The Art of Wishing

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"Genies for the modern age, with passion, darkness, and heart. I loved it!" —Tamora Pierce, #1 New York Times bestselling author

Sometimes the most terrifying thing is getting what you really want. 

Oliver’s skin was still warm, even though there wasn’t a wish waiting to be granted. That strange, spicy-tingly heat spread through my fingers again, and I squeezed his hand a little as we walked. Maybe it was just a reaction to him being ...

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Overview

"Genies for the modern age, with passion, darkness, and heart. I loved it!" —Tamora Pierce, #1 New York Times bestselling author

Sometimes the most terrifying thing is getting what you really want. 

Oliver’s skin was still warm, even though there wasn’t a wish waiting to be granted. That strange, spicy-tingly heat spread through my fingers again, and I squeezed his hand a little as we walked. Maybe it was just a reaction to him being inside my head, or to feeling him use his magic, but I suddenly found myself thinking about his pretty eyes, and wondering what it would be like to kiss him. I wondered if his lips felt like magic, too.
He glanced curiously at me, and I remembered: He could hear what I wanted. Our eyes locked, and my heart leaped into my throat. What did I want?

Oliver’s magic binds him to Margo until she makes three wishes. And while she tries to figure out what to wish for she begins to realize he might be what she wants most. The Art of Wishing is a modern romance with a touch of magic that is perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins and Susane Colosanti!

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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for The Art of Wishing:

"Genies for the modern age, with passion, darkness, and heart. I loved it!" —Tamora Pierce, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"The Art of Wishing is a fresh, fun, surprisingly poignant take on what it means to get what you wish for. With sexy genies and genuine stakes, I couldn't wish for a better story." —Seanan McGuire, New York Times bestselling author of Midnight Blue-Light Special

"Reading The Art of Wishing was like finding a new favorite song! The love between a musician and her genie is so bittersweet, so utterly human, it makes magic feel real—a feat all paranormal romances attempt, but few achieve." —Jeri Smith-Ready, author of Shine

The Art of Wishing stands head and shoulders above competition because of its main character Margo. Ribar brings us a heroine who is quick-witted, amusing to read, and honest.” —Tor.com

“Rich with romance, magic, and action, this novel will captivate teens.” —SLJ

"[With] a genie like no other. . . this lighthearted book is a well-rounded combination of humor, romance and paranormal suspense." —Kirkus Reviews

"Margo and Oliver are extremely likable, with an easy camaraderie that pulls the reader straight into the story." —Booklist

Publishers Weekly
Literary agent Ribar's debut novel is a deceptively light girl-meets-genie story. Margo, a talented senior with musical aspirations, feels cast aside by her newly reunited parents (it's like the opposite of The Parent Trap) and slighted when she is overlooked for the lead in the school play. The coveted part goes to the awkward Vicky, and no else appears to notice what a train-wreck she is on stage. When Margo finds a magic ring in the girls' bathroom, she becomes the master of a cute and unassuming genie named Oliver, who had previously granted Vicky wishes. Margo is captivated by Oliver, who can also read her true desires, and when he grants her wish to become a better songwriter, the results are spectacular. The theatrics of an evil, rival genie's shapeshifting aren't nearly as menacing as the repercussions of blind wish fulfillment. While the relationship between Margo and Oliver initially falls in line with paranormal romance conventions, Ribar also weaves some psychological intricacy and darkness into their bond. Broader questions about ownership, inauthenticity, and greed give the story additional substance. Ages 12–up. Agent: Brenda Bowen, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (Mar.)
Tor.com
"The Art of Wishing stands head and shoulders above [paranormal] competition because of its main character Margo. Ribar brings us a heroine who is quick-witted, amusing to read, and honest. . . utterly relatable, vulnerable, and open. . . while still being a decisive, strong-willed heroine."
Booklist
"For anyone who thought Disney's Aladdin was the last word on genies, think again. . . . Margo and Oliver are extremely likable, with an easy camaraderie that pulls the reader straight into the story. . . . They are supported by a strong cast of secondary characters who are closer to magic than they realize. . . . A strong debut."
Tamora Pierce
"Genies for the modern age, with passion, darkness, and heart. I loved it!"
Seanan McGuire
"The Art of Wishing is a fresh, fun, surprisingly poignant take on what it means to get what you wish for. With sexy genies and genuine stakes, I couldn't wish for a better story."
Jeri Smith-Ready
"Reading The Art of Wishing was like finding a new favorite song! The love between a musician and her genie is so bittersweet, so utterly human, it makes magic feel real—a feat all paranormal romances attempt, but few achieve."
Children's Literature - Veronica Bartles
Margo McKenna has a plan for everything. She knows exactly how she wants her senior year of high school to go, from getting the lead in the school play to getting accepted into the best colleges. When a genie grants a wish, derailing Margo's plan, her orderly life falls apart. And when Margo suddenly finds herself in possession of the magical ring that gives its wearer control over the genie, she's not so sure she wants to use her wishes. Even if the genie is someone as cute as Oliver Parish, the sophomore who is taking pictures of the play rehearsals for the yearbook. As Margo and Oliver grow closer, she discovers that he's being stalked by a man intent on destroying all genies, and only Margo can save Oliver's life. But it will take more than just three wishes. There were plenty of typical paranormal romance cliches sprinkled throughout the book, such as the insta-love that sprouts between Margo and Oliver almost at first meeting. However, Ribar gives us a new twist on the three wishes tale, adding an element of mystery and intrigue with the murderous subplot. Girls who want a hint of romance, with a healthy dose of mystery and a few thrilling twists and turns will enjoy Margo's story. Reviewer: Veronica Bartles
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Senior Margo McKenna knows something is up when she loses the lead in her school play to an unknown and talentless sophomore named Vicky. To escape during one particularly frustrating rehearsal, she goes to the girls' room, where she finds a ring. When she picks it up, the mysterious new kid, Oliver, instantly appears. Margo discovers that he is really a genie and his master is Vicky. By finding the ring, Margo becomes his new master. She uses her first wish to become a talented songwriter. Soon after, she discovers that another genie, Xavier, is hunting Oliver and plans to kill him. As Margo rushes to find a way to save Oliver's life, the pair begin to fall in love. Although the rules and logic of genies and wish-making are tricky to follow at times, Ribar does a good job of developing realistic and likable characters. The heavy focus on the relationship between Margo and her parents, who have recently rekindled their relationship and remarried, dissipates midway through the novel and, by the end, disappears completely. Rich with romance, magic, and action, this novel will captivate teens while also cautioning them to be careful what they wish for.—Nicole Knott, Watertown High School, CT
Kirkus Reviews
The craze for paranormal romance has encompassed vampires, warlocks and werewolves, and now it moves on to a genie like no other. Margo McKenna knows how good her audition for the lead in the school musical was; it was perfect. When she's assigned a secondary role, she tries to overcome her disappointment and make the best of it, something she's gotten used to at home as well as at school. It isn't until she finds an old ring in the girls' room and meets Oliver that she finds out that there's real magic in today's world. Determined to make the most of her three wishes, she takes her time, wanting to make wise decisions. But her genie is a genie on the run, and he needs her to hurry up before he is assassinated. As Margo gets to know Oliver better, she become even more hesitant to make her wishes, as completion of the third wish means Oliver will move on—and out of her life forever. The pressure is on. What is more magical: a genie's power or true love? This lighthearted book is a well-rounded combination of humor, romance and paranormal suspense, with likable characters and easy-to-believe dialogue. Though about as substantive as magical smoke, it makes for a pleasant afternoon read. (Paranormal romance. 12-16)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142425299
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 6/12/2014
  • Series: Art of Wishing Series , #1
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,352,222
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Lindsay Ribar is a literary agent by day and a concert fanatic by night. A graduate of NYU, she currently shares her apartment with several roommates (two human, one feline) and way too many CDs. She is the author of The Art of Wishing and The Fourth Wish.

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“Okay, you said you’re a what?”

“A genie,” he said, lowering his fork to his plate.
“Right,” I murmured. “So, genies are real. You are a genie. I get three wishes. Okay. What else? Do you live in a bottle?”
“No,” he said, sounding almost offended. “I live in an apartment.”
“Are you seriously telling me the truth about this?” I asked.
“I seriously am,” he replied. “I was also serious about stealing a fry.”
“Oh, for heaven’s sake, take the fries. Have as many as you want. But, I mean, you don’t look like a genie.”
He raised an eyebrow. “You mean I’m not blue and I don’t sound like Robin Williams?”
“That’s not what I meant,” I said.
He grinned at me.
“Okay, fine, that’s what I meant. But I mean, look at that movie. Aladdin rubs the lamp, right, and it’s all fireworks and explosions, and out pops this genie, and you look at him and you go, ‘Oh, hey, look, it’s a genie.’ But you? You look… normal.”
“Except for when I disappear.”
“Well, yeah, except for that. But how do I know—“
“Try it,” he said, wiggling his eyebrows conspiratorially. “Make a wish. I won’t tell anyone, I promise.”

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  • Posted June 24, 2014

    3/5 stars

    3/5 stars

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  • Posted April 3, 2013

    Plot: 4/10 Characters: 8/10 Setting: 5/10 Pacing: 4/10 Style: 6/

    Plot: 4/10
    Characters: 8/10
    Setting: 5/10
    Pacing: 4/10
    Style: 6/10
    Cover: This cover caught my eye a while back and I instantly wanted to read it. I love the clouds in the background and the two people lounging on the bed. Are they friends or together? The red guitar contrasts nicely and the font is so cute!
    total 27+50=77 (3 Stars)




    I hate when I am highly anticipating a book and then it's nothing that I thought it would be. Unfortunately, this was the case with this book. I was expecting a girl to find a genie and wish for something, have it turn out terrible, and spend her last two wishing trying to get the wording right so she doesn't mess it up. It's called the ART of wishing so I figured that meant it was about the way she wished. The plot was kind of flat until about 2/3 through the book where suddenly everything gets really complex and then my interest was finally sparked. I stayed up really late to finish the book after that. 




    I loved how Margo and Oliver interacted. It felt real. And Margo herself felt like the most realistic High Schooler I'd ever read. The way she spoke, thought, acted was all very authentic. The bad guy was a little too...typical villain...at first, but like the rest of the characters he gains depth as the book progresses. I loved the minor snark and many book/tv references Margo uses. 




    If you decide to read this don't let the slow paced beginning discourage you. The last half of the book was definitely worth it. That ending, while predictable, made me want to throw my book across the room...until I read the acknowledgements and found out that this is going to be a series! I can't wait to find out what's in store for Margo next...especially after that ending!!! If you're looking for a fun, light, supernatural read--you should definitely try this book! 

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  • Posted March 25, 2013

    I absolutely adored this book.   I felt Margo was a person, and

    I absolutely adored this book.   I felt Margo was a person, and never once did I cringe and wish she hadn't done something.  All of her actions seemed so fluid and so right for the moment. 

    Ms. Ribar's style is delicious and delightful.  I was at the end of the book before I even realized it.  Which is the only bad thing I have to say about it.  I anxiously await the sequel!!

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  • Posted March 21, 2013

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    Rating: 3 The Low Down: Margo McKenna is super pumped. The t

    Rating: 3




    The Low Down: Margo McKenna is super pumped. The tryouts for the school musical are today, and she knows that she’s going to kill it. After her audition, everyone is so happy with her performance. She knows she will get to play the part of Mrs. Lovett, the female lead in Sweeney Todd. When the results are posted,  however, she’s in for a shock: some sophomore that she’s never heard of gets Mrs. Lovett, and she is stuck in the part of Tobias Rigg, a character who only has two songs and is a boy.




    Rehearsals are a disaster; Vicky, their erstwhile Mrs. Lovett, is horrible. But that’s not the worst part; it seems like Margo is the only person who notices that Vicky can’t sing or deliver her lines in anything other than an expressionless monotone. What’s going on here? Is Margo just jealous?




    Then things go from horrible to weird. Margo overhears Vicky arguing with Oliver, the school photographer assigned to cover the play. And when Margo finds a silver ring in the girls’ restroom, and Oliver appears the minute she touches it, she finds out that Oliver is a little more than a high school student and a lot older than sixteen.




    Now that Margo possesses the silver ring, she is the master of Oliver...until she makes her three wishes. But there is something that Oliver is not telling her - something that could be the end of him. And just when she was starting to like having him around...




    Best Thang ‘Bout It: Yay; a fresh, new paranormal that I haven't seem since Aladdin. This is sheer genie-ous. (Sorry. Had to.) Having to decide on three things that you want more than anything would be one of the most difficult things, I imagine. The consequences of those actions are probably not thought through, and then it’s too late. Unless you want to un-do with another wish.




    I love Oliver's story; how he became a genie and why gives his character a lot of depth.




    In a previously reviewed book, the characters were also working on a musical, and it seemed to overwhelm the story with minutiae about the musical itself; that doesn’t happen here. Maybe it’s because I am familiar with the story of Sweeney Todd, but I don’t feel like I am on the outside looking in, not only trying to follow a story line, but having to understand the plot of the musical as well.




    I’m Cranky Because: Margo didn’t float my boat. She was more of a conduit than anything; things happened through her. It felt like the story was pulling her along instead of the other way around. Actually, the only characters that felt three-dimensional were George, the accompanist/indie rocker and Oliver. Even the bad guy was sort-of cartoonish. And the story about her parents? It was more than a little strange.




    I’ll also mention the book cover and the title...both great, but personally, I don’t think either represent what this novel is really about. Typically, I don’t re-read the synopsis of books before I start the books so that things will surprise me. The cover and the title make the story sound much lighter, like a fun romance, than what’s in the pages.




    The Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar was published today by Dial. A free copy of this book was given to Ink and Page in return for an honest review. Big thanks to NetGalley/the Publisher/the Author.




    Genre: Young Adult Fiction Fantasy Paranormal Romance
    Ages: 12 and up
    You Might Want to Know: Some mild profanity

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