Book Review: As You Wish (Time of Transition #2) by Gabi Stevens

Regina Scott, known as Reggie, has made a successful life for herself despite her lack of magical powers. She is content to live out her life as a Groundling until the outgoing fairy godmothers tell her she’s the second new replacement. In the space of a few days, she faces a curse, a plot to overthrow the Arcani world, and an entirely too enthusiastic mother. And she doesn’t know which will be the most difficult to deal with. Can Reggie balance trust, magic, and danger and still find the happiness she deserves? 

Release Date:  April 26, 2011
Publisher:  Tor Books
Age Group:  Adult
Source:  Review copy from author

I liked The Wish List, book one in the Time of Transition series, a lot.  When Gabi Stevens offered me a review copy of As You Wish, I was super excited and honored.  But I was a little worried I would miss Kristin and Tennyson, since I fell in love with them during The Wish List.  I was so happy that they were featured in  As You Wish right alongside Reggie!  Don't get me wrong, As You Wish is definitely Reggie's story, but Kristin and Tennyson are a part of the story too.  I was surprised that I liked Reggie just as much as Tennyson.  She is smart, kind, loyal and spunky. 

Gabi Stevens writes with an attention to detail that I just love.  My favorite thing about The Wish List was her characterization of Kristin.  I really identified with Kristin and just love clicking with a character like that.  In As You Wish, my favorite characters were Joy, Tommy, and Alf.  Reggie's relationship with Joy and Tommy really made the book for me.  I loved the diversification of the characters.

Stevens does an excellent job at balancing humor, romance, and intrigue along with a well-thought out story line.  Reggie's interactions with her family were funny.  I loved the antics of Reggie's mom and sister and found them very believable.  The three fairy godmothers were not as central to the plot as they were in The Wish List, something that I missed a little.  I love reading about the godmothers and would have liked to see more of them.

The romance between Reggie and her leading men was very sweet.  I loved the development of the relationships and the build-up to the love story.  I was hoping for another happy ending and was not disappointed!
Just One Gripe: 
I missed the three godmothers but got my comic relief from Reggie's family.

The Best Thing About This Book: 
It was a well-rounded, well-written story with lovable characters, a great plot and happy ending.  What's not to like about that?

Appropriate for a younger audience: 
No, there is definitely some romance and scenes inappropriate for a YA audience.  

Characters:  5/5
Plot: 4/5
Setting/Imagery:  4/5
Originality: 4/5
Ending: 5/5
Total Score:  22/25

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the review. I haven't heard about this writer before and it sound like I might like her books. I really like the way you give separate ratings for different parts of the story. It's really helpful.


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