REVIEWS: Wish and Hope by Beth Bracken & Kay Fraser


by Beth Bracken & Kay Fraser, illustrated by Odessa Sawyer

Faerieground Trilogy, Book One

Book Description

Never wish in the woods.

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.

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Wish by Beth Bracken

This is a quick but spirited middle grade read. Best friends Soli and Lucy have had a falling out, and Soli unwittingly makes her friend disappear into the realm of an evil fairy queen. To save her, Soli must find bravery within herself, and both girl learn a shocking secret.

The illustrations in this book are absolutely beautiful! I loved that they so accurately captured the characters and what was going on in the book.

Soli and Lucy are getting older, and are having a fight over a boy. They have been best friends for as long as they can remember. Events move really fast, which I’m glad of in a way, because I know this book is set for a tween/middle grade audience and you have to move fast to keep their attention.

I think girls will love this book; it’s got classic fairytale elements, cute boys, a bit of romance, and best friends. This is the first book in a series so I think there’s much ahead for Soli and Lucy!

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Faerieground Trilogy, Book Two

Book Description

Back in Faerieground, Soli must lead her kingdom to safety. But Lucy becomes ill, and her wellbeing is her best friend’s first priority, even if it means sacrificing the crown.

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Hope by Beth Bracken

This book picks up right where Wish left off. Soli has discovered she’s a real life fairy princess, and she and her best friend Lucy must travel back to the fairy kingdom to attempt to save it from those who would see it destroyed. Unfortunately for them both, Soli may be forced to make a choice that will change their friendship forever.

I liked this book just as much as the first. It’s a very fast read with gorgeous illustrations, although this sequel didn’t have as many pictures as the first book did.

The book is split between Soli and Lucy’s points of view, along with a couple of others thrown in to get the entire picture of what’s going on. I’m glad I finally got to learn the truth about the seemingly evil queen. No one was really as they seemed in this book.

Soli must decide if she’s going to leave her familiar home behind, or become the queen of the fairy people who desperately need one. The girls both have a lot of growing up to do, and I think they’re on their way.

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About the Authors

Beth Bracken is a children’s book editor. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her husband, Steve, and their son, Sam. When she’s not reading, writing, or editing books, Beth spends most of her time knitting endlessly while watching reruns of old TV shows and drinking lots of tea. —Website

Kay Fraser is from Buenos Aires. She left home at eighteen and moved to North Dakota—basically the exact opposite of Argentina. These days, she designs books, writes, makes tea for her husband, and drives her daughters to their dance lessons. —Website

About the Illustrator

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 book covers from 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. —Website




About Carrie

A SAHM who loves her life :)

Posted on July 21, 2013, in books, NetGalley, NGKnockout13, reading, review. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

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