The Wish List
Gabi Stevens
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The Wish List (Time of Transition Trilogy)
Gabi Stevens
Tor
Paperback
384 pages
April 2010
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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The cover of The Wish List--with a little fairy and a woman holding a wand--gives a bit of a clue to the subject matter inside: our heroine, Kristin Montgomery, discovers that she is actually a Fairy Godmother. What this means isnít clear to her initially (or to us as readers), but she has been assigned a magical arbiter--a sort of trainer and mentor--to help her learn her role. Tennyson Ritter isnít particularly keen on his new task, which has interrupted his scholarly studies.

Tennyson and Kristin donít exactly hit it off straight away, and Kristin finds new experiences and information hitting her from all sides. Her new friend Callie the fairy, Lucas the sorcerer, and her mad aunts canít tell her exactly what she should be able to do and how to do it; it appears she has to find most of this stuff out herself. But thereís more going on here than just a new Fairy Godmother finding her feet. Kristin is more important to some people than she realizes.

The Wish List is good fun from start to finish with a good mix of characters, a good heroine and an interesting plot. The sex scene feels a bit unnecessary at the point it occurs in the story. It's as if the author was told that she must have a sex scene by chapter eight, so she put one in, but it happens too soon in the story and doesnít add anything to it--possibly the opposite. However, once the story moves on a bit more and the relationship between the characters feels more grounded, the story picks up.

I have a slight issue with witch/wizard/sorcerer stories in which the reader is never actually sure what the magically endowed characters can do in terms of their powers. They may find themselves in a locked room, but for all you know they could easily teleport out or blow a hole in the wall or whatever. In this story, there are a few cases where there's an easy magical way out of a situation (although the author also puts in a number of interesting non-magical options, too).

Overall, this first volume in the Time of Transition series is good fun.



Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. © Helen Hancox, 2012

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