Title: The Wish Granter
Author: C. J. Redwine
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Goodreads review: here
The world has turned upside down for Thad and Ari Glavan, the bastard twins of Súndraille’s king. Their mother was murdered. The royal family died mysteriously. And now Thad sits on the throne of a kingdom whose streets are suddenly overrun with violence he can’t stop.
Growing up ignored by the nobility, Ari never wanted to be a proper princess. And when Thad suddenly starts training Ari to take his place, she realizes that her brother’s ascension to the throne wasn’t fate. It was the work of a Wish Granter named Alistair Teague, who tricked Thad into wishing away both the safety of his people and his soul in exchange for the crown.
So Ari recruits the help of Thad’s enigmatic new weapons master, Sebastian Vaughn, to teach her how to fight Teague. With secret ties to Teague’s criminal empire, Sebastian might just hold the key to discovering Alistair’s weaknesses, saving Ari’s brother—and herself.
5\5 ⭐ 98%
A retelling with the coolest Hansel and Gretel ever and a main character who isn’t stereotypical
First of all, C.J. Redwine has a writing style that’s PERFECT for fairy tales! And every book it gets better and more refined. The dialogue is one of my favorite parts, but I love how the characters are described too. 😮
Also, on the note of writing, I really liked how naturally this plot moved. It was well thought-out, worked with the character arcs and never slowed down.
Plus it made sense! I feel like a lot of fantasy books drop the ball when it comes to magic systems and plot, but it was well balanced.
I love the body diversity with our protagonist! And Ari was confident about it too! It was like a breath of fresh air – mentally. I could picture a main character that didn’t look like all the others. And her interest in baking and how loyal she is – I love her character so much!
Sebastian was so sweet and determined and I’ve never seen a backstory like his in a YA book. His character arc was so good and mixed with Ari’s perfectly.
(btw – one thing I like about C.J. Redwine books is how the relationships start as friendships. It’s so OTP-worthy and natural and it makes them so much more lovable!)
When the characters Hansel and Gretel came in I got such a gorgeous mental picture! It was so unique and interesting – I seriously hope we see more of them.
It was one of those moments where picturing these characters made me want to write.
This is Redwine’s second book in this world and it expanded perfectly! In her first book we were in Ravenspire and now we’re in Súndraille and it’s so cool to see the differences and how they interact with each other. And the cameos from the first book! Subtle, but if you read the original it’s nice to see.
What did you think of The Wish Granter?
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