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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.
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
As that saying goes, “The creative adult is the child who survived.” Like it or not, we all have an inner child. The child that believed in Santa Claus and the tooth fairy. As we grow, that child may fade and we become the mundane adults that we all fear (or at least I do) and dread. Or of course we could never lose them. That child is, without a doubt, the best part about life. The person who believes in the impossible and the enchanting. When we are children we are irrational, but that’s what makes it worth it. We don’t think, we do.
So when you get you’re hands on GJ Walker-Smith’s book, I can guarantee that that inner child will rise again kicking and screaming. She takes us to a realistic world filled with fate, miracles, and love. It’s heartwarming and beautiful.
When it comes to magic, Charli Blake, a seventeen year old Australian surfer, never grew out of her inner child. She’s misguided, wicked and brazen, but that is what makes her so wonderful. Like any other dreamer, the girl saves her wishes, relies on fate, and captures moments in time. Charli also has ambitions. Living in the tiny cove never fit her right, and she wants out. Traveling is what she had in mind and it wasn’t something that would ever change for the irrational dreamer.
So when the hot French American New Yorker, Adam Décarie, shows up in Charli’s cove on vacation, she has to admit that it was magic that brought him there. After a near accident, the two begin to bond. And although she it takes her a while to see it, she’s head over heels for him. But will she really give up her life goals to chase after her Boy Wonder when he leaves or will she let him go? As the story progresses, you are left with one question: Is love something you fight for or do you have to make the heart-wrenching decision to let it go?
Saving Wishes left me shivering and crying. It’s a must read for all my fellow dreamers and Fangirls. It is thrilling, albeit the story is slow and fluffy. The soft words make you feel warm inside, and the twists are like sharp turns on a roller coaster. Overall, it is a gratifying tale that leaves you smiling. To me, the book was great. Sure, it has it’s faults and times when you want to reach into the book and make the characters do something different, but that is really just part of every book. In my eyes, it was a simple and delicate read; beautifully written and gentle. However, I must say it’s more of a teen read, as the characters do some “adult things” (HAHAHA! That came out a little wrong) and the characters are very mature (except Charli) throughout the book. If I have to rate it, I give it a 4. It was wonderful, and I really enjoyed what Walker-Smith wrote. Honestly, this is the kind of book that really depends on you and how you take it in. It won’t suit you if you’re looking for a serious or dense read. Who can resist that sexy French boy who fell for the whimsical Australian? A mischievous and adorable novel that makes you wonder if magic really exists
YOU ALL NEED THIS IN YOUR LIFE!!!!