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 ...more
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 ...more
✨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 ...more
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 immediatel ...more
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 ...more
In other words, my aesthetic.
Thank you Disney Book Group, for my ARC!!
I am excited to check this one out.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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* ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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."
– Interesting dynamics between complex women and girls
– Elva's unflinching kindness and goodness
– Mathilda is easy to empathize with
– Solid storytelling
– Lovely sensory details
– 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
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 ...more
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 ...more
Dao is new to me, but I was immediately captivated by her writing, so much so that I finished this book in a d ...more
I found myself pretty time strapped for reading when I started this one, so it took longer to finish than it should. This would be a pretty fun (perfect for this season) quick read under normal circumstances. Overall, I enjoyed! This is going to be a series of four books, each one by a different author, that follows a family through generations as they grapple with a family curse. This ...more
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*
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'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 ...more
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 ...more
Julie is represented by Tamar Rydzinski of Context Literary Agency.
Pronunciation: JOOL-lee DOW (like “wow”)