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The Wishing Game
The Wishing Game: A Novel | Meg Shaffer
Years ago, a reclusive mega-bestselling childrens author quit writing under mysterious circumstances. Suddenly he resurfaces with a brand-new book and a one-of-a-kind competition, offering a prize that will change the winners life in this absorbing and whimsical novel. Make a wish. . . . Lucy Hart knows better than anyone what it's like to grow up without parents who loved her. In a childhood marked by neglect and loneliness, Lucy found her solace in books, namely the Clock Island series by Jack Masterson. Now a twenty-six-year-old teachers aide, she is able to share her love of reading with bright, young students, especially seven-year-old Christopher Lamb, left orphaned after the tragic death of his parents. Lucy would give anything to adopt Christopher, but even the idea of becoming a family seems like an impossible dream without proper funds and stability. But be careful what you wish for. . . . Just when Lucy is about to give up, Jack Masterson announces hes finally written a new book. Even better, hes holding a contest on his private island where four hand-picked readers will compete to win the only copy. At age thirteen, Lucy fled her unhappy home and showed up on Jack Mastersons doorstep, hoping to live with her favorite author. Thirteen years later, a sky-blue envelope arrives with Lucy's name on it, postmarked "Clock Island." For Lucy, a chance to read the first Clock Island book in years is a prize worth fighting for, but the possibility of winning, selling the manuscript, and securing a better future for her and Christopher means everything. But first, Lucy must contend with ruthless book collectors, wily opponents, and the distractingly handsome (and grumpy) Hugo Reese, illustrator of the Clock Island books and Jacks only friend. Meanwhile, Jack the Mastermind Masterson is plotting the ultimate twist ending that could change all their lives forever. . . . You might just get it.
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maleahrae
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Help me decide!! Which book should I read next? I'm super interested in both of these.

Kshakal I have not read Annie bot but I love and adore the wishing game! 2d
Captivatedbybooks The Wishing Game because that cover is prettier lol 2d
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KathyWheeler
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People have compared this book to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and I understand why, but it gave me more of The Westing Game vibe. I enjoyed it, although it was a slow start for me. Some things weren‘t that realistic, but the story does show the power of hope (and buckets of money).

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AmyK1
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This read more like YA but it was still fun and sweet.

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kimmypete1
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Delightfully cozy (except for one surprising serious moment about 85% in).

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BookNightOwl
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The Wishing Game is a book inspired by Willie Wonka and it gave me those vibes when I was reading this book. It was so much fun playing a game for a grand prize. I really enjoyed the characters in this book. I enjoyed how the story took place on an island. I suggest anybody who just wants a fun read to pick this up!!!!

Thank you Netgalley and Random House Ballantine books for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Victoriahoperose
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Mehso-so

Just okay for me. I liked the concept, but I felt like it was all over the place. It felt a little disjointed in spots for me. It definitely reminded me of Ready Player One in some ways. The game and the references to current pop culture were similar to that vibe. It was fun, but it wasn‘t as good as I had expected.

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MotherOfCats
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LittlebearReads
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This one goes out to all the adults who were once kids obsessed with reading and who found salvation in books. I simply couldn‘t help but root for Lucy, and I especially loved how the final outcome was forecasted throughout by little references to the Clock Island series (the books within this book).

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Julsmarshall
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So wonderful! Enjoyed this one so much! The riddles, love, and heart that flows through this story are heartwarming and comforting. I was smiling from ear to ear through the whole book. #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
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angel1
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Why did I wait so long to read this book??!! It was so good and now I know why it‘s up for book of the year with BOTM!!😍😍

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Super_Jane
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4.5/5 🌕🌕🌕🌕🌗 #wishing #writing

LoverOfLearning I like this one!! It was heart warming. 4mo
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Kimberlone
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Light pick (3.5 ⭐️) The premise is perfection (reclusive author of an extremely popular children‘s book series comes out of hiding to hold a Wonka-esque competition for his most rabid fans to win the only copy of his next book), but the boring Mary Sue main character with the predictably traumatic backstory (that isn‘t even that traumatic) really brought down the vibe for me. Overall I liked it, but totally understand the mixed reviews.

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CaitlinR
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What a wonderful, charming story. Meg (“short for Megladon”) Shaffer gives us a book that shows us the power of hope, and how wishes can come true.

Jack Masterson is the author of the Clock Island book series. Four adult‘s, all with childhood connections to the author, have been invited to compete for the rights to his latest book. Lucy Hart MUST win to make her dream of adopting Christopher come true. Thoroughly enjoyed this read!

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Sharpeipup
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A great day of reading even an #audiowalk
With this sight to behold. 😂

BarkingMadRead This is amazing 🤣 6mo
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hes7
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✨ july ✨

i had three five-star reads in july this year:

-the wishing game
-when twilight breaks
-my dear miss dupré

and the wishing game was my favorite of the three.

#12booksof2023

Andrew65 Looks good. 6mo
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Injeanious
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Definitely agree with the others saying it had a Willy Wonka feel. It was fun, tender, tricky and clever. A fast enjoyable read for me!

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Amie
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This is a sweet, touching story, although I don't like that the main character promised a young child that she would adopt him and be his mother when it was very unlikely that would be possible.

emz711 Such a cute story 6mo
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GidgetsTreasures75
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12-6-23: My November Book Wrap Up! How sad only 4 books. Now that I am working a full time job here in Philadelphia I don‘t have nearly enough time to read! These were fine with the exception of The Wishing Game being 5 stars. It was a lovely story. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️📖💗

keys_on_fire I loved The Wishing Game! Have you read The House of Eve? It‘s set in Philadelphia and I read it when I was visiting for work back in the spring… 7mo
GidgetsTreasures75 @keys_on_fire I have not read it yet but it‘s on my list! 7mo
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DebinHawaii
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#Rushathon

3 books to go to finish my #BOTM challenge! 🎉 This is one of those “hug in a book” stories, sweet & touching while still exploring some deeper issues like grief & childhood traumas. It gave me all the feels& made me root for Lucy, as well as the other characters. I only wish it had been a little longer so the characters were drawn a bit deeper. Still, a great book when you need a little comfort read.💫🖤⭐️

DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 7mo
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DebinHawaii
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#HumbleHarvest

What‘s better than wishing on a star? 💫 The cover of one of my current reads & the bookmark I‘m using with it are full of #Stars ✨⭐️✨

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ⭐️🌟✨ 7mo
Eggs ✨🎄🌟 7mo
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GidgetsTreasures75
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11-13-23: My 95th finished book of 2023! Lucy, a kindergarten teacher‘s aide, is a fan of the Clock Island book series. Jack Masterson is the author who actually lives on Clock Island in Maine. Remember Willy Wonka? Well, Jack hosts a game for fans of his series and 4 lucky contestants are brought to the island in the hopes that they will win his newest book, the only copy! This was a heart warming story. I loved it! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️📖#️⃣9️⃣5️⃣

GidgetsTreasures75 It was about so much more than a game. It was about wishes coming true, the love of a mother for a son she isn‘t sure she can foster, the sadness of a little girl who feels neglected by her parents and sister. It was magical in the sense that there are good people in the world who want to help others. 7mo
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GidgetsTreasures75
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11-9-23: Very excited to start this one! 🎫

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LeslieO
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Looking forward to both of these.#BookSpin #DoubleSpin #BookSpinBingo

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BookNAround
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Gatsby is wishing I wasn‘t using her to model my next read. 🤣

dabbe Hello there, Gorgeous Gatsby! 🖤🐾🖤 8mo
Gissy Hi Gatsby🐶🐾🐾🖤🖤🖤 8mo
GondorGirl Gatsby is over your crap. 😂😂😂 8mo
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Pogue
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A fun book for a rainy day.

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Lauranahe
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I loved this book so much!! I loved how magical and whimsical it is, I was pulling for all the characters, I got teary eyed several times, and I LOVE a good hea. This story hit me in all of my feels. Every one of them. And I can‘t remember the last time I smiled so much at the end of a book. ❤️❤️❤️

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peaKnit
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“Hate is a knife without a handle. You can‘t cut something with it without cutting yourself.” #truestory

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DebinHawaii
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#IdiomInsight

The phrase fair and square is an idiom that means “honest, impartial, and without any sort of trickery.” It suggests that something was done in a straightforward manner, without any cheating or underhanded tactics.

In this book in my physical TBR pile (a recent #BOTM selection) there‘s a contest to win the only copy of the latest book from a beloved author. One hopes that when the winner is selected, they won #FairAndSquare ♟️◼️

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I have this one! 9mo
Eggs I enjoyed this one 👏🏻 9mo
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JenReadsAlot
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I'll go with good not great!

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LazyLibrary
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Mehso-so

⭐️⭐️The Wishing Game did not hit the spot for me. I expected to love it, bc of the reviews & it was recommended by a reading buddy & we normally have same taste. But I found the MC Lucy to be childish & immature, so her drive to win this contest at 26 years old is to adopt a 7 year old child, when she herself behaves like a child & it left me annoyed from the start. I couldn't get over it and thus could not fully vibe with the story.

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Eringogreen
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Mehso-so

I was enjoying this for a while, loving the puzzles, games and riddles. But now that I finished it, it feels sort of frustrating, juvenile and potentially damaging. The main character holds grudges and cuts off important people in her life and characters flippantly throw terms like “mom” and “son” around without a lot of regard for the process of found family.

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Allthebookclubs
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A “look at yourself in the mirror and figure out who you are and what you really want” kind of book. It took me awhile to get into this. I enjoyed the story but I‘m not sure I understand all the hype and why so many people LOVE this book. Book #49 in 2023

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xicanti
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Rocco, my incredibly sweet new buddy, helped me start THE WISHING GAME by Meg Shaffer this afternoon. Shaffer is one of my favourite authors (she‘s also written a ton of stuff as Tiffany Reisz), and the first seventy pages reminded me what a great prose stylist she is. I‘m excited to keep going later this evening.

dabbe Hello, Rocco with the sweetest face ever! 🖤🐾🖤 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Hi Rocco! You are so handsome 🖤🐾 10mo
TheSpineView Awwww... adorable!❤️🐶❤️ 10mo
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xicanti @dabbe @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TheSpineView he‘s the biggest, sweetest boy. I‘m obsessed with him. 10mo
batsy 😍😍 10mo
Catsandbooks Yay Rocco! ❤️ 10mo
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kaykay521
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So, as I‘ve mentioned a few days ago, I‘m trying to get back into my reading life/ community. I saw the posts for #bookspin and thought I‘d try. I hope I‘m participating correctly. I post a list of books I‘d like to read for September and then @TheAromaofBooks randomly draws 2 and that‘s the two I read? I get overwhelmed and end up not reading anything, so this seemed like a fun way to deal with that.

Larkken Correct! @TheAromaofBooks will also draw up a bingo board each month that incorporates all the books on your list by number and adds 5 freebie spaces if you‘re into that sort of thing. Many littens are now hopelessly addicted to bingo boards ( me included) and its fun seeing what everyone is excited to maybe read in the month ahead! 😊 (edited) 10mo
TheAromaofBooks Yes!!! Your list looks great!! I do draw out two numbers on the 2nd (BookSpin & DoubleSpin) and those are your target books for the month. Like @Larkken said, if you're interested in reading more books from your list, you are welcome to also participate in the Bingo part as well!! I have more details (and pictures haha) on my blog if you're interested - https://thearomaofbooks.wordpress.com/bookspin-bookspinbingo-litsy-challenge 10mo
TheAromaofBooks Also, I added you to the tag list, so you'll get a notification when I post the numbers on Saturday!! 😁 10mo
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Kshakal
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This book is a love letter to those who love books and the power they have, no matter how old you are. Beautifully crafted I dove headfirst into the story and didn‘t want to surface!

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Kshakal
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Cat mom dilemma… I want to read but to do so would disturb my pretty girl!

kspenmoll Typical cat -no books! My Em & Poe do this frequently 10mo
wanderinglynn Aw, so sweet! ❤️🐱 And that is a #catdilemma for sure! 🐱📚🐱📚 10mo
IndoorDame She‘s beautiful 😻 and mine play that trick too 😸 10mo
dabbe “Books are for sleeping on, Mom, not for reading!“ 🖤🐾🖤 10mo
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mom_of_4
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This book was very good.

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thea-block
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If you mixed A Wrinkle in Time, Ready Player One, and Matilda together, you would get this book! A little dark and sad, yet hopeful and magical, it was different than I expected. It felt like the author could have fleshed things out a little more, bringing the story more depth and staying power. But I love the magical feel, the authentic characters, and the focuses on hope and found family (I cried a few times!)

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

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candc320
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This book hit me in all the right places! The attention given to that spectacular magic we can only get from reading books as children, mixed with the very realistic and often terrifying world so many live in, was so touching. And while there‘s a romantic element of sorts it isn‘t over done or too sappy. This is a bittersweet/sweet and somewhat sappy story and it was exactly what I needed even though I didn‘t know it. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

mom_of_4 Im reading this now. 10mo
candc320 @mom_of_4 how‘re you liking it so far? 10mo
mom_of_4 @candc320 im in the beginning but im loving it. I dont want to put it down. 10mo
candc320 @mom_of_4 yay!! I hope you love it as much as I did! 10mo
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mom_of_4
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The school bell rang at two-thirty, and the usual stampede of little feet followed. #FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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mom_of_4
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Enjoying some tea while reading a book. What better way to enjoy a after noon. #tealover

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mom_of_4
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Currently reading

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nitalibrarian
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A low pick. It was just on the verge of being too sappy for me. But I liked the characters and really was invested in seeing how the game played out.

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SW-T
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Maybe it was the audio, but Lucy just seemed really, really whiny and she annoyed me. Seemed to have unrealistic expectations regarding the adoption process and made promises to Christopher that she wasn‘t in a position to keep at the time she made them. The whole thing seemed unrealistic. Wasn‘t nuts about Hugo either. Christopher and Jack were okay. Okay, but not a feel-good read for me.

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nitalibrarian
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It's the weekend! I'm starting this #botm.

Bette I thought it was a fun read. (+ riddles!) 😊👍 11mo
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Rissa1
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Finished this while my husband drove through Nashville.
This book was incredible! I laughed, I cried, I loved it!!!

Reggie Are you in the states? 11mo
Reggie Have fun! 11mo
Rissa1 @Reggie, yes, in the States. 11mo
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Rissa1
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I should be packing for our family vacation, but this book has sucked me in.

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Kristy_K
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Bailedbailed

DNF at 15%

I couldn‘t get over Lucy promising a little boy she‘d adopt him when it wasn‘t a sure thing. Or why she wouldn‘t get a second, part-time job to help get more money. I didn‘t get far enough in to tell if I‘d like Hugo, but thus far he wasn‘t anything special. On to the next.

Lissa00 I felt the same way and dnf‘d for the same reason! I came on here to look at reviews because all I‘ve seen is praise for this book and I thought maybe I was missing something. 11mo
Kristy_K @Lissa00 Glad I‘m not the only one! I definitely felt in the minority on this one. 11mo
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