a girl with an equally bizarre life before she discovers she is a witch. I literally read this book in one day. The suspenseful plot, non - stop insanity of the characters and unfathomable events that transpired kept my eyes glued to my Kindle until I read the last line. I can't wait to learn what happens next.

If you're looking for something a with a new twist that is action packed and extremely tense (in a fidgety, finger nails embedded
Feb 06, 2012 Alisha rated it it was amazing
This book was one of the best I've read in a long time! Thistle is a complex, realistic, and very well rounded character. I love that even though she's got all the power in the world, it's setting it up very quickly for her to understand how that power truly effects the world around her. The world Thistle is thrown into is dismal, shallow and incredibly cruel but Thistle still manages to keep her kindness and morals, although it's hard to determine where she really learned these things. The boo ...more
Nov 08, 2015 Amanda rated it it was ok
Shelves: y-a, cover-love
The concept of the book was interesting, especially how things run in the town of Desire however I had some issues with the story. It really bothered me that Thistle never questioned why all these people she's never met hate her with a passion, I know i'd be asking WTH was going on. I wish the author would have spent some more time on Thistle's talent & when things finally started to pick up *bam* story ends abruptly like Wren got tired of writing. Besides these issues it was a so-so and qui ...more
A.R. Von
Mar 18, 2012 A.R. Von rated it really liked it
An enjoyable quick read.

Poor Thistle, forced into a life, a new world that she does no want to be a part of. Living a life of lies until she reaches the town of Desire. A town so full of secrets you do not really know the truth of anyone. She does not know heads or tails of what is what and is trying to fit in. Finding out truth does not necessarily make things any better for her. But it does answer some lingering questions. Hopefully things will get better for her in the next book!
May 10, 2015 Camille rated it did not like it
I liked the premise but this self published book needs a lot of work.
Thomas Knight
Nov 14, 2011 Thomas Knight rated it it was amazing
I'm normally a fantasy fan, but I took a chance on this book.

I was pleasantly surprised.

The main character is genuine and believable as a teenager, and the personalities explored throughout the story are really one of the best parts. The author has done a great job of capturing that small-town charm without losing the real sense of danger you get once you find out what's going on.

A very good read. I just wish there was more, but it leaves it set well for a sequel.
Dec 10, 2013 Lindsay added it
Shelves: ya, dnf
The Great Kindle Cleanup of 2013 continues! It's like literary roulette - sometimes I'll come up with a winner and sometimes not. This is another one where I have zero memory of how I found it. All I know is that I picked it up as a freebie in February. Anyway, I stopped after the first chapter. I like witches. I like YA. This book should have been right up my alley, but sadly it's in the DNF pile.
Jun 18, 2011 Carrie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
Absolutely fantastic book! The town of Desire is fascinating and I loved learning about it all! And the author has such a witty way of portraying the story and all of its diverse characters! I cannot believe how it ended! I had no clue it was ending...sequel??? I can't wait to find out how this story evolves! Intriguing and entertaining read!
Feb 16, 2012 Kimberly rated it really liked it
Towards the beginning of the story Thistle has a life changing moment- nothing is as she knows it anymore, not even her name. Finding out she's a witch really makes her wonder if everyone as crazy but the power she has is even crazier.
Good story with an ending wondering where's the next book- thoroughly enjoyable!
Cindy Martin
Feb 21, 2012 Cindy Martin rated it liked it
I should have expected the first in a series to leave the reader wanting to know more. I didn't expect the book to end so abruptly with no resolution to the story.

The Kindle version could have been edited better; but I did like the writing and enjoyed the story enough to seek out the next book in the series.
Sep 16, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
I would love to thank my friend Stacy who lended me her Kindle. If she didn't, I wouldn't have witnessed the epicness of a Kindle and this book.
This book is kind of realistic fiction for me even though powers are involved. I found this book to be enjoyable and time passed by quickly for me!
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