Blog Tour: The Wish Quartet by Elise Kova and Lynn Larsh

April 14, 2018     The Bluestocking Bookworm     Blog Tour, Books, Reading, Reviews

Blog Tour: The Wish Quartet by Elise Kova and Lynn Larsh

Welcome to my tour stop for The Wish Quartet by Elise Kova and Lynn Larsh! The second book of this series is to be released

Blog Tour: The Wish Quartet by Elise Kova and Lynn Larsh

Society of Wishes


by Elise Kova, Lynn Larsh
Published by Silver Wing Press on January 25, 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, New Adult, Urban Fantasy
I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis

Josephina Espinosa makes her living as a hacker-for-hire in the Lone Star Republic, a remnant of the fractured U.S.A. That is, until the day she and her best friend are gunned down in a government raid.
With her dying breath, Jo uses magical lore passed down from her grandmother to summon a wish-granter. Her wish? To save her friend's life. Except wishes have costs, and for Jo, the price is the erasure of her entire mortal existence.
Now, as the most recent addition to the mysterious Society of Wishes, Jo must form a new "life" alongside the seven other members, one of which being her savior himself. Living as an occupant of the Society's lavish mansion should be quite the perk, but while it is furnished with everything its inhabitants could possibly need, it lacks one thing--freedom.
Her otherworldly identity crisis takes a backseat, however, when Jo learns that the friend she sacrificed everything for is headed down the same path to ruin. Jumping in head-first, Jo uses her newfound magical abilities to protect him, only to realize that the ripples of her actions have far-reaching consequences. When the Society's aloof leader Snow decides to give her a taste of his own ancient magic, Jo discovers that there are threads woven into the tapestry of her new reality that reach far beyond the wishes she is now required to grant. Ones that, if tugged on, could mean the unraveling of the world itself.

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At the end of 2017, I was delighted to read Elise Kova’s The Alchemists of Loom. While I still have to write my review of that book, I knew after reading it that I would be a lifelong fan of Kova’s. Her worldbuilding was amazing and the details she divined were scintillating to say the least. So when the opportunity arose to be a part of the blog tour for her first foray into new adult and urban fantasy, as well as her first work with a co-author, I jumped at it.

Characters

Society of Wishes features a cast of about a dozen people, and we see the story through the eyes of our main character and protagonist, Jo. I was really intrigued by the other members of the Society, and I loved getting to know them through Jo’s eyes. I want to know more about all of them, and would gladly read a novella about the wish each of them made to be inducted into the Society.

I did find Jo to be a little one-track at times, especially when it came to Snow, Wayne, and Yuu. However, her growth by the end of the book is marked as she comes to understand her new reality and the circumstances around it.

Plot & Pacing

The premise of the plot was a solid one, but it went for a little wander at times through a place of confusion. While it all wrapped up very well in the end, I think some of the extraneous twists and turns could have been cut while keeping the integrity of the story. There were no real info-dumps, which was appreciated. The pacing was irregular, and the book seemed to speed through some areas while slogging through others.

However, the story was very self-contained. I didn’t feel any great drive to get my hands on Circle of Ashes right now (although I will probably read it at some point).

Setting & Worldbuilding

In Society of Wishes, Kova and Larsh have come together to make an interesting world that is part dystopian and part urban fantasy. I might be the only one who is more curious about the world as it was prior to each of the Society’s wishes, versus what the world will be going forward. The worldbuilding is pretty light, and we only really get enough information to make sense of what is going on at any given time.

Writing

So, this is where I had the most issues. The actual writing of Society of Wishes left me a little wanting. While I am pretty sure I was working from an uncorrected proof, there were a lot of errors that pulled me from the story.  I also felt a lot like the division between the pieces Kova wrote and the pieces Larsh wrote were clearly visible. Even if you aren’t familiar with either of their work individually. Finally, I am not a fan of the new adult genre in general. Don’t get me wrong, I like a good smutty book. But I also find that the smut in NA tends to come out of nowhere. While the steamy scene in Society of Wishes was well written, I felt it didn’t really fit with the vibe of the story up to that point.

When I turned the last page of The Alchemists of Loom, I felt like I was saying goodbye to a friend. When I turned the last page of Society of Wishes, I felt like I was finishing a book.

Final Notes

The premise of Society of Wishes is a great one. The idea of a secret society that grants wishes and keeps the world afloat is what reeled me in, and the knowledge of what Elise Kova CAN do is what kept me there. The world is an intriguing blend of dystopia and urban fantasy. While it is  by no means a bad book, it is not of the caliber I would have expected from Elise Kova specifically. I will be reading the sequel, as I hear that Kova and Larsh have taken the criticisms they received of Society of Wishes and really worked on them for Circle of Ashes.

A fun read, if an average one.

Content/Trigger Warnings

Gun use, and one fairly graphic sex scene.

A note on diversity: the cast of characters in Society of Wishes is fairly diverse racially. While it doesn’t feel like tokenism, I also felt like the racial diversity was a bit of an afterthought. There is implied sexual diversity, but nothing said outright. There is no disability representation.


About Book Two

Blog Tour: The Wish Quartet by Elise Kova and Lynn Larsh

Circle of Ashes

by Elise Kova, Lynn Larsh
Published by Silver Wing Press on April 9, 2018
Synopsis

EVERY WISH HAS A COST BUT WILL THE SOCIETY BE WILLING TO PAY IT?

Once a hacker-for-hire living in the shadows, Josephina “Jo” Espinosa is the newest member of a magical Society. Their mandate? To grant the wishes of mortals. A simple enough task until Jo is faced with an impossible wish – and her inability to grant it might spell disaster for her entire team, if not the Society itself.

Jo is used to high-pressure situations, but after a string of disasters, the last thing she needs is stakes of this magnitude. Especially given that neither she nor the Society know quite what the consequences of failing to grant a wish might be.

The only person with answers is the Society’s aloof and cryptic leader, Snow. Yet while Jo is enigmatically drawn to the man, all their clandestine encounters leave her with only more questions about the true nature of the Society, her magic, and her own history.

Time is running out for the Society, and an executioner will rise from among them to exact the price of failure.

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About the Authors


Elise Kova is the USA Today bestselling author of the Air Awakens series, Loom Saga, and Wish Quartet.

In her past lives, she has graduated from an MBA program, lived in Japan for a bit, and worked for a Fortune 500 technology company. However, she finds herself much happier in her current reincarnation as full-time author. When not writing, she can usually be found playing video games, drawing, watching anime, or talking with readers on social media. She’s happy to call Saint Petersburg, Florida, her home, but is always looking forward to her next trip.

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Lynn Larsh considers herself to be a serial hobby-dabbler. She got a bachelors degree in music (which she used for all of four months), studied aerial acrobatics and classical piano for many years, worked briefly as a stunt woman in a Wild West stunt show (it’s a long story), and eventually settled down into the bar tending business in St. Petersberg, FL. When she’s not acting as a purveyor of fine libations, you can find her diving head first into her newest venture as a New Adult author, or simply writing Voltron fan fiction on Archive of Our Own.

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A Giveaway!

CLICK HERE to enter a Rafflecopter giveaway hosted by Elise Kova herself. The prize? A signed paperback of Society of Wishes!

The Tour Schedule

Please take a moment and stop by the other wonderful bloggers and Instagrammers on this lovely tour!

April 8
Amanda | Jacqueline | Emily
April 9
Elizabeth | Leah | Piros
April 10
Angel | Meagan | Michelle
April 11
Emily | Lili Samantha
April 12
Jenni Bonnie | Tara
April 13
April 14
Erin | Shealea | Sylvia 

Talk bookish to me!