Thursday, July 24, 2014

"Sticks and Stones" by Shawn McGuire - Review

Everyone has a dark side. Mandy’s just moved in with her.

The last time sixteen-year-old Mandy Matteo broke a rule, her sister died. Since that day she has done only what is expected of her, but life as a goody-goody has made Mandy so boring her friends have all but abandoned her. And she’s given up on ever getting Ethan, the boy she’s liked forever, to notice her. Desperate, Mandy makes a wish to simply be happy.

Her wish is granted and happiness arrives in the form of Lexi, her childhood imaginary friend come to life. Magical wishes have conditions though: Once started, the wish cannot be altered or stopped. And once Mandy is truly content with her life again, Lexi must go back to where she came from. But Lexi loves being alive and she’ll do whatever it takes to stay that way.

Shawn McGuire is the author of young adult, coming-of-age novels that blend contemporary settings with a touch of fantasy and magic. She started writing after seeing the first Star Wars movie (that’s episode IV) as a kid: she couldn’t wait for the next one so wrote her own episodes. Sadly, those notebooks are long lost, but her desire to write is as strong now as it was then. She grew up in the beautiful Mississippi River town of Winona, Minnesota, the small town that inspired the setting for Sticks and Stones and the upcoming Break My Bones. After graduating college she moved to the Milwaukee area of Wisconsin (Go Pack Go!) where she lived for many years. She and her family now call Colorado home and when not writing or reading, Shawn enjoys cooking and baking, crafts, interior decorating, and spending time hiking and camping in the spectacular Rocky Mountains.

*I was given a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

This was such a fun read!!! I went in thinking wishes and choices and I finished it knowing I had just read a hit!

Sticks and Stones is about Mandy and her imaginary friend Lexi, and of course her crush! Mandy always follows the rules, but why? She is granted her wish and she has to figure out what her deepest soul is desiring. 

Add in a temperamental wish-mistress and there ya go! 

The story started out with quite a bit of back story but once it got going, you can't put it down! Lexi is supposed to be there to help Mandy- but Mandy starts to see her for what she really is...

Go read it to find out!

Sticks and Stones is such a great story, and you really get the idea of the pain that loss of a sister can create in a soul.

I had the pleasure of meeting Shawn McGuire this year at UtopYa and she is such a sweetheart!! You guys totally have to Author Stalk Her!!!

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