Book Review: Wish by Beth Bracken and Kay Fraser, Odessa Sawyer (Illustrations)


Wish by Beth Bracken and Kay Fraser, Odessa Sawyer (Illustrations)

Age Range: 9 – 13
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Capstone Young Readers (February 1, 2013)
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Rating: 3 of 5 stars


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.

From the Faerieground series. For ages 9-13.

*Light paranormal romance
* Faeries continue to be a popular topic for tween and teen girls
High concept fantasy: a strong hook, intriguing characters with real
adolescent problems – relationships, identity, and family – addressed
through metaphor


“Absolutely gorgeous. . . .this evocative and emotional tale is a dark and thrilling delight.”
 —Kelly Barnhill, author of The Mostly True Story of Jack and Iron-Hearted Violet

About the Authors:

Kay Fraser and Beth Bracken are a designer-editor team in Minnesota. Kay
is from Buenos Aires. She left home at eighteen and moved to North
Dakota — basically tthe exact opposite of Argentina. These days, she
designs books, writes, makes tea for her husband, and drives her
daughters to their dance lessons. Beth lives in a light-filled house
with her husband and their son, Sam. She spends her time editing books,
reading, daydreaming, and rearranging her furniture. Kay and Beth both
love dark chocolate, Buffy, and tea.

About the Artist:

Odessa Sawyer is an illustrator from Santa Fe, New Mexico. She works
mainly in digital mixed media, utilizing digital painting, photography,
and traditional pen and ink. Odessa’s work has graced the book covers of
many top publishing houses, and she has also done work for various film
and television projects, posters, and album covers. Highly influenced
by fantasy, fairy tales, fashion, and classic horror, Odessa’s work
celebrates a whimsical, dreamy, and vibrant quality.


My Thoughts:

This book is not at all what I had expected. I loved the gorgeous full
color illustrations throughout the story. The simple writing bordered on
minimalist and I thought it was a little too basic for the intended age
group. I enjoyed the plot and the way the characters are entwined, but i
wished the writing had more substance to it.

It also ended very
abruptly. I turned the last page, expecting more, only to find the author


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  • Reply
    May 19, 2013 at 4:51 am

    Lovely review would this be better suited for an advanced 7 yr old? He reads on a 6 grade level or do you think it would still be too easy for him?

    • Reply
      May 19, 2013 at 4:00 pm

      That's hard to say. The intended age group was 9-13, but I felt like the writing was more suited for kids ages 7 and up. It was almost like an early chapter book with a little more substance to it.

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