Hello fellow book lovers! It’s time for another FaveReview, and this time, I’m diving into the world of self-publishing!
Now, I’ll be honest, I don’t usually grab for self-published books too often because I’ve read way too many that have left a bad taste in my mouth. More often than not, it isn’t because of the storyline, but rather a case where the book went ‘live’ before it was ready.
Paper Wishes is NOT one of those books.
Originally, I picked it up because it was written by a girl I connected with on Twitter (Spencer Hoshino). She is super cool and we just sort of clicked (it also helps that we have kids almost the exact same age so we can commiserate with one another lol). So me being the creeper I am, I stalked her blog and read her book blurb and it sounded awesome. So I broke my self-publish rule and picked up a copy of Paper Wishes for my very own. I’m glad I did.
BUT before I get too carried away, I’ll give you the rundown.
There is a belief that with each origami star folded, a falling star is saved. After folding 365 stars while mourning the loss of her mother, Vilvian makes a wish that will change her life forever.
Enter Nox Bright, the handsome and mysterious guy who has been haunting Vilvian’s dreams. She can barely believe it when he walks into her homeroom near the end of the school year. Has she gone crazy or is it possible that wishes really do come true? (GoodReads Summary)
Fave or Flop?
Paper Wishes definitely lands in my ‘Fave’ list. It is one of the cleanest self-pub books I’ve picked up, and aside from a few word choice tics I caught (mostly due to personal style), it was really well written. But there’s more. The story itself is really cute. I loved jumping in and escaping into Vilvian’s world. I have to admit, contemporary is not usually a genre I am drawn to, but the bit of fantasy worked in with the paper stars’ magic made it exactly my cup of tea. Spencer is also clearly a fangirl, and I loved reading her nods to pop culture fandoms (especially Doctor Who). The combination of cute story, relatable characters, and a fun writing style made Paper Wishes a book I really enjoyed. Long story short, if you are in the market for a fun, upbeat read, I’d definitely recommend you give it a shot.
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So, whether you are an avid self-pub reader, or indie wary, I would still say, give it a shot. AND right now, you can find Paper Wishes on Amazon for only .99 for your Kindle. Definitely worth the investment!