Thursday 8 May 2014

One Wish by Michelle Harrison

In a busy side street of London, a hooded figure let itself into a small shop. Once inside, the person locked the door and checked that the CLOSED sign was displayed, then threw back the hood. A thin-faced, bespectacled man with grey hair, he appeared ordinary at first glance. Yet look a little closer and the tips of two pointed ears were visible beneath his hair – to those who were able to see such things at least.
Published by Simon and Schuster in May 2014
Pages - 346
The Spinney Wicket Wishing Tree can grant your heart’s desire – just wish out loud, or hang a message from its branches. It sounds as though the Wishing Tree is just a sweet old tradition, but Tanya is only too aware how real its magic could be.
Tanya can see fairies, and would love to meet someone else can see them too. When she meets Ratty and his cheeky fairy, Turpin, it seems at last she’s found them. But Ratty has a secret, and a dangerous enemy who'll stop at nothing to get to him.
Tanya must use her one wish to save her new friend - but wishes should be used wisely . . .
When it comes to recommending books about fae, Michelle Harrison is  always  one of the first authors I  recommend. The author writes about fairies in such a way, that I am  instantly transported back to my childhood days, reading Enid Blyton books. However, unlike the fairies created by Enid Blyton, the ones in Michelle’s books are darker, nastier and like to play to tricks on you without considering the consequences.
This book is a prequel to the author’s Thirteen Treasures trilogy, where we follow Tanya on holiday with her mum, who is recovering from the break up of her marriage. Whilst away, Tanya stumbles upon the Wishing Tree, which glistens magically throughout the book. The plot continually returns to it, leaving you with a desperate wish to find your own wishing tree to use.
Tanya makes some new friends while at the tree. Well to be honest, it doesn’t really start out as friendship and Turpin takes quite some time to warm to Tanya. However with Ratty in danger, Tanya shows just how good a friend she can be.
Tanya encounters some interesting people in her quest. These characters are unique and colourful, yet damn right frightening at times. Through out the book, I found myself holding my breath as I waited for Tanya to escape from another difficult situation. As the story progresses, Tanya comes to fully understand what selfishness really means and realises that what she wants isn’t always for the best.
The plot builds up to a worrying finale, where you hope to God, they all get out alive. There are moments when you will feel that all is lost, until the book reaches a climatic ending.
I adore the fairies that live in Michelle’s world and I am so pleased she returned to writing about them. I really hope there might be a few more in the pipe line. This boo is  a glittery return into a world of magic, trickery and glamour – but be warned, you may just miss it – if you don’t have the ability to see fae…

1 comment:

  1. Ohhhh Seren has loved the 13 series she will be so pleased to know there is another book :) Good job pay day was this week as I'm sure she will persuade me to get it for her :) They only have to mention the word book & its theirs LOL


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