Hi! Welcome to my stop on the One Wish Away Blog Tour hosted by YA Bound Book Tours! Stick around to read my 4-Stars review and to enter the fabulous (and international) tour wide giveaway . Also, if you want to check out the other stops on the tour, you can just click here. Thanks for stopping by!
Author: Kelley Lynn
Genre: YA Contemporary/Science-Fiction
Publisher: Bloomsbury Spark
Published: November 24th, 2014
Source: From publisher and tour host via Netgalley
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.
*The Reader's Review*
My rating: 4/5 stars
One Wish Away is a real dream come true! Imagine a wish-granting machine that can turn any wish into reality? That's super awesome, but terribly dangerous as well. Like always, people's ambition is the thing that ruins these kinds of inventions (if they ever exist) and that's what happens inside this story.
Lyra is the daughter of the smartest scientist in SEAD. Taking after his father, Lyra notices when a star goes missing and sets out to uncover the secrets that her father, her aunt, and the government is keeping from her and the whole world. After learning about the StarCatcher, although impossible to believe at first, Lyra accepts the big possibility of changing the world for good. However, she comes to learn that not every wish should come true and if she has to risk her life for the world to have a say on their true wishes, then so be it.
This book is a thrill of a ride! While I think that the first half of the book was cool, I must say that the second half takes this story to a whole different level. It was action-packed and sweet, sweet, sweet! I loved, I suffered, and I even swooned. There's almost no chance to take a breath and I just love that in a book. Plus, it shows the amount of research and dedication the author puts towards her book, it must have taken a lot and just by thinking about it makes me a little bit dizzy. Heck, I had to do my own research to visualize this book better. Not that you need it because this book is not confusing, but since I know next to nothing about stars, I was curious, specially about el Sombrero:
|Pretty, isn't it?|
The characters are nice too. At first I had a bit of trouble connecting with Lyra because we didn't seem to be on the same page, but later on we finally warmed up to each other and I ended up liking her a lot. Darren, on the other hand, won me over from page one. What can I say? He's a charmer and too darn cute! Oh, but one character who I terribly disliked was Lyra's father. Sorry, I couldn't help it.
I suppose One Wish Away is going to have a sequel because IT MUST HAVE ONE. Things can't stay the way things ended. Nope. But it was a good ending, an exciting one. Too many loose ends and my curiosity is piqued. Can't wait to join once again Lyra and Darren, and see what dreams or wishes come true.
Oh, and to answer the author's question in her acknowledgements: "Is the true victory in achieving your dream... or the journey to get there?"I believe true victory is when you can look back and proudly say "I did that to get here".
What do you think? :)
About the Author
Eventually the day came when the voices in Kelley Lynn’s head were more insistent then her engineering professor’s. So instead of turning to her Thermodynamics book, Kelley brought up a blank page on her computer screen and wrote. Somewhere along the way she became a Young Adult author.
Kelley was born and raised a Midwestern girl. She’s not afraid to sweat and fills her free time with softball, soccer and volleyball. (Though you probably don’t want her on your volleyball team.) She occasionally makes guest appearances as a female vocalist for area bands. Music plays a large role in her writing process as well as the characters and plot lines within her stories.
You can find Kelley hanging out at her blog, titled in her name, as well as the group blog she shares with her fellow critique partners, Falling for Fiction. Kelley is a member of the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators.
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