Monday, February 27, 2012

The Wishing Pearl by: Nicole O'Dell

Sixteen year-old Olivia Mansfield dreams of a land far, far away...

A land far away from her stepfather's abuse and torment.

A land far away from her mother's blind eye.

A land far away from the haunting memories of her past.

No one can be perfect, but it does seem like Olivia's parents could both do some things better. When Olivia's dad was alive, everything was different. Her mom would never have needed a spa day. Or had the money for it.

But he's gone. Forever. And with change, people change. Olivia's mother included. There's no way to talk to her, no way to have a glimpse of the mother she once knew.

In a confused state, Olivia makes some poor choices and finds herself in the middle of her best friend's unexpected death, leaving her at a crossroads.

She can choose to get help, or she can let life work itself out. Will the demons from her past prevent her from having a happy future? Or will she go down the right path, towards eternal hope and healing?

Watch the trailer for The Wishing Pearl...

My thoughts:

The Wishing Pearl is seriously amazing! I could not put it down. Everything in it is so nicely done. The cover art is gorgeous. I sat there staring at it for probably fifteen minutes before I actually opened the book.

One thing I did not like, however, was the little Kira-being-pregnant-thing. The romance between Olivia and Justin is innocent and cute, but Kira's pregnancy kind of spoiled the book for me. I know a lot of people would probably laugh at me for that, but it does matter. It was kind of necessary to the book, but it still bothered me.

Objectionable Content:

Language: I don't remember any...
Romance/Sexual Content: Kira is pregnant before she comes to Diamond Estates. She tries to make everyone believe Justin is the father.
Justin tells Olivia he loves her.
Violence: Olivia is in a car crash.
Drugs/Alcohol Content: Lots of drinking. One girl sneaks in some marijuana. Another girl is trying to lose weight, so she eats speed, which I have read a lot on, and it's really not good.

I reviewed this book for

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  1. OOh I'm so jealous! I've been wanting to read this for...a couple weeks. It looks so good! Sierra
    Keep Growing Beautiful♥ (Cause You Are!)

  2. Thanks co much for the awesome review! I appreciate it so much. :)

    Sierra! You've got to read it. I'd love to hear what you think. :)

  3. Great review. I really liked it and wasn't bothered that much by Kira being pregnant. But, to each his own. I look forward to the next book. P.S. I liked the cover as well.

  4. LOL! I love that the cover mesmerized you! I think the covers are gorgeous too. Did you see what the covers for books two and three look like? I have them on my blog post. Purty too!
    Great post!

  5. Sierra: You MUST read it!!! :)

    Mrs. O'Dell: Thanks for writing the book! ;) It's so awesome.

    Rachel: Yes! That is very true. And it WAS an amazing book!

    Mrs. Williamson: I DID look them up! They're all just as mesmerizing. ;)

  6. Hey, I thought I was the only that stared at the cover before reading a word! Glad to hear I'm not alone! :) Oh, yes, the other two are awesome, as well!

  7. I love this book. I usually don't cry in books, but I did in this one. ;)

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