Wished Away is the second in the A Broken Fairy Tale series, following Dust to Dust. It could be read as a standalone but I can't say it enough - Don't short yourself. Read Dust to Dust. Both of these books are leaps and bounds above so many others out there.
I loved Camryn and Holden in Dust to Dust. I was certain there was no way she could top that story. Of course any scene with Jess in it was always so fun and exciting, but I just couldn't imagine liking two characters from their world more than I did Cam and Holden. I was so wrong. So so wrong. Jess and Gage's story grabbed me and didn't let go until the very end. Throughout the pages, you'll feel and experience so many different emotions. It's not all butterflies and rainbows the entire length of the novel, but every page still felt so hopeful. Their connection, their love, their passion. It's just...I use this word so often, but it really felt like they were perfect for one another. They were made for each other, it just took some tragic events and learning experiences to get there. But when they do get there? Sigh. It's breathtaking. Absolutely beautiful.
I really enjoyed seeing how much they help one another. They're both lost, but find their way and future within one another. Seeing Jess return to that bright, glowing person she was couldn't have been written more perfectly. And Dr. McSteamy Gage? Whew. Cervantes is pro at book boyfriends. Pro! I didn't want to like him. I wanted Dave. By the end, you'll still feel as connected to Dave as Jess does but you know Gage is the one that should be there. He fits oh so well.
Speaking of Cervantes, let's talk about her writing. She always manages to find the most eloquent descriptions of the places and people these characters encounter. She truly makes you feel as if you're a part of this group of friends. I also loved seeing Jess through Dave's eyes. I'm usually not big on a lot of flashbacks, but not only were they necessary to this story but it just seemed "right" to have them there. Plus, her grand gestures at the end? Top notch. She'll give you all the warm and fuzzies you can handle.
It's been a while since I've read a book that can make me feel so deeply. I don't really cry happy tears. I love a good ugly cry but that's usually it for me. This one had devastated tears running down my cheeks, but also so many happy tears. These two strong but broken characters rediscovering themselves with each other was one of the most enjoyable tales I've read in a while. Wished Away was heartbreaking, hopeful, and heartwarming. It's gonna take something major to knock me from this book hangover. Love love loved this one.
Sooo... Do we get a book for Joey? Please say yes! <3
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