Thursday, April 3, 2014

Blog Tour/Review: Wish You Weren't by Sherrie Petersen

Release date: March 17, 2014
Genre: MG sci-fi/fantasy
ISBN: 9781494766825
LCCN: 2014902688
BISAC: Juvenile Fiction / Science Fiction, Fantasy, Magic

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.

Marten's mom is a scientist and so Marten and his brother, Aldrin, are outside watching the shooting stars whenever there's a show. They're currently on vacation in Texas, where they're looking to move and Marten's friend Paul is with him. Marten is 11 and his brother is 6 and annoying. Aldrin does something that Marten finds unforgivable and his mother lets him get away with it, so he wishes that Aldrin wasn't there.

The next day, while visiting a museum, Marten and Paul are given the assignment to watch Aldrin. Aldrin is annoying, but fine, until he disappears in front of Marten's eyes! While searching for him, he realizes what he wished for the night before, but his wishes don't come true, do they? 

He meets a man named Tor who time travels and is able to help him. It's not smooth sailing, though, and Marten isn't sure if he'll be able to save his brother and reunite their family.

This is an interesting book! I understood Marten's frustrations with his brother and what prompted him to wish his brother wasn't around anymore. I also understood his panic when his wish actually came true! This book is fast-paced and sometimes left me a little confused. That didn't detract from the main points, though. Marten was in quite a few tight spots and it was interesting to see how he got out of them and continued with his journey. 

He learned more about his parents and what led to their decision to move. There's a twist at the end that changes his perspective on his entire experience. 

This is a fun, imaginative read that any middle-grade reader should enjoy. It also might make you think what life would be like without that one certain annoying person in it. It would certainly be different, but would it be better?

My Rating=4 Stars

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.


Unknown said...

I come from a VERY large family...which I love now that we are all grown..hehe! But, I can remember wishing several times that certain people would disappear. Now, that I am older I am sure I would have been sad...Right?! hehe! Kidding. This sounds like such a fun read.

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