Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Review: Mirrored by Alex Flinn





I was lucky enough to win an ARC of this earlier this year from Cynthia Leitich Smith, who is an author, and also blogs at Cynsations.  I didn't even realize it was autographed to me personally until I finally picked it up to read!  Here is the autograph:




I haven't read very many of Alex Flinn's books, but the ones I have, I've enjoyed for the most part. And of course, they almost always fit perfectly into my current love of fairy tale retellings, and this one was no exception.

The main character, well, there are two.  We start the story in the 80s (when I was growing up, so I loved that!) with a girl named Violet.  Violet is not a pretty girl, and she's also not a well liked girl, people think she's weird.  She's bullied, especially by a girl named Jennifer.  But there is a boy that she becomes friends with after a strange incident in the playground when they're kids.  A bird is dead, obviously killed by one of the boys who is a bully.  She sees another boy, named Greg, who seems really upset, so she goes over and picks up the bird, and all of a sudden it's okay.  Of course she plays it off as it wasn't dead, just stunned.  But from that point, she and Greg become good friends.  Until 8th grade.  They didn't get to spend the summer together, and when school starts, Greg comes back and he's grown, a lot. And now he seems very interested in being friends with Jennifer, and he won't hang out with Violet anymore.  When a strange woman comes and shows Violet that she really is a witch, and has powers, Violet thinks maybe, just maybe, she can change herself to make Greg like her. 

We join up again in the future with Greg and his wife Jennifer, and their daughter Celine.  Violet hasn't been in their life in a long time.  No matter how beautiful Violet became, or how talented, Greg was always in love with Jennifer.  But one day there is a tragedy, and Jennifer dies.  Violet comes into their life, and becomes Celine's stepmother, at first it seems like she's a good stepmother.  Soon Violet decides that Celine is always going to come between her and Greg, and Celine feels like she must always stay away from home.  Even to the point of hiding, basically leaving her home and living with a new friend she's made, Goose.  The strange woman who first was kind of a savior to Violet, now sees the way Violet is, and also tries to help Celine.

This is a wonderful retelling/reimagining of Snow White.  I loved all of it, especially the boy band part, and the character Goose and his family.  I really felt for Violet, and was rooting for her, until she just couldn't move on past wanting Greg.  She had everything, beauty, talent, smarts, and magic, but her whole life the only thing to make her happy would be if she had Greg.  And Celine was just a really sweet girl, you couldn't not like her, or even feel like Violet was ever right, even at times Celine felt sorry for Violet, when she knew what her life had been like.  Just a really great story, with really great characters.  I can't wait to purchase this book for my school library so that my students can read and enjoy it as well!

17 comments:

  1. Great review. Beastly is my favorite so far. :)

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    1. Thanks! I haven't actually read Beastly yet, I've only seen the movie. Which wasn't too bad! Thanks for visiting!

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  2. This sounds awesome! Going to add it to my TBR. :)
    @dino0726 from 
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    1. I really liked it. The characters and the change in the story, but still close enough that you recognized it. Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Not read many of her books either, but I did enjoy this one.

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    1. Glad to hear you enjoyed it as well! Thanks for visiting!

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  4. Haven't read any of her books, but I love fairy tales so I think I will love this book! Thank you for the review! 😊

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    1. You should definitely pick it up when you get the chance. Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. YEESSS!! You just made me so happy! I am about to read this one and some of my fairytale retellings have been getting some nasty reviews. You should try Ash & Bramble. It wasn't popular but since you love the retellings like me I think you will enjoy it. If not feel free to blame me. lol'
    <3 Britt @ PleaseFeedTheBookworm.com

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    1. I really liked this one! I tried Ash and Bramble, but just couldn't get into it. So I moved on to another book this weekend. I was very disappointed because I do really love fairy tale retellings. Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. I haven't read this book yet but it sounds interesting ;) I love fairy tales retellings

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    1. I'd say it is a great retelling, I suggest you give it a try! Thanks for visiting!

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  7. Interesting. I'm usually not a fan of any sort of retellings, but this sounds good.

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    1. It's unique enough that even when you recognize the Snow White/Cinderella parts, you still enjoy the story. YOu should give it a try!

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  8. I just love the retellings! This book is on my TBR list because of it's story but also it's cover. It makes me think of a modern Snow White.

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    1. It is basically that type of a fairy tale, and a great retelling too! Hope you can get it soon to read!

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