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If Wishes Were Curses

The Steel City Genie, Book 1
Narrated by: Melissa Schwairy
Series: The Steel City Genie, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

So I accidentally killed a shifter. On purpose.

With genie powers I shouldn’t be able to use, thanks to my curse mark. 

In my defense, the damn grizzly was threatening civilians and might have been a vampire as well. Pittsburgh is safer without him. Only the fae court doesn’t believe my story, and the shifters are out for blood.

Now I’ve lost my job as a romantic investigator, and I’m on death row. My only hope is an oddly outgoing vegetarian vampire lawyer who seems strangely familiar. Too familiar. Almost like we’ve met before, and this whole thing was a setup to take us both down. Wishing won’t get us out of this mess. But my forbidden wish magic just might.

A snarky urban fantasy with a heart, some romance with heat (nothing graphic), and gleeful send ups of many tropes, all wrapped up with an otter-shifter in the bargain.

©2019 Janeen Ippolito (P)2019 Janeen Ippolito

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Good story

Fun story that is fast paced and full of magic and magical beings as well as a heroine who isn't afraid to stand up for herself and say what she is thinking.

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Fun and Creative

Wonderful venture into an alternate universe full of magic. Enjoyable listening. Loved the otters and coffee!

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nice start

nice start what looks to be a unique story....and can I say that an otter shifter is a first for me.

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  • JulieM
  • Louisiana, United States
  • 08-26-19

Refreshing new UF

If Wishes Were Curses is a fabulous start to a new urban fantasy that does things just different enough to make it interesting. It starts out with the familiar trappings, but it separates itself from the pack of so many other similar titles by having a half genie as the lead. How many times does a genie get to shine in urban fantasy? Not enough!

There is a romance within the story, but it’s not romance that’s the focus. This is handled in a cute way because the two leads keep forgetting each other. Yet they are always drawn back. The love interest is a vampire of some age, but he’s vegan, for one. He’s a pretty upbeat guy, all things considered.

One of the best features of the book was the relationship between Allis and her brother Gideon. They don’t really have any other family left, and their closeness is just part of the package. Things weren’t always easy for them growing up, but they managed to turn out okay.

The story was so fun, I’m ready for the next book. I even signed up for the author’s mailing list, something I rarely do. It was on the cleaner side of things because it didn’t have pervasive swearing or sex scenes. It moved along in such a rollicking way, I didn’t miss them.

Because I listened to the audio, a comment on the performance is in order. It was good and got out of the way of the story. It wasn’t a performance that drew attention to itself or was jarring. I would listen to more by this narrator.

Bottom line: Recommended. For those who want something better than the same old urban fantasy.

Disclaimer: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Promising New Clean Urban Fantasy Series

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

Janeen Ippolito makes a very promising beginning to a new urban fantasy series.

The Good: The main character, her love interest and supporting characters are well crafted. They each have interesting personalities and original power sets (which is a rarity in urban fantasy) but the real draw is the complexity she gives each character. We see the layers slowly unpeel and each character as well as their relationship to each other is much more than we were lead to believe. There are a few bread crumbs that are doled out so once the reveals start coming you can see the swerves did not come out of nowhere. That is the sign of a strong writer. The world is well realized and the book makes a great standalone adventure while promising more to come in the future.


The Less Good: This book is a little exposition heavy. That sadly is the price of originality. A lot of urban fantasy is like our world but add some flavor of vampires, werewolves and magic users. Full stop. The main character is a half genie, with a brother who is an adorable otter shifter. A friend that's a kitsune shifter and a love interest that is a cool mix of _________ and _______. (to avoid spoilers) This means they need to explain their world, the rules and power sets repeatedly. However the fun banter and occasional pop culture references more than make up for it. All of it winningly brought to life by narrator Melissa Schwairy. I hope she sticks around for the sequels.


The (Lack of) Ugly: One last accolade I want to mention is that this is surprisingly a clean urban fantasy. There is plenty of action, high stakes and our heroes are in and out of peril repeatedly. This is all done without graphic violence or strong profanity. The romance is strong without resorting to graphic sex. These are all triggers for some, so enjoy some urban fantasy without sacrificing quality.

I look forward to seeing where this series goes next.

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Good Listen

This was a good listen with excellent narration.The pace was steady and the story interesting.There were a few action scenes and some romance to round it out.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook at my request by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Snarky fantasy with serious depth

If wishes were curses is everything I've always wanted in an urban fantasy. Sarcastic character who make lots of pop culture references and is just fun. Even the dark parts of this story are full of laughs and hope.

this novel's message of belonging and self worth are timely and much needed for everyone to hear.

the performance by Melissa Schwairy was perfect for the first person narrative. Main Character, Allis's trademark Whit and snark shine through Melissa's reading.

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great storytelling

I don't like urban fantasy, vampires, or romance. But I could. not. stop. listening to this book! Ippolito created a fun yet complex magical system and characters I'd like to be friends with. Compelling romance that's not over the top and otter-shifters. The narration was honest and beautifully done. Looking forward to book 2!!! (I was given a free code for this book in exchange for an honest review.)

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If Wishes

I have this in book format and I'm wondering why I didn't ever read it. But I'm glad I had the opportunity to listen to the audiobook. It's AWESOME! Oh my GOODNESS! I want more of these characters; therefore, I will be reading book 2 as soon as possible. The narration was divine. The narrator had me smiling and laughing, which is a good sign because it means that she captured each character's personality and nuances.

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  • ChaosKay
  • 09-01-19

Excellent

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I loved the interaction of the two main characters and the fact Aliss shortens his name to Sid.
I am hoping in future books she doesn’t let her dark side come forward and ruin things for her and her brother Gideon , although I would love to see Allis face up to the Fae Council for what they put them both through.