Thursday, November 20, 2014

[Review: One Wish Away by Kelley Lynn]

"One Wish Away"
Author: Kelley Lynn
Series: ?

Genre: YA, Sci Fi, Fantasy
Date Published: November 24th, 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury Spark
Format Read: eARC provided by publisher (via NetGalley) for honest review


Be careful what you wish for…

Lyra has always been ahead of the curve. Top of her class in school, a budding astronomer, and with a best friend like Darren she barely has time to miss the mother who abandoned her family years ago. She's too busy planning to follow in her father's footsteps, and to become the youngest astronomer at Space Exploration and Discovery.

When a star goes missing Lyra is determined to get to the bottom of it only to discover her braniac dad is the mastermind of a top-secret government experiment. They promise to build a perfect world, one galaxy at a time, but with every tweak of the present, a bit more of the future starts to crumble.

Lyra has to go undercover to reveal the truth and let humanity decide if the consequences are worth more than wishing on a star.

My Thoughts:

An Open Letter To One Wish Away,

You were a mixed bag of tricks for me. On one hand you were a fun and fanciful read. You didn't seem to take yourself too seriously and your plot was well thought out. On the other hand, you were really off the wall and none of you made any logical sense. These things made me like you and feel rather "uh" about you at the same time. I honestly don't really know how I feel about you as a whole, but I can't say that I didn't enjoy you.

-The White Unicorn

I'm not even sure where to start this review. Lynn has managed to write a book about what would happen if you could turn real stars into real wishes and mess with time and events in history. Let's just say that it makes a huge mess, that's what it does. These scientists are playing God and we all know that that never turns out well in the end. It keeps the tension levels up and it keeps you interested, but at the same time it's not believable and there in lies this book's odd charm.

As a work of complete fiction this book actually works. It's what I like to call a "fun read". You can't take it seriously, but it's plot and your interest level keep you attached enough to forget the things you know and jump on board with the story. Still, some of the things that happen in this book can't even be helped by that kind of reading style. The star machine itself and some of the rest of the story (like the ending) get a little too far fetched. Though I still give Lynn mad props for the ideas and moral questions displayed in this novel.

I liked Lyra as a main character. She's smart and sure of herself in most things and I liked that about her. But like with the story I felt her lack of self confidence in how she looked went against the rest of her personality and this bugged me a bit. In the end I liked her a lot though, even with my issues.

Darren seemed like he was the perfect match for Lyra and I can't help but be a fan of the whole friends to more thing. He was also there for her even in the tough times and that really worked for me. He also ended up being a really solid rock for her in her chaotic life. 

The ending was another thing I took into account when I rated this book. I have no problems with how this book ended, that is, if it's a series, but if it's not than I have beef with it. The book ends on what can only be called a cliff hanger and I can't find whether or not there will be more books. If there aren't going to be more books, I want to know where the rest of the ending is.

If your looking for a book about a group of really smart people who make stars into wishes, then look no farther, this is the book for you.

 3 Unicorns = I liked it, but it had it's issues!

1 comment:

Ashley said...

So this one does not sound like a book I would run to the library/Amazon to get. The idea that does not make any sense is not giving me high hopes. At least the rest of the story made it enjoyable!

Ashley @The Quiet Concert