Paper Wishes

The Magical Girl Series Volume 1

Young Adult - Romance
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 04/26/2016
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Author Biography

I am a lifelong resident of Hawaii, where I live with my husband and children. I am proud to be a nikkei yonsei (4th generation Japanese-American) thanks to my brave great-grandparents who immigrated to beautiful Hawaii from Fukushima, Japan.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Tara Bishop for Readers' Favorite

Paper Wishes, The Magical Girl Series Volume 1 is a young adult romantic fantasy centered on a grieving young woman named Vilvian. She is mourning the loss of her mother, who left her with a Japanese fable that for every origami star you fold, it saves a falling star. Then, if you fold three hundred and sixty-five stars, you can make a wish and it will come true. Vilvian learns to trust in her own heart and what true friendship really means. Not only that; she learns to trust herself. She has all the power she needs to help heal her broken heart and to find happiness. After all, she is a "Magical Girl." Enter Nox Bright, the mysterious and handsome boy who has all the qualities of her heart's desires. How is he so perfect for Vilvian? Come along with these amazing characters as they discover their life's paths and see what a small seed of faith can do.

Spencer Hoshino's Paper Wishes left me mesmerized! I gave it 5 stars all around. This young adult romantic fantasy is what all girls dream of...a love created just for them. Spencer Hoshino's writing was beautiful and so descriptive. I can just see the "jar of stars" sitting there, glittering, waiting to be wished upon by Vilv. Hoshino touched my own heart personally by naming the main character Nox. Muggles everywhere would appreciate it. Each character is very well developed. Hoshino writes so well that you feel as if Vilv and her friends are your own and that Ann is your personal enemy. The plot development kept me on my toes and I could not put Paper Wishes down until I knew what would happen with Nox, Vilv and Kai.

I loved the paper star back story as well. It is such an endearing tale that one can only wish it to be true. I recommend this novella to young adults plus older readers. It is a moral book and teaches kindness and respect for yourself and others. It truly is a sweetly romantic book. I cannot wait to read more about Nox, Vilv, Kia and Nikki. I hope Spencer Hoshino has more up her very talented writer's sleeve and that she won't make us wait too long. Paper Wishes is an emotional ride of loss, love, enemies, and true friendship, with a touch of magic. Wonderful, beautiful and an amazing original concept for a book. I applaud Hoshino and cannot give a single criticism. I enjoyed Paper Wishes from the beginning to its beautiful ending!


I love Paper Wishes! This story reminded me what it was like to fall in love for the first time. Vilv and Nox are so sweet with each other I'm surprised I didn't get cavities! But in all seriousness, Spencer Hoshino has written a lovely story that I would recommend to anyone who's looking for an easy, sweet read.


Yes, a very sweet story with just a hint of darkness. What will Ann do in the future? Is Nox really safe now? Questions for another day. They're young and in love and have great friends who are young and in love and resourceful. Vilvian makes the most of her wishes.


I agree wholeheartedly with this review! Not only did Paper Wishes touch my heart, it legit left an imprint in my life, just like all good books do (@^v^@)/

Nox and Kai were everything a girl could wish for in a guy and Vilvian seems like the perfect girl anyone could ever have as a best friend.

I'd rate this book 5 as well because it was written so beautifully (props to Spencer!) I tried my best to read it slowly because of how much I didn't want it to end >w< But alas it did, but as soon as I discovered there'll be a sequel I was thrilled beyond measure, and that was probably the best news I've heard in a while!

Trust me when I say that you will enjoy it! I certainly did XD


Paper Wishes is such a sweet story that I couldn't help but fall in love with it.