Published by Disney-Hyperion on October 6, 2020
Series: The Mirror #1
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy & Magic
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 devastating vision of the future, she decides she has to do everything she can to prevent it. Tapping into her powers for the first time, Elva discovers a magical mirror and its owner-none other than the Witch of the North Woods herself. As Elva learns more about her burgeoning magic, and the lines between hero and villain start to blur, she must find a way to right past wrongs before it's too late.
The Mirror: Broken Wish marks the first book in an innovative four-book fairy-tale series written by Julie C. Dao, Dhonielle Clayton, Jennifer Cervantes, and L. L. McKinney, following one family over several generations, and the curse that plagues it.
Broken Wish is the first book in the young adult fantasy series called The Mirror. The Mirror series is a new innovative concept that I am completely loving. It is a four book series that follows the the same family tree. This family has been cursed and the series shows how the curse affects the different generations of the family, and each book is written by a different author. I just love this idea because not only do we get to follow this curse throughout a long period of time seeing how it affects each of the family members, and their kids and their kids, but we also get to see it though different author perspectives and different writing styles and story telling styles. The first book, Broken Wish is told by Julie C. Dao. I loved this book so much! I thought it was a fantastic story, so well told and so very interesting. It is also a wonderful foundation to get to know the magic system and how curses feature into it.
In Broken Wish, we meet the people that the curse originated with- Agnes and Mathilda. Agnes and her husband have just recently moved to a small town in Germany, and Agnes befriends Mathilda, not initially realizing that she is shunned by the town because they believe her to be a witch. We learn that Agnes wants to have children so badly, and Mathilda offers to help if Agnes agrees to be her friend. When Agnes breaks that promise, the curse is put into action. The rest of the story follows Agnes three children, with a focus on their daughter Elva. I loved Elva. I thought she was smart and kind, and I was so happy to see her relationship with Mathilda.
Elva has magic in her family and she has spent her whole life trying to hide her magic from everyone. Her parents just want her to be normal. I loved getting to know Elva and watch her discover her magic and bond with Mathilda. Mathilda was also a delight of a character. I loved peeling back the layers with her and really getting a glimpse inside her life and her motivations. She is super interesting. In The Mirror series, curses (at least so far) seem to stem from broken promises. When the magic is sealed with a promise, the person who breaks that promise is issued a curse in return. I am super interested to see how this families curse evolves. Will it affect all family members the same, or with it twist and warp through the generations. I can’t wait to find out. The plot of Broken Wish was awesome. It kept me riveted to the pages and I ended up finishing this book in one sitting because I needed to know what was going to happen. I did not see that ending coming and I can’t wait to see how those events are going to tie into the next book. I loved Julie Cao’s storytelling so much so that I am a little sad she is not writing the next book, but on the other hand, I can’t wait to see what different spin the next author is going to put on the story. I can’t wait for the second book in the Mirror series. I know this is going to be a favorite series of mine! Broken Wish was a fantastic read and I am super eager to continue on with these books.
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2020 New Release Challenge
- 2020 Retellings Reading Challenge
- ARCtober 2020
- Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge 2020