Thursday, 5 June 2014
Review: One Wish by Michelle Harrison
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Children's
Format: Paperback / eBook
Released: June 5th, 2014
Having the ability to see fairies means that Tanya Fairchild's life has never been easy. After all, real fairies are nothing like the ones in books; ones that grant wishes or leave money for teeth. Real fairies don't like to be talked about and cast spells if Tanya steps out of line, and the most she's ever received in exchange for one of her teeth is a chewed up toffee. Of course, it would help if Tanya knew someone, anyone else could see them, too ...When Tanya meets Ratty, she finds not only can he see fairies, but even has a fairy friend, Turpin - she's rude and spiteful, but funny and loyal too. When Ratty goes missing, Tanya discovers her new friend has another extraordinary ability; an ability that has the potential to destroy them both.
Everyone: Michelle Harrison is back with the fairies! Just when you thought the 13 series was completely over, here is a prequel in the form of One Wish. This series is one of my all-time favourites and this book was my most anticipated release of 2014. I'm beyond happy to say that it didn't disappoint, and it's left me clamouring for even more from this magic-infused fey world!
Tanya Fairchild, star of The 13 Treasures and its two sequels, can see fairies. They've never been particularly nice to her and, as far as she knows, she's the only one with this ability. She sees them everywhere she goes, even when she goes on holiday to stay in Spinney Wicket with her mum. There's something living under the floorboards (the delightfully named Thingy), and four fairies who always appear when she least expects them to, including one that looks very much like a small, snuffling pig (yay!). Tanya soon meets a strange boy at an even stranger tree, and suddenly she's thrown into a dangerous fey adventure that could change everything forever...
So! Where to begin? The new boy Tanya meets is called Ratty, he can see the fey and has a fairie companion named Turpin. Ratty is fantastic - I love him - but Turpin is the best thing about One Wish. She's a tiny, meddlesome, mischievous fairie who's fiercely loyal, super cute and Ratty's protector. Every word that comes out of her mouth is like gold dust, and I quickly fell in love with her. I'm a big fan of fairies anyway (thanks, in part, to Michelle Harrison and her books) and have read about many, and I can safely say that little Turpin is my favourite. I wish she was real!
The whole setting of One Wish is brilliant, with Spinney Wicket being much like Tickey End. How cool are these names, by the way? Immediately they infuse a sense of magic and fey worlds, and both are fictional places I'd like to visit. I doubt I'd see any fairies though because, unlike Tanya, I haven't got the Second Sight! Speaking of Tickey End, you don't have to have read The 13 Treasures to read One Wish. It's a complete standalone prequel that does tie in to the three books that follow, but you don't need any prior knowledge of Tanya and Tickey End in order to enjoy it. In fact, if you haven't read any of these books, I'd definitely start here!
One Wish weaves an enchanting story from beginning to end, culminating in an exciting finale. Tanya and Ratty make a great team with lovely little Turpin by their side, and I almost shed a few tears at the end. It's fast-paced and addictive, exactly like the original trilogy, and has some of the best characters found in teen fiction today. I'm a huge fan of these books and author Michelle Harrison, and I can't recommend One Wish enough. It's truly magical in every sense of the word!