Michelle's Review: As You Wish by Gabi Stevens

ARC: 320 pages
Publisher: Tor Books
Release Date: April 26, 2011
ISBN: 9780765365040
Source of my copy: publisher
Series: Time of Transition #2
(from Goodreads):
Born into a magical family, Reggie Scott is content to live out her life as a normal human until the moment she’s informed that she’s a newly appointed fairy godmother. Left struggling to deal with powers the never thought she’d have, Reggie faces a curse, a plot to overthrow the Arcani, and an entirely too enthusiastic mother—all in a matter of days.
Jonathan Bastion is a man of power and wealth—and a dangerous secret. He desperately hopes that Reggie's new powers will hold the answer to his problem and he isn't above using her to achieve his goals. What he doesn't expect is how much Reggie will affect him. Her honor, her honesty, and her strength quickly make cracks in his ruthless exterior.
As danger from the Arcani swirls around them both, Jonathan realizes that what was once a ploy to get Reggie to assist him has become a battle to keep her safe and protected…in his arms.

Michelle's Review:
Reggie Scott has Arcani (magical) parents but she is born without magic much to their disappointment, especially her mother. Her parents insist that she go to an Arcani school but without magic she was put in special ed. But despite the less than ideal childhood, Reggie now runs a successful bakery with two of her friends, Tommy and Joy. She's pretty happy with her normal, non-magical life until one day she is told that she's the newest fairy godmother. Now, Reggie must learn how to deal with her new-found powers and learn spells, figure out who is trying to overthrow the Council (Arcani government) and put a stop to his plans and help the Godmothers (and Kristin and Tennyson from book one) convince the Council that something bad is afoot. Good thing she has wealthy and super sexy Jonathan Bastion and his mysterious friend Nate to help her. But Jonathan has a secret and he is convinced that Reggie, being a new godmother, is the the only one who can help him. He plans to seduce Reggie, get her to trust him so that she will help him but as he gets to know her he finds himself falling for her.

As You Wish is the second book in Gabi Stevens's Time of Transition trilogy (check out Leslie's review of the first book, The Wish List). I did not read the first book but that did not keep me from enjoying AYW. It was a light, quick read with a fun plot, humor and great main and supporting characters--except for some character inconsistencies with Reggie's mom and sister. There were essentially three main characters: Reggie, Jonathan and his friend Nate. They were wonderful, likable characters. I enjoyed the friendship between Reggie and Nate and the Beauty and the Beast thing going on with them. However, I feel like Reggie and Jonathan got together a little too fast, more insta-love than something that came about naturally but there was good chemistry between them. Don't worry, there's no kinky love triangle here--I easily figured out the connection between Jonathan and Nate early on though the author kept readers guessing all through the book.

I guess my main problem with As You Wish was the characters of Reggie's mom and sister. Reggie painted her mom as a disapproving, snobbish type which made me compare her to Emily Gilmore, Lorelai's mom from the television show Gilmore Girls. But how the mom's acted throughout the book and her easy acceptance of what Reggie told her in the end about the plot to overthrow the Council didn't quite match the critical mom Reggie kept describing. Same goes for her sister Del--in the beginning there was a scene between Reggie and Del that showed how self-centered and uncaring Del was to Reggie. Del's character wasn't seen again until the end of the book when she did a complete one-eighty (which was brought on by her fiance choosing to side with the Council who thinks that Reggie and the Godmothers are the ones trying to overthrow the Council), suddenly believing and supporting Reggie and going on the run with her. This may be minor but it bothered me a lot while I was reading the book (but I was reading an ARC copy so there may be changes in the final book).

I talked a lot about characters in this review but my favorites were Tommy (who has Down Syndrome) and Joy (who may have Intellectual and Developmental Disability [IDD] but is "simply Joy"). They were Reggie's classmates from the Arcani school and they were just lovely with their easy acceptance of everyone, warmth and innocence. Tommy and Joy are very special characters and readers can tell they were written from the heart. I loved all the scenes that included them. They reminded me of (and made me very much miss) the children I used to work with as an educational assistant. Overall, As You Wish was a fun read. There was a little bit of everything: romance, action, humor, magic, secrets, friendship and a grouchy gnome--I was entertained throughout. If you need a break from the usual vampire and werewolf fare check out this magical read. 3.5 out of 5 stars

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