Today I have a wonderful paranormal story for you, part of a Novel Publicity Tour. Please be sure to check out the Tour Page where you can see what others think about the title and enter the Tour Wide commenter Giveaway where you could win one of 2 $50 Amazon Gift cards or a Signed Paperback Copy of Enchanted by Starlight, Enchanted # 1 by Tina L. Hook
Be careful what you wish for. That old adage used to be one of my grandmother’s favorite sayings. She always believed that you could spend too much time coveting the things other people had, and forget to be happy with what you actually have, or seek to improve it. That phrase feels as if it could have been the genesis idea for the plot in Skylar Wishes, a beautifully written and thought provoking story.
Alina is a covetous character, she wears her envy like a cloak with many pockets she is gathering items that she wants or desires and holding them close, adding them to her pile. And then, she wishes for them: not a ‘oh I wish I had ___” sort of thing, but a full bodied, every atom held with laser focus wish. And what’s strangest about this is Alina isn’t without her own positive attributes: it just isn’t enough for her. She idolizes and envies Skylar with equal fervor.
Skylar has everything that Alina wants: the man, the curves, the personality and the seeming adoration of all who know her. It isn’t that Alina wants similar things; she wants exactly what Skylar has, in full measure.
So, at night, she wishes. She wishes for Skylar’s life, her man, her clothes and her friends. And one night, a quick switch happens and Alina is able to slip into Skylar’s body. While only momentary, Alina is exhilarated and decides to work at being Skylar full time. The two women are switched: Alina has what she thinks she always wanted, and Skylar is thrust into a life that she didn’t ask for. Skylar must decide if the life that was forced upon her is one that she will live with now that she has come to know Wells, an old friend of Alina’s family.
What is most striking about this story is the cleverness of the character portrayals, Tina L. Hook manages to make both Alina and Skylar sympathetic characters, when neither was a barrel of monkeys to start with: and neither should be particularly attracting to readers. The writing is beautiful and smooth, bringing a sense of the emotions each character is feeling, and the confusion in the early moments of the switch. Best of all is the questions that arise from the story: just how dangerous could a wish be, and how far would you go to change your life?
I really enjoyed this book: unlike anything that I have read before it was engaging, quick reading and makes me want to read it again just because it flows so well. Tina L. Hook manages to take a unique premise, mix in behavior that we all do, and have it twist up into a cautionary tale of learning and contemplation.
Title: Skylar Wishes
Author: Tina L. Hook
Published by: Self-Published
Source: Author via Tour Company
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Grace is the only one who remembers the truth—that comets are the source of extraordinary destinies. Since their last night together, all memory of their comets and their old powers has abandoned Skylar and Alina. All that is left is Alina’s enduring envy for everything Skylar touches, and Alina’s sudden ability to wake up inside of Skylar’s body, if only for a few minutes.
After Alina finally forces her will and switches bodies with Skylar, harsh realities surface. The holes in Skylar’s relationship with Darren are exposed, and Skylar herself becomes seduced by the idea of living two lives at once, and loving two men at once.
Grace might be able to save them, but everything Skylar and Alina know about love has to change. When their comets return, these three women must choose their fate once more.
A copy of this title was provided via Author via Tour Company for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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