Saturday, July 16, 2011
Review: Three Wishes by Jenny Schwartz
She is the Bringer of Death
Cali, a djinni, has sworn to twist the wishes of humans so they die by their own greed and evil. Her latest master is arms dealer David Saqr, a man Cali believes deserves the fate she has in store for him. But this time she finds herself up against Andrew, David’s guardian angel.
He is a Protector of Life
Andrew believes David can yet find redemption. He fights Cali for the man’s life, even as he tries to persuade her to give in to the sizzling attraction between them. He shows Cali another side of David, and invites her to trust again, to hope. But centuries of being enslaved have hardened Cali’s heart—it’s going to take all of Andrew’s love to convince her to open it and let him in.
I read and reviewed the first book awhile back, and was super bummed to note that I had somehow missed the second. How does that happen anyways? Well, when I saw Three Wishes was available I jumped at the chance to add it to my Kindle library, and then devoured the book in one sitting.
Three Wishes makes you look at guardian angels in a slightly different way. I've read about warriors that are tough enough to tackle the most evil villains, and I've read about the angst and guilt ridden ones as well, but I have never really stopped to think about how lonely their lives might be. How difficult it would be to constantly watch over others and never really live for yourself. How empty your soul would be never feeling love, passion, joy, and even anger and hate. We (humans) take our emotions and freedoms for granted, something Cali and Andrew don't, because both are limited by curses and duty. This is partly what makes them so uniquely suited for each other...they are from extreme opposite ends of the scale. He protects free will and she is cursed to never have her own. She feels so much and he is gradually losing that ability. When they meet the attraction is instantaneous and they know it is so much more than lust.
This is a quick and compelling read and I enjoyed the ending quite a bit. I can't spoil anything but I will hint that the romance isn't limited to the main characters alone. I just love happy endings!
For more information about Jenny Schwartz and the Out of the Bottle series, visit the author's website and blog.
*Reviewed by Anna Dougherty
*I got this book from NetGalley for review purposes.