- File Size: 692 KB
- Print Length: 256 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1500505331
- Publication Date: July 27, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00M7EBIYY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Will later learns that the three are employees of Sky Castle Network and Enterprises (SCENE), and that they’re Arcanians who are versed in wishcraft. They’ve come to make Will an offer he can’t refuse – and, that means literally that he can’t refuse.
Wishing Will has an amusing story line, and the authors do a great job of creating a main character with whom readers can sympathize – for the most part. Dialogue is peppy, although a bit corny in places, but that really only makes the story funnier. Some formatting problems – such as a change in type font in mid-paragraph – detract from what could be a really good book. The book could also use a good line edit to remove a few too many typos scattered throughout. The authors also have a tendency to use exclamation points generously – when they’re really not needed – or in a couple of cases appropriate. The epilogue introduced a twist that confused me – even after going back and reading the final four or five chapters, I had a hard time figuring out its purpose.
The general theme is good, but the aforementioned problems detract from the overall quality. While a line edit would take care of the punctuation and typos, a good general edit to make sure the plot flow is consistent is also not a bad idea. Unfortunately, I can only give Wishing Will two stars.
I received this book free of charge from the author in return for an honest review.
Will is an easy guy to like. His empathy for other people reveals itself fairly quickly, but what I really appreciated about him is what a well-rounded character he is. He has realistic strengths and weaknesses that interact with the plot in ways that I often didn’t see coming ahead of time. I had a good time getting to know him, and I’d be interested in reading more stories about him in the future.
There were a few pacing issues in the beginning that threatened to distract me from the plot. A surprising amount of time was spent describing Will’s family and school. I enjoyed seeing what his daily life was like before he received this peculiar assignment, but this tale would have easily earned a much higher rating if some of that exposition had happened within more action-packed chapters. Eventually I did get drawn into Will’s world, but the slow beginning was a bit of deterrent for me at first.
I had an inkling that this book might be funny, but I wasn’t expecting to enjoy its zany sense of humor as much as I did. The supporting characters were just as flamboyant as I’d expect from beings who work for a magical wish fulfilment company, but the creative, little details about their costumes and physical appearances that the author made sure to point out to the reader were what really endeared me to them. Imagining exactly what each one of them looked like was effortless.
Whether you’re a kid or a kid-at-heart, Wishing Will is a good choice for anyone in the mood for something lighthearted.
originally posted at long and short reviews
Will is an easy going and kind kid trying to navigate his way through the awkwardness of school. He doesn’t fit in at school and to make matters worse he feels invisible at home. His popular older sister pretends he doesn’t exist, the school bully is constantly messing with him, his eccentric grandmother is oblivious to her surroundings and his parents are too busy to take notice. Will feels disconnected so he makes a big wish hoping to become someone else but that wish brings much more into his life that what he could have ever imagined. He goes from lost kid trying to hide to someone with a great power and unique abilities. He has new friends from another world who work for a wish granting company and his life is now full of adventure, danger and mystery. He’s helping grant other peoples wishes while trying to protect his grandmother and keep an evil wish granter from taking control over the human race.
The book had a great underlying theme of dreaming big, working hard and being selfless. It touched on the angst kids feel as outsiders and how looking at things from a different perspective can help you channel those negative feelings into positive ones reminding us that we all belong to something bigger, have something to offer and that none of us are perfect. It’s a magical, heartwarming and funny story I recommend to kids and to adults who want to get in touch with their inner kid.
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Reviewed by Joy for Crystal's Many Reviewers