Monday, September 1, 2014

Review: 'Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes' by Denise Grover Swank

*About The Book*
"It all started when I saw myself dead."

For Rose Gardner, working at the DMV on a Friday afternoon is bad, even before she sees a vision of herself dead. She's had plenty of visions, usually boring ones like someone's toilet's overflowed, but she's never seen one of herself before. When her overbearing momma winds up murdered on her sofa instead, two things are certain: there isn't enough hydrogen peroxide in the state of Arkansas to get that stain out, and Rose is the prime suspect.

Rose realizes she's wasted twenty-four years of living and makes a list on the back of a Walmart receipt; twenty-eight things she wants to accomplish before her vision comes true. She's well on her way with the help of her next door neighbor Joe, who has no trouble teaching Rose the rules of drinking, but won't help with number fifteen - do more with a man. Joe's new to town, but it doesn't take a vision for Rose to realize he's got plenty secrets of his own.

Somebody thinks Rose has something they want and they'll do anything to get it. Her house is broken into, someone else she knows is murdered, and suddenly, dying a virgin in the Fenton County jail isn't her biggest worry after all.

*My Review*
This book did what you want a book to do - it sucked me in and forced me to feel something. Rose is a sweet character, and although she's a bit immature at times, I found her mistakes and her thoughts to be fairly realistic. I also really loved how things grew naturally between Rose and Joe ... and I loved Joe, even when I hated him a little.

The romance aspect of this story had me laughing, "awww"ing, and smiling to myself, and the mystery aspect of the story was spot on. There were some good twists, some good turns, and a few unexpected little happenings. I read the book without reading the summary, simply because it was next in line on my kindle, and the death of Rose's mom really threw me, as did the other death in the story.

I loved that the little bit of country flair in the story wasn't overdone, and honestly, I can't wait to read Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons, the next book in the series.

Due to a few grammatical and formatting errors, 4 stars for Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes.
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