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If You Wish

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  30 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Usually fairy tales start off once upon a time, blah, blah, blah. I guess I could start off my story that way, but then the story wouldn't be right. The truth is, I'm not a princess. And this really isn't a fairy tale. There is no magic fairy godmother who goes around turning poor girls into princesses and pumpkins into carriages. So if you want that kind of story I sugges ...more
Published September 14th 2016 by Waterside Productions, Incorporated
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Nov 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, review-copy
My rating: 3.5 stars.


My opinion in short: There's hell of a lot potential - this might be the first version of a really good book! There are a lot of interesting characters, some of them should have got more time in the story. Some parts are too short and should be a bit more discriptive.

Important characters:
> Ella - main character's who is the narrator of the story. She lives with her stepmother and her stepsisters in a huge house in LA. Her father is mostly away from home, being very popular b
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbqt
This book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much Cassandra for sending me a signed copy of your debut novel.

When Cassandra Sage Briskman first messaged me asking if I was interested in reading and reviewing her debut novel I was head over heels. I read the synopsis and fell in love with the idea behind the story right away. I love fairytales and Cinderella definitely is by far one of my favorite fairytales ever so since ‘If you wish’ is a Cinderella re-telling/story (
Apr 15, 2017 rated it liked it
I guess the aurthor could write much better i wanted depth and i wanted love it doesnt have that amout of love
Triny Perez(fandomfeelscollide)
This book was sent to me for an honest review.
Well first of all I want to congratulate Cassandra for writing such a lovely story and also for sending me a signed copy of her book!

This book is about 16 year old Ella who loses her mother and a young age and is left with her father, who's a famous director and isn't home very often. He gets married several years later and Ella finds herself dealing with her horrid step mother and her two step sisters. Classic Cinderella retelling with some twists
Colleen Earle
A fun take on Cinderella.
Feb 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Cassandra Sage Briskman is a young author at only 16 years of age, but her novel If You Wish proves that she is an old soul and has vast experience concerning such heavy topics as drug abuse and bullying. Her novel is written like a fairytale, but it is certainly not. I enjoyed how she took the classic writing style of a fairytale and presented the reader with a story that touched on many different emotions and dilemmas in a young adult's life. It made me happy to see such an intense novel writt ...more
The Jubilant
Feb 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: women-writers
If you wish is a Cinderella retelling that throws you into modern living. This small novel is a bit more modern than what I normally read but, i enjoyed it very much.

I enjoyed the cover and the smoothness of the story. The story was more of a stream of thoughts for me then anything and i was surprised to realize that I enjoyed that.

I loved Ella.
I hated Sarah.
I felt so so about the father.
Despised Alexis.
Wishy washy with Izzy.
Confused about Dylan.

Yet.... I do think i as supposed to feel that way
Cassandra Sage
Sep 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
If you like John Green, you'll love Cassandra Sage Briskman. This is a modern day Cinderella story set in Los Angeles that tackles teen subjects such as bullying, LGBT rights, and alcohol abuse. The main character's father is a famous film director, and she lives in a fancy Hollywood mansion, but her life basically sucks because her step mother lives to make her miserable. Then she meets a boy who lives in a poor part of LA, and she discovers that money does not necessarily bring happiness. Not ...more
Amber ☾♥
Nov 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
(**This book was sent to me for an honest review.**)

This cute, sweet, short little novel was not exactly what I was expecting when I picked it up and started reading. Truthfully, I chose to start it because I had a horrible day and I was feeling extremely down and I wanted something quick and light to cheer me up. Well, 145 pages later...

So, the premise of this book is simple: Ella lives together with her stepmother and her two stepsisters who came into her and her father's life a few years afte
Elle (theartfulelle)

I read this book by talented young author Cassandra Briskman in one sitting! A modern day Cinderella story, this bright, breezy read follows Ella Jackson as she deals with living with her step mother and step sisters! This book covers a lot of topics that I think teenage readers will identify with.....and I also loved the references to To Kill A Mockingbird Bird throughout the book :)

All in all this is a great debut......If you like YA I think you will love this..... Cassandra Briskman is certa
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
If You Wish is a Cinderella re-telling/story so I already knew I'd love it!!
Even though it only had 145 pages, it was full of drama and everything you'd expect in a Cinderella story. It was cute, short story that I'd definitely re-read when I'm in need of a short, cute book to help me get out of a reading slump.
I loved Ella's character. Although, there could have been a lot of cliche things about her - she wasn't cliche at all but she still had the Cinderella feel to the story. I liked Ella's ch
Kyla Ellaine
Read the FULL REVIEW here.

(First of all, I’d like to thank the lovely and ever so sweet Cassandra Briskman for giving me a free copy of her book!)

If there is really one thing I loved about this book, it would be Ella’s character. She isn’t your cliche “Oh stepmother would be very mad if I do not do this or that,” yet she still keeps the “Cinderella attitude” in her. She’s rather one kind of a bold and charming girl and I loved her for that.

I also loved the unpredictability of the plot. Seriousl
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
If You Wish by Cassandra Sage Briskman

# of Pages: 145

Genre: Contemporary

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Do I recommend this book?

Sure, if you're looking for a quick, easy read, this book is great.

Ratings (out of 10):

Quality: 8

Pace: 7

Plot development: 9

Characters: 8

Enjoyability: 9

Ease of Reading: 10

Summary from the back of the book:

Ella Jackson is an ordinary teenage girl who's father just happens to be a rich and famous film director. Her life must be awesome, right? Not exactly. Her father is a
Caleb Blue
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is AMAZING, I am 12 years old and I loved it. The writing is amazing, the characters were so funny and fun. This is one of the best books I have ever read by far.
Cassandra Sage Briskman brings out the best and worst parts of every character.
I read this book 4 times and every time I loved it every time.
This book is full of fun, excitement, humor, love, and so much more.
If You Wish is one of the best YA books of the year!!!
The only problem is that I think that it is to short... I wish th
Allison Gardner
Nov 05, 2016 rated it liked it
So, I really give this book 4 stars but I found quite a few typos and that was a bit distracting. BUT rated on content I totally give it a 4/5. I actually really liked the characters, I felt like the story had a realistic progression and the dialogue flowed very well. I am very pleased with this book and would DEFINITELY read more from this author! She has a similar style to Sarah Dessen with a little more grit. I hope she continues writing. ❤️
Pat Brown
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book. It is a short, easy, enjoyable read. The book is a modern day Cinderella retelling, but it's cleverly written and surprising. The characters are extremely likable and don't fall into the usual stereotypes. I would definitely recommend this book.
Brigid Prior
Nov 28, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely wouldn't recommend this to an adult... a teen might like it.
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