Publish Date: September 15, 2015
Genre: YA Retelling, Fairy Tale
Source: Print Arc
Rating: 3.5 Stars
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.
Review:Mirrored is a book that was high on my to be read reading list - well more like one of my top books to be read this year. It didn't disappoint. This is the story about the wicked stepmother/witch from Snow White. The first half of the story follows her when she was a little girl. No one liked her because she wasn't 'beautiful' like them. It began an obsession; to be flawlessly beautiful.
Of course what type of story would it be without our beloved Kendra! Violet only wants to fit in and be beautiful, and with the help of Kendra she can make that happen. She does all this not just for beauty but to win the heart of the boy she's desperately in love with. Only, he doesn't want her, even when she's insanely pretty.
The story then delves into a second part - Snow White's part. She's the daughter of the man Violet is in love (obsessed) with. When Celine's mother tragically dies from an animal attack, Violet sweeps in and it no time becomes stepmother. But the closer Celine comes of age, the more and more Violet begins to loathe her. Celine is beautiful and may even be the "most beautiful girl in all the land". Violet can't have that, she she sabotages Celine in different ways. When tragedy strikes Celine again, she's in deep trouble. With the help of Kendra, can these two stop Violet from herself?
I felt for Violet and I seriously loved her innocent character in the beginning of the story. Then we get to that second part and j couldn't help but hate her with a passion! She was so jealous and so manipulative; I just couldn't help but mourn the sweet and lonely little girl. Alas, she was in fact an evil witch. All in the name of love and looks.
I feel like I need to mention the freaking amazing characters. Most notably Goose. I really enjoyed him; he was quirky and super fun to read about. Celine was a cool character even though her constant complaining about how beautiful she was, was definitely annoying. But for the most part I really did like her. The ending had a cool twist that I enjoyed and I know readers will love it too!
If you're looking for a different take on a classic fairy tale I highly recommend this one! It was great seeing the stepmother from Snow White so vulnerable; she almost seemed human. Almost. It's sad and you may want to pity this woman (witch) but her actions do make it so hard to love her.
Random thought: everyone in the beginning of the book were assholes. No joke. Plus Violet's love interest, Greg, was kind of a dud. I had NO idea why she had to be so obsessed with him.
*Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy for and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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