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When Wishes Bleed

(When Wishes Bleed #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  3,415 ratings  ·  432 reviews
“Spellbinding and bewitching, When Wishes Bleed is the perfect mix of magic, danger, death, and love.” - #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout

One Prince. One Witch. One Fate.

The upheaval in my life began the moment a prince stumbled into my house and asked me to read his fortune. Any other night, I might have made an excuse to get him to leave,
Kindle Edition, 462 pages
Published October 30th 2019
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this is not the most original fantasy book out there, but its definitely entertaining.

the story starts off very strong with interesting world-building and magic systems regarding the witches and their houses, but then came the obvious ‘hunger games’ vibes (dystopian districts) and then the ‘the selection’ similarities began (prince holds competition to choose wife). while im a fan of these other stories and those tropes are fun, im not sure i wanted them again in another book, especially when i
Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk

Only to drag me into the depths,
Never aware that I was slowly drowning,
Never caring if I ever tasted the air I desperately needed again.

Story 🌟🌟🌟
Sable is a powerful, lonely witch. She serves fate, a powerful thing that some think is death. And so they fear her, they hate her.
She is separated, alone.
Readings are her only communication with others. When she meets Prince Tauron for the first time she is instantly attracted to him. She sees a vision, them making out.
And when she meets him again
manonsense & books
It was doomed from the start.
The insta love just.... no.

I'm a fool. A clown. Every time I start reading a book I'm like: this is not going to be instalove (yet it is) (*prays that the night circus doesn't have an instalove trope*), the romance is going to be built up, I'm going to ship it instead of rolling my eyes. There's still hope for well constructed romance.


I gave the book two stars because the universe had potential; i love witches, I love magic, I love powerful main protagonists. W
✩ Yaz ✩
Oct 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

When Wishes Bleed is a book that offered more than what the synopsis hints at and it took me through different turns as the story developed which did its job at keeping me hooked.

I was in the mood to read a book on witches and magic and to me, this book delivered it.

Apparently, the plot is a mixture of Cinderella and The Hunger Games and the elements from both these are notable in the story.

The main plot focuses on Prince Tauren's death omen which was revealed when he snapped the w
Olivia Wildenstein
Such a beautiful story...

I loved it from beginning to end. The romance was sweet and clean (for those who don’t enjoy smut), the magic system was clever, the words...well, Bond has a way of transforming prose into poetry without weighing down her the words were gorgeous. Can’t rave hard enough about this gem.
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
This story got off to such a good start. It seemed to be firmly set in a fantasy land, the witchcraft intrigued me, and I was drawn in by the justice Sable was required to mete out on behalf of her adoptive father, Fate. I was even interested in the bleeding wish bones.

Then it all went to pot.

At about the 20% mark the book veers wildly from being a fantasy about the daughter of Fate executing criminals to being something not-quite-fantasy that’s obsessed with clothes, make-up, and a boy.

Paula Roussel (She Sniffs Books)
I feel like this book had so much potential but it was filled with a bunch of typical YA tropes; insta-love, didn't know I holding my breath, etc. kind of stuff. It reminded me a very rushed The Selection. It was also quite sparse with it's world building. I never quite grasped the environment. It seemed to take place in a time where there was no technology but then BAM, suddenly there were cameras. It just made no sense to me...
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I mean.. I though this sounded enjoyable and agreed to do a buddy read with the amazing @Selina.. but holy hell this passed all my expectations!

And yeah.. there was that icky insta-love bs. But like, I ain't even mad. I ADORE Tauren and Sable. Their story was everything.

This was very similar to the Selection at the beginning.. but with witches and who isn't here for that?! But honestly, I loved that this story focused a lot more on the world and the disarray of it than the drama of the competit
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: april-2020-tbr
This book was so good I loved everything about it from beginning to end. I really loved the characters especially Sable and Tauren I loved their relationship from the beginning to the end I loved how both came to love each other so deeply that one would one do anything to save the other. I really loved Sable for how different she was from other MCs she knew what she had to do and so she just accepted it no matter what I am really glad she got her happy ending that she had long deserved. I really ...more
Sep 03, 2020 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
Dnf @ 28%

When Wishes Bleed is what happens when an author uses juvenile writing and lifeless characters to drown the seed of an interesting idea in a derivative mashup of The Hunger Games, The Selection, The Remnant Chroicles, and Graceling. I struggled starting at the 15% mark and only made it as far as 28% before I had to DNF on outta here.
I knew nothing about this book, my sister texted me and told me I needed to read it. I didn't even read the back. I just borrowed it from Amazon and began to read. I assumed this would be a dark, twisting book full of poetry and a grim fairy tale feel. The book does a crazy 360 a 4th of the way in and turns into The Selection. If you haven't read it, it is a book about a prince who gets to pick a bride bachelor show style. This book turned into that. With shallow characters I really started to l ...more
May 15, 2020 rated it did not like it
The plot was overshadowed by the poorly written romance. About 80% of the book is basically The Selection but with magic. What little plot it did have was resolved within seconds. It felt incredibly anticlimactic, especially after all that talk about the big baddie being so powerful.

*sighs* I really need to learn how to start DNF-ing.
selina ☾
[Review to come! 5 stars even though I had some issues with it but my issues were very minor so I based my rating off of my emotions and it told me to give it 5 stars. My rating system is foolproof, what do you mean?? THAT ENDING THOUGH SJhdfGKSA]
Cristie Alleman
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely loved When Wishes Bleed 💕
Casey L Bond has written another amazing story filled with great characters.
Izzy ♡ boom, boom, fucking boom
Someone tagged this as 'hidden gem' and they were so right!!
This story follows Sable, who is a witch, as she helps the prince figure out who is trying to kill him. She does this under the cover of being one of the contestants competing for his hand in marriage.
So Sable is whisked off to the palace where all the fun and flirty shenanigans take place, along with two escorts- and I grew to love these two soo much! It was fun to see how they used their magic, especially _____ (I can't remember her
Alina Nshanyan
Maybe like a 2.5?
I had such high hopes for this book. The premise sounded amazing and i really thought it was a unique story. I just don’t think it was executed as well as it could have been. I didn’t feel any connection with the characters. I didn’t feel any sort of spark between the main character and her love interest. They had more of an insta love connection and that is my least favorite trope when it comes to romance. The magic system was not properly explained either. The whole thing read
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm happy I found this book on Kindle Unlimited and now I have a pretty high expectation. The synopsis sounds interesting, let's hoping for the best! Fingers crossed 🤞🏽
Apr 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
”Now that we’re bound, you’ll be my sheild, but I will also be yours. We’ll keep each other safe - and alive.”

This was such a quick and fun read for me! I was lured in as soon as I read that a witch would be protecting the prince in a competition for his heart. I instantly though “ooh a crossover of Serpent and Dove and the Selection? Haha and although it was nothing like those books, I still enjoyed it very much!!

If you look up the words Insta-love, a picture of this book will probably show
Apr 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Simply wonderful

I honestly couldn't put this down. The whole concept spoke volumes to me. -1 star because the final show down could have been longer and more intriguing but still an amazing read
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved it! Sable, the daughter of fate, is a witch and an outcast among the witches of her sector. One night, during an equinox celebration, a man catches her eye and asks for his fortune to be read. Rather than tea leaves or a crystal orb, he is drawn to the wishbone. One snap, blood runs from the wishbone, and it’s clear that his future is in peril. Will Sable help prevent his death? Will she restore the house of fate? Will she save the kingdom? Will she sacrifice her heart?
This is overall a
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lovely story

I just had to finish this book till the end! The story has a different angst about how witches are perceived and how people view others because of their traditions and beliefs. I love the heroine Sable as she is brave, courageous and forgiving. While Prince Tauren is a chivalrous, polite and honest person. The other characters were as appealing and enchanting as Sable and Tauren. Brecan, the boy best friend you could ever have and Mira, the loyal and devoted friend. The story has cer
May 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Kwbwhwkwja idk I’m conflicted y’all. Like this book had so much potential but I hated the insta-love-oh-look-at-me-I-am-perfect-but-didn’t-even-know-it-situation. There was also the issue where I thought the writing could be better, it felt very...elementary

I also was not the biggest fan of the “oh I’m so modest I’m not going to be like these other girls SHOWING SKIN for attention” ... blasphemy, the horror of showing cleavage.

Do I even want to read the second book? I feel like I have to to co
InD'tale Magazine
The reader will be swept away in the magic, adventure and romance of this book. It has light-hearted comedy, dark magic, old hatreds, and sweet romance.

Read full review in the 2020 May issue of InD'tale Magazine.
⋆☆☽ Kriss ☾☆⋆
I came across this novel not long after it was published, so when I finally got around to getting a few months of Kindle Unlimited, I borrowed it to see if the intrigue of the cover and blurb was what I had hoped.

Firstly, this book did catch me off guard in respect to a few things. Namely, the world seems bizarrely modern yet also quite archaic (like the witches appear to live pretty primitively, since Brecan is like... amazed at running water being in the palace, whereas there are cities full o
Nicole (FearYourEx)
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ever read a synopsis and instantly know a book is perfect for you? That was this book.

When Wishes Bleed is a story about a Witch named Sable who happens to be Fate's daughter. Fate tells her to do things, guides her, and etc. The rest of the witches she lives with basically shunned her because something her mother did and she doesn't know what that was. She reads the fate of the Prince of the kingdom, Tauren only to find out someone is trying to kill him. Tauren then invites her to basically com
Darcy (Daydreamingofbookdragons)
I mean the premise sounds interesting, but the main reason I first became interested in this is because of the wishbone on the cover and the fact that it reminds me of my all time favourite book series, the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy. ...more

I have mixed feelings about this one to be honest.
On the one side Sable (and also other characters) were pretty well build. She had concerns, problems, what made her happy, a back story. She had a psyche. So did other characters but to a lesser extend.
On the other side she just LOVES Tauren, who lacks all of this. I sincerely think I can count with the fingers in my hand what I know about him.
He was as empty as my soul. And that is a lot.

The world was
Kalli Bunch
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is unique and fresh. I love it. I really hope there's going to be more from this world because it was such an awesome and interesting story. There are a lot of witch stories, many stories about Princes, and a lot of stories about fate...but this book puts a whole new spin on it. You won't want to miss it!!
Lisa P
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A magical ride

Can fate be changed? How do you choose which path to take? Casey Bond weaves an incredible story about trust, friendships, revenge, and magic. Sable is a dynamic character that finds herself in an unusual situation with her "unique skill set". You feel like you are right there with her in all the feels - bitterness, happiness, pain, envy, rage, sadness, love..
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Casey Bond lives in West Virginia with her husband and their two beautiful daughters. She likes goats and yoga, but hasn't tried goat yoga because the family goat is so big he might break her back. Seriously, he's the size of a pony. Her favorite books are the ones that contain magical worlds and flawed characters she would want to hang out with. Most days of the week, she writes young adult fanta ...more

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