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The Art of Wishing (The Art of Wishing #1)

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  1,587 ratings  ·  278 reviews
He can grant her wishes, but only she can save his life.

Margo McKenna has a plan for just about everything, from landing the lead in her high school play to getting into a good college. So when she finds herself in possession of a genie's ring and the chance to make three wishes, she doesn't know what to do. Why should she put her life into someone else's hands?

But Olive
Hardcover, 314 pages
Published March 21st 2013 by Dial Books For Young Readers
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Lindsay Ribar
May 06, 2014 Lindsay Ribar rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Someone blackmailed me into five-starring my own book. It wasn't my idea! I swear it wasn't! I would never do something so uncouth of my own free will! *

*This entire paragraph is a lie.

ETA 5/6/14: In honor of the forthcoming release of the paperback edition (or, more accurately, because I felt like it), I'm doing something that I've seen a handful of other authors do here. I mean, why not, right? Here goes....


1. When I’m Up (Great Big Sea)
2. Stinging Velvet (Neko
Suzanne Musin
Sigh. I really wanted to like this. It was enjoyable until about two-thirds of the way, and then a plot twist with the antagonist made everything we'd been pacing ourselves and hoping for ruined. I don't need a book to be predictable but don't make me care about plot points that soon become irrelevant.

Even worse was the ending, so abrupt and vague. Um, what about her parents? What about everyone else in her world? Seriously, this is the end, with no explanation of what comes next, and we're supp
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
4.5 stars

As often happens, I really didn't have any expectations going into this book. Based on the cover, it looks like a sweet contemporary with a little magic and music. That seems awesome enough to give the book a chance, so when Steph offered to loan me her ARC, I went for it. Ladies and gentlemen, I made a very good choice. The Art of Wishing gave me so much joy.

At the beginning, we meet Margo as she auditions for the school musical, Sweeney Todd, which is freaking awesome by the way. She
2.5 - 3 stars

Let me start off by saying that this was an Uncorrected Proof ARC provided by Netgalley. And as such I don't know if there will be any changes.

Okay, on to the review. Honestly speaking, this book was okay. The premise was a good one but story failed to grab me. And truth be told I was bored at times. Don't get me wrong, the book wasn't bad per se, it's just that there were certain aspects of the story that felt a bit forced. Like the romance. For me, it did not seem believable. I do
What is my Favorite Book of 2013 so far? Oh just this one! And you can find the full on review here

Why did The Art of Wishing grab my attention so quickly? One word: GENIE. Seriously, I cannot think of a YA book in which a genie is the lead. (If there is another, please share it with me!) And it doesn't hurt that the genie is a boy! Needless to say, I was quite excited to begin this book.

And I started reading...

And kept reading....

And suddenly I realized I needed some sleep. So I slept for 3 ho
Oh my stars, this book! It came across my desk at the library and I went "Huh, genies? That's different."

I figured I'd give it a shot. I could not put it down.

And now I have to wait till 2014 for book two? Ugh. I really need to learn patience or invent a time machine.


“...Oh God. I'm one of those girls."
"What girls?" he asked, perplexed.
"Those girls. The ones in all those books and TV shows. Some dumb high school girl falls in love with some supernatural guy, and he's all, 'Behold, I am five million years old!' and she's all, 'Oh my god, how can you ever love pathetic little me!' and he's like, 'Because of destiny!' or whatever. It's just so...ew. You know?” - The Art of Wishing

When I opened this book i was a little hesitant about the font size. Yes I know th
I feel fortunate that I was able to read this book so early, and so I'll give a really brief review noting some of my favorite abstract-ish things about it, so that you too can be really excited to pick it up when it comes out.

First, particularly in YA and urban fantasy in which we see so many vampires and werewolves and fairies (not that I don't LIKE these things, but we have seen a lot of them), I am really appreciative of more original or rare mythologies. Having a genie as the "monster boyfr
The Art of Wishing could very well be one of my favorites so far this year. And possibly, one of the most memorable books I’ve read in some time.

To say that it was flawless would be a lie, because it did have its minor flaws--like a bit of an insta-love romance which on this rare occasion I found myself glossing over, and just genuinely enjoying this entertaining and refreshing story beyond that. The characters set this one a part from many of the reads I’ve picked up the last few months…its qu

4.5 stars

*look of absolute joy and horror



OH. MY. GOD. THE. COVER. I LOVE IT. EEEEEKKK, now that just makes me want this book more than EVER. (Come faster 2013.)



It reminds me of As You Wish by Jackson Pearce with a dark twist- I WANT IT NOW.

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This book is what I want from a YA book. It’s cute, fluffy, and actually has substance. And did I mention it features genies…and I’m in desperate need of a good YA genie book but never seem to get my wish.

Until this book.

In the words of Katy Schwartz, sweet baby Jesus.

This book is cute. Made of kittens, sunshine, and all things perfect.

Let’s start with the main character.

I actually liked Margo. Yes, she had some bonehead teenage moments, but I didn’t want t

My review can also be found on my blog Collections.

As soon as I read chapter one, I knew The Art of Wishing was going to be different from what I expected. It did have some things I hoped to find: cute, romantic moments with a bit of drama and angst throughout. But what was different was that even though the characters were in high school, I had to keep reminding myself that they were in fact NOT in middle school. There were moments that would never be found in a middle-grade read, but it still
Overall I enjoyed this book. However, there were moments where the characters and their actions didn't feel as authentic or relatable as I would have liked. That said, the unique plot and cliffhanger ending enticed me enough to read the sequel.
Stefanie Hasse
Aus nicht nachvollziehbaren Gründen hat Margo die Rolle, für die sie im Schulmusical vorgesungen hat, nicht bekommen. Das wird spätestens nach den ersten Proben klar.
Doch warum hat ausgerechnet Vicky die Rolle bekommen? Und warum sind so viele - inklusive Margos bester Freundin - regelrecht begeistert von ihr?

Als Margo einen Ring findet und plötzlich Oliver wie aus dem Nichts auftaucht, bekommt sie die Erklärung... Und nun hat Margo drei Wünsche frei, die der Dschinn ihr erfüllen wird. St
Nov 14, 2012 Jessica-Robyn marked it as to-read
Premeditating: It has been so long since I've seen a story about genies. I remember a time back in the days of Aladdin where they would just randomly pop up in various cartoons and picture books! It'll definitely be interesting to see what can be done with them in YA.
Audrey Wilkerson
Rating: 3

The Low Down: Margo McKenna is super pumped. The tryouts for the school musical are today, and she knows that she’s going to kill it. After her audition, everyone is so happy with her performance. She knows she will get to play the part of Mrs. Lovett, the female lead in Sweeney Todd. When the results are posted, however, she’s in for a shock: some sophomore that she’s never heard of gets Mrs. Lovett, and she is stuck in the part of Tobias Rigg, a character who only has two songs and is
Sep 15, 2012 Jennifer rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who are sick of Twilight-esque "Twu Wuv" stories
I got a chance to read The Art of Wishing ahead of time, in the form of a galley. You had my attention at 'genie', but I ended up loving this book because it inverts everything I've come to expect from YA paranormal romance.

In the vaguest terms possible, to avoid spoilers:

Margo isn't defined by her relationship with Oliver-- or her relationship with any guy, for that matter. She's got her own life, her own interests, her own problems, all of which are so much at the forefront of her mind that th
This book had me at "genies." Seriously -- genies! There's a glut of vampires, werewolves, etc. in the realm of "monster boyfriend" in paranormal romance, but genies isn't something I've seen before. I liked that not only was it an original hook, but as a reader I could latch onto the WHAT WILL SHE WISH FOR/WHAT WOULD I WISH FOR? 'wish fulfillment' aspect.

The Art of Wishing was a quick, engaging read -- I had "can't-put-it-down-itis" and finished it in less than two days (with pesky breaks for
The Art of Wishing will have you believing in magic, and cheering for love.

Aw, this was such a charming story! I don't remember reading a book with a genie before, but I'm so happy this is my first. The story really managed to capture my attention right away. It doesn't hurt that the cover is beyond gorgeous, and the whimsy truly fits the story. The story flowed at such a nice, brisk pace that I found myself flying through the pages. There were so many questions: What would Margo wish for? Woul
Claire Legrand
I *loved* this book! Hilarious, heartfelt, full of characters you can't help but love, featuring a charming romance that feels completely real, a unique magic system unlike anything I've ever read, and capped off with dashes of Sweeney Todd for the theater-lovers among us, THE ART OF WISHING is a clever read that had me turning pages so fast my eyes started melting. AND IT WAS AWESOME.
Tim Federle
Genies. Hot boys. "Sweeney Todd" references.

This reminds me of As You Wish by Jackson Pearce.
"You mean I'm not blue and I don't sound like Robin Williams?"

I absolutely ADORED this book. The Art of Wishing is a refreshingly creative take on the YA paranormal genre — not vampires or werewolves or witches or even ghosts, but genies! Seriously, GENIES! I was immediately intrigued by the premise, but I almost put off reading it when I realized it was the first book of a trilogy. I didn't want to fall in love with it and then have it end on some crazy cliffhanger and have to wait years for th
I was fortunate enough to read an advance copy of The Art of Wishing and I can confirm, it's absolutely delightful and witty with charming characters. Lindsay smoothly brings a fantastical creature, a genie, into our modern culture, without denying the history (Disney and otherwise) that came before.

Margo is the kind of character we all want to know in real life. So often characters in paranormal fantasy are put on a pedestal of perfection. They are selfless and always do what's right. Margo's
the golden witch.
Wow, you guys, this one was really cute. Not only cute, but a first in a new trilogy - genies! We haven't had any genie stories (from what I can remember) in the YA PNR category yet, so this one was kind of a breath of fresh air. If you're looking for a really original YA contemporary romance with just a hint of magical realism, definitely check out "The Art of Wishing".

What I loved the most about this book: the worldbuilding. At first, it may not seem much - Ribar successfully shrinks Margo's w
Stuti (Turmeric isn't your friend. It will fly your ship
Did I even tell you guys how awesome this book truly is? No? My bad. This is a perfectly molded pot of colorful cookies you are not likely to find at the end of a rainbow. Makes me want to grow a fu manchu or handlebar mustache so I can twirl it. I don't know what else to say. It's different, it's unexpected it's fun and I LOOOOOOOOOVEEEEEE the ending plus what comes before.

I feel the urge to stuff my face, and yours, in it, just for the giggles and happy-feels it gave me.

I know, real helpful.
I am the worst GR flake ever. I read this awhile back and it is so, so cute. Margot is sassy and awesome, Oliver is adorable and almost unbearably sweet. Bonus points for fabulous banter. The Art of Wishing lures you in with laughter and then kicks you right in the feels.
Kate Copeseeley
I don't really have a rating for this one, because I can't decide if I liked it or not. I feel ultimately unsatisfied and won't continue with the series, but I really loved the author's daring in writing pretty brutal elements into her story and not being able to explore the hard choices. I also liked that it was a quick, easy read, the plot kept going with very few stops, and I loved the surprise of this book being completely NOT what I expected.

But the world building... so many elements that w
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Lindsay Ribar grew up in New Jersey, where the only logical thing to do after high school was to move to New York. She majored in drama and English literature at NYU, and now works in book publishing, where she reads other people’s novels by day and writes her own by night. She owns approximately twelve bazillion CD’s, attends far too many concerts, and mainlines nerdy television shows like it’s g ...more
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“...Oh God. I'm one of those girls."
"What girls?" he asked, perplexed.
"Those girls. The ones in all those books and TV shows. Some dumb high school girl falls in love with some supernatural guy, and he's all, 'Behold, I am five million years old!' and she's all, 'Oh my god, how can you ever love pathetic little me!' and he's like, 'Because of destiny!' or whatever. It's just so...ew. You know?”
“Nobody ever feels just one way about another person, Margo. We're so much more complicated than that. I can see a million things you want from me, just like the million things I want from you. Some of them are wonderful. Some are awful. Some contradict each other, and some don't make sense at all. But none of those things matter, not really. What matters is what you do about them.” 11 likes
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