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The Fourth Wish

(The Art of Wishing #2)

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3.64  ·  Rating details ·  321 ratings  ·  68 reviews
Here's what Margo McKenna knows about genies: She's seen Aladdin more times than she can count; she's found a magic genie ring and made her three allotted wishes; she's even fallen head over heels in love with Oliver, the cute genie whose life she saved by fighting off another genie. But none of this prepared her for the shock of becoming a genie herself.

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Hardcover, 358 pages
Published July 31st 2014 by Kathy Dawson Books
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Lindsay Ribar
Sep 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
THE FOURTH WISH: A PLAYLIST

1. Phoenix Burn (Alpha Rev)
2. Joking (Indigo Girls)
3. Sing Loud (Alpha Rev)
4. Always (Panic! at the Disco)
5. Chokehold (Adam Lambert)
6. Middle Cyclone (Neko Case)
7. Torn to Tattered (Carbon Leaf)
8. Come Around (Sarah Jarosz)
9. Alone With You (Alpha Rev)
10. Take Tomorrow (One Day at a Time) (Butch Walker)
11. I Will Wait (Mumford & Sons)
kari
Jul 02, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, 2014
1/2 star.
This is the worst follow-up book that I've ever read. Nothing that I enjoyed in the first book holds on in this book. Nothing.
I think the author was too busy making a point about sexuality to see that she was way off course with both the characters and the plot. She literally beats the reader over the head with it and I don't think that was necessary or added anything to the story. Additionally, I felt like I was being preached to by Oliver(or the author) about it and I don't like tha
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Carmen
Sep 30, 2013 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Can I wish for this to magically appear in front of me.

Heh get it wish.

I really need to stop with my bad jokes.
Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I received from the publisher.

After the cuteness-yet-seriousness (it makes sense, I swear!) that was The Art of Wishing, I was definitely in need of The Fourth Wish and more of Margo’s story. Thankfully, Lindsay Ribar and Penguin are awesome and I ended up with an ARC I may or may not have snuggled after taking 1000 pictures of it with my cat as I do with all my books. ANYWAY. This book was totally worth my excitement and anticipat
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Elisa
How nice it is to read a YA highschool book that tackles such intense themes as the balance between slavery and personal freedom, the gray areas of sexual assault and consent, moral integrity in a magical world, identity as it relates to responsibility to others, and non-binary gender issues... and does it all WELL. This book explores many of the sticky results of exactly what it could mean for a human to become (or make use of) a "genie" without preaching or moralizing. The characters make choi ...more
Debby
Jul 25, 2013 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-tbr
Why? Why this cover? Why?! ;_______;
Stephanie
Jul 17, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
PLOT WHAT PLOT

all the characters are major jerks. The shitty choices include but are not limited to:

-boy wishes for girl to be in love with him (fortunately they don't sleep together)
-boy wishes for girl to WANT to sleep with him (he doesn't consider this rape)
-girl threatens to force her "best friend" to stay in their home town forever
-girl wishes for her sister to break up with her fiance (this is fine with the characters and there are no consequences)
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Colette
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! This book was amazing! It explored gender issues, identity questioning, and young love. It put all these themes into a creative, unique storyline that left me entirely satisfied with every page. Overall 5/5 stars; I was so sad when the story ended- I want more!
Juliana
3.5 stars. I love when I can get through an entire book in one evening.
This is the sequel to The Art of Wishing and it picks up directly after the first one. Many unanswered questions were answered in this one and I liked that. Margo made a fourth wish to save Oliver and in turn, became a genie herself. We see how she adjusts to the powers of becoming a genie and balancing her human life at the same time. Margo and Oliver are a great couple and Oliver is just so casual about everything. He's be
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Meredith
Eh. The first one was cheesy, quick, and had some serious issues in the Teens-Fall-Head-Over-Heels-And-Make-Ill-Advised-Decisions category, but at least it had a really morally ambiguous villain and a cool premise. This one had all of the bad stuff of the first, exhausted the premise and had no bad guy or major issue. It was 350 pages of her trying to figure out the genie thing, with no real big issues aside from some teenage angst. It's not really necessary to the series - it was more cute coup ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Actual rating: 4.5 stars

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Before I get started, let me state for the record that I think Lindsay Ribar is an awesome person. I consider her a friend and got to hang out with her a bit at BEA both inside and outside the conference center. What’s awesome is that I actually got to know her after I was the first person to review The Art of Wishing, which I totally reread and loved even more (knowing a book’s in a series is
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Stormy
The Fourth Wish dives right into the story–we’re thrown pretty much right into where The Art of Wishing left off. For that reason, The Fourth Wish doesn’t feel so much as a sequel as just part two. While this sometimes bothers me in books(I feel strongly about books having their own story arcs), for some reason The Fourth Wish didn’t feel that way at all. Instead, I found The Fourth Wish to be a great wrap-up on Margo’s story.

As Margo is now a new genie, she struggles to figure out h
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Alexandra Christo

The Art of Wishing was one of my favourite books of 2013 and so when I got my hands on a copy of The Fourth Wish, I couldn't wait to spend the entire day devouring it.

The Fourth Wish picks up right where the last book left off, so we are thrown straight into Margo's new reality, experiencing the overwhelming wonders and fears of being a genie alongside her.

Seeing Margo's struggle between trying to control her new powers, while maintaining a normal life was fascinating. She fought not to lose who she was, even if her appearance changed, an
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Lizzie
Hey! It's a duology! You don't get a whole lot of those, do you? It's pretty great to read a sequel that isn't just biding its time in a trilogy. Very smart choice.

I was very eager for this one, because our previous teenager/genie encounter in The Art of Wishing leaves us with about a thousand more wishes questions. Because — I guess we're not spoiler-spacing Book One any more — in the end, after a few weeks of whirlwind "magic is real; also having a genie is complex and rather ethically dubiou
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Kenzie
Sep 04, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cutesy. Not as good as the first, I think, but I did enjoy it. It was fun learning more about their magic and watching them grow together; though Margo acting like the jealous girlfriend the majority of the time didn't leave me with anything but a slightly annoyed expression
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Before I start, may I just say the amount of Aladdin references I could make are absolutely infinite, so be grateful I've suppressed ever pun-makin
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Kyra
Jul 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was won in the goodreads first reads giveaway.
First reaction: 4.5 stars. WOW OK THAT WAS CUTE AND UP TO MY HIGH-BROW FEMINIST STANDARDS. I enjoyed it far better than the first one, because this was more about people and how people behave. It was more of an inner conflict, Margo was fighting herself more than fighting off bad guys. In fact, for a book about genies there wasn't any mystical evil forces. (view spoiler) ...more
Nasty Lady MJ
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Don’t get me wrong. The Fourth Wish had a lot going for it. I liked the look that Ribar took on serious issues-like sexuality, slavery, and free choice. But compared to the first book. Well, I didn’t get the chemistry between teh two characters.

Yeah, the fluffy kitties were gone.

It’s still a good book. And even though I wasn’t having a purr worthy moment reading about Margo and Oliver, there were some cute moments.

One
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Dahlia
THE ART OF WISHING was my most pleasant surprise of 2013, given that I'm not typically a paranormal YA reader, and I was dying to see if I could possibly love THE FOURTH WISH as much. The answer is hellllll yes. Not only do I remain utterly in love with Margo and Oliver, both separate and apart, but this book is full of themes and discussions that kept making me think "Really? You just did that in a cute genie book? Really?" Consent. Bisexuality. Gender fluidity. All these things are somehow covered wit ...more
Annie
Aug 08, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Maybe like 3.5

So I really liked most of this book, but it was kinda unsatisfying in the end. First off, there wasn't that big of a plot. The first book had this crazy intense Big Bad and it was dramatic and full of action, and this one was so much weaker in comparison. We didn't have a Big Bad, and then, the ending was insulting. I always loved Margo because I felt like I could super relate to her, but she got pathetic in this book. Especially in the end. No lies, she was such a bitc
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Jen (Pop! Goes The Reader)
Oct 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Please Note: This review will contain spoilers for the first novel in this series, The Art of Wishing.

“There was only pain, at first – the pain of my magic breaking me into a collection of atoms, getting ready to make me into something new. It was painful, but I knew it was necessary.
I just wished I could make it happen faster.”


One choice can change everything. No-one knows this more than eighteen year old Margo McKenna. After choosing to cast a fourth wish in order to save Oliver from his dangerous,/>“There
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Vicki (The Wolf's Den)
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After that non-ending from the last book, I was excited to dive into this one. After all, we had a new genie on the loose and I had no clue where this book was going to take her, even after watching a slightly spoilery interview with the author. So, I guess if you're looking for a new big bad to show up and the genies having to work their magic to save the world, you're going to be kinda disappointed. But if you're interested in seeing how a teen deals with a life-changing, magical decisio
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Katherine Varga
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
3.5, because I liked it slightly less than "The Art of Wishing"

This book had the same addicting "I have stuff I should be doing but I'd rather just read about these high school genies hooking up" quality as the first book (on that note, this book was surprisingly sexual-- both in a repressed way, with the orgasmic language used to describe granting wishes, and in an explicit way, with Oliver and Margo making out regardless of which shape/gender their bodies were in).

I was interested
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Donna
This was an interesting story. I can't remember the last time I read a book with a genie in it so it was a nice change of pace. This book was ok. Margo really wasn't my favorite kind of heroine. I prefer a stronger heroine that can kick your butt and hand it back to you. Instead, she is one of those high school girls who don't really know what they want and keep changing their minds. Plus she seemed a bit self-absorbed. Jamie was all about using the gift to help people and she just wanted to liv ...more
Lydia
I only wanted to read this book because I knew it included musical theater. I didn't know it was the second book in a series but I didn't find it hard to follow. I found it very similar to the sequel to Evil Librarian, except this I actually finished. I shouldn't be too hard on the book though. When people write about some nonhuman creature that there's hardly anything else written about, they make up stuff that that's hard not to sound meaningless and weird. But there didn't seem to be much of ...more
Jill
Jan 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very satisfying and neatly tied up conclusion to this duo series. Being a genie has consequences Margo didn't anticipate, but her strength of will and stubbornness are just two of her assets. Oliver is another. I enjoyed Margo's character--nice to have a smart, strong young woman who figures things out on her own. And....sure, there is room for another book, but I don't think there will be. We will have to imagine the adventures that Oliver and Margo will have.
Kyla
Best book ever! The Fourth Wish is my second favorite book! I try to read it again, but whenever I finish reading a book. I can't read it again! But I don't get why, Lindsay, would not make another book. It would be nice to make/have another one!
Quinn
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely gorgeous book! I usually don't read a series because books usually go down i quality as the series goes on but, not with these! I highly recommend this amazing and adoring novel. It will have your heart crying all throughout.
Devina Boughton
Jun 12, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I thought the first one was decent if a bit fluffy but the main character became insufferable in this book. Does she have a conscience??? Apparently not!!
Ashley
Aug 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was okay. I enjoyed the first book more but, this still was a good read.
Cara
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was okay. It's pretty much just more of the same. The main difference between this one and the first book was seeing things from a genie's perspective, which was cool.
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Lindsay Ribar lives in New York City, where she works in book publishing by day and writes YA novels by night. She attends far too many concerts, watches far too much nerdy TV, and consumes fanfiction like it's made out of chocolate. She is fond of wine, cheese, and countries where they speak English but with really cool accents. Oh, and she has a Harry Potter tattoo.

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