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Peek Inside The Wishing Heart

The bejeweled vase Rebel just tried to hawk now has every magical mobster in the city hot on her tail in a game of cat and mouse in a world she never knew existed. But freedom could unravel a love like Rebel has never known, or it could cost her her heart...

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With a book in her bag and a switchblade in her pocket, Rebel's been thieving her way through life while hoping for a cure to fix her ailing heart.

But when the bejeweled vase she just tried to hawk turns out to be a jinni's vessel, Rebel gets lost to her world and dragged within another. Now every magical being in the city wants the vase for himself.
Thrust into a game of cat and mouse in a world she never knew existed, Rebel must use her uncanny skills to find a way to free Anjeline the Wishmaker.

But wishes have consequences. And contracts. Anjeline's freedom could unravel a love like Rebel has never known, or it could come at the cost of Rebel's heart...


"The Wishing Heart is an exhilarating read about the complexities of the heart and what it means to love." ~Mia Siegert, author of JERKBAIT 

The Wishing Heart was a fun read. I adored Rebel, a thief with a good, but damaged heart. The book had plenty of magic and fun characters like Anjeline (the Jinni), werewolves, mermaids, magicians, and others.” ~Kristi, Goodreads

Teens are going to gobble this one up!!!!” ~McCall Hoyle, author of The Things with Feathers

“I really liked the romance between [Anjeline and Rebel], building slowly over time, and the plot of the book was very unique and a refreshing new take on the magical realm.” ~Olivia F., Goodreads

The Wishing Heart is an action packed story from start to finish. It features two genuinely fun characters who are both in bad situations, but by working together, they not only find a way to face their own demons, issues, and those trying to stop them, but an adorable romance blossoms as well.” ~Gizmo’s Reviews

“I loved this book and was hooked from the very start. Easily a favourite read! 5 Plus stars out of 5. I can't wait for the next addition!” ~D.M., Goodreads

Welker creates a wonderfully intriguing book that draws you in and holds your attention. The setting and characters make this story a must read....perfect for any paranormal genre love.” ~Lovely Loveday, Goodreads


Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633759398
Release Date: May 1, 2017
Page Count: 416
Imprint: teen
Genre: urban fantasy, young adult
Tropes: forbidden love/off limits

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By Mia February 07, 2017

I received an eARC.

Please note prior to review that fantasy/paranormal is not one of my normal genres. Pretty much, I stick to contemporary in general because of confusion probably related to a concussion history. That said, THE WISHING HEART did not disappoint. It was a heart-pounding, addictiv... ...more

By D.M. April 23, 2017

The Wishing Heart is a must read. Add it to your To Read Section now because you don't want to miss this one.

Rebel has never known family. She does what she has to. Survival is her existence her escape is to the fantasy world of books. Rebel is known as the fingersmith. She is crafty with a swit... ...more

By McCall December 21, 2016

Teens are going to gobble this one up!!!! ...more

By Shelley April 27, 2017

*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance
*Rating* 3.5-4

*MY Thoughts*

The Wishing Heart, by author J.C. Welker, is a story told in alternating narratives by 17-year old Rebel, known as the Fingersmith, and Anjeline, known as the Wishmaker. Rebel was abandoned when she was just a ba... ...more

By Mandy April 28, 2017

The Wishing Heart by JC Welker

Release Date: May 1, 2017 (TODAY!)

*I received an e-ARC in exchange for a honest review from the publisher - thanks so much for sending me over a copy!*

Okay, the moment I saw this book, I was sold. I saw jinnis, thieves, and gritty London, and I was doneeeeee. I don't... ...more

By Kristi April 22, 2017

I received a copy of this book from Entangled Teen through Netgalley for review.

The Wishing Heart was a fun read. I adored Rebel, a thief with a good, but damaged heart. The book had plenty of magic and fun characters like Anjeline (the Jinni), werewolves, mermaids, magicians, and others. I reall... ...more

By Olivia April 21, 2017

“The Wishing Heart” is a YA fantasy about Rebel, aka the Fingersmith, who was abandoned as a baby and raised in a home for children. Although others have come and gone from the home, Rebel has always stayed. To take care of herself, she has turned to thieving alongside her friend Jaxon. Rebel’s h... ...more

By Jessica May 01, 2017

THIS book! What an exciting, simply lovely ride. The romance was swoon-worthy (if you love a slow burn, this book's for you!), the adventure was thrilling, and the fantasy world that J.C. Welker built was both relatable (not too far, far away) and fantastical. I'm a big character reader and I fou... ...more

By Lovely Loveday April 15, 2017

The Wishing Heart by JC Welker is scheduled to release on May 1, 2017 by Entangled Publishing, LLC. This is a fantasy/paranormal genre that does not disappoint! Welker creates a wonderfully intriguing book that draws you in and holds your attention. The setting and characters make this story a mu... ...more

By Lex May 01, 2017

This was a really enjoyable read. I mostly read lesfic, but I would put this book in the more mainstream category, it just happens to have two females that fall in love. Fans of YA urban fantasy/paranormal, will really enjoy this book. The romance is super sweet, and If you are a mainstream reade... ...more

By Nicki May 12, 2017

This is a love story, intimate and poignant. There is adventure, too, and of course magic, and Welker's unique creativity sparkles on every page. You can't help but root for Rebel, and this is a book that will stay with you long after you read it. ...more

By V.V. May 22, 2017

A sweeping tale about finding the beauty in others and letting your heart guide you. This gorgeously written novel follows the story of Rebel, a thief with a sweet, failing heart who will stop at nothing to save the ones she loves and a jinni named Anjeline who has lost her faith in humanity and... ...more

By Iris May 17, 2017

The Wishing Heart takes the you on a journey that's equal parts adventure, blossoming romance and magic. Well written with vivid descriptions of the characters and scenes puts you right where the action is in the story, making for a enjoyable and captivating read. ...more

By Andrea May 07, 2017

I received a copy of this book from Entangled Teen through Netgalley for review.

I really enjoyed The Wishing Heart - it had very likable characters and the sceneries were described in a way that it was easy to picture them as a reader. The book had plenty of magic and fun characters like Anjeline... ...more

By Kimberly May 08, 2017

I received an early copy courtesy of NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I was pretty excited to read it so there was no twisting of my arm.

I really enjoyed this book. I am willing to admit that is was my first introduction to the Jinni world. I felt like I learned quite a bit now but I'm... ...more

By Brooke May 05, 2017

Basically: an f/f Aladin where the Genie is the Princess and they're living in magical realism contemporary England. No fun animal companions but sarcasm and flirting are abundant.

↣Rebel's heart condition isn't just when it's inconvenient.
↣Includes hunger pains and the toll it takes, which is a... ...more

By Katherine June 08, 2017

Rebel is an orphan, living in an institute for unwanted kids, stealing to make money to buy the medication she needs to fix her defective heart. When she breaks into a safe and finds a gorgeous, seemingly charged vase, Rebel knows that her luck just might have changed for the better. But she coul... ...more

By Hannah August 04, 2017

I received a free ebook in exchange for my honest review.

I loved this book! It's a unique retelling of Aladdin and full of many different fantastic elements of the magical world. It was interesting enough to keep your attention through, and provided a great amount of entertainment. It was an exci... ...more

By Lynndell May 01, 2017

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.
Thanks to Entangled Teen and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review The Wishing Heart by J.C. Welker! As the story opens, Rebel is breaking into a rich London apartment. She thinks of herself as a modern day Robin Hood, but s... ...more

By Holly June 07, 2017

What a delightful book this was! The imagery was incredible, and I felt I could see everything the author described as if I were looking at a picture. The characters are fantastic, and I have a serious soft spot for Rebel and her stuttering heart. Anjeline the jinni was ... wow! I think smolderin... ...more

By Kalli July 26, 2017

Rebel is a gem hidden amongst costume jewelry. She's the Hero you didn't see coming. I love that she's fiercely loyal to her honor code among thieves, and yet she has no real desire to be a thief. She is only doing it to survive and to make enough money to buy a new heart. And when she steals a v... ...more

By Chuck July 21, 2017

Rebel has long desired to have a strong heart. Although her life as a orphan that has taken to being a stealthy thief has test her physical limits, it is not until she steals a vase that holds a jinni that she realizes that the emotional limits of her heart transcend the magical worlds she discov... ...more

By Amanda July 31, 2017

This was amazing. Fantastic. Beautiful. Thrilling. Incredible.
I could say more, but I don't want to embarass myself by fan girl-ing out.

This book was fast paced, well written, and moved very smoothly. The characters were so easy to connect to and the story was in my head and in my heart long aft... ...more

By Amy May 13, 2017

Cute book with lots of paranormal elements that were used in different ways than I have seen before. I loved that there were new takes on old myths and even inclusion of not typically used creatures. Great read for any paranormal or fantasy lover. ...more

By Dill July 15, 2017

A beautiful adventure that takes you through various landscapes of fantasy. There's something for everyone here, all wrapped in a fast-paced story that leaves you rooting for the main character and desperate to know what comes know what comes next. ...more

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4.12 avg Goodreads.com rating
J.C. Welker

About the author

J.C. Welker

J.C. Welker is a YA author who's been, among other things, a fashion designer, a filmmaker and a kickboxer (seriously). Her short documentaries, which focused on LGBTQ issues in the military have been featured on CURRENT TV, and her recent novel THE WISHING HEART won first place in the paranormal category of the 2016 YARWA Rosemary Awards, and will be debuting with Entangled Teen. She continues to work towards giving a voice to LGBTQ stories, while facing magic and monsters along the way.

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