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Meet a guardian angel like no other, from a writer like no other. Bold, rising star Victoria Schwab returns with the third book in this whimsical, inspiring, and clever middle-grade series.

At first glance, Aria seems like your average twelve-year-old girl. But there's much more to her than meets the eye. Aria is a guardian angel, sent here to earn her wings. But to do that she'll have to help three different girls. . . .

This time, Aria must help Mikayla, whose family is having financial troubles. Her parents are putting pressure on her to be an award-winning dancer. Mikayla wants to help her family, but she's not sure this is the life she wants. Can Aria help her strike a balance and find true happiness?

208 pages, Paperback

First published December 30, 2014

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Victoria Schwab

37 books103k followers
Victoria is the product of a British mother, a Beverly Hills father, and a southern upbringing. Because of this, she has been known to say "tom-ah-toes," "like," and "y'all."

She also tells stories.

She loves fairy tales, and folklore, and stories that make her wonder if the world is really as it seems.

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Profile Image for Lizzie Hutchings.
239 reviews10 followers
November 22, 2021
~~edit 11/22/21~~

This book is so sweet, and I am sad that this little series is over. I'd really like to see a darker, angstier version of this plot with a older target audience - epic.

Excited to start book 9 of the Schwabithon!


4.0 stars

"You're not a thing, you're a who. A person. And people are more than one thing. They're messy, in the best way. They're made up of everything they've done, everyone they've been, and everyone they'll be."

Who knew Victoria Schwab was so profound--oh wait--I did. I am borderline tearing up right now because (get ready) this is the last and final V.E. Schwab novel that I have to read. I repeat: I have NO MORE Victoria Schwab books to read in the Schwabiverse. I am all done, and that makes me sad. But, it does make me all the more excited for THREADS OF POWERRR. Woop woop!

I mean, after having read the first book in Lockwood & Co., it's hard to say that this book blew me out of the water, but it was fantastic. I don't have much more to say about this conclusion in the trilogy than I did for its predecessors, so I'll be brief.

I did think the lesson that the main character learned in the Last Wishes was so important, especially for the rising teenagers of the contemporary time. It's really trending right now for kids to pick one sport or hobby and pursue only that one thing, and--like all other things in life--you either get addicted to it or get sick of it. In my case in middle school, I related more to the latter.

AS if I couldn't say this enough about this entire trilogy, I really really wish I read this when I was within the target age group. It is a beautiful story with such wise words and meaning behind it.

I also liked the presence of the theme at the end on how (in Aria's words) "the world is big and strange and full of wonder." Great outlook on life, definitely gave me the wanderlust vibes.

and finallyyy
I did notice a connection between some V.E. Schwab books while reading this trilogy, and for you Schwab die-hards (like me) I thought I'd share.

Connection 1 - New Beginnings and This Savage Song

This Savage Song -
"Where are you, Kate? she asked herself."

New Beginnings -
"¿Dónde estás? he asked. Where are you?"

Okay, explanation. Both characters do this thing where they ask themselves or other people "Where are you?" to ask where they are in their head, per see. And! Both characters accidentally ask another character the question out loud at least once in their respective books.

Connection 2 (This one is my favorite) - Last Wishes and A Darker Shade of Magic

A Darker Shade of Magic -
“I'm not going to die," she said. "Not till I've seen it."
"Seen what?"
Her smile widened. "Everything.”

Last Wishes -
"Where should we go next?"
"What do you want to see?" asked Mikayla.
Aria broke into a smile. "Everything."

Okay, maybe I'm delusional, but that seems pretty darn similar to me... . Or maybe I'm just a Victoria Schwab lunatic. But, hey, that has to be probably the most popular ADSOM quote, so it's not totally crazy that I made that connection.

Anywho, this ended up being much longer than I anticipated, so farewell.

Have a wonderful afternoon 😎.
November 22, 2021

book 7 of the schwab-athon done!

okay okay, I started this book earlier today, so I didn't just finish it in the 30 minutes from when I posted my review for the last book.

This book was so sweet and filled my heart with joy. I am freezing while I am sitting on this couch but this book was able to warm me up (just a little bit). I thought that the dance part was so cute and created a very nice problem like I saw where all of the problems were coming from.

My sweet Aria. She was so kind throughout the three books she has been a part of. I love her spirit and love her willingness to help others.

~side note~ I think A Darker Shade of Magic is next AND I AM SO PUMPED!

have a wonderful thanksgiving week!
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253 reviews17 followers
April 5, 2021
Nice conclusion to the series.
Again the author talked about a very important subject. Having two siblings that do sports at a very high level, I kind of understood Mikayla. It is difficult to ask yourself if you are still doing your passion with love or you just feel the pressure of the competition. Again Queen Schwab showed us that it is not quitting to admit you are losing yourself and you don't love the competition as much as you did. If you have an opportunity it's good but you are not ungrateful if you refuse to take it.
I liked that, in this book, it was not about to stop dancing. It was about what Mikayla wanted from dance.
In this book, Mikayla also has to face another problem in her family: her father is unemployed and they might lose their house and Mikayla felt a lot of pressure about this. Even if Mikayla is a kid, I think the lesson V.E. Schwab gave us is still applicable to anyone. You are not responsible for your dad's unemployment. You can't do anything about it. That doesn't mean you shouldn't worry. You should be there for your dad, show him your support and that's the best you can't do. And this lesson stands for any kind of situation. If you are not responsible for a situation someone you love is facing, you shouldn't put too much pressure on yourself. Be there for them. That's the best you can do.

Anyway, I loved this series. I didn't expect to love it so much. To be honest, I thought it would be the book I liked the least among V.E. Schwab's books. I was even considering not reading them for my V.E. Schwab readalong.
I should have known better.
Queen Schwab never stops surprising me.
Profile Image for John Loyd.
1,102 reviews29 followers
February 20, 2022
Everyday Angel #3 Last Wishes (2015) 195 pages by Victoria Schwab

Mikayla is a fantastic dancer. She gets lessons at Filigree, and has an audition to get a full scholarship at a prestigious Dance Academy coming up. One she has to get because her dad lost his job and from the boxes around the house it looks like they're going to have to move to a smaller apartment.

Extremely fast Middle Grade read. Aria wasn't quite sure what was causing Mikayla's worry or depression. The tendrils of blue smoke rising from her. I still love Aria's wisdom, wonder at simple things that are new to her, and her pleasant attitude. 4.4 stars.
35 reviews1 follower
April 4, 2017
Last Wishes by Victoria Schwab is a great book with a greater message! My friend currently recommended this book to me and I loved it. I would also recommend this book to you. A quote that has always been making me find the message of the story is," Only gold girls go to Drexton." I really did understand a meaning behind that and im sure you will too. Aria is kind of like Mikayla's mentor in life and they seem like really relatable people! Well if you don't count the trying to get the wings thing. lol.
September 25, 2015
Although this book is a cliche in the beggining and i still think its cliche till the end but i can't help but smile and just happy that i just read all of this everday angel trilogy by victoria schwab all.
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794 reviews47 followers
December 11, 2021
"You’re not a thing, you’re a who. A person. And people are more than one thing. They’re messy, in the best way. They’re made up of everything they’ve done, everyone they’ve been and everyone they’ll be. Even though you’re an amazing dancer, it’s not all you are.”


Last Wishes is the final book in the Everyday Angel trilogy. This time guardian angel Aria is sent to help a young dancer called Mikayla, who is struggling under the weight of everyone's expectations. Dancing, the hobby she once loved, has become the only thing that defines her, but she cannot stop, not with everyone expecting her to keep winning and improving.

I've enjoyed this trilogy way more than I thought I would. This book was a great ending - heartwarming but a little bit bittersweet. I liked Mikayla's storyline and how it explored themes of success (what we see as success and what we see as failing), losing and then finding yourself again and learning to put yourself first. Mikayla was a nice character, and I liked her and her friendship with Aria.

Aria was also, as always, a delight, and I loved how this book included also these sadder, more somber moments for her: she, for example, has to come to terms with the fact that Mikayla will be the last girl she helps before she has to move on to something else. Aria is such a sweetheart and you want her to be able to do and see everything she wants, so it's quite sad when you realise that she is someone who was created to help others and put other people before herself. She has a purpose, a job to do, and she has to do it, even if moving on isn't always easy.

I'm sad to no longer have these books to read - they are such fun, lighthearted, magical adventures that are super quick to read - but I like how this trilogy ended and I don't feel like this story needs to continue. The story wrapped up perfectly.

I would happily recommend this trilogy! It's not Schwab's best work, but they're great fun!
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2,503 reviews113 followers
September 30, 2019
What a cute and amazing end of this trilogy! During those three books I really felt a connection with Aria, who was everything I think an Angel should be. Positive, Helping, Caring, Adaptive and a little ray of sunlight in the three very different lives of three very different girls who all needed a little push to become the best version of themselves they could be.

Just like the previous books, this book once again deals with a theme that is probably very familiar for a lot of children, also for me. As a child I put a lot of pressure on my shoulders. I wanted to have awesome grades, I wanted to be the best in everything and just like Mikayla I started to forget what made me like learning new things in the first place.

I loved how Schwab handled this topic, how she dealt with the causes of that pressure, with all the things kids carry on their shoulders even though they don't have to, with how things that are said over and over again can leave a life long lasting impression and not always for the better and how not every girl is made to be pitted against others. The story really felt familiar and in the end once again the tears were rolling down my cheeks.

What I loved however the most was Aria's little storyline. She realised there was so much left to do and left to discover in this world and she also realised that once Mikayla would have found her way back to herself, she would be gone forever. I loved the small challenges she had to deal with because of this issue and I loved how Aria's storyline and Mikayla were so entwined.

I really really enjoyed this trilogy and if Schwab ever writes more like these, I'll buy them right away!
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356 reviews17 followers
August 25, 2020
This review will be short, because this is the last book in the trilogy. I enjoyed this book a lot! I actually read it in one sitting. Out of the three, it might be my favorite because I identified myself with the characters the most. The pressure to be perfect, to not quit something. The need to keep doing something you don’t enjoy because you think you have to do it. And finding the balance between not quitting something but being happy too. I think we’ve all been through this pressure to be perfect, and having this book tell me it wasn’t about being perfect but about doing your best effort was exactly what I needed to hear. If the other two books were a warm hug, this was a loving embrace that told me everything was going to be okay. And even though it’s not my favorite book (thus the 4 stars) I absolutely loved it.

In this book, the pacing, the story and the writing all came together beautifully. Every beat made sense, and it was nice to see a different kind of struggle on the page. Even Aria struggled at some point. I loved reading this and if anything, it has cemented in my heart the fact that V is my all-time favorite author. Be it children’s lit or adult fiction or sci-fi she does a great job of portraying the most human characters. And this book is no exception.
Profile Image for Sam Serrano.
32 reviews
May 23, 2021
“A house isn’t really walls and a roof. It’s the people inside, and you get to keep those no matter what. As far as these boxes, I think sometimes it’s good to sort through our things, pack some away, pull others out. It reminds us who we’ve been, and who we are, and sometimes it helps us figure out who we want to be.”

“You’re not a thing, you’re a who. A person. And people are more than one thing.”

I truly enjoyed this book and it’s sad that this is the end of the series. This book imparted wisdom that needs to be heard by people of any age.

I’m curious to know what happened to Aria in the end. But thinking about it, the ending can be linked to the first book. It’s a new beginning - a new beginning for Aria.
46 reviews
October 3, 2018
I think this book was one of my favourites out of the three, because I really connected with the story as I'm a dancer too. Having to say goodbye to Aria is also so hard in this book, which makes so many feelings mix up together while reading. I would give this book around a 4, since I connect with it so much and it actually brings you in to read it.
13 reviews
February 19, 2019
The book Last Wishes (Everyday Angel) is about a very sweet girl. They are two sweet girls and have each other’s side. And the book shows friendship and trust. As well as it gives a reader a really good message and I love this book because it shows the true types of friends and that friends can never be broken.
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198 reviews5 followers
October 15, 2020
Último libro de la trilogía, me pareció mejor que el segundo pero el primero considero que fue el que más me gusto de todos ellos.
Esta trilogía está buenísima para lectores bien jóvenes, me hubiera encantado si lo hubiera leído de preadolescente, es una lectura sana, con moraleja y con el fin de reforzar valores 💕
Profile Image for Karen Barber.
2,480 reviews59 followers
November 18, 2016
A lovely feel-good series, perfect for the 10-13 age group.
In this last of the series Aria helps Mikayla learn to love dance-and gets her wings.
Follows the same formula as the other books, but good fun.
Profile Image for Renel.
315 reviews
July 3, 2019
I liked this series more than I thought I would. It was quick and funny and I’d say pretty advanced so it wasn’t obvious that I was reading a middle grade book. At the end of book 3 I actually wanted more and see how Aria’s story would continue
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29 reviews1 follower
December 9, 2019
All of this series was a relatively quick read for me, but i'm an avid reader so It is most likely different for other people. I would say these books are most likely more recommended for girls, not boys... But if your just that type of guy, then go for it!
4 reviews
May 1, 2020
The book is amazing!

I finished it in a day! I loved it because it was so thoughtful and caring and I love Victoria Schwab's angel series! I have both other books and this was the last one. It was sad -- the ending -- but it's true -- eveything has an end.
Profile Image for Nicole Shelby.
362 reviews39 followers
January 10, 2021
I read this with my ten year old son. It took us a few months to get through the trilogy. He loved it so much. He cannot decide which of the three is his favorite.

When asked what is his current favorite book, he replies, “Everyday Angel” (the name of the whole).
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177 reviews
January 1, 2022
This was quite interesting. Mikayla didn't feel like a 12 year old, which is something Aria notices as well. I feel like these books are great for middleschoolers as all these books have a certain theme and I feel like these resignate with a lot of middleschoolers
Profile Image for Lavender Tea.
107 reviews
December 15, 2022
Abych pravdu řekla, že jde o sérii jsem se dozvěděla, až když jsem projížděla Knihy Dobrovský. Byl to pěkný příběh, ale když bych si měla vybavit nějaký silný moment, tak mě nenapadá vůbec nic. Je to dobrá oddechovka pro děti mezi sedmi až nějakými jedenácti lety. Za mě trochu lepší průměr.
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223 reviews
January 9, 2023
Another wonderful middle grade book. This one tackles the subject of pursuing something that you used to love to the point where it no longer brings you any Joy at all. Learning that it's okay to let go of something when it only brings stress and discontentment.
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