A Granted Wish by Iyana Jenna

A Granted Wish by Iyana Jenna
Publisher: Alfie Dog Fiction
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (5 pages)
Age Recommendation: 14+
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

Being told over and over that he is too young to have a girlfriend, or a boyfriend as the case may be, 15-year-old Kyle sends a wish to whoever up there willing to grant it.

There are few things more irritating as a teenager than desperately wanting to experience something that authority figures don’t think you’re ready to try.

No sooner does this tale begin than a clever twist upends everything I thought I knew about Kyle and his life. Figuring out what had actually happened kept me on my toes as the plot progressed and earned Ms. Jenna her newest fan. It’s difficult to discuss what happens to Kyle without inadvertently giving away spoilers, but suffice it to say that I was impressed by how much information I gleaned about his personality and character in such a short period of time.

This piece was written in present tense which made the dialogue feel stilted in certain scenes because so many different things were happening simultaneously. Writing it in the past tense instead would have allowed more time for the author to explain what was going on. It also would have eliminated several awkward phrases that distracted me from an otherwise gripping series of events.

Ms. Jenna supplied just enough information to wrap up the plot satisfactorily, but I still finished this tale wishing I could know what happens next. Kyle’s reactions to what happen to him are so flustered and realistic that I hope she will consider revisiting him when he’s a few years older. He is a memorable character whose quirks could provide enough fodder for a novel’s worth of adventures.

There are some stories I hope will never end, and A Granted Wish is one of them. This is a quick, satisfying read that I’d recommend to anyone else who is hearing about this promising author for the first time. It is a great introduction to what I hope will be a large body of work from her in the future.

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