authors : beth bracken & kay fraser
pages : [hardcover] 306
favorite characters : kheelan & soli
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.
This book is such a quick and cute read! Although it is obviously geared toward younger readers, fantasy lovers of all ages will love the illustrations and messages presented in Wish! I flew through it in just a few short hours because half of the book is full-page illustrations of the characters and events of the story. I loved the visual presentation of the fairy world, the dynamic between Lucy and Soli, and the fact that both fantastical and real-life issues were addressed throughout the novel!
The entire plot of the novel only happens because of a simple fight between best friends over a boy, something that most female readers would be able to relate to. Because the opening of the book is grounded in realism, that only enhances Wish and makes it especially useful to younger readers. Lucy and Soli remain loyal to each other, even if they are angry, and I think that seeing these strong characters facing obstacles they never could have imagined before.
I do with that there was a little more writing because there are spaces on the pages where more dialogue and description could have been added, though I’m assuming that that was avoided in favor of the fantastical drawings. While those were definitely my favorite part of the novel and what makes it so incredibly unique and fun, I really wished that the ending could have been less abrupt and more well-rounded, though of course now I’ll need to go on to read the next book! I can’t wait to see what else happens in he Faerieground and what adventures Soli and Lucy might have!
I’d recommend Wish to anyone, young and old. Fairy lovers, especially, or people who love fairy tale worlds will love this book!