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Saving Wishes Paperback – February 11, 2013
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Saving Wishes by G.J Walker-Smith is a prime example of why I love reading. This book is absolutely enchanting! From the first page until the last, I was captivated.
It was intelligent, witty and emotional. I have a love affair with Australian young adult novels and writers, and this one is exceptional. A coming of age story about your first love, your future and learning to stand on your own two feet. I loved Charlie, she's a brilliant character and I can't wait to start Second Hearts, the next in the series.
Charli, she's such a unique and intriguing character, I loved how she always had something to say and if someone was being rude she always stood up for herself and others OR she just took action instead, lol. Charli believes in fate and she believed that a certain handsome French/American Adam was in town just to find her, and maybe he was.
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Charlie is I guess to me a typical Aussie teen. I think we can all relate to her in more ways then one. She is deemed as 'the trouble maker' in her small town but I was a little dissapointed to not really be informed as to why. She was hard to picture in my head as I never found I could get a clear image as to how she would have looked. To some that may seem hard but to me, finally having a character I could read about that wasnt 'perect' in looks and wasnt described to the point of no return, that was a breath of fresh air...I could put my own face to her easier that way.
She meets Adam and instantly feels a connection but does not jump his bones straight of the bat. It was good that she showed some self control around him and actually acted like an indesisive teen in stead of a wanna be adult. Adam had my heart fluttering and my mind blowing him sweet air kisses. He was a great person to loose myself with.
Alex, poor Alex, I really felt for him. he seemed so totaly not put together and when the twist hit towards the end, I finally could see why...but i still loved him.
In all I read this book in 3 hours with out being able to put it down (I am a known speed reader) and found the story easy and entertaining to follow. We all have Nicoles, the beautifuls and Alex's in our life at some point. But boy do I wish I had an Adam!
I can not wait for the second book to be realeased the teaser at the end had me begging for more...so I guess I will be watching Amazon like a hawk waiting for the day i can scoop it up and carry on loosing myself in Charlie and Adams game of Magic and Fate.
Writing style engaged me for the start and held my attention throughout. Well edited and formatted. Read in one sitting and it's got a decent word count. I just could not put it down.
Flawed female protagonist being an 18 year old did not detract from read. I loved the family plot twist added extra depth.
Multi book series and I've just purchased the next four based on book one.
Piper's Cove, Tasmania, Australia.
Charli Blake is a rebellious seventeen-year-old with plans to travel the world, see all the sights with her best friend since kindergarten, Nicole Lawson. She lives with her older brother Alex. She works at the coffee shop in their small town of Piper's Cove, she despises her French teacher and everyone keeps an eye on her, since they have all seen Charli's rebellious side. Her high school is everything we have all gone through, cliques, drama and everyone else's nose in your business or others saying weird things because they obviously haven't extended the time to try to know you.
But everything changes when Adam Decarie comes to Piper's Cove with a postcard in his pocket, displaying one of her photographs. He claims it's fate, Charli is just trying to survive Piper's Cove until graduation and then she would be off on the trip the girls had been planning for months. Needless to say, things will never be the same after Adam arrives. Between the Beautifuls, their families and the general public, it's safe to say Alex and Charli try to keep to themselves, with exception of a handful of people. I didn't understand why until the last quarter of the book.
Definitely read this if you want a roller coaster wave of emotions. Granted, this book could have improved a little. But 5/5 stars