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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...

The Wishing Heart

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Winner 2016 YARWA Rosemary Awards

Winner 2018 Athena Awards & Finalist for Best First Book

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: lgbtq, 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 lov2laf October 03, 2017

I really enjoyed this.

"The Wishing Heart" is a fantasy YA adult novel about a deft thief, Rebel, and a Jinni, Anjeline, who come into contact when Rebel steals the unknowingly enchanted vase tied to Anjeline. The story kicks off with high action right away and doesn't stop until the final page s... ...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 Housman 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. Rebels hear... ...more

By J.A. 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 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 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 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 Shaila September 21, 2017

These two will melt your heart! A beautifully evocative story that has a little bit of everything in it, but it's their romance that you won't forget. The pull these two characters have draws you in and won't let go. <3 ...more

By Tiffany September 24, 2017

Wow!!! I loved this book from start to finish. So sweet, so exciting and sooo much more than I was expecting! Loved the characters, the imagery, the story was unique...felt more like watching a movie than reading a book (like Aladdin/Harry Potter/Pirates of the transported you to a... ...more

By lacy September 26, 2017

A special thank you goes out to Entangled Teen publishing for sending me a copy of this book. Much appreciated! All thoughts and opinions are my own!

screams This book has quite literally stolen my heart and no, I'm just not making a bad pun. This book is something that everyone needs to read, ev... ...more

By Starsandsun18 October 07, 2017

I can be stolen or given away and you will live, yet you cannot live without me. Tell me, what am I?

OMG! Amazing! This is a debut novel right?
Everything that I want is on this book.
This is a clean romance. Nothing steamy going on but its still sweet and refreshing... ...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 Meg September 06, 2017

I loved this book! I was intrigued by Rebels character immediately. Stories about female thieves, magic, and gritty London are irresistible. Add in a stolen vase that isnt what it seems and *hooked.* Rebel is a big character with a strong, resilient personality and an attitude that had me grinnin... ...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 Valentine September 08, 2017

"You can force me to cast wishes, take my breath, take my hope, but may the Creator help if you touch her, because I will burn your world to ashes."

Ah, I just finished this book and God, I loved it. It felt like a sweet pastry full of cream, all soft and warm, yet spicy and mysterious. It's us... ...more

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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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