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.
About the Author:
Eventually the day came when the voices in Kelley Lynn’s head were more insistent then her engineering professor’s. So instead of turning to her Thermodynamics book, Kelley brought up a blank page on her computer screen and wrote. Somewhere along the way she became a Young Adult author.
Kelley was born and raised a Midwestern girl. She’s not afraid to sweat and fills her free time with softball, soccer and volleyball. (Though you probably don’t want her on your volleyball team.) She occasionally makes guest appearances as a female vocalist for area bands. Music plays a large role in her writing process as well as the characters and plot lines within her stories.
You can find Kelley hanging out at her blog, titled in her name, as well as the group blog she shares with her fellow critique partners, Falling for Fiction. Kelley is a member of the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators.
I wanted to read this book because the book blurb looked amazing and the story was an original concept (which is rare to find in YA fiction nowadays) The story itself was a pleasant change from the usual the YA supernatural love triangle (which seems to have been the norm since Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight) but it still had those YA aspects that make teen books ‘comfortable’ such as the male best friend, the absent parent and the school character clichés – but in all fairness, they are kind of hard to stay away from in literature as they exist in real life too!
From a writer’s perspective, it was a little slow to get going and the plot sagged a little in the middle. It ended on a bit of a cliff hanger too which I don’t personally like, especially as it’s not promoted as the start of a trilogy/ series. Lyra was a little flat as a character and because she had the same unique-ish name as the protagonist from Philip Pullman’s Golden Compass, I found it hard to identify with her – I know that’s odd and I’m not even sure I can explain it! The concept although original was a little far-fetched by the end too which didn’t mesh well with the scientific aspect of the book – I guess, as an author that’s the downside of daring to bring something new to the table.
The front cover is nice, but kind of looks like a Chick-Lit cover rather than a YA – I actually originally saw this title on Netgalley and dismissed it in the first instance purely as a romance book; it wasn’t till I got the email for this tour and read the blurb that I realised that it wasn’t and requested it. So the cover might attract the wrong type of readers to appreciate a YA story.
Overall I’d give One Wish Away 3 out of 5 stars – interesting, and yes far-fetched in places, but perhaps not more so than a supernatural teen book when you really think on it.