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{October 16, 2011}   {Review} I Wish by Wren Emerson (Witches of Desire #1)

From Goodreads: All she ever wanted was a chance to settle down in one place.

Thistle Nettlebottom knows her life isn’t exactly normal. She travels the country with her secretive mother and bestselling author grandmother in a pink RV going from book signings to crazy research trips. She’s never been to public school or had a boyfriend, but she can pick a lock and hotwire a car. One day the phone rings and they set a course to a tiny town that’s not on any maps. Suddenly, Thistle finds her whole life changing.

She’s finally found the home she’s been searching for.

Thistle soon realizes that Desire isn’t like other towns and she’s not like other girls. The family she trusted has lied to her about everything her entire life and the things she doesn’t know about herself could cost her everything. Her legacy as one of the most powerful witches the town has ever seen has made her enemies that have been waiting patiently for a chance to destroy her. Thistle needs to learn to use her powers to protect herself before they succeed.

Be careful what you wish for.

Thistle has a power unique even among the magic wielding witches of Desire. She can wish things into existence. At first she enjoys the freedom of having everything her heart desires, but she soon realizes that her power comes at a terrible price. She’s losing her grip on her sanity at a time when she can’t afford any weakness. Her enemies are closing in quickly, but she might not have the strength to save herself.

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I thought this novel and the idea of a matriarchal society of witches was extremely unique.  In the small town of Desire, things are not what they seem, and Thistle soon finds herself thrust into the middle of this backwards town, where her very name evokes hatred and spite among females, while causing males to forget their current girlfriends and fawn all over her instead.  As if finding out she’s a very powerful witch isn’t hard enough, trying to find true friendships in a town full of alliances and spite, as well as stay alive in the process, becomes her biggest challenges of all. 

I really enjoyed this novel.  I connected very well with Thistle.  She’s a great character, and her refusal to adhere to the hierarchical system of this town she is bound to further elevates her in my opinion.  Stepping into Desire is like stepping into the 18th century, where marriages are arranged based on power and not love, and Thistle is having none of it.  I found Thistles’ determination a wonderful attribute, and I really enjoyed getting to know her throughout the novel. 

Emerson keeps her novel full of suspense, adding a little romance, making this a rollercoaster ride of a read, and I highly recommend it.  Although it ends abruptly, leaving the reader hanging, it’s a great read, and I cannot wait for the sequel!!!  Four stars.   

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