Published November 24th 2014 by Bloomsbury Spark
Be careful what you wish for…Lyra has always been ahead of the curve. Top of her class in school, a budding astronomer, and with a best friend like Darren she barely has time to miss the mother who abandoned her family years ago. She's too busy planning to follow in her father's footsteps, and to become the youngest astronomer at Space Exploration and Discovery.When a star goes missing Lyra is determined to get to the bottom of it only to discover her braniac dad is the mastermind of a top-secret government experiment. They promise to build a perfect world, one galaxy at a time, but with every tweak of the present, a bit more of the future starts to crumble.Lyra has to go undercover to reveal the truth and let humanity decide if the consequences are worth more than wishing on a star.
One Wish Away is the story of Lyra, a very intelligent girl who wants to be an astronomer as her father. One day a star goes missing and Lyra knows her father has answers, but wasn't expecting to discover that he is working on a top secret mission that involves wishes and stars, a mission that can change the world without anyone realizing it.
Lyra was intelligent but not very interesting and very stubborn, and she has a very good friend, Darren, who is also her romantic interest. I liked him more, he wasn't the typical bad boy, but actually a good boy. He is one of the main reasons why Lyra starts to get worried about this secret project and the consequences, she's afraid to loose him. Their relationship was very cute and innocent, I really liked them together (and no love triangle!).
But I didn't buy the story when it was revealed, although the idea was pretty interesting. But it has much more potential, maybe a more believable scientific explanation and more realistic characters would be better. I didn't find believable the character's reactions sometimes, specially the adults.
Also, I wasn't expecting a cliff hanger at all at the end. I hate when this happens but at least the story has an interesting twist and I'm curious about what's going to happen with Lyra and Darren.
Overall, One Wish Away was enjoyable but not a page turner for me. It took me more time than the expected to finish this book, I couldn't really connect with the story. It's interesting and original but too simple and not really believable, but the plus side was the cute couple, Lyra and Darren, and I'm pretty sure the story is going to get more exciting.
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