Friday, March 25, 2011

Review: The Wish List by Gabi Stevens

Title: The Wish List 
Author: Gabi Stevens 
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Time of Transition #1 
Publisher: Tor Books 
Number of Pages: 384


In the magical world, a TIME OF TRANSITION occurs every seventy years. Old Council members step down and new ones are chosen; but the biggest change is the appointment of the new Fairy Godmothers. Unlike their role in storybooks, Fairy Godmothers protect the barrier between the magical and the human world. Three new godmothers discover their destinies in this three book series. Only this time the Transition won’t be smooth (from goodreads)

Every now and then I discover a series that I just fall in love with. The Wish List is book one in the Time of Transition paranormal series. It's hard to say why I loved this book so much, except that everything worked. Even when I discovered who the bad guy was way before the characters did, it didn't take away from the story and I couldn't wait to see when they would finally wise up and find out that they were being duped, but I'm getting ahead of myself...

Kristen Montgomery is a CPA who one day finds out that she's a Fairy Godmother, and that the women who she considers to be her aunts, are fairy godmothers as well. As soon as her aunts drop the bombshell on her that she's a fairy godmother, they give her only the vaguest info-like she'll have an arbiter to help her adjust through this time of transition, and will decide on if Kristen can handle her new duties. then they leave on vacation. Kristen thinks her aunts have lost it, until she meets her arbiter Tennyson Ritter.

It's hate at first site. Kristen thinks he's a troll, and I laughed every time she called him one. Tennyson doesn't really want to be Kristen's arbiter.  He's a historian and would much rather be studying Merlin's book that he just found. Kristen finds out she's what is called a Rare One. Someone with no ties to the magical community who becomes magical. Even though Tennyson tries to convince Kristen that her powers are pretty strong, she doesn't believe him. In fact she fights him at every turn. She likes things orderly and to add up, but the magic thing has really turned her world upside down.

While her constant denial did get a tad old, I liked how she eventually accepted what was happening to her and then decided to go at it full gutso. As I was reading the story, it felt like I was going through the time of transition with Kristen. Sometimes it annoys me how the heroines of a book just so nonchalantly accept their powers or that those around them have powers and never question anything. It was just a nice change of pace to see Kristens powers appear gradually instead of all at once.

Tennyson was a bit slow at times I thought to see what was really going on around them, but I enjoyed his banter with Kristen his frustration with trying to convince her that magic is real and that she just can't take off on her own during her time of transition. He tries his best to protect her from the villain who is trying to convince her to go over to the bad side and take over the magical worlds governing body with them. (If I say who it is, it gives too much away) As I stated before I spotted the villain right away, and at times didn't see how someone as smart as Kristen could miss the obvious, but it was still fun seeing her and Tennyson gradually come to their senses to see who it was.

There were a few eye rolling moments in the book, but it was a sweet book and one you just want to curl up in a blanket and not come out until you've finished it. There are just times when light and cute is all you need. I also loved that the paranormal creatures weren't your typical vampires, ghosts, werewolves or fae.  I can't wait to read the second book in the series, As You Wish.

Curran Crush Meter: Medium 
Barrons Hero Hotness Meter: Medium 
Gighul Sidekick Meter: High (Loved the aunts!) 
Rhiannon Sidekick Meter: Medium