Published by Scholastic Inc. on December 1st 2010
Number of Pages: 340
Genres: Family, Fantasy, Siblings, Young Adult
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If you could have anything, what would you wish for? The impossible...or a real chance at being happy?
For broken-hearted Olivia Larsen, nothing can change the fact that her twin sister, Violet, is gone... until a mysterious, beautiful gown arrives on her doorstep. The dress doesn't just look magical; it is magical. It has the power to grant her one wish, and the only thing Olivia wants is her sister back.
With Violet again by her side, both girls get a second chance at life. But Violet's return isn't what Olivia expected. And as the sisters soon discover, they have two more dresses-and two more wishes left. But magic can't solve everything, and Olivia is forced to confront her ghosts to learn how to laugh, love, and live again.
There were a number of cringe-worthy moments in this book. There were also quite a few sweet ones, and you will want a box of tissues handy near the end. There are a number of mentions of under-age drinking, which bothered me. Olivia and Violet were well-written, full of interesting quirks and compelling to read. I think I liked Calla the most however, I’m not sure why, there was just something about her as a character that I liked. Lark and Eve seemed very glossed over, they weren’t mentioned enough to really have any idea what their personalities were like. Which is a bit strange since they are Calla’s best friends, and Olivia spends most of the book around Calla in one way or another.
I knew after the first few chapters that this would not be a book I would read more than once. And yet it managed to hold my attention through til the end. I wanted Olivia to grow as a character, and she did. I wanted things to go well for her, and find out more about the people around her. All in all, this was not a bad book, it just isn’t something I will be reading again. It is also the first in a series, though each of the 2 books appear to be stand-alones. It is how the wishes are given out that tie them together.