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Special Review: Saving Wishes by G.J. Walker-Smith

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Thank you Net Galley and G.J. Walker-Smith for a giving me a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Goodreads Summary:

For Charli Blake, being seventeen is a tough gig.

She’s been branded a troublemaker, her reputation is in tatters and she’s stuck in Pipers Cove, a speck of a town on the coast of Tasmania.

Thankfully, it’s temporary. Her lifelong dream of travelling the world is just months away from becoming reality. All she has to do is ride out the last few months of high school, which is easier said than done thanks to a trio of mean girls known as The Beautifuls.

When Adam Décarie arrives in town, all the way from New York, life takes an unexpected turn. His arrival sets off a chain of events that alters her life forever, convincing her of one thing. Fate brought him to her.

Saving Wishes is the story of a girl who doesn’t quite fit the life she’s living, and the boy who helps her realise why.


At the beginning of the novel, I was really skeptical about everything. The story I was reading seemed to be a out of a fairy tale book, it was very unrealistic. Over the course of the book, the story got better to the point where I now want to know what happens next. I had requested this novel at Net Galley thinking it was a stand alone, but it isn’t. It’s the first book in a trilogy.

There are several typos and grammatical errors in the story that are distracting, but not enough that you cannot enjoy the story. If you can get past the few first chapters then I assure you it is an okay read. Even though it wasn’t the most well written book, at the end I wanted to know what would happen to Charli and Adam. The book left me sad and wanting more.

Rating: 3/5

4 thoughts on “Special Review: Saving Wishes by G.J. Walker-Smith”

  1. I also requested it on Netgalley, But I just have absolutely no idea whether it would be good based on the first few pages, so I’m putting off reading it until I get rid of all these other ARCs I have to finish.

    1. You have to push through the first like 5 chapters in order for it to stop being so… unrealistic. As the story progresses it gets better, but you have to be patient. I put it off for some time too.

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