Review | C.J Redwine – The Wish Granter.

Title: The Wish Granter.
Author: C.J Redwine.
Pages: 432.
Publication: February 14th 2017 by Balzer + Bray – I got an eARC from the publisher through Edelweiss. Thanks!
The world has turned upside down for Thad and Ari Glavan, the bastard twins of Súndraille’s king. Their mother was murdered. The royal family died mysteriously. And now Thad sits on the throne of a kingdom whose streets are suddenly overrun with violence he can’t stop.
Growing up ignored by the nobility, Ari never wanted to be a proper princess. And when Thad suddenly starts training Ari to take his place, she realizes that her brother’s ascension to the throne wasn’t fate. It was the work of a Wish Granter named Alistair Teague who tricked Thad into wishing away both the safety of his people and his soul in exchange for the crown. So Ari recruits the help of Thad’s enigmatic new weapons master, Sebastian Vaughn, to teach her how to fight Teague. With secret ties to Teague’s criminal empire, Sebastian might just hold the key to discovering Alistair’s weaknesses, saving Ari’s brother—and herself. But Teague is ruthless and more than ready to destroy anyone who dares stand in his way—and now he has his sights set on the princess. And if Ari can’t outwit him, she’ll lose Sebastian, her brother…and her soul.

I fell in love with The Shadow Queen – and hereby I declare it as one of my favorite retellings of Snow White – so I was extremely excited about The Wish Granter. This book is part of the series, but they have separate stories.

Alister Teague is cursed and he uses all his wit to break free. If you come across him and you make a deal with him, it means you are screwed. Alister is a foul player and that is how he manages to use Thad's desperation against him. He forces the boy into becoming King and in return, Alister will keep Thad's sister Ari save from their murderous family. Ari isn't happy with this change of life and together with Sebastian, she tries to come up with a plan to get rid of Alister.

Ari is feisty and intelligent. She knows something is up with Thad and the mysterious Teague and she's not going to wait to see what is going to happen. Instead, she is doing her own research and this leads her in the arms of Sebastian, the new blacksmith with a story of his own. Piece by piece Ari finds out what has transpired between Thad and Teague and what this will mean in the future. Her plan to release Thad is dangerous and shows her loyalty for her family. I adored the fierce love between her and her brother. It was nice to finally have another book with a healthy brother-sister relationship. It was my favorite aspect of the story.

Thad and Sebastian are both solid character. Neither of them are really memorable on their own, but I liked their role in the plot. The blossoming romance between Sebastian and Ari was adorable. It's not one of those I SHIP THIS HARDCORE ship, but I liked their chemistry and how supportive they were.

The plot is fast-paced and the writing-style is so smooth and easy to read. This is the type of book you could read in one sitting. I still liked The Shadow Queen more, but I can't wait to see what more stories Redwine is going to write in this world.

"Sometimes having courage means the hardest tasks fall onto your shoulders."


  1. I still need to read the first book. Seems most love the retelling. After your great review I'm motivated to get at it, especially since I love a feisty and witty character :)

  2. Yay :D I'm glad you enjoyed this book a lot Mel. <3 I simply loved the plot and the characters and the romance. Eee. I'm sorry you didn't feel all that love, though :\ but glad you still liked it tons :D Thank you for sharing your lovely thoughts. <3

  3. I also loved "The Shadow Queen". Such a beautiful retelling of Snow White. But sadly, I've not read "The Wish Granter" yet. I wish my TBR pile wasn't so long.

    Happy readings!
    Tânia @MyLovelySecret

  4. Ooh, I'm so glad to see that you enjoyed this one - I've been super interested in this one, so thanks for sharing all your thoughts. It definitely sounds intriguing. :) Great review!

  5. I really love companion series, especially retellings! I need to go back and try The Shadow Queen again- I got 25% through before my library e-book was due and never finished. And I love that this is a Rumplestiltskin retelling, you don't come across those very often. Glad to see you enjoyed it so much!

  6. I've been wanting to read C.J. Redwine's books FOREVER. They sound so, so good! I absolutely love retellings and companion stories so I must get around to these books sometime.

  7. I listend to the audiobook, and loved it! :D
    I also want to (re)read the book. I haven't read The Shadow Queen, but want to read it. Read so many great reviews about it :D


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