The Mirror: Broken Wish by Julie C Dao
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.
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.
Elva has a gift – or a curse – according to how you look at it. She has visions, that always seem to come true. And when she discovers letters from the witch in the woods to her mother, Elva realizes that she needs to seek help from the one person who has no reason to.
Broken Wish is a captivating fairy tale. It’s dark and heart-wrenching. But Elva’s hope and kindness affects everyone around her. She’s an amazing young woman who thinks nothing of personal gain, just for those most hurting. This isn’t a Disney princess fairy tale, with everyone living “happily ever after.” But there is a hope for the future. And this beautifully-written tale makes me excited for the next in the series.