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If Wishes Were Curses

(The Steel City Genie #1)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  183 ratings  ·  61 reviews
So I accidentally killed a shifter. On purpose.

With genie powers I shouldn’t be able to use, thanks to my curse-mark.

In my defense, the damn grizzly was threatening civilians and might have been a vampire as well. Pittsburgh is safer without him. Only the Fae court doesn’t believe my story, and the shifters are out for blood.

Now I’ve lost my job as a romantic investiga
Kindle Edition, 289 pages
Published February 12th 2019 by Janeen Ippolito LLC
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Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reasons why "If Wishes Were Curses" is the best urban fantasy I've read since The Dresden Files:

1. The protagonist, Allis Evanenko, is half-human and half-genie. What a cool concept. I rarely see genies in fantasy in any context, and I've almost never seen them used as main characters. It's understandable, of course--genies are inherently overpowered and somewhat difficult to adapt into a story. But Janeen Ippolito creates believable rules and restrictions for Allis' magic while still remaining
H.L. Burke
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is full of delightful contradictions.
Fast paced but stuffed to the gills with ALL THE THINGS.
Vegetarian vampires.
Vampires named Neil (srsly? Neil).
Tough but vulnerable heroine.
Much random sauce.
Princess Bride references.
Flaws? Heroine definitely slanders an excellent Muppet movie. For shame.
Oct 10, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Laura Grace
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Empowering is what I would call this story, right alongside action-filled and fun.

I wouldn't have thought an urban fantasy with a focus on romance could be considered "empowering," but Allis journey is so much more than finding a mate/husband. Her journey starts out SO hard and just put me in the "dumps" so to speak. (Why are authors so mean? LOL!) I was nervous things wouldn't look up in a way I was hoping, but it was even more than I expected or hoped.

Allis overcame HUGE odds, but found heal
Janeen Ippolito
Feb 03, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Eeep! I'm so excited this story will be unleashed upon the world soon. =) Much urban fantasy fun!
Kat Heckenbach
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fun, fun, fun! I started this book after putting down another urban fantasy (different author) that had simply disappointed me. I was so pleasantly surprised to find in this book what I'd hoped to find in the other. Interesting and unique characters, a rich story world full of Fae and magic, romance that flowed throughout but didn't completely overtake the story, and just plain fun. I found myself thinking about the book during the day, looking forward to time I knew I'd be spending reading it, ...more
Wow, so this was not up my normal street. I have very rarely read any urban fantasy, and to be honest this book probably requires a palate for certain things that I just don't have a taste for. That said, the plot moved nicely and the characters had spark and banter. It wasn't anything in specific that left me cold, just that it wasn't my exact flavour of story, so if you are a big reader of urban fantasy, you'll probably like it a lot! ...more
Kendra Ardnek
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Magical Urban Fun

If you at all have a love of fantasy and fae, this is probably a book you'll enjoy. My only complaint is the second quarter of the book lagged a bit. Also, caution for language and some romantically heated scenes.

But, across the board, fun, action-packed, and fascing world building.
Bethany Jennings
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
EEEEP. This was one of my TOP favorite reads in 2018 - if not of all time! I want these characters for friends; Ippolito has such a delightful, snarky cast here, and brings out all the feels. The story is riveting, and the worldbuilding a constant surprise and delight. I cannot wait for more of this series!!!
Deborah O'Carroll
So much fun and I really enjoyed the audiobook version. ^_^
K.T. Ivanrest
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This super fun book is full of everything you could want in an urban fantasy: snark, coffee, french fries, magic, and otter-shifters. (What’s that? You’re looking for something else? No, you’re not. Trust me, you want the otters.) Some high points for me:

Allis’s narrative voice is spectacular: she is equal parts flippant and vulnerable, remarking on the superiority of her fuzzy hoodie one minute and wrestling with her feelings of loss and inferiority the next. She’s also freckled, loves french f
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When reading inde book, sometimes there are writers that are not that good and occasionally you find a gem. Janeen Ippolito is an amazing writer that should be as popular as the likes of Robin Hobb, Marissa Meyer and Sarah J. Maas. I wish more people knew of her books, because she deserves all the praise.

This book is has all the classic creatures: vampires, djinn, demons, shifters, etc. It also has half breeds (Graylings). Well, the MC has wish magic, although it's not really shown in the whole
I'm being generous with three stars. The first 2/3 of the book worked really well, then the last part turned into a swamp of romantic glurge.

I don't like insta-love because it doesn't make any sense, but the writer handled it in a clever way that worked for me. Then she blew it by rushing the romance in the last part of the book, which is what I hate about insta-love. It rushes the relationship, and doesn't allow the characters to get to know each other, learn to trust, and let initial attracti
One word: CENDRIC.


So I would recommend this more for high teens and up due to the amount of references of an intimate nature.

As for characters and plot, this was thoroughly enjoyable and I loved the humour. Allis wasn’t a perfect character but I loved how honest she was about her mistakes and her desire to turn over a new leaf. The secondary characters all had their own struggles and were so sympathetic and loveable even in their unlikeable moments.

And Cendric? Between him and WR Gingell’s J
Selina R Gonzalez
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fav-indie-books
Fun and creative urban fantasy

4.5 stars
I was craving an urban fantasy,and this really hit the spot. Fun, flirty, hilarious, with some great heart and deeper moments. I ship Allis and Cendric so hard. The world is really cool, although there were a few things I didn't quite understand--but possibly just me missing something. The characters are interesting and real, flawed and noble at the same time. An enjoyable, fairly quick read.

Content: Lots of innuendo and flirting and some crass remarks, som
Mar 04, 2019 added it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
This is an obviously skilled writer, but I'm not comfortable with the subject matter, so I'm putting this one aside. ...more
J.M. Hackman
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved this story--Al and Cid are my new favorite OTP. This story does not disappoint, creating a version of Pittsburgh full of wonder and unusual mythical creatures. I can't wait to pick up book 2. ☺ ...more
Khadija Abdullahi
Sep 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
It was good, lighthearted. Reminded me of Fallen.
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wonderfully imaginative world full of lots of different species in an action packed story. Will definitely read book two.
Sarah Cnossen
Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
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{The Basics}
Allis Evanenko is half genie. HALF GENIE. This was so intriguing from the start! Since when do we have stories with this awesome concept?? From page one, I was hooked. The characters were engaging---I found myself chuckling at the humor & snark; the plot was easy enough to keep up with (though maybe a bit fast-paced...?); & the magic system was extremely complex.

Also, there's this strangely cool, vegetarian vampire
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You know those fantastical stories that draw you in from the very first line?

The ones packed with solid world-building, interesting characters, magic, danger, romance, and…a…a…shape-shifting otter?

If Wishes Were Curses by the uber-talented Janeen Ippolito hits all these high points and more.

Okay, here’s what I loved:

1. Non-stop action
Once this story starts, it does not let up. Our heroine, Allis, battles the Fae world (who really have it out for her), her own powers (astronomical), and even dest
Jim Marsh
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

Janeen Ippolito makes a very promising beginning to a new urban fantasy series.

The Good: The main character, her love interest and supporting characters are well crafted. They each have interesting personalities and original power sets (which is a rarity in urban fantasy) but the real draw is the complexity she gives each character. We see the layers slowly unpeel and each character as well as their relationshi
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
If Wishes Were Curses is a fabulous start to a new urban fantasy that does things just different enough to make it interesting. It starts out with the familiar trappings, but it separates itself from the pack of so many other similar titles by having a half genie as the lead. How many times does a genie get to shine in urban fantasy? Not enough!

There is a romance within the story, but it’s not romance that’s the focus. This is handled in a cute way because the two leads keep forgetting each othe
Christina Morley
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If Wishes Were Curses is a heart pounding urban fantasy romance. There's lots of action and humor. All kinds of messed up stuff happens to Allis, who has out-of-control magic. That's why she's been subjected to curse-markings by the Fae courts to keep her magic under control. She has a pathetic love life and even her friends don't fully trust her. Allis has a big heart and likes helping people, so she doesn't understand all the animosity. While trying to protect herself and innocent bystanders, ...more
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm going to gush, but in a generic way so as not to put in any spoilers.

Wow, what a fun book! Author Ippolito crafted a fascinating UF worlds with a variety of magic and magic types. While much was shown and explained, there is so much more room for detail, that I'm having a difficult time waiting for the next book! (And, I just finished this one!)

The main character is complex and filled with snark - a great combination. The supporting characters are well-fleshed out and more is learned about t
Gabriella Slade
Feb 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-4-2019
Actual rating: 3.5 stars
Overall, this was an enjoyable read! It was definitely a different read for me because I don't usually read about vampires and urban fantasy, but I do think this book was worth picking up!
This book does have a bit of an insta-love plot between the two main characters, which I didn't care for much until the end of the novel when I got to know Cendric better. Now, Cid is amazing and I love him.
To be honest, one of my issues with this book is there were points where I didn'
Lanie Sanders
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
So the book was good. However the love interest was... I don’t know weird??? He’s nowhere near conventional which is nice, but he’s so unconventional it just makes things awkward. His physical description reads like a My Chemical Romance fanfic. He does not even remotely sound attractive. He sounds like an underweight freakishly tall circus ring leader. A top hat? A duster coat? Come on he sounds like he spends his weekends at hot topic and we’re supposed to swoon over all his piercings and half ...more
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Bottled up emotions aren't healthy

Awesome start. She's been made to feel like a criminal all her life and even has the curse tattoos on her arms to prove it. A bear shifter that feels like a vampire, his death and being arrested for the crime. Now she's under an order to be executed. Can she do anything? He is a raven shifter / vampire and he gets a stay of execution on her. Why does she feel she knows him? A scheme to take over, c vampires taking over bodies and a mating. What will this do to
J.M. Jablowski
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book, to me, had all the tropes that are popular in the fantasy/ urban fantasy genre, but done better. Vampire boyfriend? Check. BA female lead? Got it. But the relationships were healthy and Allis wasn't an insufferable Mary Sue. I don't normally enjoy romance, but this one was done well. There were even some moments where Cid reminded me of my own husband, so he won some points for that.
My main criticism would be that the climax didn't seem very climatic. I don't fully understand the limi
Allison Ohl
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fun, flirty, and full of self-discovery

I enjoyed this book and engaging with a character who experiences the world so differently than I do. Man vs. self plots are always a good story, and Ippolito does a great job of creating a unique world to experience it in. Sometimes the conversations seemed to just keep going, but that might not dissuade other readers. I'd recommend to all who like fantasy and magic interwoven into stories about characters with depth who learn and grow in who they are - w
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