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To Wish or Not to Wish (As You Wish) Paperback – September 21, 2010
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Mindy Klasky learned to read when her parents shoved a book in her hands and told her that she could travel anywhere in the world through stories. She never forgot that advice. When Mindy isn't "traveling" through writing books, she quilts, cooks and tries to tame the endless to-be-read shelf in her home library. You can visit Mindy at her Web site, www.mindyklasky.com.
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And then she is given the tarnished lamp containing...a genie! And she has 4 wishes to make! Not 3, like the fairy tales tell, but 4! It's a veritable flood of wishes!
How she uses these wishes is the core of this story, and it's a great fun read. Teel, the genie, is laugh-out-loud hilarious. And Erin herself, a sweet girl with lousy taste in men, decides to 'swear off' romance just before meeting Timothy, who is attractive PLUS.
I needed a good laugh when I picked up this book, and I got it. It's a silly, fun read.
Her friend Becca (see When Good Wishes Go Bad) and her significant other Ryan are going to Africa for a year so she asks Erin to stay in her condo at not cost while she is overseas. Inside the condo, Erin finds a crate with her name on it that she assumes Becca left her. She opens the crate to find an old tarnished brass lantern. When she cleans it with a rag, a man appears in a police uniform out of nowhere. He says his name is Teel and he gives her the standard genie contract in which he fulfills her wishes in exchange for free time outside the lamp, but she must choose rather quickly before the offer expires.
This is an amusing yet poignant romantic urban fantasy as Erin struggles with what to wish for as she learns what matters in life. The key to this strong As You Wish entry (see How Not To Make A Wish) is the relationships between Erin and others. First there is caring for her sister and nephew (living in New Brunswick) as her brother-law is a soldier in the Middle East Theater of Operations, and second is her concern and attraction to Teel once she makes her wish. Readers will appreciate the warm humorous To Wish Or Not To Wish that is the question facing Erin.
Erin is having a junky past few months. Her dream of being a Broadway star is slowly fading. No significant others and virtually homeless, Erin spills her woes to a friend who needs a house sitter for her fabulous home and offers it to Erin.
In addition to the house, Erin is given a lamp and of course, rubs it. Out pops a genie (and not Barbara Eden) complete with gorgeous body.
The biggest problem is the constant switching of gender/clothes/appearance by the genie. It is confusing to suddenly realize the genie is now a woman. Bam, a few pages later, the genie is back to being a guy.
Once you learn to watch out for those changes, the book is enjoyable.
I really enjoyed this story. Even though it has a wish granting genie in it, I found it more believable than some chick lit stories out there that put their characters in outlandish situations and have NO paranormal plots. The story flowed and pulled me in and kept me hooked to the very end.
What I liked:
1. Erin--She's always had a boyfriend and has molded her life around him. His likes become her likes. His habits become her habits. When her boyfriend walks away because she thinks she might be pregnant, she realizes what a jerk he is and how they don't want the same things at all. But she's never been her own person, so how does she know what she wants? Through all this, Erin is working on discovering herself.
2. The Master Plan--Erin's sister comes up with "The Master Plan" in attempt to turn Erin into a responsible adult capable of a healthy relationship. She must first tend a plant, then care for a fish, then handle a cat. Once she proves she can do all that she will be able to entertain the idea of a relationship with a man. All this should take no longer than 16 months. Erin's attempts to comply with The Master Plan were pretty funny and reminiscent 28 Days (Special Edition). It took Erin a long time to realize that she was once again creating a version of herself according to someone else's ideals.
3. Teel--The gender-bending genie was hilarious. You never knew what form he/she would take and just what he/she would do.
4. Timothy--The restaurateur was a breath of fresh air in Erin's life. He knew what he wanted out of life.
5. Work--Erin understood the difference between being handed something and working hard for it. She also understood the value of each. Once she is lands the role of understudy she continually wonders if she should use a wish to become the star. But would she enjoy knowing that she had to force the bestowal of the role on her? Or would she have greater pleasure if earning it on her own and know the applause wasn't purchased?
Apparently, this is part of series, but it stands on its own. Each book follows one lucky lady and the genie Teel. I haven't read any other of the Wish Series books and didn't feel lost at any point. But I enjoyed this one enough to now seek out it's sisters.
How Not to Make a Wish
When Good Wishes Go Bad
*ARC provided by NetGalley*