Thursday, February 15, 2018

Book Review | Society of Wishes by Elise Kova & Lynn Larsh

Title: Society of Wishes
Author: Elise Kova and Lynn Larsh
Publication: January 29th 2018 by Silver Wing Press
Series: (Wish Quartet #1)
Pages: 230
Genre: NA Fantasy
Copy: Arc provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review
SummaryFirst book in the Wish Quartet, a new-adult, urban fantasy series set in a near-future alternate reality


Josephina Espinosa makes her living as a hacker-for-hire in the Lone Star Republic, a remnant of the fractured U.S.A. That is, until the day she and her best friend are gunned down in a government raid.

With her dying breath, Jo uses magical lore passed down from her grandmother to summon a wish-granter. Her wish? To save her friend’s life. Except wishes have costs, and for Jo, the price is the erasure of her entire mortal existence.

Now, as the most recent addition to the mysterious Society of Wishes, Jo must form a new “life” alongside the seven other members, one of which being her savior himself. Living as an occupant of the Society’s lavish mansion should be quite the perk, but while it is furnished with everything its inhabitants could possibly need, it lacks one thing—freedom.

Her otherworldly identity crisis takes a backseat, however, when Jo learns that the friend she sacrificed everything for is headed down the same path to ruin. Jumping in head-first, Jo uses her newfound magical abilities to protect him, only to realize that the ripples of her actions have far-reaching consequences. When the Society’s aloof leader Snow decides to give her a taste of his own ancient magic, Jo discovers that there are threads woven into the tapestry of her new reality that reach far beyond the wishes she is now required to grant. Ones that, if tugged on, could mean the unraveling of the world itself.

Anyone who knows me knows I'm a huge fan of Elise and her writing, so when I got the opportunity to read this new book that she co-authored with Lynn Larsh, I was so excited to read it!!

This book is definitely nothing like Elise's previous books, which I was kind of expecting based on the synopsis and the fact that this book has a new perspective and writing with the addition of Lynn as a co-author.  However, continuing her trend for badass MCs, Jo is just as spunky and fun as I expected her to be.  These authors did a great job creating amazing characters and a fun plot that was engaging and new.  

My one concern for this book is that it's so SHORT.  I mean, 230 pages might seem like a lot to some but for a YA or NA novel, it's short as hell.  It's really hard to have a fully developed book with a plot that doesn't seem rushed in that many pages, and this book kinda fell into that hole.  It was really hard to connect with the characters fully and give this plot the attention it deserves.

However, I still enjoyed this book and I can't wait to see what the next book has in store.  Hopefully, it will be a little longer and give these characters the dimension that they deserve.  Also, major creds for these authors having a Hispanic MC.  I think a lot of us are still waiting on more diversity in the fantasy genre, especially in new adult, so it was nice to see some diversity in this book! 

Overall, I'm recommending this to all my Elise fans out there as well as NA fantasy lovers!