Josephina Espinosa makes her living as a hacker-for-hire in the Lone Star Republic, a remnant of the fractured U.S.A. That is, until the day she and her best friend are gunned down in a government raid.
With her dying breath, Jo uses magical lore passed down from her grandmother to summon a wish-granter. Her wish? To save her friend’s life. Except wishes have costs, and for Jo, the price is the erasure of her entire mortal existence.
Now, as the most recent addition to the mysterious Society of Wishes, Jo must form a new “life” alongside the seven other members, one of which being her savior himself. Living as an occupant of the Society’s lavish mansion should be quite the perk, but while it is furnished with everything its inhabitants could possibly need, it lacks one thing—freedom.
Her otherworldly identity crisis takes a backseat, however, when Jo learns that the friend she sacrificed everything for is headed down the same path to ruin. Jumping in head-first, Jo uses her newfound magical abilities to protect him, only to realize that the ripples of her actions have far-reaching consequences. When the Society’s aloof leader Snow decides to give her a taste of his own ancient magic, Jo discovers that there are threads woven into the tapestry of her new reality that reach far beyond the wishes she is now required to grant. Ones that, if tugged on, could mean the unraveling of the world itself.
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Gosh, where do I even begin? This book didn't feel like the typical Elise Kova read, and normally I don't think I would like that, but the blend between Elise and Lynn was wonderful! The uniquely found their collective voice and really went all in with this one. I found Society of Wishes a little slow to begin with, but you're getting a lot of information and character development straight away. PLEASE, just hang in there. Once you feel comfortable with all the information, this book takes off like a rocket! We begin with meeting Jo, and boy do I flipping love her. Being a Texas native, I related to her hardcore. Her snarky, matter of fact voice was refreshing. She's incredible at what she does, (hacking) and she knows it. She gets in a little over her head in chapter 1 and from there the whole plot is born. We get to go on a rich journey of finding out who you are when basically everything is taken from you. We get to see how one rises from the ashes and overcomes self doubt with righteous determination. I LOVE every single side character. All of them. I usually have a few that I'm like, "meh" about, but not here. Everyone has a purpose and all of them contribute to Jo's journey in her new life. We get a closer look at a few of these new friends, and I'm hoping to dive even further with the rest in book 2. I can't recommend this book enough. 5 stars all the way.
The first book felt like it was building up to a big event that I don't believe happened. It was a quick read and I did enjoy it but I just wanted there to be more. I wanted things to be more fleshed out. I am excited for circle of Ashes. I want to see where they take this world. If you like Dystopian and genie-ish/ wish granting books give it a try. It does read fast!