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Wishes are being made all over San Francisco: a candidate for office wishes for a less formidable opponent, a little girl wishes for a horse and Phoebe wishes she could foresee more calamities so she can prevent them. Soon she's having more visions than she can handle - and the sisters are exhausted from racing all over town to avert disasters. Finally Phoebe refuses even Wishes are being made all over San Francisco: a candidate for office wishes for a less formidable opponent, a little girl wishes for a horse and Phoebe wishes she could foresee more calamities so she can prevent them. Soon she's having more visions than she can handle - and the sisters are exhausted from racing all over town to avert disasters. Finally Phoebe refuses even to leave the housel A strange spirit has been released from its stone prison and the power of the Charmed Ones may not be enough to stop an impending cataclysm.


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Wishes are being made all over San Francisco: a candidate for office wishes for a less formidable opponent, a little girl wishes for a horse and Phoebe wishes she could foresee more calamities so she can prevent them. Soon she's having more visions than she can handle - and the sisters are exhausted from racing all over town to avert disasters. Finally Phoebe refuses even Wishes are being made all over San Francisco: a candidate for office wishes for a less formidable opponent, a little girl wishes for a horse and Phoebe wishes she could foresee more calamities so she can prevent them. Soon she's having more visions than she can handle - and the sisters are exhausted from racing all over town to avert disasters. Finally Phoebe refuses even to leave the housel A strange spirit has been released from its stone prison and the power of the Charmed Ones may not be enough to stop an impending cataclysm.

30 review for Beware What You Wish

  1. 4 out of 5

    Werner

    Though written by a different author, this tenth Charmed spin-off novel (they don't need to read in series order!) has a lot in common, in terms of style and tone, with the one I read earlier this year, Voodoo Moon. Gallagher, like Staub, is a professional writer; her extensive credits include adult and (mostly) children's novels, many of them in the supernatural and other speculative fiction genres, and several of them spin-offs of other series, this being her first Charmed book. At this point Though written by a different author, this tenth Charmed spin-off novel (they don't need to read in series order!) has a lot in common, in terms of style and tone, with the one I read earlier this year, Voodoo Moon. Gallagher, like Staub, is a professional writer; her extensive credits include adult and (mostly) children's novels, many of them in the supernatural and other speculative fiction genres, and several of them spin-offs of other series, this being her first Charmed book. At this point in the series, all three of the original sisters are still with us; Piper is now married to Leo (though he doesn't appear much in this book), but neither of their boys have been conceived yet. The Goodreads description for this novel explains the premise correctly. The plot is unilinear; and Gallagher's prose style is workmanlike, clear and straightforward, moving the action along at a brisk clip, with the right amount of verisimilitude and a good feeling of camaraderie among the sisters. Unlike Voodoo Moon, this tale is set on their home turf, San Francisco; and the Florida-based Gallagher is much less adept than Staub in evoking any real sense of place, or even reproducing local geography based on research. For instance, the Gold Coast Amusement Park, which is a key place in the book, was apparently invented by the author --at least, I haven't been able to confirm its existence online. (To be fair, a sense of place was never a strong element in the TV series itself either, IMO.) She also makes less use of actual lore for her plot; the demonic spirit Athulak, his history, and his proclivities, were apparently made up for the book, and I suspect the same about the idea of a "spirit stone," though I wouldn't say it positively. But like the former book, this is a quick read; and it's equally free of sexual content and nearly as free of bad language. (Piper lets the d-word slip once, in a super-stressed moment of life-and-death jeopardy; but most of us would be inclined to cut her some slack there.) On the plus side, whereas in Voodoo Moon the sisters had considerable help in defeating the baddies (and wouldn't have succeeded or even survived without it!), here they're on their own, with no help but each other. A minor flaw in the plotting is that the idea that Athulak's continued existence depends on the success of his main scheme here is not really a very obvious inference (which is why Gallagher hurries over it so quickly). More problematic is the political subtext. Our story takes place against the background of a contested election for an open seat in Congress, pitting Republican Stephen Tremaine against Democrat Noel Jefferson (the party labels aren't mentioned, but are obvious). Three carefully-chosen issues are mentioned: the environment, corporate responsibility, and campaign finances; and on all of them, Jefferson takes the positions that would appeal to most readers (pro-environment, against trusting corporations to police themselves, and against "soft money"), with Tremaine taking the converse stands on at least the first two. All the author's characterization skills are then employed to make the former come across as likable and the latter as unlikable. (The actual TV series largely eschewed any kind of politicking, to my knowledge, though there are some episodes I haven't seen.) Now, it may or may not be true that from a standpoint of literary realism, the idea of a contested election in San Francisco is about like depicting a contested election in Castro's Cuba; my impression is that GOP voters in the former would be, if not wholly nonexistent, certainly too scarce to mount more than token campaigns, though I could be wrong. But it's definitely true that this picture of the political process is simplistic to the point of absurdity. Our society faces an array of issues far more numerous than these selected three (many of which are complex, and evoke more than two possible responses!); and unfortunately, politicians don't line up neatly taking either sound and responsible positions on ALL of them, so they can be clearly recognized as "one of the good guys," in Piper's phrase, or taking all wrong positions so they can be identified as the bad guys. It's perfectly possible for candidates to hold all three of Noel Jefferson's positions, and to mix them with absolutely horrific stances on other issues; and vice versa. (Another point that seems to have eluded Gallagher, in this era where spin and "branding" has replaced substance, is that campaign rhetoric is often hypocritical; politicians who rail against "soft money" may be raking it in with both hands, and many of the "pro-environment" party's elected and appointed officials consistently push some of the most egregious assaults on the environment that have been proposed in this century.) The type of oversimplified, "us vs. them" distortion of political reality that's being promoted here does not, to put it mildly, contribute to the serious independent thinking and analysis, on the part of voters, that needs to happen for our political process to be part of the solution for problems instead of being one of the problems. Nonetheless, most readers probably don't turn to Charmed novels as formative sources for their political and social philosophy. (If they do, they have serious problems. :-) ) Generally speaking, readers pick up this kind of book for light supernatural adventure with likable heroines, and the sure prospect of a happy ending. (With this type of book, that's no spoiler!) This one delivers exactly that, and I liked it on that basis.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    This was an okay book in the Charmed series. Nothing too spectacular, but it wasn't awful either, just middle of the road. This isn't the first Charmed book I'd recommend, but it was still a very easy read and I'm glad that I read it. This was an okay book in the Charmed series. Nothing too spectacular, but it wasn't awful either, just middle of the road. This isn't the first Charmed book I'd recommend, but it was still a very easy read and I'm glad that I read it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Suvi

    Best Charmed book so far in the series. Well written, faithful to the tv series, exciting and clever. Highly Recommend to every Charmed fan.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sathishya Navarani

    Once again I love the concept, I am just not a fan of the execution. I am beginning to feel that it is just the format that is the problem. It is such a concise package, and probably a limited word count, that any writer would feel that they need to tell more than show. But then there is all those parts that are added in, like telling everyone who the Charmed Ones are, which felt unnecessary. Are the books supposed to be promoting the tv series, or are the books a continuation of the tv series, o Once again I love the concept, I am just not a fan of the execution. I am beginning to feel that it is just the format that is the problem. It is such a concise package, and probably a limited word count, that any writer would feel that they need to tell more than show. But then there is all those parts that are added in, like telling everyone who the Charmed Ones are, which felt unnecessary. Are the books supposed to be promoting the tv series, or are the books a continuation of the tv series, or are they separate. The worse part is the lack of continuation. Which would be justified if the latter, above, was the answer. The irony is there are several scenes where the girls make fun of paperback romance... Overall I was a bit disappointed with the book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Reading Therapy

    I was enjoying this for the most part until the same sentence was used two paragraphs in a row and then it went all down hill from there.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Chantelle

    Not the best charmed book I've read Not the best charmed book I've read

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dorottya Balázs

    És ezzel elolvastam az utolsó, magyarul megjelent, Bűbájos Boszorkák kötetet… T_T Már nagyon régóta várólistán volt, most jól jött, hogy valami rövidebbet kerestem az Olvasás Éjszakájához… :) A történet nekem nagyon tetszett, olvastam már sokkal és kicsit rosszabb kötetet is a sorozatban. Érdekes volt, hogy egy olyan gonosz ellen kellett harcolniuk a lányoknak, akit nem láttak és a saját kívánságaikat fordíthatta ellenük. Szegény Phoebe jól meg is járta ezzel. És végre VÉGRE Leo is megjelent… ♥ D És ezzel elolvastam az utolsó, magyarul megjelent, Bűbájos Boszorkák kötetet… T_T Már nagyon régóta várólistán volt, most jól jött, hogy valami rövidebbet kerestem az Olvasás Éjszakájához… :) A történet nekem nagyon tetszett, olvastam már sokkal és kicsit rosszabb kötetet is a sorozatban. Érdekes volt, hogy egy olyan gonosz ellen kellett harcolniuk a lányoknak, akit nem láttak és a saját kívánságaikat fordíthatta ellenük. Szegény Phoebe jól meg is járta ezzel. És végre VÉGRE Leo is megjelent… ♥ Durva, hogy 10 könyvet kellett várni rá, de végre megjelent. Vagyis, már a Merlin örökségében is megemlítették, de itt végre meg is szólalt és Piper-rel volt, szóval juhúúú♥ Ami nem tetszett egyik könyvben sem az a pasik utáni durva nyáladzás… Oké, hogy szinglik meg szép lányok meg mit tudom én, és igen a sorozatban is hangsúlyosak voltak a pasik és az életben is nagyon hangsúlyosak, de hogy minden egyes felbukannó pasi potenciális jelölt és nyáladzás célpontja, az azért picit sok… De ezen kívül nem volt problémám a kötettel, a karakterek megfelelőek voltak a sorozatbeli énjüknek, bár Piper egy picit fura volt, de még belelfért. Érdekes volt a sztori is, olvastatta magát, szóval 5*

  8. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    I love the Charmed TV series and read this because I love the show so much. I found that while I liked the book, the show is definetly better for the magical aspects, pacing etc. This might be biased as I loved the show so much but I thought that it was a good read but I would pick the show over these spin off books any day.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Yasmin

    Read this book when I was at school. I loved watching the series on the T.V. and I was thrilled I could own the books to the series too! I just can't remember what they were like to read, or how many I owned! Read this book when I was at school. I loved watching the series on the T.V. and I was thrilled I could own the books to the series too! I just can't remember what they were like to read, or how many I owned!

  10. 4 out of 5

    ♡ Jeri's Book Attic ♡ Jeri the Romance Bibiliophile ♡

  11. 5 out of 5

    Toni

    Yes, enjoyed this one. Loved TV episodes and it was nice to read many years later. Great book, will keep it and will reread it again.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Julie_ian_curtis

    what i didnt like about this was the innocent they were meant to save was a douche. and whine whine whine Phoebe your life is soooo hard STFU. on the good side, Prue as a photographer :)

  13. 4 out of 5

    Noa

    An entertaining read the plays out much like a TV episode. This being the final book with Prue in it made it kind of special. The story itself was pretty average, but it's great for light reading. An entertaining read the plays out much like a TV episode. This being the final book with Prue in it made it kind of special. The story itself was pretty average, but it's great for light reading.

  14. 5 out of 5

    The Third Place A Teen Library

    F CHA Fantasy

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ariana Jouzdani

    awesome!!!!!!!!!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Christy Roberts

    The last charmed book with Prue alive. I liked it and was glad Leo showed up. besides Coop. Leo was my favorite straight out good guy. I'll put up review later The last charmed book with Prue alive. I liked it and was glad Leo showed up. besides Coop. Leo was my favorite straight out good guy. I'll put up review later

  17. 5 out of 5

    Marybeth

    me love

  18. 5 out of 5

    Andreea

  19. 4 out of 5

    Karyn Kar Mun (Thy Evil Queen)

  20. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

  21. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Mckee

  22. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

  23. 5 out of 5

    Julia Sidorenko

  24. 5 out of 5

    Maranda Riemersma

  25. 5 out of 5

    Haley

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ann Bernadette

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rhiannon

  28. 4 out of 5

    Dannette

  29. 4 out of 5

    Amber Evans

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kirsty Taylor

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