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Book Review: Sticks and Stones, Book 1 of the Wish Maker Series by Shawn McGuire

September 28, 2016


Genre: YA Urban Fantasy


Synopsis: When Mandy makes a wish, she never expects Desiree, a genie almost done with her 50-year contract, to appear and grant anything she wants. But Mandy will quickly learn that not only does her genie have an attitude problem, she needs to be careful of what she wishes for…


My Take: I really enjoyed this book! I mean, I really, really, really enjoyed this book! I won it from a Youtube reading, and for the life of me I cannot remember the Youtuber who hosted it. I rarely enter these things because I rarely win! But this time I won, and I won big! The book is beautiful. The cover is stunning. The story is so relatable for me. I was a goody two-shoes like Mandy in high school. I never went to a high school party. (Outside of theatre parties.) 


I love Mandy's story, and Desiree's role as a wish mistress. I am intrigued and was pleased to see that there are several more books in the series. Pay day cannot come soon enough! Totally added the rest to my TBR. 


I don't know that I want my boys to read the books (and not sure that it would really appeal to them, though they did love Divergent and Hunger games, both series told from a female perspective. Still, this is like those books like The Babysitters Club is like Nancy Drew.) I appreciate as a reader, the need to balance fun with responsibility. At the same time, I don't know that the message of it being ok to lie to your parents, go to high school parties where there is alcohol and sex, and play manipulative games is necessarily a great lesson for my boys to be learning. I do think it is a good older YA audience book, though. It deals with some heavy topics, including death of a sibling, loss of family, divorce, domestic abuse, controlling boyfriends, and mean girls. 


Are you intrigued? Grab your own copy of Sticks and Stones in e-book or paperback from Amazon today. 


Until next time, 


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