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Society of Wishes by Elise Kova & Lynn Larsh (ARC Review)

Title: Society of Wishes
Author: Elise Kova & Lynn Larsh
Type: Fiction
Genre: NA, Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Silver Wing Press
Date published: January 29, 2018

A digital copy of this book was kindly provided by Elise Kova, in exchange for an honest review.


Josephina Espinosa makes her living as a hacker-for-hire in the Lone Star Republic, a remnant of the fractured U.S.A. That is, until the day she and her best friend are gunned down in a government raid.

With her dying breath, Jo uses magical lore passed down from her grandmother to summon a wish-granter. Her wish? To save her friend’s life. Except wishes have costs, and for Jo, the price is the erasure of her entire mortal existence.

Now, as the most recent addition to the mysterious Society of Wishes, Jo must form a new “life” alongside the seven other members, one of which being her savior himself. Living as an occupant of the Society’s lavish mansion should be quite the perk, but while it is furnished with everything its inhabitants could possibly need, it lacks one thing—freedom.

Her otherworldly identity crisis takes a backseat, however, when Jo learns that the friend she sacrificed everything for is headed down the same path to ruin. Jumping in head-first, Jo uses her newfound magical abilities to protect him, only to realize that the ripples of her actions have far-reaching consequences. When the Society’s aloof leader Snow decides to give her a taste of his own ancient magic, Jo discovers that there are threads woven into the tapestry of her new reality that reach far beyond the wishes she is now required to grant. Ones that, if tugged on, could mean the unraveling of the world itself.

– My Review –

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Elise Kova has been on my radar for some time. The first book of her Air Awakens series has been on my TBR for some time, and I might actually read it this year now that I own a physical copy. I have also read most of her Loom Saga series (and just need to get my hands on, and read the 3rd and last book). So, when I heard that she’ll be teaming up with Lynn Larsh to start an NA fantasy series (around the same time that I decided that I wanted to read more NA in 2018), I knew that I had to apply for an ARC!

Well, I was accepted, and here we are! Before I get into everything, I just want to say this for readers who might have similar tastes to mine. (I always try to mention this when it happens, so that other readers don’t run into the same issue.) I believe that this will be one of those rare cases for me, where I will like later books in the series more than the first book in the series. And before everyone panics; this is not a bad thing! Kova and Larsh have created a very imaginative and creative setting in Society of Wishes, and the first book was devoted to setting up the rest of the story.

We met Josephina “Jo” Espinosa, and the other members of the Society. There was a lot of world building and explaining that had to go into the first book of the series as well. Despite all of this information that had to be shared with the reader, Kova and Larsh were also able to include an interesting plot (as well as some steaminess! oh my!) I feel like I got to get to know Jo and some of the other characters a little, but am not too worried, since the next book comes out this April (hurry for not having to wait a year for the next one!) I also like how Jo’s culture played a role in the book, and I also need to either make, or find a restaurant that serves sopapillas, because Jo made them sound so tasty!

The e-ARC that I received featured a sneak peek of the next book Circle of Ashes, and I’m very excited to see what happens there. I also found myself thinking about Society of Wishes a lot after finishing it, which is a good sign. I’m definitely hooked, you guys, and I recommend this book to those who enjoy new adult fantasy and super creative and fresh settings and stories!

– The Authors –

Elise Kova is the USA Today bestselling author of the Air Awakens series, Loom Saga, and Wish Quartet. In her past lives, she has graduated from an MBA program, lived in Japan for a bit, and worked for a Fortune 500 technology company. However, she finds herself much happier in her current reincarnation as full-time author. When not writing, she can usually be found playing video games, drawing, watching anime, or talking with readers on social media. She’s happy to call Saint Petersburg, Florida, her home, but is always looking forward to her next trip.


Lynn Larsh considers herself to be a serial hobby-dabbler. She got a bachelors degree in music (which she used for all of four months), studied aerial acrobatics and classical piano for many years, worked briefly as a stunt woman in a Wild West stunt show (it’s a long story), and eventually settled down into the bar tending business in St. Petersberg, FL. When she’s not acting as a purveyor of fine libations, you can find her diving head first into her newest venture as a New Adult author, or simply writing Voltron fan fiction on Archive of Our Own. Currently, Lynn is looking forward to her debut novel, SOCIETY OF WISHES (Wish Quartet, #1), out January 2018.

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16 thoughts on “Society of Wishes by Elise Kova & Lynn Larsh (ARC Review)

  1. I don’t normally read NA but I might pick this one up. I like Kova’s writing and this one definitely sounds interesting. It’s a shame that it was more set up for the later books, it’s not the worst thing in the world but it can be a little bit boring when it’s obvious the book is setting up for other books. Anyway I’m glad to hear this was a good one, thank you for the thorough and well thought out review. 🙂

    1. Yeahhh I’ve read very few NA novels (some might not even have been NA… (genre is confusing sometimes). And it was still a fun read, and really enjoyable if you like world building. Plus, that might just be my opinion, so I do recommend reading other reviews as well. And thanks so much for reading mine! 🙂

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