Society of wishes by Elise Kova & Lynn Larsh
Series: Wish Quartet #1
Published by Silver Wing Press (February 1st 2018)
Top 3 Genres: Urban fantasy, Dystopia, New Adult
My rating: Set it on fire/If you have nothing else to read/you need to read it/Run and buy it.
Source: Finished copy provided by Elise Kova
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Josephina Espinosa makes her living as a hacker-for-hire in the Lone Star Republic, a remnant of the fractured U.S.A. That is, until the day she and her best friend are gunned down in a government raid.
With her dying breath, Jo uses magical lore passed down from her grandmother to summon a wish-granter. Her wish? To save her friend’s life. Except wishes have costs, and for Jo, the price is the erasure of her entire mortal existence.
Now, as the most recent addition to the mysterious Society of Wishes, Jo must form a new “life” alongside the seven other members, one of which being her savior himself. Living as an occupant of the Society’s lavish mansion should be quite the perk, but while it is furnished with everything its inhabitants could possibly need, it lacks one thing—freedom.
Her otherworldly identity crisis takes a backseat, however, when Jo learns that the friend she sacrificed everything for is headed down the same path to ruin. Jumping in head-first, Jo uses her newfound magical abilities to protect him, only to realize that the ripples of her actions have far-reaching consequences. When the Society’s aloof leader Snow decides to give her a taste of his own ancient magic, Jo discovers that there are threads woven into the tapestry of her new reality that reach far beyond the wishes she is now required to grant. Ones that, if tugged on, could mean the unraveling of the world itself.
Hello bookdragons! I’m super happy today to present you a book I had the chance to receive from an author I love: Elise Kova (and no, it’s not just because she is an Elise too :p). Society of wishes is the first novel in the Wish Quartet, that she wrote with her friend Lynn Larsh, a unique mix of fantasy and dystopia that is worth the try! Alright, let’s dive in 😉
Be careful what you wish for…
You’ve already heard that phrase, right? Well, Jo should have listened to it more! Because when she wishes to save her friend from death, she is also changing her life… and joining the society of wishes! A secret society, only a few people born from old magic families, and able to grant wishes. But wish granting is not a game, and it always has consequences. Which Jo is learning the hard way! Honestly, beginning of the book, I found her a bit thick and her decisions erratic, but through the book, she finally seems to understand how things work and her wits won me over. She is a futuristic girl, with modern thinking, plus she is over 16 so that is something I appreciate! We do not have a lot of new adult novels after all!
As for the Society of Wishes itself, it’s such a great idea! They are like watchers of the world, granting the wish not by magic only but with teamwork and a lot of planning. I love how the wish-granting process is explained in the book, it was very interesting.
» We need no feast and fear no famine. We are the embracers of dreams and the vagrants of sleep. And we fear no hour, for none shall be our last. »
The start of something new
Most of this book is about how Jo discovers and learn (the hard way) how wishes work. There is also her trying to fix her « missed » wish and finding her place in the team. I know for some people it can feel like a lack of action or plot, but for me, it was really nice to discover everything with Jo. I love discovering the universes created by authors, and when they take the time to do so! Here, we learn both on the Earth of the future and on Wishes. We have yet a lot to discover on Jo’s magic, Snow’s real nature or how the society came to be!
In this first installment, we also meet all the other members of the Society, with their history and their mysteries. All coming from different times and places. Even if Jo was definitely the main character, I always love to have a team of characters to read about and to see their role grow through the book. I hope they will become more and more important in the next one.
Snow and Jo…
This is where I had an issue with this book: Snow (the leader of the Society) and Jo’s interaction. It was strange, like if there was no cohesion between the parts they were interacting. Playing some hot and cold (yes like Katy Perry song) game, but without it feeling right. You can see that the authors want to hint at something there but there is still some work to do!
» She expected to find some timeless monster to have such a powerful voice. but a man who looked cut straight out of a fashion magazine started down at her. He had a strong chin, deep crimson lips, skin so pale that it was almost translucent, and silvery hair that swept over the side of his face that looked like something from a distant dream »
Spoilers (hover to see): In most of new adult/adult books with sex scenes, I can’t stop myself from rising my eyebrows because they feel like too much. Well, in this book the sex scene was perfectly what I wanted, it was just right!
In a few words
These two authors really work well together and created a very interesting and unique beginning for the Wish Quartet. I love how magic and technology are blended together around Jo, as well as the concept of the Wishes. It brought back a vibe of Arabian nights for me and beautiful colors to the story! Add to that it’s a new adult book and I’m all in!!
See you for a cup!