Mirrored

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Mirrored
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Release Date
September 15, 2015
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978-0062134516
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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.

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Who's the Fairest
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4.0
In the 1980s, Celine struggles with her looks and her distant mother. She longs for the love of Greg, but he is interested only in Jennifer. Even when she discovers that she has magical powers and is tutored in using them by the enigmatic Kendra, Greg is not interested, and she remains a social pariah despite her beauty. Fast forward to the present day, and Greg and Jennifer's daughter, Violet, has struggles of her own. After her mother is killed in a freak zoo accident, her father marries Celine. At first, things are fine, and Celine is nice to her. When Violet becomes a teen and starts to become more beautiful, Celine views her as a threat. Kendra befriends Violet, who also has magical powers, and lets her in on Celine's troubled past. Befriended by Jonah, a person of short stature, and his family, Violet tries to hide out at their home and avoid Celine. What will happen when the two witches collide?
Good Points
Flinn is the master of the modernized fairy tale, and this is a version of Snow White that will appeal to teen readers who like tales of mean girls, witches and magic. The time spent in the 1980s is fun, and the teen movies of John Hughes are discussed; oddly, these are still popular with young people today. Fans of Beastly and Bewitching will find the continued story of Kendra appealing.

Since Celine's story brings in so many vivid facets of the 1980s, I had to wonder if the names of the characters were a homage to the popular but doomed All My Children couple, Greg and Jenny!
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Mirrored
(Updated: June 14, 2015)
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4.7
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Alex Flinn has a gift of breathing into classic fairy tales. She does the same in her latest MIRRORED.

Violet knows she's different and not very pretty. After a playground incident, in which she brings back to life a dead crow, she becomes friends with fellow loner Greg. Everything is great until they get to middle school and then once again she finds herself alone. Her chance encounter with Kendra, shows her a secret about herself. Violet learns that she does have some powers and little by little changes her appearance. But still she's bullied and not accepted.

Celine is everything a Photoshop model claims to be but isn't. Celine is the real thing. Her beauty though is a huge distraction. Her family though loves her but when a tragedy takes her mother away, another beautiful woman steps into her life. Before she knows it she has a stepmother, one who is totally into her father but not her. The older Celine gets, the more she looks like the very mother that bullied her own mother twenty year ago. With Celine's blossoming beauty, also comes danger.

What worked: I loved this contemporary retelling of Snow White that hooked me from the very first page. A huge plus of this novel has to be how Flinn shows us the vulnerabilities of Violet as a child and a teen. She's bullied unmercifully from her peers, who prey on her weakness--her lack of beauty. I really felt for Violet and could feel the loneliness and hurt she carried.

Celine's story is one of a very beautiful teen, who is ignored by many because they feel imitated by her looks. When her father remarries Violet, at first things go well. Then when Celine because a teen, things go drastically wrong to the point that she's attacked by animals, burned by irons, gets rashes from her skin care, and even brutalized by the birds outside.

I really liked how Flinn then brings Goose into the picture. He's well liked by his peers but isn't what the world would consider 'handsome' as he's very short. I love how Goose uses the character Tyrion from Game of Thrones as his influence. Goose's optimism is very contagious and rubs off on not only Celine but the reader as well. I totally love the 80s movie references and how he envisions himself not like Duckie in Pretty in Pink but hopes for an ending like in Some Kind of Wonderful. I really loved Celine and him together. Flinn pulls back from the hot guy stereotype and instead reveals how real beauty comes from within.

Twists in the classic fairy tale are throughout this highly engaging novel. How Goose goes out to find the 'prince' to break a spell that Violet cast over Celine is just perfect. That's all I'll say as I won't post any spoilers here!

Unique spin on the classic fairy tale Snow White this story will resonate with readers with it's twist on what is really beautiful. Another winner from Alex Flinn!
Good Points
1. Fun modern twist on Snow White
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Rooting for true love
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Finally got to finish! it took me awhile because my brain went to places! but when i got back to reading, i practically read it in one sitting!

Kendra Chronicles book are definitely Alex Flinn's best! But I love her other books just the same.

This is such a wonderful retelling of Snow White. I love that the similarities are quite subdued because I love Alex Flinn's own plots and twists in her books. The ending is quite similar with her other books but I love the fact that the romance is something so different and very well done.

The message she tries to pass is the same. but then again fairy tales does the same. But just the message of love in general is still beautiful. I find it amazing that she touches the perception of beauty and true love. Which every person needs reminding of what the real meaning of them is.

Very well done. Love this very much!
Good Points
~ interesting love interest
~ reminds you of true meaning of love and beauty
~ amazing moral lessons
~ multiple character perspectives
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