Saving Wishes

Rated 4.90/5 based on 10 reviews
*** Au & NZ iBooks Best of 2013 Breakout Book Of The Year ***
Book 1 in the #1 bestselling Wishes Series

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. More
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About GJ Walker-Smith

Wife, mother, writer, wanderer.
Lives near the beach in Western Australia.
Author of YA novels The Wishes Series.
Saving Wishes (book 1) iBooks Best Of 2013 Breakout Book Of The Year AU & NZ.

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Sophia Holt reviewed on July 30, 2014

So, you are in a book slump, and you scrolling through trying to find a book, and I stumble upon this book, Saving Wishes, hmm yes nice looking cover, that should be good (yeah yeah I know..don't judge a book by its cover) ... but this one is FREE FREE FREE... (HOW CAN YOU GO WRONG?) well this cover and this book... well let me just tell you, I was NOT wrong... Saving Wishes had me hooked from the beginning, and I have been following this author and her series from then. GJ Walker-Smiths writing is out standing and you will not regret downloading this book, first in the Wishes Series, and you will definitely not regret downloading the rest of them...
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Katesterritt reviewed on July 29, 2014

Every once in a while you take a chance on a free book because you like the cover and the blurb intrigues you. This is one of those books for me and now I am completely hooked! Beautifully written, the author invites the reader into a world of unique and vibrant characters and takes us on a magical journey. Really special book!
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bmccane reviewed on July 29, 2014

This book is absolutely amazing. I could not put it down! I love Adam and Charli so much and I know this will be the greatest series I've ever ever read!
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Micky Barnard reviewed on July 29, 2014

This was a beautifully sweet read, that's not to say things were smooth for the main characters Adam and Charli. Charli lives in Tasmania in a small town that seems very dead end to her. Adam is American and comes visiting his aunt and stays once he has met Charli. Charli is a little on the crazy side and she is such a fun and loveable character. The surrounding characters of Alex and Gabi are great. There is considerable depth to all the characters in this book and the writing has me wrapped up in the story, it's so good. The, I just have to buy the next book.
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Aimie Jennison reviewed on July 29, 2014

I really enjoyed this book. The characters were fab, the story lines good, the big twist a huge shock, the sad bits were heartbreaking. I am really looking forward to reading book #2 in the series.
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Ms Nonole reviewed on March 9, 2014

Nice reading : )
I Think Charlie is a real bad ass character ! She is fresh and willing to do anything for what she believes in and I loved that.
The humor in the book wasn't lost on me and I felt like talking to a good friend or going on a summer trip.
Anyway a very nice youg adult journey and very sweet romance.
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L.M. Glenn reviewed on Nov. 25, 2013

I loved reading this book. I am hooked on Charlie. looking forward to read the next book!
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Toadstooldots reviewed on Nov. 10, 2013

Loved it and could not stop to read.
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Rapunzel reviewed on July 30, 2013

I started reading saving wishes and then i was just hooked..its an awesome book..the writing style is so good that i felt that i am actually watching a movie.. i simply adore charlie..And Adam is like... wow...
A must read..
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sarah uk reviewed on July 27, 2013

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17-year-old Charli wants to do nothing other than go traveling as soon as she graduates high school with her best friend Nicole.
Charli has always been a risk taker, and she’s always been special – the way she believed in faeries so fiercely, and took pictures because they were little frozen snippets of time. When she took a risk on her friend Mitch previously, he used her and threw her away though, so when she meets Adam, even though she likes him, she maintains her spikey exterior.

Adam works on her though, and soon they both know that they are in love. Adam’s plans are very different from Charli’s though. Adam wants to go to Law school in his home city of New York, whilst Charli wants to leave Tasmania and find her true place in the world, which will be somewhere where she can surf.
Can Charli and Adam ever truly be together and both be happy? Can Charli break Adam’s heart and send him back to New York alone? And what if Charli’s place in the world is wherever Adam is?

This was an emotional and thought provoking YA contemporary, that made me want to travel, find true love, and find my place in the world.

Charli was an interesting character, I didn’t quite get why she was so standoffish at first, but once her history was revealed, it all made a bit more sense. I loved how she had made herself tough to put up with her bullies though, and I loved how desperately she wanted to spread her wings and fly. I didn’t quite get why she wanted to leave her home town and never come back, but it was obviously something that she felt really strongly about.
I liked some of the characters in this book more than others, and I think Charli was really lucky to have the support of Alex, as well as Adam and Gabrielle. If I ever come across her best friend Nicole though there will be trouble, because she is quite possibly the worst best friend ever, and Charli really didn’t deserve the way Nicole treated her.

I liked the storyline in this book, and there were quite a few twists in the tale that I didn’t see coming. There were moments when I wondered where the story was going to take us, and also things that made me really angry, but it all came together in a quite emotional book, and I liked the romance, even though it wasn’t your typical ‘happy ever after’ kind of story.
I did get a bit upset with some of the events in this book, and although we were left with a sense of hope in the end, I didn’t really like the way things were left between Charli and Adam, and I really want to read the next book now to work out what happens next.
Overall; a good YA contemporary romance, that makes you want to travel, find true love, and find your place in the world, and in someone’s heart.
7.5 out of 10.
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