{Blog Tour} Review+Giveaway: One Wish Away

Thursday, November 13, 2014
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Title: One Wish Away
Author: Kelley Lynn
Release Date: 11/24/14
Publisher: Bloomsbury Spark

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Synopsis from Goodreads:
Be careful what you wish for…

Lyra has always been ahead of the curve. Top of her class in school, a budding astronomer, and with a best friend like Darren she barely has time to miss the mother who abandoned her family years ago. She's too busy planning to follow in her father's footsteps, and to become the youngest astronomer at Space Exploration and Discovery.

When a star goes missing Lyra is determined to get to the bottom of it only to discover her braniac dad is the mastermind of a top-secret government experiment. They promise to build a perfect world, one galaxy at a time, but with every tweak of the present, a bit more of the future starts to crumble.

Lyra has to go undercover to reveal the truth and let humanity decide if the consequences are worth more than wishing on a star.

My Thoughts

I don’t know why I signed up for the blog tour of One Wish Away. I don’t know what came over me at that moment I signed up. I mean, stars? It must mean it’s sci-fi, right? Or at least a lot of science stuff included. And I don’t really like sci-fi because it overwhelms me. So, really. I don’t know why I signed up for this. Maybe it was because it was about wishes. Or maybe it’s the cover. Just, maybe. Nevertheless, I’m glad I was able to read this. It may not be one of the best books I’ve read, in my opinion, but it was nice. And something unexpected.

Let me start off with the plot. The concept of the book is unique to my reading experience as I’ve never read a book like this before. Although, that’s kind of biased because I’ve only read a few sci-fi books. But, yeah. Imagine being able to wish on a star and having your wishes granted no matter how big the wish may be. Isn’t it amazing? I just didn’t like the way they tested that theory. The whole thing seemed unrealistic and irresponsible on the part of the scientists. Still, I was fascinated with the whole idea, and by the time I finished reading this, I don’t think I’ve even still fully grasped this amazing thing. Why? This phenomenon wasn’t based on magic or fantasy. Rather, it was based on science and astronomy. The technology we have in the present or in the near future may not be enough to make this plausible, but it presents us a phenomenon that can happen. It might be a thousand of years from now, or whatever time frame, but it can happen. Who knows? Some great scientist might be able to do something about it. I don’t know. We just won’t know. And that’s the scariest thing. If the Cricket Project should truly exist in our world, where we can grant wishes through the use of the energy from stars, then what would happen to the world? It may be beneficial, or it may be chaotic. The idea is too beautiful, but at the same time, scary. I don’t think I would want to live in that kind of present. Or maybe I will. I don’t know.

The thing is, that’s what the predicament Lyra is also in, and it’s what makes it relatable for me. Make that, the only relatable thing. Lyra is investigative and courageous. All things that I’m not. I’m pretty much sure that I don’t have the guts to sneak in to the laboratory to find out why a star is missing. Or to do something to change the world. For real. For me, that’s what is admirable in Lyra’s character. However, her impulsiveness sometimes just annoy me. I know that she might be doing something good, but the way she arrives at those decisions sometimes just pop out of nowhere.

I found Darren, on the other hand, was a little bit controlling, and the most annoying of it all was that Lyra didn’t even notice that. I also didn’t like how their relationship suddenly grew into a romantic one, although I saw that coming. It was a typical best friend fell in love with each other, but I was kind of hoping that it wouldn’t happen. I mean, not all stories have to have love stories involved in it, right? I think it would have been better if the both of them just remained as best friends because the romance lacked development. It became almost an insta-love kind of thing, even though it probably wasn’t because they’re best friends.

And then, that ending. Maybe this is the thing that I annoyed me the most. Throughout the entire novel, I thought that I was only at the half or so. Imagine my shock when I realized that I finished reading it already. The first part was a little bit slow, but that was okay. It was kind of a plot development for me, but no. Just when I thought I reached the climax, it also ended. Abruptly. That cliffhanger threw me off. OMG. Because that ending was so action-packed that I just kept on reading and reading and reading. So can someone please give me the sequel to it now? I’m so excited to read the sequel when it gets published!

My Rating

About the Author


Eventually the day came when the voices in Kelley Lynn’s head were more insistent then her engineering professor’s. So instead of turning to her Thermodynamics book, Kelley brought up a blank page on her computer screen and wrote. Somewhere along the way she became a Young Adult author.

Kelley was born and raised a Midwestern girl. She’s not afraid to sweat and fills her free time with softball, soccer and volleyball. (Though you probably don’t want her on your volleyball team.) She occasionally makes guest appearances as a female vocalist for area bands. Music plays a large role in her writing process as well as the characters and plot lines within her stories.

You can find Kelley hanging out at her blog, titled in her name, as well as the group blog she shares with her fellow critique partners, Falling for Fiction. Kelley is a member of the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators.


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Kelley Lynn said...

Thank you SO MUCH for taking the time to review my work! It really means a lot. And I'm glad it makes you think.

I understand it pushes the bounds of probability. Forces us to dismiss our reality a bit. I'm glad you were able to find parts you connected with. And I promise there will be a sequel :)

Thanks again so much!

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