The Wish Granter by C.J. Redwine
Rating: 2 Stars
First off. Isn’t Rumplestiltskin the coolest?! I thought so! And then this happened.
Characters are very important to me. And I love villains so so much. And along comes this new Rumplestiltskin aka Alistair Teague, who is this strange red haired short guy who I picture as pasty faced and wearing one of those weird tight short waistcoats and decidedly not evil. The funny thing is he’s so evil it’s amusing. I can’t fear him, hate him, be fascinated by him, or anything. I feel NOTHING. THIS IS NOT OKAY. I enjoy analyzing characters and there is nothing to analyze here. Boo. And his POV chapters made things worse. Because then he’s all like “hee hee I’m so evil you’re going to die hee hee” while tightening the straps on said waistcoat.
Ari is actually pretty cool. She’s pretty, but very much not thin, and is okay with that. Plus, her “curvier than fashionable” body is NOT her defining characteristic so that was nice. I also relate to her love of food on a deep level so that’s good. She’s also independent and unique and kind. I really like her character.
Sebastian, the love interest is a paper plate decorated by a crayon drawing. So he’s mostly meh but not awful. Plus I’m tired of the whole “tortured past” trope. But that’s just me.
The other characters. Ha ha. No. And why isn’t there a POV from Ari’s brother Thad? I’d be interested in his. HE SOLD HIS SOUL! That’s
so cool messed up. (And that’s not a spoiler. We learn it like right away.
The setting and writing is also important to me. In fact, I don’t care if nothing exciting happens in books; if the writing is special and the characters are well developed, I will likely love it.
So there’s this kingdom with a name I forgot. And the book is set in a capital with a name I forgot. That’s it. Maybe if I’d read The Shadow Queen?
The writing isn’t bad but it’s not particularly great either.
•Plot. Sorry, if I don’t care about the characters and if said plot revolves around formerly mentioned pasty faced villain, the plot will do very little for me. Oh well. I was bored, and I rarely say that.
•Romance. Meh. Not my favorite but not awful either. It felt forced and absolutely unnecessary..
So yeah. Obviously I didn’t like this (besides Ari) and I DNF’ed at 30% but I think it’s not a bad book. It’s just too light for me and I need more from the characters. So maybe a younger audience would be better…?
Synopsis – The Wish Granter by C.J. Redwine
An epic, romantic, and action-packed fantasy inspired by the tale of Rumpelstiltskin, about a bastard princess who must take on an evil fae to save her brother’s soul, from C. J. Redwine, the New York Times bestselling author of The Shadow Queen. Perfect for fans of Graceling and the Lunar Chronicles.
The world has turned upside down for Thad and Ari Glavan, the bastard twins of Súndraille’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.
I only read a third of the book but the third I read did not have any extreme swearing or sex.