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The Wish List by Gabi Stevens


Cover art: The Wish List Reviewer: Marlene Breakfield
Title: The Wish List - 1st in the Time of Transition Trilogy
Author: Gabi Stevens
Publisher: Tor
ISBN-13: 978-0-7653-6503-3
Release Date: May 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Paranormal Romance
Year/Setting: Present day, California
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Gabi's Website/Blog: www.gabistevens.com

Kristin Montgomery is astonished to learn that she has been chosen to become a fairy godmother, especially since she didn't know magic exited in the first place. It seems that magical beings are called Arcani, and in their world, it is a time of transition during which new counselors, the Arcani ruling body, are chosen and new fairy godmothers, who protect the barrier between the Groundling and Arcani worlds, are appointed. Unfortunately, Kristin is a "Rare One", a very powerful type of Arcani born to Groundling parents. Because of this, Kristin knows nothing of the Arcani world and must start from scratch. Tennyson Ritter, a prominent Arcani historian and scholar, is assigned as Kristin's arbiter. Tennyson will watch and test Kristin to determine her worthiness to become a fairy godmother. Kristin is overwhelmed by this, to say the least, and when a suave French sorcerer with an eye for Kristin is added to the mix, things really get interesting. To further complicate the situation, it seems that someone might be trying to overthrow the leaders of the Arcani world, and Kristin might be on their hit list.

The Wish List is a nice paranormal romance with interesting characters, magical elements, and building tension and excitement. At first, I had my doubts about Kristin, who took an instant dislike to Tennyson but still wanted to jump his bones. While I can understand some of Kristin's anger, because Tennyson tended to put his foot in his mouth at times, her reactions seemed a bit excessive and annoyed me somewhat. Luckily, Kristin seemed to adapt fairly quickly and resolve her feelings for Tennyson. Tennyson is, at first, resentful of the time that he must spend with Kristin, because it takes away from his study time. Add to this the fact that he is very attracted to Kristin, and being a typical male, he has his obtuse moments, and, also, he is very jealous of a certain Frenchman, Tennyson's behavior is much easier to understand than Kristin's behavior in the beginning. Luckily, a great cast of secondary characters come along for the ride and help Tennyson and Kristin fight the good fight, and there is a lovely romance between two of the secondary characters, which adds to the overall enjoyment of the book.

All in all, The Wish List is an entertaining read, which drew me in and had me rooting for the characters. I'll be looking forward to the next book in the series.


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