Kicking Off The Wishing Heart by J.C. Welker Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway

The Wishing Heart

by J.C. Welker
Published by Entangled Teen
To Be Released on May 1st, 2017
Genre: YA Fantasy
With a book in her bag and a switchblade in her pocket, Rebel's been thieving her way through life while hoping for a cure to fix her ailing heart.

But when the bejeweled vase she just tried to hawk turns out to be a jinni's vessel, Rebel gets lost to her world and dragged within another. Now every magical being in the city wants the vase for himself.

Thrust into a game of cat and mouse in a world she never knew existed, Rebel must use her uncanny skills to find a way to free Anjeline the Wishmaker.

But wishes have consequences. And contracts. Anjeline's freedom could unravel a love like Rebel has never known, or it could come at the cost of Rebel's heart...

Basically: an f/f Aladin where the Genie is the Princess and they're living in magical realism contemporary England. No fun animal companions but sarcasm and flirting are abundant.

  • Rebel's heart condition isn't just when it's inconvenient. 
  • Includes hunger pains and the toll it takes, which is an important part of growing up struggling. 
  • Book nerd who steals stories to survive. Now that's my kind of girl. 
  • the apple scenes are adorable. (you'll get it when you read it, but trust me.)
  • Loved Anjeline's past with Solomon and the backstory
  • Rebel's lineage isn't a surprise at all. 
  • Several of the plot turns aren't surprising. 
  • Rebel was conveniently clusty at times. 
  • Typical good vs. evil problem, which contributes to the obviousness to some plot points. Not necessarily a bad thing, but if you're looking for something different, come back when you're ready. 
  • Foxy older brother thief, mermaids, fairies, court plots, Romeo & Juliet romance in the background. 
  • While they're story could continue with the next magical problem, everything is wrapped up and can be read as a standalone.

If you liked my How to Make a Wish review from yesterday and like fantasy or magical realism, definitely give The Wishing Heart a shot. They've both got super cute f/f romances with relevant issues, drama, and their own form of magic.

Who keeps company with the wolf, will learn to howl. 

Not everything written is truth. Just like not every story is false. 

Nope. Not dead. Pain meant she was still breathing. 

About the Author:

J.C. Welker is a YA author who's been, among other things, a fashion designer, a filmmaker and a kickboxer (seriously).

Her short documentaries which focused on homeless vets and LGBTQ issues in the military have been featured on CURRENT TV, and her novel won first place in the paranormal category of the 2016 YARWA Rosemary Awards. She continues to work towards giving a voice to LGBTQ stories, while facing magic and monsters along the way.

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  1. Oh wow, I love that cover! That is so neat, that it's an Aladdin retelling but with F/F leads! I'm so glad you enjoyed this book. :D Great review!

    Have a lovely week, Brooke. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. The cover is what grabbed me at first too.

      Thanks, hope you have a great week too!


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