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The Wishing Heart

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  131 ratings  ·  59 reviews
With a book in her bag and a switchblade in her pocket, Rebel's been thieving her way through life while hoping for a cure to fix her ailing heart.

But when the bejeweled vase she just tried to hawk turns out to be a jinni's vessel, Rebel gets lost to her world and dragged within another. Now every magical being in the city wants the vase for himself.

Thrust into a game of c
ebook, 416 pages
Published May 1st 2017 by Entangled Teen
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Mia Siegert
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received an eARC.

Please note prior to review that fantasy/paranormal is not one of my normal genres. Pretty much, I stick to contemporary in general because of confusion probably related to a concussion history. That said, THE WISHING HEART did not disappoint. It was a heart-pounding, addictive read with beautiful world-building. It questions what it means to be human and shows how love is the greatest magic at all. The scenes with the monsters were so vivid, so exhilerating, that sometimes I
The Wishing Heart is a must read. Add it to your To Read Section now because you don't want to miss this one.

Rebel has never known family. She does what she has to. Survival is her existence her escape is to the fantasy world of books. Rebel is known as the fingersmith. She is crafty with a switchblade and could pick any lock. She is trying to find a cure for her broken heart. She is sent on a mission to recover a pricey antique, but she is unaware how much it could cost her. The vase she steal
I really enjoyed this.

"The Wishing Heart" is a fantasy YA adult novel about a deft thief, Rebel, and a Jinni, Anjeline, who come into contact when Rebel steals the unknowingly enchanted vase tied to Anjeline. The story kicks off with high action right away and doesn't stop until the final page so it's a page turner through and through.

Though the book is an action adventure the author didn't skimp on character details making sure to depict each with depth and nuance. And, she was able to pull of
McCall Hoyle
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Teens are going to gobble this one up!!!!
Apr 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance
*Rating* 3.5-4

*MY Thoughts*

The Wishing Heart, by author J.C. Welker, is a story told in alternating narratives by 17-year old Rebel, known as the Fingersmith, and Anjeline, known as the Wishmaker. Rebel was abandoned when she was just a baby at the Gramone's Institute for Displaced Youth. The only thing her mother left her was a book, which she takes with her everywhere she goes, and a pendant.

**Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews**

Apr 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
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The Wishing Heart by JC Welker

Release Date: May 1, 2017 (TODAY!)

*I received an e-ARC in exchange for a honest review from the publisher - thanks so much for sending me over a copy!*

Okay, the moment I saw this book, I was sold. I saw jinnis, thieves, and gritty London, and I was doneeeeee. I don't think I hit request copy this fast in a longgggg time. It reminded me of Six of Crows and Aladdin, and I've been in Ketterdam withdrawals for far too long. And I was not disappointed.

Once Upon a Time...
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I received a copy of this book from Entangled Teen through Netgalley for review.

The Wishing Heart was a fun read. I adored Rebel, a thief with a good, but damaged heart. The book had plenty of magic and fun characters like Anjeline (the Jinni), werewolves, mermaids, magicians, and others. I really liked that it had the lesbian love story that I didn't expect in a fantasy like this.
Apr 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
“The Wishing Heart” is a YA fantasy about Rebel, aka the Fingersmith, who was abandoned as a baby and raised in a home for children. Although others have come and gone from the home, Rebel has always stayed. To take care of herself, she has turned to thieving alongside her friend Jaxon. Rebel’s heart has problems that are approaching a climax- she needs a big heist to get enough money for surgery. Jaxon scouts out a house with a safe, not knowing what is inside. Rebel uses her seemingly magic fi ...more
J.A. Smith
May 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
THIS book! What an exciting, simply lovely ride. The romance was swoon-worthy (if you love a slow burn, this book's for you!), the adventure was thrilling, and the fantasy world that J.C. Welker built was both relatable (not too far, far away) and fantastical. I'm a big character reader and I found both Rebel and Angeline to be multi-layered and well-rounded. They weren't cookie cutter characters and, thankfully, had depth and flaws and I found myself rooting for them individually and as a coupl ...more
Lovely Loveday
Apr 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Wishing Heart by JC Welker is scheduled to release on May 1, 2017 by Entangled Publishing, LLC. This is a fantasy/paranormal genre that does not disappoint! Welker creates a wonderfully intriguing book that draws you in and holds your attention. The setting and characters make this story a must read. I really like how Welker’s writing style makes the scenes so vivid and realistic. I think this book would be perfect for any paranormal genre lover
Lex Kent
May 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a really enjoyable read. I mostly read lesfic, but I would put this book in the more mainstream category, it just happens to have two females that fall in love. Fans of YA urban fantasy/paranormal, will really enjoy this book. The romance is super sweet, and If you are a mainstream reader that has not read many books with LGBT characters, I don't see how anything in this book could ever offend. The romance is sweet. And I liked how labels and sexuality were not an issue. These two chara ...more
thanks to the publisher for giving me an advanced copy of this!

alas, i can't push myself to read this anymore. the beginning of the novel itself didn't hook me though i could tell the author was trying to make it very action packed. but i didn't like the main character and i didn't sympathise with her at all, nor the persona she's built around as herself, which makes her seem too good to be real.

the world confused me. i'm still not sure what this is--urban fantasy? just fantasy? i know London
V.V. Mont
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A sweeping tale about finding the beauty in others and letting your heart guide you. This gorgeously written novel follows the story of Rebel, a thief with a sweet, failing heart who will stop at nothing to save the ones she loves and a jinni named Anjeline who has lost her faith in humanity and only the most clever of thieves could steal it back. Action-packed with all the mythical creatures I adore in fantasy novels, a romance that is kind and passionate, and setting descriptions that will mak ...more
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Wishing Heart takes the you on a journey that's equal parts adventure, blossoming romance and magic. Well written with vivid descriptions of the characters and scenes puts you right where the action is in the story, making for a enjoyable and captivating read. ...more
Lea (drumsofautumn)
This is basically a whitewashed retelling of Aladdin! This is why I have decided not to go any further into my thoughts on this book. Ultimately I wouldn't recommend it!
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Thanks to Netgalley for providing me with an early review copy!
May 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from Entangled Teen through Netgalley for review.

I really enjoyed The Wishing Heart - it had very likable characters and the sceneries were described in a way that it was easy to picture them as a reader. The book had plenty of magic and fun characters like Anjeline (the Jinni), werewolves, mermaids, magicians, and others. the romance part is quite slow but realistic - well as realistic that kind of romance can be. It was also nice that this book was more a mainstr
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
These two will melt your heart! A beautifully evocative story that has a little bit of everything in it, but it's their romance that you won't forget. The pull these two characters have draws you in and won't let go. <3 ...more
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow!!! I loved this book from start to finish. So sweet, so exciting and sooo much more than I was expecting! Loved the characters, the imagery, the story was unique...felt more like watching a movie than reading a book (like Aladdin/Harry Potter/Pirates of the transported you to another realm). Oh, and the love story was'll love Rebel and Anjeline. :) ...more
lacy white
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A special thank you goes out to Entangled Teen publishing for sending me a copy of this book. Much appreciated! All thoughts and opinions are my own!

screams This book has quite literally stolen my heart and no, I'm just not making a bad pun. This book is something that everyone needs to read, even if you aren't into paranormal/fantasy books. It's so much more than that. It's about healing, finding love and realizing that you are good enough to be loved.

The entire world was really unique and th
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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“I can be stolen or given away and you will live, yet you cannot live without me. Tell me, what am I?”

OMG! Amazing! This is a debut novel right?
Everything that I want is on this book.
This is a clean romance. Nothing steamy going on but it’s still sweet and refreshing.
The plot is a bit of predictable but you’ll still want to flip the pages.
I remember Percy Jackson series in this book.
I’m now a fan of the author and I’m lookinb forward to her next book(s).

I like
Kimberly Vanderbloom
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received an early copy courtesy of NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I was pretty excited to read it so there was no twisting of my arm.

I really enjoyed this book. I am willing to admit that is was my first introduction to the Jinni world. I felt like I learned quite a bit now but I'm far from an expert. I loved how fast paced it was from the beginning until the end. You get to meet a girl named Rebel and you instantly fall in love with this thief from London and she goes on a adventu
Brooke Banks
Basically: an f/f Aladin where the Genie is the Princess and they're living in magical realism contemporary England. No fun animal companions but sarcasm and flirting are abundant.

↣Rebel's heart condition isn't just when it's inconvenient.
↣Includes hunger pains and the toll it takes, which is an important part of growing up struggling.
↣Book nerd who steals stories to survive. Now that's my kind of girl.
↣the apple scenes are adorable. (you'll get it when you read it, but trust me.)
↣Loved Anje
Dannica Zulestin
May 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: f-f, viva, quiltbag
Fairly typical YA fantasy romance, except with lesbians.

Rebel, a poor thief with mad skillz, steals a vase from a rich woman. It turns out to contain a Jinn. After that, everything gets complicated and confusing with magic power struggles. And Rebel and the Jinn (Anjeline) fall in love. <3

Things I Liked
-Some interesting worldbuilding ideas, especially with the sirens
-Loved Jaxon the innkeeper, though it would have been nice if he were around more.
-Rebel and Anjeline's chemistry was pretty go
Katherine Paschal

Rebel is an orphan, living in an institute for unwanted kids, stealing to make money to buy the medication she needs to fix her defective heart. When she breaks into a safe and finds a gorgeous, seemingly charged vase, Rebel knows that her luck just might have changed for the better. But she could never have anticipated the trouble that came along with the face, and the world she now finds herself surrounded by, where magic and monsters roam. Can she survive this new crazy world, and maybe, just
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I was intrigued by Rebel’s character immediately. Stories about female thieves, magic, and gritty London are irresistible. Add in a stolen vase that isn’t what it seems and *hooked.* Rebel is a big character with a strong, resilient personality and an attitude that had me grinning at my screen. When she steals a vase, she finds Anjeline, a jinni who has been imprisoned inside the vase by a twisted magician named Nero.

Rebel wants to heal her broken heart and Anjeline wants to b
Hannah Michaels
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a free ebook in exchange for my honest review.

I loved this book! It's a unique retelling of Aladdin and full of many different fantastic elements of the magical world. It was interesting enough to keep your attention through, and provided a great amount of entertainment. It was an exciting adventure, and Rebel is just the kind of person I want to be friends with. I started this book and it instantly reeled me in. The differences between the beginning of the story and the end were awes
A copy of this novel was provided by Entangled Publishing for review via Net Galley.

There was a lot I liked about The Wishing Heart. It almost made it to four stars, but there was just a little something missing. Nevertheless, The Wishing Heart was a really enjoyable YA fantasy!

I was quite surprised to find that The Wishing Heart featured two POV characters. The first is Rebel, the book-loving thief otherwise known as the Fingersmith. The second is Angeline, the jinni she releases from a stolen
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.
Thanks to Entangled Teen and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review The Wishing Heart by J.C. Welker! As the story opens, Rebel is breaking into a rich London apartment. She thinks of herself as a modern day Robin Hood, but she keeps the loot for herself so she can make wishes. She's an orphan living in a dreary institute run by an unkind matron and needs all the happiness she can find. She steals a golden vase, not realizin
S.E. Anderson
DNF at 50%
I just couldn't get into this book. I don't know if it was the style or the plot, because neither was bad in my view: I just personally couldn't connect. Not for me.
"You can force me to cast wishes, take my breath, take my hope, but may the Creator help if you touch her, because I will burn your world to ashes."

Ah, I just finished this book and God, I loved it. It felt like a sweet pastry full of cream, all soft and warm, yet spicy and mysterious. It's usually hard for me to give a book 5 stars because there's always a tiny detail that bothered me, and there are very few books that I absolutely adored. But this one completely deserves them, and it's wi
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J.C. Welker is a YA author who's been, among other things, a fashion designer, a filmmaker and a kickboxer (seriously).

Her short documentaries which focused on homeless vets and LGBTQ issues in the military have been featured on CURRENT TV, and her novel won first place in the paranormal category of the 2016 YARWA Rosemary Awards. She continues to work towards giving a voice to LGBTQ stories, whi

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