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Broken Wish

(The Mirror #1)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  185 ratings  ·  127 reviews
Hanau, Germany

Sixteen-year-old Elva has a secret. She has visions and strange powers that she will do anything to hide. She knows the warnings about what happens to witches in their small village of Hanau. She’s heard the terrible things people say about the Witch of the North Woods, and the malicious hunts that follow. But when Elva accidentally witnesses a devastatin
Published October 6th 2020 by Disney Hyperion
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Apr 03, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Hey all! I guess this is the best time to visit this Goodreads page, before the book starts to circulate and reviews come in!

In case you missed it on Instagram and Twitter, BROKEN WISH is my dark fractured fairy tale coming October 6, 2020 from Disney! It's the first in a four-book series called The Mirror (all written by different authors) about a curse that spans multiple generations of the same family. I am kicking off the series with the first branch of the family tree and detailing how the
10/09/2020: I once made a wish for publication day to arrive already... AND IT'S COME TRUE.

✨Where magic gives, it can also take—in ways that no one can foresee.

FOR BEST READING EXPERIENCE: Play "For Good" from Wicked on repeat so you can wallow in your feels some MORE ଘ(ᵕ˵ ૩ᵕ)━☆゚.*・。゚

Every family curse starts somewhere. This one just so happens to involve a stunning story about women at the margins of society—women who seek acceptance, form life-changing friendships, and stand up for eac
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-2020
This deserves all the stars in the galaxy! All!!!!! I started reading it and couldn’t stop. Every moment between work, children, and the few hours of sleep (that I was forced to take because my kindle died!!!!) I was devouring this book. It is by far, the most magical book I’ve read this year. That’s saying a lot because I’ve read a couple others that were really wonderful.

I fell immediately in love with Mathilda and Agnes and their friendship. The rest of the story tumbled out so gracefully th
Nilufer Ozmekik
Jul 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wow! This was fast pacing, entertaining, well-written, riveting story! It’s also dark, depressing and intense with the alluring vibes of Grimm Brothers’ bloody eerie fairy tales meet Tim Burton’s gothic world building. And I have to congratulate the talented illustrator who created this remarkable book cover!

This is extra special event for me to start this book because this is the first time I received an ARC from Disney ( At least 10 rejections later as I see the book at my virtual bookshelf, I
...the lines between hero and villain start to blur...

That's completely my aesthetic.

Thank you Disney Book Group, for my ARC!! I am excited to check this one out.

Perfect for October!
Wren (fablesandwren)
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you so much to Net Galley and to the publisher for providing me with an eARC of this gorgeous book.

This book seriously surprised me. I wanted to read it because I have a soft-spot in my heart for Julie C. Dao (her Forest of a Thousand Lanterns is one of my favorite anti-hero books ever), but honestly wasn't expecting to like it as much as I did. This book talks about so many hard topics like prejudice, revenge and being good vs bad.

A married couple moves to a town to get away from a reput
Actual Rating: 3.5 stars

Broken Wish is the first book in a fantasy series that is very intriguing. It follows a cursed families over generations, with each book being written by a different YA author. This first installment is set in 1865 Germany and lays the groundwork for following books. I want to say up front that I think I would have loved this more if I was an actual teenager, but I still think there's a lot to like and I'm interested in continuing with the series.

Thematically this is a b
1800s Germany + magic and fairy tales? This sounds amazing, I'm so excited !!

3.5 stars! I flew through through this story. It does take on some very familiar tropes, to be sure. But I liked the fairytale feel, and the fact that it sets up quite nicely for the rest of the series.
Thank you so much to Disney Publishing Worldwide and Netgalley for Broken Wish by Julie C.Dao!.
Broken Wish is the first in a four book series. And prepare yourself, because all novels in this series are written by different authors. This series revolves around multiple generations of the same family dealing with a family curse. In this one, we are transported in Hanau (which surprise! Is the birthplace of the Brothers Grimm) and we are sucked into the storyline of the origin of the curse.
This b

Literally two days after I post this review we get a cover reveal... amazing!!

"Family curses start somewhere" YES

Ugh, I'm so freaking excited for this. I won't be able to wait.

Come sooner, October...


Oh my gosh, a four book series from the powerhouse Julie C. Dao. Multi-generational. Multi-generational!! I am so excited for this!! And - this October!!

*quarantine happy dance*
Sep 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The time is the mid-nineteenth century in a small German village filled with superstitions and fear of the unknown or the “different.” For sixteen-year-old Elva, keeping her growing powers of magic a secret is becoming more and more difficult. She knows what happens to witches and she’s heard the horrors of meeting up with the Witch of the North Woods.When she sees a vision of devastating proportions, she must find a way to prevent what happens without revealing her secrets. Must she find the fe ...more
Sep 24, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-releases
September 24, 2020: give me a mix of history and classic tales, please, thank you very much
Apr 03, 2020 marked it as to-read
four different authors covering multiple generations dealing with a magic mirror? and this one involves The Brothers Grimm? I NEED THIS NOW.
Mishma Nixon
Check out Julie's interview on my blog and enter to win a copy of Broken Wish!

Read my full review on my blog Chasing Faerytales

Julie C.Dao has pretty much established herself as a master in dark and twisty fairytale retellings. Following up from the deliciously dark and sweeping Forest of a Thousand Lanterns duology and companion, her latest book is a dark and bittersweet fairytale that sets up the stage for a series that follows a curse that spans multiple generations of the same family. In Bro
Oct 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

Broken Wish immediately begins with a fairy tale atmosphere. It's a story about those wishes and desires we have that seem small but start an avalanche. At its heart, Broken Wish is a story about desire, promises, and sacrifice, but it's also a story about societal pressure. How we can let society change our opinions of people, to shun people and smooth us all down. The desire to be
Julie - One Book More
Oct 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
The first book in the Mirror series, Broken Wish is a dark YA fairy tale about friendship, broken promises, and the importance of acceptance. Agnes and her husband have just moved to a small village in Germany where Agnes befriends Mathilda. Mathilda, a witch who is shunned by society, offers to make Agnes a potion to help her get pregnant in exchange for Agnes’ friendship. Agnes, desperate to have a child, promises but breaks this promise once she receives the potion since she and her husband b ...more
I really enjoyed this dark, fractured fairy tale that was a nod to the Brothers Grimm. The story takes place in a small village (Hanau) in Germany at the edge of the North Woods in 1699, which was during the time that the Brothers Grimm were collecting their fairytales. Folks readily believed in magic and the supernatural but considered it the work of evil. There is a lot of relevance to modern-day issues of racism, prejudice, and how you treat others, but what I loved about this book was the at ...more
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Magic. Evil. Magic Mirrors. Witches. This book has all the perfect ingredients for a lovely, dark fairy tale! I loved the story!

I'm not going to say much about the plot -- no spoilers. This book is a tale best enjoyed with no prior knowledge of events. I accidentally read a spoiler in a review before reading.....and I would have enjoyed it much more without knowing anything beforehand.

The story is fast paced and entertaining. The characters are wonderful. The book kept my attention from start t
Kate (Feathered Turtle Press)
Oct 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: october-2020

As a child, when she had asked her mother if fairy tales were real, her mother had replied: "Truth of a tale lies in where it took its first breath."

The Good
– Interesting dynamics between complex women and girls
– Elva's unflinching kindness and goodness
– Mathilda is easy to empathize with
– Solid storytelling
– Lovely sensory details

The Bad
– Slow start / beginning doesn't grab you
– Dao's writing style is clunky and rough around the edges
– Romance between Elva and Willem is a hard s

May 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 12-and-13
Thanks to Disney Publishing Worldwide for providing a digital ARC of The Mirror Broken Wish in exchange for an honest review.

I am obsessed with Grimm Fairytales. Always have been, always will be. The Mirror: Broken Wish does an excellent job translating the magic and morals of Grimm stories into a narrative perfect for teen and tween readers. The whole idea of Disney recruiting a different YA writer to write each book in this quartet had me really interested and this book did not disapoint.

The m
Tarra Lyn | TLCBookNook
Jul 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you are looking for a cute fairytale with Princesses needing to be saved by Prince Charming, this is not the tale for you. The first in a four-book series from Disney Books, Julie C. Dao creates a stunning, dark new tale, filled with strong women who don’t let society dictate who they’ll become. Fateful choices lead to unsuspecting consequences that span decades and into generations.

Dao is new to me, but I was immediately captivated by her writing, so much so that I finished this book in a d
Katherine Paschal
Broken Wish spans the lives of a mother and daughter and the unforeseen consequences of choices. Agnes longs to have a child and when her new friend says she can help she is excited by the opportunity- except that her new friend is called a witch by the townspeople and her husband fears the scorn of those people if Agnes continues her friendship. Fast-forward 16 years, Agnes' daughter Elva has been told to keep her powers a secret for fear of being scorned by the townspeople. But Elva longs to k ...more
Oct 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog-tour-arc
You can read my full review on my blog, The Bookwyrm's Den, here.

Many thanks to Disney-Hyperion and Rockstar Books for a copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

I confess I’ve never read a Julie C. Dao book, even though her books have been on my TBR for a while and I’ve heard wonderful things about her. This one, though … this got me. I’m a sucker for fairy tale retellings, and this one just grabbed my attention. Plus, I read an excerpt, and the writing? *chef’s kiss*

Broken Wish
Stephanie Ward
4.5 Stars

'Broken Wish' is the fantastic first book in a new young adult fantasy series that lovers of fairy tales are going to devour. As soon as I read the description, I knew that I had to read this book. I love dark fairy tales and fantasies and I'm obsessed with magic and witches; I was so excited and had high hopes for this book. I'm so happy to say that it didn't disappoint in the least. The only reason I didn't give it a full five stars was because of the writing style the author used. Po
May 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Broken Wish is the perfect dark fairytale.

The first of a new four-book series from Disney Books, Broken Wish by Julie Dao kicks of The Mirror series with flying colors. Strong women, fateful choices, prejudices, myth and magic will have readers swept off their feet in this Brothers Grimm-esque tale.

Broken Wish is described as a fractured fairytale, which means the feeling of a darker Disney – with an almost Tim Burton-inspired atmosphere – fills the pages from beginning to end. The witch’s warmt
Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’m really into retelling, twisted, dark and cursed fairytales. And I was delighted to find out that this was to be a 4 book series with each book written by a different Author, and spans across 4 families in 4 cities worldwide. The first book of the series; THE MIRROR by Julie Chao begins with the first line of the family that will be affected and the story told about the repercussions of a broken promise. When magic has its own penalties to pay for Broken Wishes. I absolutely loved the writing ...more
Paige Green
Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I received the e-arc and a finished copy from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: Broken Wish

Author: Julie C. Dao

Book Series: The Mirror Book 1

Rating: 5/5

Recommended For...: fantasy, ya fantasy, magic lovers

Publication Date: October 6, 2020

Genre: YA Fantasy

Recommended Age: 16+ (slight violence and gore, romance, sexism, homophobia mentioned, grief, death)

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Pages: 320

Synopsis: 1865
Hanau, Germany

Sixteen-year-old Elva has a secret. She has vision
Jul 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this dark fairy tale-esque fantasy. The story takes place in Germany in the 1850s. This is the story of Elva, a girl with the magical ability to see into the past and the future when she looks at a reflection. Elva’s family has been cursed. For every two good things that happen to them, something really bad happens. Elva discovers that perhaps it is a broken promise her mother made years ago that is the cause of this curse. This is also the story of Mathilda, the fabled witc ...more
DNF @40%

Thank you to netgalley and Disney-Hyperion for the arc, in exchange for an honest review.

I kept telling myself I needed to get to 50% before I could think of putting it down, but to be honest, I began dreading picking it up because of that. By no means to I think this is a bad book, I just think that it wasn't for me. I was intrigued by this quartet because of how it was marketed, with a different author tackling each book, and I was interested to see how the stories all lined up, bec
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Julie C. Dao is the author of several acclaimed novels for teens and children, including FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS and BROKEN WISH, published by Disney Books. A proud Vietnamese-American who was born in upstate New York, she now lives in New England. Follow her on Twitter @jules_writes.

Julie is represented by Tamar Rydzinski of Context Literary Agency.

Pronunciation: JOOL-lee DOW (like “wow”)

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