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Review: A Wish Made of Glass

A Wish Made of Glass

by Ashlee Willis

4/5 stars | Goodreads

Deep in a forest glade, the fey folk dance with Isidore, a young human child. Their kinship is the very fabric of her childhood. When her mother dies and her world darkens with sorrow, Isidore finds her belief in the fey folk wavering.

The love of her new step-sister, Blessing, proves an unexpected gift in her time of need. Yet even as their friendship blooms, Isidore begins to see that Blessing is everything she herself has always wanted to be, but is not. Jealousy grips Isidore as she watches this beautiful new sister steal away all she holds dear.

Driven to desperation, Isidore turns to the fey folk once more. She has only one wish to claim from them, one chance to make things right. But she must tread carefully. For wishes, like hearts, are easily broken. And obtaining the one thing she desires could mean destroying the one thing she truly needs.

I recieved this kindle ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review

This is my first time doing a book review, so let’s see how it goes.

 I had mixed feelings about this book. I really liked a lot of things about it, but there were a couple of things big enough to prevent me from giving it five stars.

First of all, the things I liked:

I really liked the writing. It had some wonderfully vivid details and made me feel all kinds of emotions, which I always love.

I loved all the side characters, especially Blessing and that servant who’s name I can’t remember. I loved how Blessing and the step mother weren’t played as villains like they usually would be. The prince managed to be an interesting and likable character despite having such a brief appearance.

I also loved how the glass slipper was used in such a unique way, and the fairies (or fey folk, as they’re called) were lovely.

The theme was quite unexpected for a fairy tale retelling, and I don’t think I’ve ever read a book with that as the main theme. Then again I haven’t payed much attention to themes till recently.

Now the things I didn’t like so much.

I didn’t like Isidore. I liked her starting out, but later she became so unlikable and I just couldn’t root for her. However, it was kind of the point of the book that she was unlikable most of the time, and my inability to root for her is more because I just don’t like unlikable characters than any fault of the author’s. I don’t mind a ‘boring’ protagonist, but an unlikable one – even if it’s deliberate – just puts me off. I also awkwardly forgot her name half way through, but I have a tendency to forget random things so that’s probably just me.

I also felt the ending was a little rushed. Just making it a little clearer what Isidore’s realization was and having her think about her decision a little beforehand might have helped it feel less hurried.

All in all, it was enjoyable. It took an interesting twist on the original tale and had a unique theme for a fairy tale retelling. If you like that kind of thing, I’d definitely recommend it. If you’re looking for a lighthearted, close-to-the-original fairytale retelling, this probably isn’t for you.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I’ve Read the Most Books From

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It’s been longer than I planned since I last posted, since we were down in Surrey and the internet connection was terrible. Anyway, this week’s theme is the authors I’ve read the most books from. Most of the authors on this list are children’s authors from decades or longer ago, so I feel my list will be rather different from most.

1. Enid Blyton – 50+ books

This woman’s basically the Queen of British children’s literature. She somehow managed to write over 800 books. Like, how is this even possible? I’ve read at least fifty of her books in my childhood, though probably more than that.

the last two books are missing, but this is a pretty impressive gift

remember this photo from the bookshelf tag?

2. Caroline Lawrence – 18 books

The Roman Mysteries is probably the longest series I’ve ever read. And I’ve read a lot of long series.

3. L Frank Baum – 16 books

I read every Oz related book this guy wrote. There’s a lot of them. They’re all great. 😀

4. John Flanagan – 16 books

I look up this guy and I get a bunch of pictures of some football player 😛 anyway, I read the entire Rangers Apprentice series and loved all of them, even if the finale felt more like an opening for a spin off series than a finale. I’ve also read the first four Brotherband books, which started good and got much better, and tried in vain to get hold of book five.

5. Anne Digby – 16 books

I read a lot of British boarding school books when I was younger, and the Trebizon books were the best ones. The characters were a lot more interesting, realistic and diverse than Enid Blyton’s. I never got to finish the series. (the last two or three books are annoyingly hard to find) It turns out she also wrote a lot of the filler/sequel novels for Enid Blyton (who had a tendency to miss out years and stop a series before it was really finished – although I’m still not sure those fillers were really necessary)

6. Roald Dahl – 15 books

These might just be the easiest books to find in the UK. The local library had almost all of them and those they didn’t have, we owned, so obviously I’ve read all of Dahl’s children’s books at least once.

Anne7. L M Montgomery – 14

I loved the Anne of Green Gables books to pieces and own almost every book in the series. I also read some of Montgomery’s other books which were all good, especially The Story Girl and it’s sequel, The Golden Road. (those books are hilarious)

As someone with five brothers and sisters, I can relate to this.

8. Edith Nesbit – about 10 books

Her books can be a little odd at times, but are generally very enjoyable. She also has a very unique way of writing, kind of quirky and old fashioned, that I like.

9. Lemony Snicket – 10 books

I never finished A Series of Unfortunate Events, but I might give it another try some time now I’m old enough to fully enjoy the dark quirkiness and not feel like throwing the books because they’re so darn depressing.

10. Laura Ingalls Wilder – 9 books

We own almost the entire Little House on the Prairie series in hardback, and I love them so very much.

So, those are the authors I’ve read the most of. Which authors have you read the most of?

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