Friday, March 16, 2018

My Thoughts: The Wish Granter by C.J. Redwine

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The Wish Granter
(Ravenspire #2)
by C.J. Redwine
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Publication Date: February 14th 2017
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 425
ISBN: 9780062360274
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Retelling
Source: Own

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The world has turned upside down for Thad and Ari Glavan, the bastard twins of SĂșndraille’s king. Their mother was murdered. The royal family died mysteriously. And now Thad sits on the throne of a kingdom whose streets are suddenly overrun with violence he can’t stop.

Growing up ignored by the nobility, Ari never wanted to be a proper princess. And when Thad suddenly starts training Ari to take his place, she realizes that her brother’s ascension to the throne wasn’t fate. It was the work of a Wish Granter named Alistair Teague, who tricked Thad into wishing away both the safety of his people and his soul in exchange for the crown.

So Ari recruits the help of Thad’s enigmatic new weapons master, Sebastian Vaughn, to teach her how to fight Teague. With secret ties to Teague’s criminal empire, Sebastian might just hold the key to discovering Alistair’s weaknesses, saving Ari’s brother—and herself.

But Teague is ruthless and more than ready to destroy anyone who dares stand in his way—and now he has his sights set on the princess. And if Ari can’t outwit him, she’ll lose Sebastian, her brother…and her soul. (Goodreads)


I’ve had The Wish Granter, the second book in the Ravenspire series by C.J. Redwine, on my TBR for longer than I care to admit. With the third book in the series coming out this month, I figured that it was the perfect time to binge read both books, and having just finished the book, I’m kicking myself for not having read it sooner!!

When I started reading The Wish Granter, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that though this was the second book in the series, it’s also a standalone as well. The first book, The Shadow Queen, had been a Snow White retelling, and while I knew The Wish Granter had different characters, I assumed we’d see the characters from the first book around as well. We didn’t. This is a completely different set of characters and a completely different story as well, so that was interesting!

The Wish Granter is a Rumpelstiltskin retelling, and I was super excited to learn that, as I am raking my brain and can’t remember reading any retellings of this story as of yet. Actually, other than just the basic knowledge of the original story, and what little I’ve seen on the TV Show Once Upon a Time, I know very little of his story. It was definitely interesting, even though Rumpelstiltskin is quite the cruel man.

This story had a lot of interesting characters, including Rumpelstiltskin himself, who, as I mentioned, was very evil, but very well written as well. A very sneaky, evil little man, and while I had no love for him at all, the author did a great job of making him an cruel villain.

The star of the story, for me at least, was Ari, who is the twin of Thad, the newly crowned king of SĂșndraille. After Thad made a dangerous wish with the Wish Granter, aka Rumpelstiltskin, to become king, Ari takes it upon herself, with the help of her brothers new weapons master, Sebastian, to find a way to defeat Rumpel and release her brother from their bargain. I appreciate her determination and fierceness throughout the story, and I also love that she’s not at all what you’d expect from a princess. I love how down to earth she was, and I also love her love for food. (I can relate.) IF there was only one thing I wanted more of throughout the story, it would have been more Ari & Sebastian times. (Wink.)

The storyline for the book was really interesting, and held my attention throughout. Some parts were hard to read, mostly the things that happened at the hands of Rumpelstiltskin, but otherwise I was pretty engrossed in the story. I’m super excited to move on to the next book in the series now.

Overall; I really enjoyed reading The Wish Granter, and now having finally read the book, I wish I hadn’t waited so long to do so. Lucky for me I have the third book in the series, The Traitor Prince, sitting on my shelf, and I can’t wait to get started on it. If you’re a fan of fairytale retellings, and want to read a good story about Rumpelstiltskin, do check out The Wish Granter! (And if you haven’t already checked out the first book in the series, The Shadow Queen, do check it out as well!

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