Review ~ Mirrored by Alex Flinn

24331337Title: Mirrored

Author: Alex Flinn

Published by: HarperTeen; September 15, 2015

Format/Source: E-Arc provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 3.5 Stars

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In #1 New York Times bestselling author Alex Flinn’s modern and mysterious retelling of Snow White, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and true love doesn’t necessarily mean Prince Charming.

Celine’s life is the stuff fairy tales are made of. She’s beautiful, talented, and brave. Unfortunately, her tale comes complete with a wicked stepmother! When Violet steps into Celine’s life, everything changes and weird things begin to happen to her—bizarre accidents, strange illnesses, and rabid animal attacks. Celine doesn’t feel safe anywhere. It’s almost as if some hateful witch is out to get her.

And there is. Violet has been waiting all her life to have Celine’s father to herself. Getting rid of his gorgeous daughter is child’s play for a witch as powerful as she is. Happy-ever-after isn’t enough for Violet. She wants to be the fairest of them all, and Celine is in the way . . . but not for long.

Forced to take refuge with her friend Goose and his family, Celine gives up everything she loves and goes deep undercover. But will it be enough to fool Violet, or will Celine’s fate be decided by a reflection in a magic mirror? And where do you find Prince Charming in Miami anyway?

Mirrored is a modern retelling of Snow White—told from the points of view of Violet, Celine, and Goose—with all the magic and mystery readers will love.

Review:

Before reading Mirrored, I read Bewitching and really enjoyed it, so I had pretty high expectations for this one. Unfortunately, this book suffered a little because of that. I was kind of disappointed and I just didn’t get drawn in to this book like I did with previous Flinn books.

This book is told in three parts. The first part is all about Violet. She is an ugly child and has only one friend. When that one friend abandons her for the popular girl, she is devastated. Then, my favorite Flinn character, Kendra, shows up to try and save the day. Violet discovers she is  a witch and immediately uses her powers to make herself beautiful. She turns herself into a whole new person, but soon realizes that nothing has really changed and nobody likes her, even with her new beauty. This starts her on a path towards evil.

The second part of the book is the story of Celine. She is the daughter of Violet’s former friend/crush, Greg, and the popular girl Jennifer, that he abandoned her for. Due to some circumstances, Violet and Greg are now married and Celine is now the step-daughter of Violet. Celine is a natural beauty and immensely talented and Violet is as you might expect, extremely jealous. More circumstances lead Violet to wage war on Celine.

The third part of the book is all about Goose. He helped Celine escape from Violet, but now he must find a way to save her life. He is the ultimate unlikely hero, and one of the best parts of the book. He is four feet, five inches tall and is terrified of heights. He has to find a way to rise to the occasion and be the knight in shining armor, even if he doesn’t end up getting the girl.

The biggest turn off of this book was Violet’s obsession with beauty and with Greg. She went to extreme lengths to acquire both. and although, I felt really sorry for her, the obsessions were a little annoying and definitely frustrating. If she wasn’t talking about her beauty, she was talking about Greg, or how much she hated Celine.

Overall, This book was okay and if you are a fan of Alex Flinn, I would still recommend this book. It wasn’t my favorite Flinn book, but I did end up enjoying it.


Happy Reading!

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