The Wishing Heart by J. C. Welker

“With a book in her bag and a switchblade in her pocket, Rebel’s been thieving her way through life while hoping for a cure to fix her ailing heart.

But when the bejeweled vase she just tried to hawk turns out to be a jinni’s vessel, Rebel gets lost to her world and dragged within another. Now every magical being in the city wants the vase for himself.
Thrust into a game of cat and mouse in a world she never knew existed, Rebel must use her uncanny skills to find a way to free Anjeline the Wishmaker.

But wishes have consequences. And contracts. Anjeline’s freedom could unravel a love like Rebel has never known, or it could come at the cost of Rebel’s heart…”

-Synopsis taken from Goodreads

Hey guys! Meaghan here again with another review!

First off, I would like to thank the publisher and author (as well as Netgalley) for providing me this ARC to review. Please note that the version I read was an advanced copy, and certain events/language may be changed in the published edition.

Stars (Out of 10): 8/10 stars

Overall Thoughts: I have a really bad habit of judging books by their cover. So while I was intrigued by the plot, I did not have high hopes because I wasn’t the biggest fan of the cover. (That, and recently the urban fantasy genre has not been working out for me.) But oh boy, this book was fantastic! It had a great, but not too overpowering, romance, interesting characters, great twists, and everything I love about books!

The Good: I really grew to like all the characters, and felt their actions, for the most part, were realistic. Additionally, I really liked that this book had representation, but did not make that the most major part of the characters. Anjeline and Rebel, while LGBT, still were their own people and did not have personalities defined by their sexuality, which is how diversity and representation should be.

SPOILERS BEGIN HERE

The Characters: I ended up quite liking the cast we got, and loved how we got to see so many races (from fae to sirens to magicians!) and how they treated humans, etc. I also just loved Rebel, and how she was willing to work with the cards she was given, but not be pushed around by it. Anjeline, on the other hand, had been abused and contained for so long, but yet was still strong and stood for herself, which is great to see. Both main characters just felt really powerful and strong figures, and were written really well.

The Plot: I really really loved this. The book was only in the 300’s, page wise, but had so much good content, and almost no filler. We got tons of action, but yet enough build up for twists to carry weight, and for it not to feel rushed. It felt well planned, and everything felt well connected. There were no points where I was confused or did not understand why something happened, yet the build up to make the book make sense wasn’t boring either.

The Favorite Character: Rebel!

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