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Thankfully, I did love it--it had the same feel as the other books but with great new characters. And as much as I wanted Zara to put her hands on a handprint to slip through time, the way it happened for her was perfect and surprising and I loved it. I'm also a big fan of the 1840's and westward expansion, so the setting was just lovely.
I thought the characters were great--Zara was her own great heroine, relatable and strong. I'll admit Javier had to grow on my as he seemed to be a bit of a rogue at first. But their relationship and that of the entire family won me over quickly!
This book is less of a swashbuckling adventure (that Waterfall was) and more of a let's-deal-with-this-time-travel thing and I liked the emotion and twists it brought. I am super excited about the rest of the series and where it's going to go.
For mamas and other folks concerned about the romance-ness of it--there were a couple of heated kisses but there's a focus on "real love" that I thought was very mature.
Overall, such a fun, exciting read with rich characters! When do I get to slip through time??!!
Three Wishes is a little hard for me to rate. There was so much in this story that was reminiscent of the River of Time that I am having a hard time evaluating it on its own. As well, because of the short length of it and the lack of any true outward conflict such as in River of Time, I felt more like I was reading a prequel than the first book in a new series.
The story has some amazing relationships between characters, ones that I definitely look forward to reading more about in the sequel. The history also felt very well researched, offering a lot of potential to the series. While this book was not as exciting as I had hoped, I do look forward to the next book, especially after having read the first two chapters at the end of Three Wishes.
There is the saying “be careful what you wish for because you just might get it.” Well, with this new series by Lisa Bergren, I am wishing for the next one right now. I was turned on to her writing with her Remnants series, which is one of my favorite series by far. When I saw this coming out, I decided to give it a go as well. I haven’t read any of the River of Times books that many compare this too as a possible prequel story but have to say I extremely enjoyed Three Wishes. The characters were fun and easy to connect with and not at all over the top with how they got together. I didn’t think I would enjoy the romance of the two main characters as much as I did, but it all played out well. The story was just long enough, not so long that I found it dragging like so many novels tend to do. There were a few predictable moments but nothing to take away from the story. Three Wishes was a delightful read, and I can’t wait for the next book to come out.
I found myself feeling like I was Zara, traveling back in time from the 2010s to 1840, when California was still a Mexican territory, called Alta California. This story takes place a little over 5 years before the Mexican-American War.
A part of me had always wondered about my home-state (California) when it was not a part of the United States. This story helped me see how it was back then, with a girl from my time as the first-person narrator.
I found myself disliking Javier when Zara did, and liking him a little more as she did. His mother, though, Doña Elena, was a little overbearing, though, at times, and she was my most disliked-main-character. But overall, it was a great read.