Monday, January 30, 2012

Book Review: Iwishicana by Larissa Hinton

By Larissa Hinton
Release Date: August 12, 2011

Summary: Where rules are meant to be broken
Anissa is constantly on the run from the police and can't seem to stay out of trouble.
Secrets are meant to be kept
Until Anissa hides Florence in her bedroom and her mother finds out. There's only one thing left to do: Send her to Juvenile Cop Camp to 
erase all of her crimes on her record. 

And everything is not what it seems
There's only one problem: Anissa is innocent.
Welcome to Iwishacana.

Review: Looking at this cover, I thought this book was going to be really good. Isn't the cover gorgeous? But I guess you really can't judge a book by it's cover. The story was lacking in so many ways and I just couldn't get into it. 

In the beginning, the reader is dumped into the story with no explanation whatsoever. Even by the end, I still had no idea what Iwishacana really was and how they all had "wishes" and could go in between worlds. The idea for another dimension where people on earth could go is creative, but it was just way too confusing to follow. Anissa just randomly goes to a school for criminals when it seems like a normal school with normal kids. Some aspects of the story were introduced and then left unfinished, like they had never happened. The story seemed choppy, rushed, and not thought out. 

Anissa was an okay main character, but a lot of times her actions and the things she said were unbelievable. She would mouth off to everyone and get what she wanted, which got really annoying. And Florence (which I think is a weird name for the main guy in the story) was a pig in the beginning, yet they were in love? Their relationship was confusing because Anissa would call him her "lover" but then hate the sight of him. Then she would say they were friends with benefits when they hadn't even kissed. So their relationship was just weird and confusing. 

This book held so much potential, but the author did not make it work. By the end of the book, I was still confused by everything that had happened and what the heck happened in the world they live in. This story needs a lot of work to be an enjoyable book.


  1. You're can't really judge a book by its cover. Problem is, I really love covers! Especially if they are books from authors that are new to me.

  2. I read this after the author emailed me. The blurbs appealed me - not really thé cover even if it's gorgeous - but I dislike this book. It was so difficult for me to write a negative review...

    All this rambling to tell you that I have the same feeling about this book. It's too bad because the idea itself was really good.


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