Book Review

One Wish – Michelle Harrison

It’s probably a crime how long this book has been sat unread on my shelves. I was sent it as a proof copy by Simon and Schuster in 2014 and it has taken until now to finally read it, despite me wanting to read it ever since.

I’ve heard of Michelle Harrison and followed her on social media for a very long time. I knew her books are aimed at middle grade and often involve the fairy world. Everything about this book is just up my street. But I think at the time there was a lot of fey stories out and I knew that this deserved my full attention. Fast forward nearly 6 years and it finally got it. 

One Wish is a prequel in the 13 Treasures series. It introduces you to Tanya and Ratty, two characters that just came to life as I read more about them both. It’s full of adventure and excitement. With the two characters finding themselves at the wrong side of a number of scary characters. 

When people ask why I still read middle grade at the age of 31, my answer so often brings attention to books just like this one. One Wish is everything you would want from a story of fantasy set in a world so like our own, but so far from it at the same time. It deals with real issues in a sensitive way and brings about a sense of adventure like no other genre or age range does. There is no real underlying romance, the characters are friends and that is that. They are focused on the task at hand, not the weight of the world on their shoulders because they are worried about appearances or who things will be perceived. 

One Wish was the perfect blend of fey and real world to me. There were elements when it went all out there and I loved that, but I’m glad it found its way back into to the world we know and love. I read the first 13 Treasures book in 2011, but reading this has made me want to read it again. I’ll definitely be getting hold of the rest of the 13 Tresures books and keeping them for Spike for when she’s a little older as I think she’ll love the magic within the pages. 

One Wish was published in June 2014 by Simon and Schuster. While the publishers sent me a copy way back when in exchange for an honest review, my thoughts are completely unbiased and honest.

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