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Overall: 10
Sensuality: 7
Fantasy Element: 10

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Review for Wishful Thinking
Author: Gabi Stevens
Date of Review: 12/09/12
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Reviewer Comments: Once again we journey into the Time of Transition as the new godmothers are being chosen and put to their greatest test. They must figure out a way to not only protect the Arcani, but to also protect the Groundlings. Two of the godmothers have already been chosen and are in the midst of the battle when the third godmother is chosen in this book.

Stormy Jones-Smyth has not had an ordinary upbringing. Her fathers are both Arcani artisans and she has never had any power. She was sent to a Groundling school and except for her weaving talent really doesn’t feel as though she belongs with her fathers. When she finds out shortly after her twenty-seventh birthday that she is in fact Arcani and one of the godmothers, her entire world shifts. Now she has to cope with powers she never thought she would have as well as the turmoil that is griping their community. The Council Guards follow her every move and Stormy isn’t sure what to believe.

Hunter Merrick is sure of his role in the Arcani world. He took the Oath of Loyalty to the Council Guards years ago and has never wavered in his belief that he is to protect the council and the rest of the Arcani. At least, he never wavered until he met Stormy. There is something about her which calls to his inner sense of right. As he spends more time around her and is exposed to more of the Arcani world, Hunter begins to question his inner voice and what it is telling him. He is no longer as certain of what is happening around him as he once thought he was.

Hunter and Stormy have to figure out what is happening in their world before the world changes forever. They need to know whether or not they can trust each other and their growing feelings. They also need to figure out what they are going to do about the other godmothers who are on the run from the Council.

I loved this conclusion to Gabi Steven’s trilogy. It has everything you want after putting in the time and reading a whole series. The ending is satisfying and as it should be. This story continues the struggle of the Godmothers to protect everyone, Arcani and Groundling, as is their job. The whole idea of Godmothers who grant wishes in unexpected ways is a delightful premise that Gabi Stevens has used to build this series.

Gabi Stevens tackles the question of loyalty versus love and where to draw that line. Thankfully she doesn’t allow her books to become too serious. I love her sense of humor which shows through in so many of the situations her characters find themselves in.

This is the final book in a trilogy and I think the experience of reading the books is richer when you read them in order although you certainly don’t have to. This book brings back many of the characters and situations from earlier books that just won’t have the same impact if you are reading this one first. This particular trilogy really builds on each previous book towards a conclusion.

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