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 adaptation of Snow White, told from the perspectives of Violet (the stepmother), Celine (Snow White) and Goose (Prince). The addition of Violet’s POV serves the purpose of empathizing with her, because she wasn’t evil. She was picked on as a child, bullied because she was considered ugly by people around her (even her mother), until the point she is brainwashed into the idea that beauty alone would help people love her. She is lonely and desperate for love and affection and even Kendra, who takes her under her wing as her daughter isn’t enough for her. Also, she is stuck on her childhood friend Greg, who is of the same mold as the others – he goes for the mean but pretty Jennifer (who bullied Violet). Years later, she gets her revenge on Jennifer, but she doesn’t stop there. Even after getting Greg, she is so warped by her hatred for Jennifer she turns into an evil witch and starts tormenting Celine because she thinks she is like her mother.
Celine, has grown into a beautiful girl, but lonely because her beauty keeps people wary of her. Then, when she participates in a play, she meets Goose, a short boy who uses humor as a defense mechanism because his height is what people see first in him. Both of them are kindred souls, and a budding friendship develops. When Celine’s life is threatened, his family takes her under their wing, until the evil witch comes a-knocking with a bag of poisoned mangoes (mangoes which Celine bites into without peeling off the skin?) and it is upto Goose to find a suitable prince for her to get a kiss from. Kendra’s appearance throughout the book is a highlight – she is motherly to Violet but also realizes that she didn’t notice her turning dark. Kendra’s loneliness is also apparent in the fact that she first adopts Violet and then Celine.
I found Violet’s parts the most interesting, because the author chronicles her character development so well. Celine’s parts were a bit slow, and the pace was dragging along for Goose’s. The ending, is naturally what you would expect, with a small twist that wasn’t really unexpected considering how the book was written.
Received a free galley from HarperTeen via Edelweiss; this does not influence my opinions or the review.