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The Wish Granter

(Ravenspire #2)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  5,509 ratings  ·  831 reviews
The world has turned upside down for Thad and Ari Glavan, the bastard twins of Súndraille’s king. Their mother was murdered. The royal family died mysteriously. And now Thad sits on the throne of a kingdom whose streets are suddenly overrun with violence he can’t stop.

Growing up ignored by the nobility, Ari never wanted to be a proper princess. And when Thad suddenly start
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Published February 14th 2017 by Balzer + Bray
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C.J. That's the plan! It depends, of course, on my publisher continuing to buy each book of the series, but I do want to bring it full circle with the last…moreThat's the plan! It depends, of course, on my publisher continuing to buy each book of the series, but I do want to bring it full circle with the last book. (less)
C.J. A couple, but you can read this one without reading the first one and be fine. Every book in the series is a stand alone.

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Aug 17, 2016 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I really love these characters, and I hope my readers do too. <3 ...more
“In the stories, wishes always comes with a price.” The prince squared his shoulders as if braced for a blow.
“Everything comes with a price.” Teague stepped closer. “But I’m all that stands between your sister and death. Is there a price you wouldn’t pay for her life?”

It would be doing a disservice not to explain that this book is a standalone within a series of standalone novels - all of which are fairy tale retellings. They are set in adjoining kingdoms with the possibility of characters f
Aug 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Wish Granter by C.J. Redwine
Book Two of the Ravenspire series
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: February 14, 2017
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from Edelweiss

Summary (from Goodreads):

An epic fantasy inspired by the Rumpelstiltskin fairy tale, about a bastard princess who must take on an evil fae to save her brother’s soul, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Shadow Queen.

The world has turned upside down for Thad and Ari Glavan,
Sarah Elizabeth
(I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“Teague would destroy her if he caught her trying to ruin him.
She had to do it anyway.”

This was a YA fantasy retelling of Rumpelstiltskin.

I liked Ari in this, and I liked the fact that she had ‘generous curves’ and ate like a real person. She was also brave and kind, and I liked how she wasn’t bothered about titles, and treated everybody the same no matter if they were nobles or servants.

The st
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I don’t know why I waited so long to read this one because I loved it.

Love love loved Ari and Sebastian. She’s sassy and calculating and loves pie. He’s quiet and loyal and claims to be able to live without pie. Together they’re adorable. She gets him to open up and he gets her to plan before she acts. I absolutely loved every scene of them together.

Plot wise, I was captivated from the start. I loved how crafty Rumpelstiltskin was and how Ari and Sebastian get things worked out is perfection.
This was a cute book but I did find my mind wandering. There were parts that kept my interest but some were like going through the motions. I love fairytale retellings and I am not the biggest fan of the Rumpelstiltskin tale but this was a great spin on it.
Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
I was never a huge Rumplestiltskin fan but I think CJ has made me one! I loved this! I think I may have even liked it better than The Shadow Queen! And Sebastian *swoons* I have a new book boyfriend!
Sarah Louise
Aug 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
"He'll grant you the deepest desire of your heart, but in ten years he'll return for your soul."

As soon as I saw mention of a Rumpelstiltskin retelling, I knew I had to read this. Alistair Teague was exactly the conniving, cruel, vengeful character that I hoped he would be. While also being The Wish Granter, he's also somewhat of a drug lord in the kingdom of Súndraille, and no one dares to defy him. That is, until Ari Glavan.

Fooled into a wish, Ari's brother, Thad, is the new ruler of Súndr
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: retellings-read
So so good...I loved it so much. This is more of a 4.75 stars but it is still an amazing book. First of all...The cover is insanely beautiful and I loved Ari's humour and everything about Sebastian....❤ I loved the concept of creating a rumplestiltskin themed retelling and since rumplestiltskin is my favourite villain apart from the evil Queen...I enjoyed it even more. If you haven't read this already... your missing out on a lot so go read it!!!

Actual Rating: 2.5 stars

Warning: Possible spoilers below.

I wanted to like this book so much more than I did. I absolutely love fairy tales and retellings, but this one just wasn't for me. Maybe part of me was biased going into it (I decided to read it more because I liked the first book in the series than because I was actually interested based on the summary).

The Wish Granter is a retelling of Rumpelstiltskin. Thad and Ari Glavan are the bastard twins of the king of Súndraille and upon the bir
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: librarybooks
Arianna is now a Princess to the Sundraille throne with her brother Thaddeus as the youngest King in the land. When an evil little Fae man known as Alastair Teague makes her brother keep out of his criminal drug business or else, Arianna is determined to save her brother and their kingdom from the creature's evil plans. Will they succeed? Read on and find out for yourself.

This was a pretty good take on the Brothers Grimm Fairytale Rumplestiltskin. Whenever I read of Alastair Teague's character,
Colleen Houck
This was a great take on the Rumpelstiltskin story. You will root for the hero and heroine and if you don't end up craving pastries by the end, I'd be shocked. Love immersing myself in this world. Hope another one is coming.
"Thad: But this is a boy, and you need to think of your reputation if you're spending time alone with him...
Ari: Learning how to put a man's eye out or take him down at the knees. Very romantic stuff, Thad. Very romantic. Oh, and we also hid a body together, so we're practically engaged."


Now The Wish Granter is a standalone in a series where each book is a standalone... But I am not disappointed at alllllll. Like I said earlier, I
4.5-4.75 stars. I'm utterly delighted by THE WISH GRANTER. It takes elements from the tale of Rumpelstiltskin, and integrates it into a fun, fast-paced story of a girl determined to save her brother and her kingdom, and a boy who is determined to escape his past. A few minor quibbles, but I definitely enjoyed this one!
Jul 29, 2016 marked it as maybe-read
so um
what retelling is this of?
Apr 14, 2018 rated it liked it
I need to make this clear: I HATE Rumpelstiltskin. So I was going into this book with really low expectations. However, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I actually liked this book. It's definitely not as good as The Shadow Queen, in my opinion, but it's very interesting.
My favorite thing about this book is Ari's love for eating. She's so passionate about it and so I am. Just... she's A M A Z I N G!
Frankie Lovely
2.5 stars
review to come

Ok well ....
I liked a lot of things about this book. The MC is awesome, the characters are interesting and somewhat complex, there is magic and its a freaking Rumpelstiltskin retelling which is awesome!

But ... I did not really enjoy this book ...


So I'm going to think about this before I review.
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a really interesting novel, it was a lot darker than the previous book. I did enjoy the first book slightly more but it was still a great read.
Alja (alyaofwinterfell)
3 stars

I've read The Wish Granter quite recently and it was a fun, if not very original read.

It's a retelling of the Rumpelstiltskin fairytale, but since I'm not familiar with the original tale, I can't comment on how accurate was the adaptation.

Princess Ari never wanted her position in court and doesn't give a damn what people think of her. She and her brother are bastard children of the king, and their lives are in danger because of it. In an act of desperation her brother makes a deal with th
Apr 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really liked this, it was so much fun. I've always thought Rumpelstilskin was creepy, even as a kid, I remember my Dad reading it to me. The character always stayed with me. He was brutal in this. Story was good and Ari took no crap. I'll be watching for what comes next in this series. I hope author picks something that's not been overtold, there is so much to choose from. I liked this one more than the first, just a bit.
Jay G
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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4.5/5 Stars

Thad and Ari are the bastard children of the King. When their mother is murdered and the royal family are mysteriously killed, Thad finds himself the new King. Ari has never wanted to be royalty, but then Thad begins training her to take his place on the throne. Ari realizes that the Wish Granter, Alistair Teague, is responsible for Thad becoming the King. As time goes on, Ar
Beth  (YA Books Central)
absolutely loved this retelling of Rumpelstiltskin! This book had me hooked from the very first chapter! I literally could not put it down! I have been obsessed with CJ's writing ever since I read Deception (the first book in the Defiance series) and I think this is possibly my most favorite of all her books!!! Full review to come!!
⊱ Poppy ⊰
Aug 28, 2016 marked it as i-need
Shelves: most-anticipated
OKAY- I need it as much as I need air!!
Tracey Dyck
Guys, I found one of my new favorite fairytale retellings.

While I enjoyed The Shadow Queen last summer, I LOVED The Wish Granter. Something about the southern kingdom of Sundraille, the character chemistry, and (of course) the fact that this is a RUMPELSTILTSKIN retelling was just... *chef's kiss*

For starters, Ari is not a typical princess. In fact, she wasn't even treated as a princess until the beginning of this book, because as one of the king's bastard twins, she amounted to very little, pol
Cindy ✩☽♔
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: otps-feels, fantasy
Rating ~3.5

*Review to Come*
Danielle (Love at First Page)

4-4.5 stars

Totally did not expect to love this book as much as I did, and for it to become my new favorite C.J. Redwine book - and ship! I'm always a sucker for fairy tale retellings, and The Wish Granter had me invested from beginning to end. The best part was it's characters, Ari and Sebastian, two beautiful souls who found each other at the perfect time. Their romance gave me all the butterflies!
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finally have time to read! I liked this book more than I thought I would and that's really great! And let us not forget how the cover is charming! I'm never bored of reading books and tales about faeries, they interest me so much. After I finished this book and saw the reviews I realized that this book is actually a retelling of the Rumpelstiltskin's tale... I have to read it.
The characters in this book were adorable, even the wish granter. I liked the way his feelings and cruelty showed
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“If all you ever do is look for a person’s moments of weakness, you’ll miss out on the best they have to offer.”

In this exciting retelling of Rumpelstiltskin, Princess Ari must do anything necessary to save her brother’s soul from the manipulative trickster, Alistair Teague. Ari enlists her friends and arms herself with weapons and knowledge she thinks will defeat Alistair, but she just may be in over her head, and now she risks losing not only her brother but everyone she loves.

This book is som
2 + 1/2 stars.

The ending was definitely the best part of the story :D
Quite an entertaining read, but (view spoiler)

Other than this, Ari was a lovely, fleshed-out character and she wasn't taking no for an answer. The romance was also sw
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“Thad: “But this is a boy, and you need to think of your reputation if you’re spending time alone with him—”

Ari: ”Learning how to put a man's eye out or take him down at the knees. Very romantic stuff, Thad. Very romantic. Oh, and we also hid a body together, so we're practically engaged.”
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