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Dr. Jason Kunik is working on the most earth-shattering genetics project ever: DNA mapping of a new species, the quickened - dogs who can shift into human form. The problem is, no one knows the quickened exist, and Jason can't betray them by publishing his studies. When he moves to Mad Creek to continue his research in a town full of quickened, all he wants is peace, quiet, and to be allowed to bury himself in his work. Perhaps if he figures out how the mutation is activated, he can silence his own inner dog forever.

Milo is a hospice comfort dog who has bonded with, and lost, many beloved patients in his life. He intuitively understands sickness and pain on a spiritual level most can't see. When he gains the ability to become a man, he thinks he finally has everything he ever wanted. But being a man isn't the same thing as being loved, and taking shelter in Mad Creek isn't the same thing as finding a home.

When a mysterious illness hits Mad Creek and threatens all the quickened in town, it's up to the scientist and the comfort dog to figure out what it is and how to stop it. Along the way they might discover that true love is possible - if you wish upon a star.

©2016 Jane Jensen Holmes (P)2016 Jane Jensen Holmes

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  • J.R.
  • Virginia
  • 08-30-16

Fantastic !

Would you listen to How to Wish Upon a Star again? Why?

Yes, because the performance and material are fun.

Any additional comments?

This series is one of my very favorites. Mathew Shaw gets the characters. He has a great feel for the story line

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I have loved this entire series!

I have loved this entire series! Jason and Milo are so perfect for each other. Jason (Dr. Kunik) is a super uptight and analytical scientist who hasn't let his dog out in years. He prefers to be in his human form where he has all his faculties. And thumbs! And Milo is a comfort dog living at a hospice center who just recently gained the ability to shift to a man. Lily Beaufort discovers him while visiting a friend in hospice and brings him back to Mad Creek. Milo is just the sweetest thing. And a perfect complement to Jason. I loved the scene at the diner when Milo discovered french fries (potato sticks!). I'm hoping there are many more books in this series :) And kudos to Matthew Shaw for superb narration.

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Matthew gets it all PERFECT

First, though it says this is a standalone – I don’t think it is. So much groundwork is laid out in books one and two that, though you can sort things out, it makes way more sense in light of having read the previous books.

Second, the other books are way awesome so you should read them anyway!

Milo is a newly quickened human (a dog who receives a magical blessing and can now shift from dog to man) who finds himself in Lily Beufort’s helping hands.

He ends up staying at Jason Kunik’s house – a geneticist and born quickened – intent on studying the DNA of his species and finding out how new quickened are created.

Jason is all cerebral and Milo is all heart. Two more opposites never did meet. Jason absolutely NEEDS Milo – he’s so separated from his dog and his emotions that he’s a nervous wreck. Milo – for all his “newborn” mistakes – grounds Jason and brings him back to the present. All without letting Jason know he’s being helped!

Milo, meanwhile, is happy to be useful and is enthralled with Jason and willing to do anything to be near him.

Unfortunately, the town needs Jason now more than ever. A new virus is spreading and affecting only the quickened. As a result Jason has to expedite his research and find a cure or everyone could end up stuck in their furry forms forever!

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OMG! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this series! I was so excited to read this! I was on pins and needles the entire time the folks of Mad Creek were sick – I can’t tell you who or why but – it was HARROWING!

Milo made this book for me. Jason is rather like a porcupine – prickly and sticks to himself – but Milo is that breath of fresh air who hugs everyone and makes them smile. Together they are truly breathtaking!

Eli is such a great writer. She did an amazing job of matching dog types with human personalities – a game I play at work! – imagining what this or that breed would be like as a human and vice versa.

Milo is the easy going, happy go lucky, Golden Doodle and Jason is the high strung and intense (and sometimes whiny!) Malamute. Perfect! I also loved Simon the Jack Russel Terrier bouncing into rooms and talking a mile a minute! Or the dumpy Gus – the bulldog and of course the Border Collies – always on the lookout!

I also loved seeing all the guys again – but I hated them being at risk! – and bit my nails throughout all of the virus crisis.

The science was clearly researched as was the medicine (though the time table was a bit convenient and unrealistic, but had to be for the story’s sake), I found it fascinating.

I highly recommend this to fans of the series and if you’re new to the series – do yourself a favor and start at the beginning – it’s well worth it!

My only complaint – and this I feel pretty much every time I read Eli’s books, is that they end too soon! I really wanted to see these guys as a couple more. I felt like we worked so hard to get them together – can’t we have a little bit of time with them as a happy couple?

My favorite remains book one – though I loved this and book two tremendously – you can’t beat Tim and Lance for a funnier and sweeter couple. (Be warned there are tears of joy and happiness in store for Tim and Lance – and potential danger!) I was also moved by Matt’s speech to Jason when Roman was put in the pathway of the virus – GAH! – man emotions – so sweet! – it was so touching. So – in a way – we get more of the couples we loved again in this story and that adds to the overall enjoyment of the book and the series tremendously.

4.75 of 5 stars


Audio

Matthew Shaw has narrated the previous two in the series, so if you’re a fan you’re familiar with his work. He already knows the story and has voiced several of the secondary (previously primary) characters in the story. He adds Milo and Jason to the bunch just perfectly! He gives Milo just enough air of innocence without making him appear juvenile. It worked wonderfully! Jason is the determined and sometimes oblivious researcher, not exactly cold, but definitely warming up more as the story proceeds. I highly enjoyed this and can’t recommend it or the series enough!

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Innocent story then graphic homosexual sex

What a surprise. I thought this was an unusual twist on dogs becoming humans. I actually thought it was clever until it became a graphic homosexual sexual description. It could be one book of heroism or a book on sexual acts. Trying to make both into one book is an uncomfortable unwelcome surprise.

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best series

funny, sexy, and gets better and better. If you like shifters you will love this series. animal lovers will adore the series.

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That was fun

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes I would. You have cute characters, funny ones, stubborns, and some idiots. I like when a book takes the time to build the world and characters main and secondary.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Milo. His heart is pure and he wants to help. He doesn't let the world stop him.

Have you listened to any of Matthew Shaw’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

He is amazing. He captured the mood of the book. Each character was well presented.

Who was the most memorable character of How to Wish Upon a Star and why?

Dr. Jason. He is complex and clueless.

Any additional comments?

Would read a fourth book if it came out.

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B+ rating...

My Review:
Overall: 4.0
Performance: 4.25
Story: 4.0

This book had a slightly different feel from the rest of the series. It had a sense of suspense to it that the other two books haven't had and I really liked that addition. In this book there is a new researcher who's moved to Mad Creek. He lived there growing up, but his mom was a wanderer so they didn't stay. He's a quickened and is doing research into how that actually happens...somewhat unsuccessfully. Jason isn't very good with people and he tends to make his interviewees cry.

Milo is the opposite. He's a newly quickened human who is naturally drawn to people. He gives comfort and can sense what's wrong with others. Unlike most quickened, Milo never had one place to call home. First he was in a shelter and then he came to live as a comfort dog in an old folks home. He always knew when the residents were about to pass. But because of that, he fairly traumatized. He never had anyone to get attached to or a place to call home, and then he had to deal with the people he cared about dying and abandoning him. It's heartbreaking. He has PTSD to a certain extent, so when he moves in with Jason and has a person and place to call home, he quickly gets attached...although he's new to this whole human thing, so he doesn't understand the nuances of relationships.

The suspense aspect comes from a new virus which is invading Mad Creek. The virus strikes and the human can't help but shift to their dog form. If they can't find a cure, then they're afraid the sick dogs will revert to their animal form forever.

This was my favorite in the series so far. I loved how both these guys are so incredibly socially awkward...just in totally different ways. They are both really great characters though and I loved how good they were together. They truly do bring out the best in one another.

These books are always good for a light-hearted fun listen and this was another good one. I'm hoping there's more to come for the series...I'd love to see the kennel owner who was introduced in this story find his HEA (hint, hint).

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ANOTHER GREAT STORY TO AN AMAZING SERIES

Where does How to Wish Upon a Star rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

on top 3 list with the first and the second book of the same series following

What was one of the most memorable moments of How to Wish Upon a Star?

the first time milo is introduced, heartbreaking. all the little things he does to be near jason in order to help him, so cute and adorable. And the end, just lovely

What about Matthew Shaw’s performance did you like?

he is a great narrator and adds to the books. great job, loved him.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

you are sure to laugh and maybe feel a little sad at some points but overall, you are left with good feelings, maybe even hoping that it could be true

Any additional comments?

can't wait for the next one. it can stand alone but it would be best to read them all bcs they worth their money.

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Terrific entry in a great series

Would you listen to How to Wish Upon a Star again? Why?

Yes! The story is fantastic and the narration is spot-on, truly bringing the characters to life.

What did you like best about this story?

It's a very funny story, yet also full of heart and even some suspense. I found that to be a great combination.

What does Matthew Shaw bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I'm sure I would have enjoyed it in print as well. But the audio version was a treat because I could listen while I walked. And the story was so engaging that it kept me walking past my daily goals.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes. I won't give too much away, but one of the characters yearns for home more than anything. There's a wrenching scene where he's been denied home yet again. Sniff.

Any additional comments?

I'm eagerly hoping for more in this series!

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Great Book in a Great Series!

I truly loved the book! The author does not overburden the story with excess drama, and the narrator's voice is clear and concise.

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  • Patty-London
  • 09-12-16

Best so far

This is book 3 in the series and I feel it's the best so for.There is a strong story line with lots of anst all mixed in with the ongoing introduction to the Quickening race.Milo is just too cute for words and I was pleased to read more about Tim and the Lance as well as Roman and Matt.
I really enjoyed the narrator's 'voices' and he has enhance the overall enjoyment of this story. I hope he continues to narrate the whole series.

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  • RachelM
  • 08-10-17

So so good!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I'd definitely recommend this book, it's perfectly sweet and funny, can't wait for the next book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Milo, as sweet and innocent as he is, he knows exactly what he wants and has no problems going after it. And of course, he's funny as :)

What does Matthew Shaw bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Matthew Shaw has been fabulous narrating this whole series and I'm looking forward to listening to his narration of book 4.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There was laughter and tears in this one, Milo causing both.

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  • Lily G Blunt
  • 09-05-16

Fabulous story with wonderful narration!

Fabulous story with wonderful narration and great character voices by Matthew Shaw. Milo was adorable and Jason was just perfect for him.

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  • BevS
  • 08-17-16

Another winning narration from Matthew....

Yet again, I loved Matthew Shaw's excellent narration for this story, and I absolutely adored Milo but Jason just irritated the hell out of me with his superior, condescending attitude, although I did warm a little towards him at the end. I have no idea where this series is going, but I will be along for the ride. 4 stars from me.