Book Review: Wish by: Beth Bracken and Kay Fraser

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: Capstone Young Readers

Publish Date: February 1, 2013

Origins: From Publisher for Review

Format: Trade Paperback

Order From:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: With one wish made in Willow Forest, Soli and Lucy are pulled into Faerieground – and into the middle of an ancient battle. In the faerie kingdom, an evil queen searches for her daughter while the palace crumbles. To save her best friend, Soli must find her hidden strength. This is a story about friendship, growing up, and the power of wishes. This is a story about faeries and spells, queens and lost princesses, fireflies and four-leaf clovers. But mostly, this is a story about love.

Two friends, torn apart. Soli and Lucy argue, and then Lucy disappears, taken by the faeries who live in the forest near their homes. Can Soli save her friend, even if it means facing the biggest dangers she's ever experienced?

Review: ‘Wish’ is the story of best friends, betrayal, and the cost of wishing in the woods. There is no Lucy without Soli and no Soli without Lucy, but when Lucy is caught kissing the one boy Soli is interested in again, all bets are off. Soli runs off through the Willow Forest and Lucy follows behind. For all their life, Lucy has kept Soli from wishing in the woods and kept her from believing in the Faerie stories Lucy’s mother tells them both. But on this day, Lucy is unable to stop Soli and Soli wishes Lucy away. Lucy arrives in Faerieground and is now a pawn in a plot of the Faerie Queen’s to solidify her power. Soli must now venture to Faerieground to save her best friend and almost-sister, Lucy. Soli doesn’t have all of the information and doesn’t realize her true strength and potential…yet.

‘Wish’ is a short faerie-tale as it only took me 15 minutes to read it, but the detailed imagination of the authors and the beautifully rich illustrations transport the reader to Faerieground itself. I can see this story for late elementary/early middle school readers and, of course, anyone with a love of faerie tales. I enjoyed the dynamic between Soli and Lucy and the changes they went through personally and together during this story. A testament to the bonds of love, family, and friendship, ‘Wish’ contains some very important life lessons for kids of all ages. 

Faerieground Series: Wish (1)

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