Book Review | Saving Wishes by G.J. Walker-Smith

11 February 2015

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For Charli Blake, being seventeen is a tough gig.She's been branded a troublemaker, her reputation is in tatters and she's stuck in Pipers Cove, a speck of a town on the coast of Tasmania.Thankfully, it's temporary. Her lifelong dream of travelling the world is just months away from becoming reality. All she has to do is ride out the last few months of high school, which is easier said than done thanks to a trio of mean girls known as The Beautifuls.When Adam D├ęcarie arrives in town, all the way from New York, life takes an unexpected turn. His arrival sets off a chain of events that alters her life forever, convincing her of one thing. Fate brought him to her.
I don't usually read e-books. I don't have any problem with them, I just find it easier for me personally to have an actual, paper book in front of me. I do have an e-reader, though, and I do get books on it occasionally if they are free (free books... why ever not?).

Saving Wishes had been on my to-read list for awhile. I don't remember why or how it got there, but it was there. I never have the heart to remove books from my TBR, I always want to be able to read everything. So, when I found the e-book for free, I figured I might as well mark this one off the list.

This has got to be one of the strangest books I have ever read. The story idea itself is not a strange one (it was actually pretty cliche), just what the author did with the idea made it weird for me.

First of all, this book is set in Tasmania, which actually sounds uber cool to me! Hello, vampires! Dracula! (Also, side-note: I had no idea that Tasmania was in Australia... I guess I'm just ignorant) But, alas, this book had no vampires in it, and after about two seconds Charli completely ruins the setting for us.

If I were her I would completely love living in Tasmania, but, nope, not Charli. She hates it, and paints an ugly picture of it in the minds of all the readers. Which, I guess is okay since it helps us understand why she wants to leave so very badly, but throughout the whole book I just didn't care for our dear main character, Charli, at all.
She was always super angry and emotional throughout the whole story. Every little thing would set her off.

Enter Adam: hot, rich, American/French dude. After detesting him for exactly 2 hours (or something like that)  Charli discovers that fate brought them together, so they must be soul mates! Then starts the vomit-inducing making out which lasts the whole entire rest of the book.
I'm a girl, and am okay with a little bit of mushy gushy romance, but this was far too much too fast. Also, Charli's brother's name was Alex, and I kept getting his name mixed up with Adam's... kinda awkward, but yeah.

Things just kept going down-hill from there. The most random things kept happening that, honestly, I wouldn't have been surprised if a vampire did turn up somewhere.
This whole story felt like a complete mess to me. The "plot twists" and surprises at the end were predictable and altogether weird, and I didn't like any of the characters one bit.
I was disappointed really. I thought this might be a great book that would make me realize that there are some good free e-books out there in the world... but no... not this one. The cover is pretty, though!

Sorry, Wishes series, I shan't be continuing with you.


  1. This is SO DISAPPOINTING. I saw the pretty cover and got all settled in to have my next book ready. Well. Guess I won't be reading this one. :p (also, you're not ignorant, I didn't know it was in Australia either!!)

    1. It is disappointing isn't it? :P I get deceived by pretty covers all too often...

  2. Dang, that's so disappointing. The cover looks so nicely done that it mades me think the book would be good. Thanks for the review though!

    1. IKR! Plus it has so many 5 star reviews and ravings, I was sure I'd like it. Nope. :/

  3. Ugh, wow, this sounds like a Mary Sue book. Guess I won't be reading this!

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