Apr 21, 2016
Author: Alex Flinn
Publication Date: September 15, 2015
Overall: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Mirror, mirror in my hand…
Beauty is the key to everything. At least, that’s how it seems to Violet—ugly, bullied, and lonely. To be beautiful, in her eyes, is to have power and love. And when Kendra, the witch, teaches Violet how to use magic, she may finally get what she wants.
For Celine, beautiful since birth, her looks have been a hindrance. She discovers that beauty is also a threat—especially to her stepmother, Violet, who doesn’t want anyone sharing the attention she worked so hard to get and who will do anything to be the fairest of them all.
But beauty isn’t only skin deep and love isn’t based on looks alone. And though Violet and Celine may seem to be completely opposite, their lives are almost… mirrored.
The synopsis of this book makes it sound like Violet and Celine are around the same age, so I wasn’t really expecting to find the story starting out with a young Violet and Celine not even making an appearance until halfway through the book. Now it is a retelling of Snow White, so I’m not quite sure why I was under that impression only that I was somewhat surprised. Now onto the review!
I will say that poor Violet had a rough childhood, she was neglected and ignored for most of her life. I can understand why she would want revenge on those who had wronged her. However, she took it a step to far and went totally crazy. Celine is Violet’s step-daughter, but worse than that she is the daughter of Violet’s #1 tormentor when they were in high school. Now Violet had always been in love with Celine’s father Greg, but she took it to the extreme. And that’s really all I can say without spoilers.
The first half with Violet was central to the plot, but it also got tedious as it was so obvious that Violet was self centered and didn’t really care about anyone else. Worse than that she was fine with being malicious and cruel. It honestly felt like Violet was always a 13 year old girl who was bullied and was finally getting her revenge. And it was heartbreaking because Violet had so much potential.
Celine and Goose were the absolute best parts of this book, and they completely drove home the message that looks don’t matter. Even better Goose and Celine were complete characters. They had flaws, they were sometimes mean but mostly nice and they felt guilty when they did someone wrong. They were also quite funny, and I found that endearing. Overall, I would give the book 3.5 out of 5 stars. I know that may seem wrong considering I did like it, but really I felt bashed over the head with the Violet sections of the book.
3.5/5 – A Great Read, Well-Written
**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**
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