Jazzy Reviews: ‘Wishful Thinking’

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Jazzy of Jazzy‘s Bookshelf is one of my favourite teen reviewers. Her latest review is below. Thank you Jazzy!

What do you do when many half-forgotten Celtic deities start hanging around in your garden like it’s their home? Kevin’s seemingly normal life has suddenly become very unpredictable…

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Kevin Rutley is a regular English boy with normal friends and a simple life. That is, until he meets Celtic god Abandinus. It all began when Kevin was carsick and wrote his wishes on a napkin to take his mind off things. The napkin blew into a sacred river and Abandinus came to Kevin’s service. Kevin and his friends Tim and Gracie go on the adventure of a lifetime when Arimanius, the lion-headed god of the underworld, tries to pull our hero into his dark world.


I found this fantasy/adventure treasure last year with Scholastic Book Club and read it all the time. I was hooked from the very first page.

This is a very plot-driven book. Kevin’s always doing something interesting, like hanging out with his gods or running away from them. Ancasta is a beautiful deity but thinks that humans are like toys. She makes Kevin sing and dance unwillingly until he is scratched and bruised which makes him really angry with her.

This novel is really unpredictable, which is a good thing. You never know exactly who’s good or bad, or whether the gods have abandoned Kevin and his friends, or not.

When I read ‘Wishful Thinking’ I realised that I had lots in common with many of the characters; I can play music like Maponus, I want to be cool and I’d be happy to have a Wii like Kevin.

Kevin’s friend Gracie comes from America. By the end of the book I had forged a great relationship with her and was sad that she had to leave.

There are some really upsetting scenes in this story, like when Kevin’s Nan nearly dies and when he thinks that Abandinus has abandoned him. But then there are many exciting moments such as a big chase and also funny parts like how Kevin’s mum thinks he’s hooked on Gracie.

The end of this book has a fantastic cliff-hanger and when I finished it I really wanted there to be a sequel, which there sadly isn’t. But fortunately the author Ali Sparkes has written many books of the same style and I plan to spend all my pocket money on them.

I recommend this book to kids aged ten and up because of the romantic and action-packed scenes. There are also some harder words like ‘slaloming’, ‘oblivion’ and, ‘bollard’ which children may not understand.

I give ‘Wishful Thinking’  five book-bolts out of five.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 978-0-19-273968-1

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