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Blog Tour: The Wishing Heart by J.C. Welker – Review

The Wishing Heart by J.C. Welker

Published by Entangled Teen

To Be Released on May 1st, 2017

Genre: YA Fantasy




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 defective 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 mobster 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…

About the Author:

J.C. WELKER is a YA Fantasy author who’s been, among other things, a fashion designer, a graphic designer, a filmmaker and a kickboxer (seriously).


She’s best known for writing and producing the documentary short films focusing on homeless Iraq vets and LGBTQ+ issues in the military, which was selected by the North Texas Film Festival and featured on CURRENT TV. Her recent novel placed first in the paranormal category of the 2016 YARWA Rosemary Awards, and she continues to work towards giving a voice to stories that are needed, while facing magic and monsters along the way.

Website / Twitter – @jcwelker / Goodreads

4 Stars


The Wishing Heart is a modern, urban-fantasy Aladdin-Esque retelling. Featuring magic, criminals, and epic love.

I wasn’t expecting the more modern setting (was anticipating a closer following to Aladdin) but I was pleasantly surprised and loved how it become its own.

We follow Rebel – a girl who (despite who irritatingly on the nose I find her name) is a great MC. She’s witty, funny, smart, and an epic thief (I have a thing for criminal MC’s). Rebel is also an orphan with a diseased heart – the reason she steals etc. so she can get a cure. I’m a sucker for anything medical, and it added a lot as a subplot.

We also have Angeline, a jinni, as our other narrator/MC. She has her own distinct voice, and its easy to tell whose POV your reading. I liked seeing the world and plot through her eyes and motivations, which are pretty different from Rebel’s.

The romance is well done, as was the romance. It was well paced to, fast and gripping right from the beginning.

I really enjoyed it.

*I received an e-ARC in exchange for a honest review from the publisher


About the Book:

The Wishing Heart by J.C. Welker

Published by Entangled Teen

To Be Released on May 1st, 2017

Genre: YA Fantasy


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The Wishing Heart by J.C. Welker Blog Tour Excerpt

Whatever natural tendency toward hope Anjeline once possessed had manifested itself into something harder on her face. Her eyes were far away, like she had thoughts on bigger things than just freedom. “This isn’t like your books,” she said as though Rebel were naive. “They’re stories that know nothing about life. People are thornier than what those things tell you. Good doesn’t always win. Light doesn’t always burn away the darkness.”

Rebel pressed her lips into a hard line. “Maybe it’s you who knows nothing about people. Darkness exists because light casts a shadow. That’s life…painful and beautiful all at the same time.” Books might have not told her everything about magic, but they taught her how to see it in all things.

Anjeline’s lips twitched. “Painful but beautiful. Sounds more like human love.”

“Now that, I wouldn’t know,” she said sarcastically, but she meant it. She took a cold breath, feeling for her pendant resting on her chest. There was a black void in her heart, where the love of a parent, the love of anyone, had never occupied.

Golden eyes met hers, Anjeline contemplating her with that look. “You’ve always been without kin?” Rebel nodded, turning aside from the fascinated gaze roaming over her. “So, you’ve never been loved?”

The question wasn’t just about family. Rebel shrunk from those words, unable to stop from gravitating toward the ones living in the back of her mind. Believing herself, maybe, to not be worthy of it, or anything good. That black void had yawned so wide she used to think gathering stolen treasures could fill it. She used to put rocks under her pillow, wishing for them to turn into diamonds. But she was a book no one wanted to open. A riddle no one dared to answer. A lost girl no one desired to find.

Her heart was tired of not being useful to anyone— especially herself.

She was tired of being a captive to her own flesh. With a shake of her head, she didn’t reply. But as Anjeline gazed at her with that look, as though something tied them together, her chest hummed with…what, exactly? She tried willing it away but it spread deeper. She rubbed at her bruises, as if calming the ones within. Her numb hands shook, and she rummaged in the satchel for her pills. Anjeline persisted to stare, unbothered by the cold. Lucky her. “Stop staring at me,” she said.

Anjeline clicked her tongue. “You could just ask me.”

“For what?”

“For warmth.”

Rebel glanced up in both sheepishness and stubbornness. Taking that for an invitation, Anjeline moved closer. “I’m fine…”

“I can hear your teeth rattling.”


Anjeline put a finger against Rebel’s lips. “Shh. If you’re frozen, neither of us will get our wish.” The light in her palm danced, and she placed a hand atop Rebel’s.

The air throbbed between them. It crackled and purred, and Rebel startled as her blood hummed at the touch. Wisps of sultry light danced across her arms, snaking around her legs and torso in a shroud of warmth.

The Giveaway:

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Tour Organized by:

YA Reads Blog Tours

Tour Schedule:

May 1st

The Broke Book Bank – Review

A Leisure Moment – Spotlight Post

May 2nd

Booklove – Review

Crossroad Reviews – Spotlight Post

May 3rd

For Love of Books4 – Spotlight Post

Roxy’s Book Reviews – Spotlight Post

May 4th

Literarydust – Review

Just One More Chapter – Spotlight Post

May 5th

Lovely Loveday – Spotlight Post

Sleeps on Tables – Spotlight Post

May 6th

deal sharing aunt – Spotlight Post

May 7th

YaReads – Author Interview

May 8th

A Dream Within A Dream – Review

May 9th

The Book Beacon – Spotlight Post

May 10th

Becky on Books – Guest Post

May 11th

Literary Meanderings – Guest Post

May 12th

Goldilox and the Three Weres – Review

May 13th

RiverMoose-Reads – Review

May 14th

Cinnamon Cindy’s Book Blog – Author Interview

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