Published: September 15th, 2015
Publisher: Harper Teen
A modern, multi-generational tale of Kendra, the witch from "Snow White," who trains Violet, an ugly, lonely, and heartbroken girl in the 1980s who transforms herself into "the fairest one of all" but still cannot win Greg's heart, and Celine, Greg's daughter with Violet's high school rival, Jennifer.
My very short review:-
Alex Flinn is probably best known for Beastly - or rather the movie adaptation of Beastly starring Alex Pettifer. I loved both the book and the movie myself, but the book served to put Ms. Flinn solidly on my 'must be read' list. While I haven't 'loved' all of her books, I have enjoyed them and Mirrored was no exception.
To be honest I preferred the first half of the book to the second. Seeing how Violet turns from a misunderstood plain nobody into a manipulative bombshell was really fun. Its a perfect illustration of the adage - be careful what you wish for. It's really no wonder she turns into the wicked stepmother- there's a kind of twisted logic to it.
Goose was a wonderful, non-stereotypical character in the second half of the book. I loved his character, and his relationship with Celine was unusual. Really though, it's a Snow White retelling, so you're not going to learn anything new. It was a fun version of the tale but with few surprises. I don't think it will earn Ms Flinn legions of new fans, but for existing fans of fairy tale retellings I'm sure it will be a hit.