Reading Kristel Ann Cruz’s A Sky of Wishes was a nice, refreshing break from the fast-paced, gripping mysteries in all four #StrangeLit bundles. Reading this short story after all the other ones I’ve read brought everything in full circle. Cruz’s writing style is elegant in its simplicity, easy to relate to, and extremely engaging.
A Sky of Wishes starts off with a dilemma—Aries’s mom is diagnosed with cancer and he’s running out of options. He makes a fervent wish to the stars in the heavens in the hopes of a miracle. Little did he know he was going to get what he asked for, but at a very steep price.
I love the brilliance of this plot. While reading, I began to make my own conclusions and was actually rooting for a certain path Aries would take. A Sky of Wishes made me evaluate my own thoughts—what was I willing to give up for the sake of one important wish? Aries’s request was as valid as anyone’s, and I could tell right off the bat he was the kind of person who had a big heart. But even those with the kindest of intentions can stumble when faced with the most difficult of choices. But without spoiling anything, I was pleasantly surprised at the character’s choice. It left me pondering on my previous speculation, while making me appreciate why the choice had to happen. It was an unexpected, yet brilliant ending. And to have me come to terms with a personal epiphany is nothing short of a genius move.
About the Author
It boggles the mind how someone so shy and awkward found herself in Public Relations, but somehow Krissy makes it work. If she were a fictional character, she’d be a female Ted Mosby. Whether it be prose, poetry, a watercolor painting, or a craft project, she is happiest when she makes. Talk about books, movies, and lipsticks with her on www.krissyfied.com.