Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Blog Tour: Wish You Weren't by Sherrie Peterson - Review and Tour Giveaway

Hello, welcome to my blog tour stop for Wish You Weren't by Sherrie Peterson. This is a middle grade novel and it was fun. I don't read a lot of middle grade, but still enjoy them.  I have my review, and tour giveaway on my stop today!

  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/15/2014
  • Source: ARC provided by the publisher for review
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | Kobo
Marten doesn't believe in the power of wishes. None of his have ever come true. His parents ignore him, his little brother is a pain and his family is talking about moving to Texas. Not cool. So when he makes an impulsive wish during a meteor shower, he doesn't expect it to make any difference.

Until his annoying brother disappears.

With the present uncertain and his brother’s future in limbo, Marten finds himself stuck in his past. And if he runs out of time, even wishes might not be enough to save the ones he loves.

My Thoughts

Once in a while, I love a good middle grade book. When approached about this tour, I decided this sounded like a fun book. I don't have a younger sibling, but I know that there were many times I wished my older sibling away. Of course, like the MC of this story, I didn't really mean it, but what if it had really happened? In this book, we see just what happens when that wish comes true. This was fun, entertaining, and a great adventure for Marten and his best friend. I guess the phrase, "Be careful what you wish for." comes in handy in this book. 

Marten is an almost 12 year old boy with a little brother that annoys him all the time. He always does things to get him into trouble and sometimes he just wished he didn't exist. He wished on a star during a meteor shower and his wish comes true. Only after, he realizes that it's not really what he wants. Maybe he has been too hard on his brother this whole time. He regrets making the wish and wants nothing more than to get his brother back, but it's not that simple. He travels though time and sees unimaginable things. He learns that his wish granter comes from a star that may not exist anymore and so that means that he may not exist either. With time ticking away, he needs to find a way to set things straight. He really grows in this short period of time.

The secondary characters were fun to get to know too. I really liked the wish granter. I forget his name now, I apologize. He comes from the star the wish came from. They are able to do a review to try to see if the wish can be altered or taken back, but something goes very wrong. His star is dying, so that means he may die too. He can move through time, and even freeze time to try to help the wish granter. He was infuriating in a way that was entertaining since he was never really straightforward with anything. Paul, Marten's best friend was a bit of a coward, but he stuck by Marten through it all.

I really enjoyed how this book really teaches a lesson. Marten thinks that he would be happier without his brother, but realizes he won't. He also sees what things in life would be different, and also the sacrifices that his family has made. It's a good learning experience for him, and for the readers. It was a fun book to read, so it would be easy for younger people to read and get a good life lesson out of it without it feeling that way. I am always happy when I find a good MG book that is not only fun, but also has great things in it for a young mind to ponder over and soak up. And who doesn't like a little bit of magic?

*An advanced copy of this book was provided by the tour host in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.

Praise for WISH YOU WEREN’T:

“If you’re looking for the same old formula middle grade fantasy, this isn’t it. Wish You Weren’t is magically real. You wouldn’t be surprised if you met Marten in “real” life, but what he encounters in this story is pure magic.” ~VALERIE HOBBS, award-winning author of Wolf, Sheep and Minnie McClary Speaks Her Mind

“Wish You Weren’t is a sweet story about the blessings of family contained within the rip-roaring roller coaster of time travel. It is a page turner that kids are going to love!” ~KATIE D. ANDERSON, bestselling author of Kiss & Makeup

“I love all the science details mixed with fantasy in Wish You Weren’t — just the kinds of flights-of-science-fancy I wish I had as child!” ~SUSAN KAYE QUINN, bestselling author of the Mindjack Trilogy, Faery Swap and Third Daughter

“Fun and accessible, rich with realism and heart, this magical adventure reminds us of the things truly worth wishing for.” ~CASEY McCORMICK, literary agent intern and blogger at Literary Rambles

About Sherrie Petersen:

Sherrie Petersen still believes in magic and she loves to write (and read!) stories that take her on fantastic adventures. In addition to writing middle grade novels, Sherrie moonlights as a graphic designer, substitute teacher, freelance writer, school newspaper advisor, yearbook advisor and mother of two children. She spends her free time watching movies, driving kids around and baking cookies. Or eating them.WISH YOU WEREN’T is her debut novel.

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  1. Thanks for sharing! I will add this to my tbr pile.

  2. This sounds cute. And I love the cover! :)

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