Walking a Mile in Someone Else’s Skin: A Review of Skylar Wishes by Tina L. Hook
Have you ever been so jealous of another that you wanted what she had? A job? A car? A boyfriend? A life?
That’s the fascinating premise of Skylar Wishes by Tina L. Hook. Although it is the second book in the Enchanted Series (preceded by Enchanted by Starlight), it can easily be picked up and enjoyed on its own. The exciting concept is matched by beautiful, elegant writing that somehow makes the characters sympathetic and relatable when they definitely shouldn’t be.
We start with Alina. Alina is in love—only it’s with someone else’s boyfriend. Skylar has everything Alina ever wanted, starting with Darren’s heart and continuing on to a slamming, curvaceous body, an easy confidence, and an irresistible personality.
Alina may be great at her job, but she doesn’t find that important in the scheme of things. She wants Darren to look at her the way he looks at Skylar. To quote an old song lyric, “She wants him to want her. Needs him to need her…” You get the picture.
One night, Alina founds she’s wished so hard for Skylar’s life, she actually ends up inside of her skin. It’s only for a few seconds and happens in the still of night, so Skylar doesn’t notice. Overjoyed with this development, Alina continues to practice until she can take over Skylar’s body for long stretches of time.
And just as she’d expected, she loves being Skylar. Darren seems to love these changes too. He thinks he’s conquered the once feisty woman and turned her into a docile, love-sick creature. Loving Alina’s personality in Skylar’s body, he promptly proposes.
Meanwhile to get back at Alina, Skylar seduces an old family friend, a farmer named Wells. Soon, however, Skylar finds she appreciates Wells’s simplicity, kindness, and newness. While she started this affair as a prisoner, Skylar finds she starts to enjoy life in Alina’s body.
Will she accept the situation Alina’s thrown her into, or will she find her life is worth fighting for? How good does someone else’s life have to be to get you to throw away your own?
Skylar Wishes is a quick, engaging, and thought-provoking read, and I highly recommend it to fans of paranormal, speculative, and even romance. It would also be a great segue into any of these genres for fans of literary fiction.
About the book: Grace is the only one who remembers the truth—that comets are the source of extraordinary destinies. Since their last night together, all memory of their comets and their old powers has abandoned Skylar and Alina. All that is left is Alina’s enduring envy for everything Skylar touches, and Alina’s sudden ability to wake up inside of Skylar’s body, if only for a few minutes.
After Alina finally forces her will and switches bodies with Skylar, harsh realities surface. The holes in Skylar’s relationship with Darren are exposed, and Skylar herself becomes seduced by the idea of living two lives at once, and loving two men at once.
Grace might be able to save them, but everything Skylar and Alina know about love has to change. When their comets return, these three women must choose their fate once more.Get Skylar Wishes through Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
About the author: Tina L. Hook grew up in Orlando, Florida where she graduated from Rollins College. Her debut novel, Enchanted by Starlight, was honored as a Finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards for Science Fiction/Fantasy. She lives in a small town near Nashville with her husband. When she is not daydreaming over a blinking cursor, she is blogging at GirlwithaNewLife2.com. Connect with Tina on her website, Facebook, Twitter,or GoodReads.