As You Wish

As You Wish

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Ever since Viola's boyfriend broke up with her, she has spent her days silently wishing--to have someone love her again and, more importantly, to belong again--until one day she inadvertently summons a young genie out of his world and into her own. He will remain until she makes three wishes.

Jinn is anxious to return home, but Viola is terrified of wishing, afraid she will not wish for the right thing, the thing that will make her truly happy. As the two spend time together, the lines between master and servant begin to blur, and soon Jinn can't deny that he's falling for Viola. But it's only after Viola makes her first wish that she realizes she's in love with Jinn as well . . . and that if she wishes twice more, he will disappear from her life--and her world--forever.

Jackson Pearce spins a magical tale about star-crossed lovers, what it means to belong . . . and how important it is to be careful what you wish for.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 298 pages
  • 147.32 x 213.36 x 22.86mm | 385.55g
  • HarperCollins
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 006166152X
  • 9780061661525
  • 527,388

Review quote

As You Wish is compelling, funny, thrilling and sexy, and Jinn is positively swoony. When you get to the end, you ll wish for more. --Lisa McMann, New York Times bestselling author of WAKE and FADE"
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6,724 ratings
3.69 out of 5 stars
5 26% (1,781)
4 33% (2,207)
3 28% (1,905)
2 9% (588)
1 4% (243)

Our customer reviews

Also reviewed on my blog, The Vintage Bookworm. ( I know, I'm so late in reading a book by the awesome Jackson Pearce. I've been a fan of hers for a while now. I love her Youtube videos! Which, by the way, if you haven't seen them yet, you should. (You can find them here! They are seriously hilarious and you'll get sucked in and want to watch all of them!)But anyway, now that I've finally read one of her books--which is her debut book from 2009--I am even a bigger fan of hers! She didn't disappoint! Honestly, I'll admit, it was a little slow at first. It took me a bit to get into it. That is mostly because of the fact that my last book was an Urban Fantasy. You do get sucked in though. And once you do, you have to keep reading. You wonder what is going to happen next with Viola and Jinn. It's one of those books that seems contemporary, but has a slight paranormal touch to it. Which I LOVED! I really liked Viola. I could really relate to her from when I was in high school. I chose to be invisible, but at the same time I still looked at all the "popular" kids and longed to be in their group. And I really liked Jinn, he was really sweet and genuine and unlike all the other Jinn he actually wanted his "masters" to wish for what they want to be happy, instead of tricking them into wishes. Overall, it was a pretty fast read. Mostly because the writing flowed so well together, and then a tiny bit due to how the font was. This was a very unique idea, I can't think of any other book with a genie in it. Which is awesome. It really had me thinking about what I'd wish for if I had the chance, and it's hard to pick just three! You want to really think about it and make it perfect! I can't wait to pick up another book by her. Which will be Sister's Red since I checked that out from the library as well. =)show more
by Amanda
In Jackson Pearce's debut novel, 16 year old Viola unintentionally summons a jinn when she makes a wish to fit in again. Ever since her boyfriend, Lawrence, came out to her and their peers she has felt as though a piece of her was missing, as though she was invisible. As the story goes, Viola is granted three wishes and the jinn cannot return to his home in Caliban until she makes them. The problem is, Viola doesn't know what to wish for, and wishing to fit in again just doesn't seem right to her. The longer she takes to make her wishes the longer the jinn must remain on earth and ageing isn't his only concern, why is he starting to have human feelings, and in particular towards Viola? What stands out in this debut novel for Pearce is the slick writing, the ease of which you can delve into this story and these characters' lives. Told in alternating chapters from both Viola's and Jinn's point of view the voices sometimes felt blended despite offering different perspectives. I felt Viola's voice to be the strongest and perhaps Jinn's to be less developed, but despite this the alternating chapters worked well to create tension and intrigue. What I admired the most about this world Pearce has created is the strength of Viola as a character, she is not content to sit back and wish for popularity or to fit in, she recognises it's something she has to do for herself, and when an accidental wish gives her this dream on a silver platter it doesn't take her long to see through it. The relationship between Viola and Jinn is innocent and sweet, and without too much effort the reader will soon be barracking for these two to defy the rules of Jinn's world. Despite falling into some, for lack of a better word, mushy territory As You Wish is an extremely satisfying and entertaining read. Fans of Pearce will know of her sense of humour and whimsy that has worked itself into this novel to create a fun and romantic fantasy debut. As You Wish will change how you think of genies forever! 3.5 / 5 - Add it to your list!show more
by Jessica Lomas
First of all, I have no idea why it has the title twice, but it is definitely 'As You Wish'. And it is an amazing novel. I was astounded by how captivated I was, from start to finish. I found it so difficult to put it down, even for necessary things such as school and work and eating. The characters are very well developed, and I found myself relating to them because they were so real. The story was brilliant and put together in a way so that it was never predictable or cliche. A few parts caused me to have tears in my eyes, and other parts made me smile so widely that I probably looked like an idiot. The scene just before the climax was my favourite, because had me laughing out loud. The end was unexpected and tied everything in together nicely. Overall, it was a brilliant story and I was sad it ended. Usually, when I read a particularly good book, I will go back and reread it a couple of months later, but with As You Wish I was tempted to read it again straight away. It deserves more than 5 more
by Rochelle
Jackson Pearce's novel As You Wish is an adorable, fun, and smart read. If you're tired of reading about vampires, werewolves, and fairies, but still like a little fantasy in your reading than this is the book for you. I'm not going to cover the plot here since you can read that on the book page. This book is light and fun but still covers some serious issues and shows us a dynamic character who learns a lot about herself throughtout the story. Pearce's writing is wonderful and eloquent. Never was I bored or skipping pages. One of the most notable things about this novel is the side characters. They are so well developed and completely affect the story; no unnessacary extras here. A well done, fun read for anyone who likes a fantasy love story. Highly recommened and will definitely be looking forward to anything else Jackson writes (including her next novel SISTERS RED)!show more
by Lag117
This was my second time reading this book. And that's a shocker because I have never read a book more than one time. The first time I read As You Wish I was entranced with Jackson's story-telling. I loved how the words seemed to flow so smoothly and endlessly. This debut novel really had me going. It got me to laugh, cry, and yell endless profanities at Aaron, a supporting character. It all starts with a simple girl, Viola. Now, Viola isn't an outcast or a freak. She is a regular teenage girl who has friends but she can't see that because she thinks she doesn't belong. She feels as if she doesn't belong with anyone or to any group at school because her ex boyfriend-now best friend Lawrence- told her he was gay before they were about to do "It." Ever since that fateful night all Viola wanted is to have someone to love her to feel like she belongs in this world. She wishes endlessly which causes a jinn, or genie, to magically appear. Viola now has three wishes to make but she doesn't know what to wish for. Not knowing what to wish for causes Jinn, the genie, to stay on Earth longer which makes him grow and age. Because in Caliban, Jinn's world, it's as if time stops. No one ages; no one grows. But as soon as they step foot on Earth they do. As Viola doesn't wish that's just more time Jinn has on Earth. But as time slowly progresses, Jinn finds out that being human isn't bad and that having human emotions isn't either, especially when they are directed to Viola. But it isn't until Viola makes her first wish that she starts realizing her feelings for Jinn. Everything after that is like a blur for Viola as she is finally "accepted" and feels like she belongs. But the only problem is Viola coming to terms with her feelings for Jinn. Not only that but she is slowly losing her time with Jinn as an ifrit starts pressing her to wish, making Jinn go back to Caliban. It seems like this story won't have a happy ending, but on the contrary, there is. I just loved how this novel made my emotions go haywire and I loved that I could definitely relate to some characters. Viola was a bit stubborn at times and I just wanted to yell at her for being clueless at times. I fell in love with As You Wish from beginning to end. I loved every word in this novel and I was extremely sad to finish it. I want Viola and Jinn's story to continue. Overall I rate this Five more
by Bianca Nadine
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