Published by HarperTeen on September 15, 2015
Genres: Classic Retelling, Fantasy & Magic, YA
Source: ARC borrowed thru Around the World ARC Tours
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.
~ The book is in four parts, and the first one is all about Violet. She’s super unpopular, unattractive by our world’s beauty standards, and a little weird. Although I still don’t get what she saw in Greg (he’s no Matty from 13 Going on 30, or any childhood best friend to boyfriend role model), I get why she couldn’t let go. There are just some things magic can’t fix. By the time Violet goes to the dark side, it’s too late and I already care for her character (which might be why I didn’t have much of a problem with how she took revenge on Jennifer… I know, I know, when you read that part, you are going to think I’m a monster. I promise, I’m not! I cry during commercials for cameras and greeting cards, people!).
~ The second part focuses on Celine, the daughter of Greg (Violet’s obsession) and Jennifer (again, Violet’s obsession). Now that Jennifer is no more, Violet and her dazzling beauty have swooped in. At first, all is well between Violet and Celine, but poor girl looks a little too much like her mommy for her step-mommy’s taste. So, Celine grows up downplaying her beauty, staying out of the limelight and nerdgirling it real hard. When she tries out for Oliver Twist play at school (only for Laurel’s sake), it’s Goose’s friendship that helps her to blossom. Of course, since she’s fulfilling the Snow White part of this story, she does a few mind numbing dumb acts. And even though she’s got a really good soul, I didn’t connect with her as much as I did Violet and Goose. I don’t know why Violet just didn’t send her off to boarding school.
~ Part Three belongs to Goose! It was my favorite part of the book just because I loved his character so much. Because Celine’s beauty makes him a bit stupid, Goose is convinced that the way to wake Celine from her Snow White coma is to get pop star Jonah Prince (who’s name adorn Celine’s notebooks) to kiss the girl. He’s like Sebastian from The Little Mermaid, and just as imaginative in going about getting that done. His journey to saving the girl he loves, even if it means that some other guy is her true love, is kind of awesome to read. Plus, Goose is funny and charming, and he makes Celine, who I found a little vanilla at times, a million times more interesting. His family is additionally awesome, and if you read this book for no other reason then for him, you’re going to enjoy it.
~ The fourth part is the ending, and told from Kendra’s pov (at least I think so, my notes on this section are not as numerous), and it includes an awesome elevator fight scene. Throughout the book, Kendra pops up, and her tale of how she “helped” the Twelve Dancing Princesses was one of my favorite parts.
~ I really liked the ending, for everyone involved, although some people might argue with me (and if you do, feel free to tell me!).
Kendra- our favorite witch from Beastly, Towering and Bewitching is back, only this time she’s more mentor and mother figure.
Violet- a very unhappy and picked upon girl, magic gives her startling beauty but she puts the wicked in wicked witch.
Celine- Violet’s step-daughter, all around nice girl and beloved by everyone (except animals and Violet).
Greg- Violet’s childhood friend and crush, his abandoning of her in favor of mean girl Jennifer and popularity breaks Violet’s heart and most of her humanity. Bad Greg.
Jennifer- Pretty but not very nice, she continues to torment Violet all through school, rubbing it in that Greg is hers. Celine’s mom.
Gennifer- Jennifer’s bestie, and the mother of Laurel.
Nick and Nathan- two awful school bullies who’s cruelness to animals leads Violet to discovering her powers.
Grimalkin- Violet’s Portrait of Dorian Gray-like cat. 😉
Sapphire- Celine’s kitty, but strictly Team Violet.
Laurel- Celine’s bestie and firmly on Team Nerdy Outcast with her.
Whitney- Celine’s generation’s answer to mean girl Jennifer.
Jonah Prince- hugely popular pop star who makes Celine and Laurel swoon.
Goose Guzman- he may be only 4’5″, but Goose is packed with humor and heart. He’s as charming and witty as Tyrion Lannister (one of his heroes), but with out the family drama and boozing and whoring.
Stacey and Jorge- Goose’s awesome mom and dad, they take in strays and raises foster kids along side their own kids.
Jeron, Tony, Tyler and Isabella- Goose’s siblings.
Allegra- popular teen actress and Jonah Prince’s current girlfriend.
Mrs. Ozanich- Goose’s mango growing next door neighbor.
Kasey and Caitlin- hotel staff/room service employees.
Otto and Sherman- Jonah’s security dudes.
Pretty much any scene Goose was in, but the taking pictures with strangers in Target and his poem were ones that stand out the most.
Stop the Clock:
I really enjoyed this book, Goose is one of my favorite characters of 2015 so far, and it’s a great re-imagining of Snow White.
Mirrored gets a Midnight Book rating of: