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A Wish Made of Glass

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Deep in a forest glade, the fey folk dance with Isidore, a young human child. Their kinship is the very fabric of her childhood. When her mother dies and her world darkens with sorrow, Isidore finds her belief in the fey folk wavering.

The love of her new step-sister, Blessing, proves an unexpected gift in her time of need. Yet even as their friendship blooms, Isidore begin
Published August 14th 2015 by Dewdrop Books (first published August 2015)
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Gray Cox
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: good, novellas, lovely

So, so, so beautifully written and the whole story is just really amazing. Two of my younger sisters (9 yrs and 8 yrs), loved it when I read it aloud to them, and my eight-year-old sister just stole it from me to re-read it! I think she thinks my room is a library. ;D

Anyways, this is a rare occurrence where I have nothing to complain about in a book.... wow. XD
Annie Hawthorne
If you're looking for a fresh take on the fairytale of Cinderella look no further.

But I warn you, prepare to have your heart twisted with the poignant pain and beauty of this darker re-telling.

Firstly, I have to mention the writing. I've never read any of Willis' books before this, so I hadn't the faintest idea what to expect. What I found was an immersive style with rich characters, gripping emotions, and little, unexpected moments of gorgeous wordplay. She made me feel what the characters fe
H.S.J. Williams

As the fey dance through the glade, so do Ashlee Willis's words dance upon the page. Truly, each word, each sentence is exquisitely chosen, written with the same wonder and enchantment as Juliet Marillier.


Our greatest enemy is so often ourselves, and the author unflinchingly writes a heroine of honest bitterness that will make your heart ache in unwanted familiarity.

Though a small story, this tale abounds with heart, and it will sweep you off your feet! Certainly one of the best
Deborah O'Carroll
Ever since reading THE WORD CHANGERS, I have been waiting breathlessly for another tale from talented authoress Ashlee Willis. That wait is now over. I was overcome with excitement to begin reading this novella, but at the same time, feared being disappointed after my high expectations. I need not have worried.

A WISH MADE OF GLASS blew me away with its gorgeousness, not only meeting but in fact far, far exceeding my expectations. It is loosely based on the Cinderella fairy tale, and it is writte
Serethiel ☽ ✨
Breathless and lovely. An absolutely dazzling tale, every sentence so masterfully poetic, as if stolen away from a beloved sonnet. I adored all the little references to Beauty & the Beast and The Phantom of the Opera, too! ^_^ ...more
Lara Mi

"Thus I tell myself there is one thing a broken heart is good for, at least, even if it is only to prove I possess a heart at all."

As a child, Isidore laughed and danced with the fey. But her mother's death draws her into a lonely reality in which she discards all memory of the fey as children's fantasies. Her father becomes all she has left to hold on to - until the arrival of a new stepmother and her daughter, Blessing. Blessing proves to be a true friend and sister - yet although they grow
J.M. Stengl
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a lovely story, beautifully written and alive with fey magic! Isadore, our heroine, never feels at home after her mother's death, and when her father marries again she both loves and resents her new step-sister, Blessing.
This story is both a re-imagining of Cinderella and its own thing, the story of a girl who chooses anger and resentment over love and acceptance until she finally discovers her place, her true Home.
I had already read the author's book The Word Changers and enjoyed it, but
Sep 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Pardon my strangeness, but do you ever enjoy someone’s writing so much you can almost taste it? Where the words are so rich and sweet that your mind almost processes it as flavor.

Ashlee Willis’s A Wish Made of Glass was like that for me. The writing was so beautiful that you could feel and taste every bit of fabulous fairytalishness.

The story grabbed me instantly. Several times I wanted to jump into this world through my Nook and reason with Isidore, or scream “Don’t do it!” during certain s
Jun 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing

After reading Ashlee's The Word Changers, I was truly eager to read more from her. I had the opportunity to be an advanced reader for that novel, and when I saw that she was looking for influence readers for her latest story, I jumped on the chance. BECAUSE in addition to being another book by Ashlee, it was a Cinderella retelling. I just *had* to read this book.

And it didn't disappoint in the least. In fact, it went way above and beyond my expectations. E
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This novella is an amazing and beautiful story. The world and setting is so real and the descriptions are just wonderful, Ashlee Willis has done a great job. It is definitely not the normal ‘fairy tale’ but it is so much more. It is a unique glimpse into a completely different life; a life of struggles, heartbreak and magical Fey folk. The story really pulled me in and I could hardly put the book down. When I finished reading A Wish Made of Glass I felt that I could just sit there and start all ...more
Meredith Burton
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The heart is a fragile thing, a flower easily crushed. Yet the heart is also resilient. A Wish Made of Glass is a story of vivid characterization and stunning imagery. Told from the perspective of a lonely young woman seeking her true place in the world, it is a coming-of-age tale in which what we perceive to be true may be false. It is a story that reflects the universal truth that the things from which we hide might contain our only salvation.

Isidore grew up near a forest where she encountered
Clare S-B
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
A story of wonder, beauty, heartbreak, healing, a story to remind us that we are not made for this world.

This story is a beautifully written, descriptive fairy tale. VERY loosely based around the story of Cinderella. Fey folk dance, wishes are made, hearts are walked upon, broken, and made new. This is also an allegory, a beautiful one. This story is magical, without there being any real "magic" as such, in it. There are the fay folk though (I liked them so much, I'm going to try find them next
Ghost Ryter
Jul 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A Wish Made of Glass is a beautiful fantasy novella, and I absolutely fell in love with it. This is a story of shadowy woods, winter frosts, and faithful love, with just the taste of Cinderella. Ashlee Willis's writing is elegant and clear, drawing you in and making it easy for you to relate to the heroine. (Although you're still going to want to shake some sense into her.)

Speaking of which, we need to spend a little time discussing our heroine, Isidore.

Isidore is a very human character, with al
Jun 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

I really enjoyed this book. The romance was sweet and beautiful. Wonderfully done. Isidore was relatable but sometimes I just wanted to knock her atop the head. The writing was very vivid and beautiful. I just wanted to walk inside the story and dance with the fey folk (especially a certain fey man). It was a little dark but not too much.

Would I recommend it? Yes, to anyone who likes fantasy and fairy-tale retellin
A Wish Made of Glass

Deep in a forest glade, the fey folk dance with a young human child. Their kinship is the fabric of Isidore’s childhood. But when her mother dies and her world darkens with sorrow, Isidore finds her belief in the fey folk wavering.

The love of her new step-sister, Blessing, proves an unexpected gift in her time of need. Yet even as their friendship blooms, Isidore begins to see that Blessing is everything she herself has always wanted to be, but is not. Jealousy grips Isi
Savannah Jezowski
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A Wish Made of Glass
A shattering story of love rejected

This story swept me away into the mysterious, sparkling world of the Fey and the often brutally painful realities of real life. Isidore is not your typical Cinderella. She is not the long suffering housemaid abused by her selfish relatives. In this tale, Izzy is the difficult stepsister. In the beginning of the story, she is difficult to like. She is selfish, dangerously possessive, stubborn, and unwilling to forgive and open up her heart fo
Isidore, as a young child, dances with the fey folk deep in the forest. Sadly, her mother dies and Isidore is filled with grief and sorrow. After her mother's death, she finds herself thinking the fey do not exist, it was just her childhood imagination. Then, one day, her father remarries and Isidore enjoys the relationship of a stepsister. But soon, that changes as Isidore observes and realizes her new stepsister, Blessing, is everything Isidore wants to be and believes Blessing has taken from ...more
Camilla Cruz
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Cinderella touches woven with real life feelings and drama combine with the otherworldliness of a fey world to create a most allegorical, unique and moving story. I am jarred to the core by this fairytale as I have only ever been affected by ONE other in my life. Characters were not flimsy and predictable, but rather firmly established so as to make me feel that each could easily transform into real flesh and blood, and I would know them exactly. The only ones I wish had been explained better we ...more
I can't say I've ever read a Cinderella retelling quite like "A Wish Made of Glass" by Ashlee Willis. This probably isn't saying much, seeing how I haven't yet read that many retellings, Cinderella or otherwise, but that being said, this one was much more solemn, much sadder than the more lighthearted retellings I've read before.

The main character in this story is Isidore, a bitter, selfish, and yet passionate young woman whose life is filled with tragedy. I'll admit that I had trouble liking I
Tricia Mingerink
I got a free copy of the audiobook version from the author. All comments below are my honest opinion.

It took me a few minutes to adjust to the narrator. When the main character is a little girl, the narrator's voice sounded too old and dreamy. But once I got used to it, the narrator did fit the dreamy quality of the book. By the end, I was thinking this narrator would be the perfect fit for narrating the Tales of Goldstone Wood. They have the same sort of Fae, magical world as A Wish Made of Gl
Aug 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Me reading this when it first came out: whoa, it's like so gorgeously written and like the Idadore is so deeply flawed she seems so real and like it's just so good.

Me reading this today: I AM ISADORE.

This little book evokes a sense of aching nostalgia and familiarity. Reading this book is like reading poetry.

Each evocative description of Isadore's heart--her emotions, her hurt, her selfishness--feels like a twist of a painfully sure knife cutting open the tendencies of the human heart (especiall
Kristen Kooistra
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
My reaction after reading a few lines? Ewwwww. First person present tense.

I'll be honest, I almost didn't bother after finding that out. I really don't care for first person and I hate, hate, hate present tense. Combine the two and blech. I guess there's some sort of magic that's supposed to come with that. It's supposed to feel more personal and immediate. It doesn't.

ANYWAY. I read it anyway and I'm glad I did because this is one of the best Cinderella retellings I've ever read. Once I got my
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, fantasy
I had mixed feelings about this book. I really liked a lot of things about it, but there were a couple of things big enough to prevent me from giving it five stars.

First of all, the things I liked:

I really liked the writing. It had some wonderfully vivid details and made me feel all kinds of emotions, which I always love.

I loved all the side characters, especially Blessing and that servant who's name I can't remember. I loved how Blessing and the step mother weren't played as villains like they
Brent King
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Though cloaked in a fey world, the vivid images in Ashlee’s story have wonderful overtones of a mysterious God and a heaven about which we know very little. Another reviewer, Deborah O’Carroll, expressed this when she said, “You feel in the end a little as if there are hinted truths threaded through beneath the surface of the tale that you can not quite grasp. At least, that is how I felt. There is something deeper, elusive, and you feel that maybe one day you will understand it, even if you do ...more
Aug 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The story is unexpectedly poignant and beautiful.
Wrapped in a cloak of fairy-tale like magic with a hint of realistic darkness. From the very first page as you dance in the glade with the Fey, you are transported into Isidore's world as she experiences deep emotional loss and is thrust into new and unexpected change. We struggle through the decisions and choices and consequences as she grows into a young woman casting aside her childlike wonder for the dark brooding space that has taken up resi
Jun 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I adore fairy tale retellings, and this book will go at the top of my list of favorites. Ashlee Willis has crafted a unique retelling of Cinderella, with some unusual features that delighted me. This is no Disney story. It's a story of the fey folk, of magical dances in the moonlight, of love and hurt and broken hearts. Willis's beautifully crafted characters gave me a completely different view of the ones I knew from childhood. She skillfully creates a mystical tone, perfect for this story. I f ...more
Aug 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I've been wanting to try some Ashlee Willis for a while, and this novella didn't disappoint.

A unique twist on Cinderella, this story does not retell the story so much as use it as the inspiration for a new story. A gorgeously-written tale of loss, pain, and the injuries we do ourselves, A Wish Made of Glass drew me in and plucked my heartstrings. I had no idea how it was going to end; all I knew was that I could hardly wait to find out.

In fact this could almost have been a five star read if not
Anna Mussmann
Oct 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a lovely tale. Reshaped from familiar fairy tale material, it is a story about identity, love, and need to escape the prison of one's own tragic flaw. I loved the presence of the fey folk (I have a weakness for the fey) and the way in which the author wove Cinderella motifs into her story. The storytelling was excellent, the prose highly appropriate, and the heroine satisfying.

For me, the novella's only real weakness came from the author's use of allegory. It is difficult to make the ha
Abar Afrn
“Nothing dies as beautifully as autumn”

A wish made of glass is a hauntingly beautiful book that speaks of grief and loss.

This is the story about a young girl, Isidora, who when young use to dance with the fey. At the tender age to 11 her mother passes away; leaving Isidora feeling cold and alone. In her sorrow, she also turns away from the fey and starts believing that the nights she spent dancing with them were just her imagination.

This is the story of a young girl who doesn’t know how to
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Ashlee Willis is the author of fantasy for young adults. While most of her days are balanced between writing, reading and being a stay-at-home mom, she also finds time to enjoy forest rambles, crocheting, and playing the piano. She lives in the heart of Missouri with her family.

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“Only the forest.” Blessing’s voice is dismissive.

“How can you say only the forest?” I ask, aghast. “No forest is only a forest.”
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