I Wish... (The Witches of Desire #1)
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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...more
Kindle Edition, 199 pages
Published May 14th 2011 by Lakehouse Press
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Courtney Cole
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...more
Selina Fenech
Aug 06, 2011 Selina Fenech rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
Laurie
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!
Aine
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...more
Emma (BelleBooks)
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...more
Dani
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...more
Cyndee
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...more
Glenn Skinner
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
Caro
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...more
M.R. Merrick
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...more
A Book Vacation
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
Melanie
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...more
Fisher Amelie
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...more
Rebecca Monahan
May 18, 2011 Rebecca Monahan rated it 5 of 5 stars 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...more
Susi
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...more
Wakefield Mahon
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...more
Ty Hutchinson
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...more
Jasmine
Ok, this book/author has some potential. The plot/idea in itself is intriguing, however, all the excess material was enough to get on my nerves. We have a physically strong female character who basically crushes on every guy that walks and talks. Seriously? COME ON. Just when the story really picks up and I think "Finally, we're going somewhere. Wonder what she's going to do with her Talent?", the entire story ended. ??? I'm intrigued enough that I'll probably read the next book in the series, b...more
photographoe
Ok. Firstly, this book is a mess. It needs editing like whoa, the writing style is a bit difficult, and the main character is wishy washy in the extreme. HOWEVER. It is a very good story and plot with a well thought out world with a fascinating social system and clever magic. So. Let's hope the next one does justice to the story.
Amy Jones
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...more
Alisha
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
Amanda
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
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!
Thomas Knight
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.
Lindsay
Dec 10, 2013 Lindsay added it
Shelves: dnf, ya
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.
Carrie
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!
Kimberly
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
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.
Jennifer
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!
Hmr28
Mar 21, 2012 Hmr28 marked it as to-read
This book looks like something I'd love, unfortunately it is only available on Amazon. I don't buy anything from amazon due to their business practices. I'd buy it in a minute if it was available for the BN Nook.
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