Friday, August 7, 2020

The Mirror: Broken Wish by Julie C. Dao

Elva sees the future when she looks in water.  She doesn't want to be accused of being a witch (everyone in town hates them), so she doesn't look at water surfaces anymore.  Besides, that makes her mother happy...

Disney-Hyperion and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 6th.

When, by accident, Elva sees a monstrous storm that takes their barn down and kills animals, she's worried,  She knows that will devastate her family and she needs to figure out how to stop it or how to prepare for it.  She decides to go find the witch of the woods and learn more magic.

First she goes to her old house.  It's vacant and in bad repair after all the years but she finds a magic mirror under the floorboards.  It leads her to the witch.

The witch isn't welcoming and doesn't want to help her.  After more conversation, she agrees to teach her some magic.  It's not as easy as it looks.  She has to totally focus.  She works at it not knowing if she can stop the storm or not.

Her youngest brother goes missing and she goes with her parents to find him even if she's supposed to be at the trial of the witch.  She finds him and then learns they are going to hang the witch.  She protests, they ignore her.  She goes home and uses the mirror to undo parts of the past.  She doesn't stop when she gets tired and that's a mistake...

This is a fairytale and I enjoyed reading it.

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