I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Mirrored by Alex Flinn
Genres: Fairy Tale retelling, YA
Published by HarperTeen on September 15th, 2015
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.
I was a strange child. Strange looking, for certain, with buck teeth, red hair (and matching invisible eyelashes), a hooked nose, and barely the hint of a chin.
What I thought of this book
Mirrored is a modern day version of Snow White but it does have a few twist and turns just like most of Alex Flinn’s retellings.
In the first section we meet Violet, she is sort of an ugly duckling and nobody likes her, but one day she does something magical and makes a friend in Greg. She also finds out that she is a witch and with the help of Kendra she finds out she can gradually make herself prettier and she thinks this is what she needs to do to be popular. It doesn’t really work. This part to me was a different twist on The Ugly Duckling except the Swan has some bite.
Then we meet Celine, she is very beautiful and she hates that everyone likes her looks and not who she really is, so she chooses not to be popular. One day tragedy strikes and her mother is killed and soon replaces with an evil stepmother, Violet. Violet is beautiful because of magic and soon resents her stepdaughter who looks like the one person she has always hated.
Goose is Celines friend and a little person, you could even say dwarf. 🙂 He lives with his mom and dad and four other siblings so that makes seven..lol. Goose is awesome and he is my favorite character. Goose befriends Celine and they become fast friends and when she is in danger he is there to help.
I enjoyed Mirrored, it was cute and I really liked how the author reinvented Snow White and the dwarfs. Even though it is considered a YA book I would think that older Middle Grade readers would probably love this novel. Some older YA readers might not like it as much as the younger YA.
If you like retellings and are into YA books then I think you might enjoy this and should give it a try. I really thought it about a 3.75 rating as I wasn’t wowed but it was very cute so I went with a 4 since there is no way to put the other rating in. 🙂