Review of ‘Broken Wish’

A good fairy tale is one that mystifies and enchants the reader. The Mirror: Broken Wish is one such novel.

Talented Storytelling

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Broken Wish
by Julie C. Dao

Julie C. Dao has already had her hand at adapting fairy tales and retelling them, but Broken Wish stands apart from her previous novels. Part of the charm of Broken Wish is how similar it is to the Grimm Fairy Tales.

Dao takes readers to the outskirts of Germany, building up the realism of the novel and even referencing the Grimm brothers. Her ability to weave fact and fiction into the story is what makes it so compelling.

Furthermore, the voice and the storytelling is fantastic. The story moves at such an incredible pace that it starts with the parents and moves onto Elva. There are moments when it is even reminiscent of the musical Into the Woods.

The movement of the story, the way it develops, exploring the magic of witches and fairy tales, pulling in the reader.


While Broken Wish has excellent storytelling, the atmosphere and the darkness that lurks within it enchants the reader.

Classic fairy tales are dark tales, tales of wonder and fantasy, and Broken Wish is precisely that. Dao tells the story with finesse, but she does not neglect the characters or the magic.

The creation of the North Woods, it mystifies the reader, and much like the children in the novel pulls in the reader. Not because of the magic, but because of the dark mysteries it holds. Dao references classic fairy tales in her storytelling, giving them fodder while also making her story both brighter and haunting at the same moment.

Dao forces the reader to think of those classic tales while also seeing how Dao has given them a new life, a brighter life. From red slippers to a glass coffin, and a witch who does not age, these are all elements the reader can connect to, but they have such new life to them, making the story even more spellbinding.

Final Thoughts

Masterfully told, Broken Wish is reminiscent of classic fairy tales in structure and sound, Dao weaves a spellbinding story.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Product Details:

Pub Date: October 6, 2020Page Count: 320ppAge Range: 14 & Over
ISBN: 978-1-3680-4638-1Publisher: Disney-HyperionList Price: $18.99

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  • Enchanting.
  • Unique.
  • Excellent pacing.
  • Reminiscent of classic fairy tales.

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