Source: Author – I received this in exchange for an honest review.
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Series: Eden of the Lamp #1
Edition: Paperback, 264 Pages
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Purchase: Amazon / Barnes & Noble
All twelve years of Eden’s life have been spent in an antique oil lamp. She lives like a princess inside her tiny, luxurious home; but to Eden, the lamp is nothing but a prison. She hates being a genie. All she wants, more than anything, is freedom.
When Eden finds a gateway to Earth within the lamp, she takes her chance and enters the world she loves. And this time, she won’t be sent back after three wishes.
Posing as the new kid at a California middle school, Eden revels in all of Earth’s pleasures–but quickly learns that this world isn’t as perfect as she always thought it was. Eden soon finds herself in the middle of a centuries-old conflict between powerful immortals. A ruthless organization run by a former genie will stop at nothing to acquire the lamp and its power–even hurt Tyler and Sasha, the new mortal friends who have given Eden a home. To save her friends and protect the lamp’s magic, Eden must decide once and for all where she belongs.
Eden’s Wish deals with a genie who knows there is so much more to life then spending endless years trapped in a lamp with only the briefest of glimpses of life outside. The adventure we accompany Eden on is heartfelt, exciting, and more than a little cute.
Eden’s Wish reminds me of why I love Middle Grade novels so much. We are really treated to an adventure where friendships are made, feelings are truly explored, and hope is prevalent even in the darkest moments. A good Middle Grade novel is one you can relate to even at 26 years old, and Eden’s Wish falls into that category. Eden’s feelings of being stifled and trapped by her responsibilities and her family, her bone-deep need to explore and experience…it really hits home. Now I don’t want to make it seem like EW is loaded down with so much sheer emotion that it loses it’s charm, because it doesn’t. The story is incredibly fun and very cute. It’s fairly quick paced and full of little laugh out-loud moments.
Eden is a fantastic main character. She has a love for life that is sure to make anyone smile, not to mention how brave she is. Eden makes the story truly vibrant with her sense of humor and curiosity. The host of side characters were equally enjoyable. I really loved getting see more about the previous genies, especially Sylvana, and I really hope we get to see even more of them in the next book. The history of the lamp and it’s masters (Goldie and Xaiver) was pretty awesome as well and I really liked getting a little peek into how the lamp works and where it came from.
I can’t wait to dig into Eden’s Escape! If you enjoy MG reads with a lot of spunk and personality then definitely check out Eden’s Wish! I can really see kids enjoying the fast paced story, and it would be a great book for some further discussion as well (who doesn’t like talking about what they’d wish for).