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Abandoned by her parents, and then apprenticed to a witch, Mira is captivated by the other young apprentice, who adopts her as a sister. Mira would do anything for this beautiful girl- and that's just what her sister bargains for. With the utterance of a simple spell, Mira's body is turned to wood, her face to glass. Her only power is the magic her sister gives her, the poAbandoned by her parents, and then apprenticed to a witch, Mira is captivated by the other young apprentice, who adopts her as a sister. Mira would do anything for this beautiful girl- and that's just what her sister bargains for. With the utterance of a simple spell, Mira's body is turned to wood, her face to glass. Her only power is the magic her sister gives her, the power to make her sister a queen. But the sister disappears, and where one fairy tale ends, another begins. Mira is left to gather dust until a new hope arrives-a peasant girl with troubles of her own. Soon the two are on their way to find a new kind of magic, a magic that gives life instead of taking it....

Title : Mira, Mirror
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ISBN : 9780142406434
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Number of Pages : 320 Pages
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Mira, Mirror Reviews

  • Enna Isilee
    2019-04-26 18:06

    I LOVE books that are twisted fairy tales. They always seem to be my favorite.This book is a parody of Snow White, except it's all about the mirror. Turns out she's a person, turned into a mirror by the evil witch.I don't know what it is about me, but I always want people to be good or at least know what they want. Whenever I'm reading a book I'll get really frustrated if the main character is evil or if they don't know what they want. I want them to be good! And I want them to be confident! But I find it almost more satisfactory to see them develop into what they become. That's what this book is. Mira frustrated me at first, but as I watched her love develop I fell in love myself.Click here for a more detailed review.

  • Leah
    2019-05-19 18:03

    You know the mirror from the Snow White fairy tale. Or do you? One hundred years later, she is still hanging on that wall. This is her quest to be human again.In the world of Mira, Mirror a witch's magic was taken from death, and right from the start the reader has to question whether it's good or evil to even practice magic. However, I found the morality of this story hazy at best. And the relationships between sisters was...toxic in the worst of times and dysfunctional in the "good" situations. Definitely seemed to support the idea that at least one of the sisters in a family is competitive and constantly trying to show up the others while another sister is always self-sacrificing aka a doormat. Hmmm...The story of Mira's transformation into the Mirror was told quickly - I mean like within 12 pages - blink and you'd miss it. So I felt like Harrison could've spent more time in the beginning of the book developing Zerba, the witch with two apprentices, the first apprentice (who later becomes the Evil Queen), and Mira, Zerba's second apprentice. Harrison does include several flashbacks throughout the story, but their emotional impact wasn't nearly as strong as they would've been early on, then carried with the reader the duration of the story. Though, this book was written for ages 10 and up, so maybe it was a matter of keeping the attention of younger readers? (I'm not sure I buy into that whole concept, seeing as I read some pretty long "adult" books when I was 11-12.) Or maybe Harrison decided it was easier to see the Mirror struggle with "living" among humans again and using them for its own gains by relating the Mirror's human experiences as Mira?Once the Mirror meets Ivana and then Talia the story mixed in elements of The Prince and the Pauper and later with the Duke, Beauty and the Beast. The ending was typical "fairy tale", and the last lines of the book attempt to teach readers the moral of the story, but in all honesty, it felt kinda hokey.I almost rated Mira, Mirror 4 stars because:1) I loved that the story was all about the Mirror - how it came to be, what it felt like serving the queen, how that service changed it - and the entire story was from the Mirror's POV. There were times the Mirror even seemed like a villain - at the worst a co-conspirator, at the best an enabler - one who lost their humanity during transformation but retained a deep inner desire, almost a subconscious wish, of wanting to be a good witch yet couldn't let go of the hope that her sister would make good on her promise.2) I loved that there was a brief flashback (pages 93-97) of how the tree with the apples that would later be poisoned and used against Snow White came to be. It's mentioned again later (page 264) as one of the Duke's favorite trees.3) The Evil Queen's name was revealed; although, I didn't much like the actual name (it seemed too plain to me), I liked that Harrison chose to include a name. I also liked the (little bit of) details about what happened to the Evil Queen after she confronted Snow White.Overall, Mira, Mirror would probably be most enjoyed and appreciated by younger readers, especially young fans of Disney's Snow White; however, more mature, experienced readers might enjoy it if they're able to turn off their inner critic and just read it with no analysis.3 stars

  • Garrett
    2019-04-24 21:49

    A very interesting premise and expertly-written story. However, I just didn't fall in love with it of the characters, and felt like I was just reading a fairy tale, complete with the homily ending.Setting: Typical medieval, but without the fancy descriptions. Seems to be her style. I actually don't have a problem with this, in theory, but I didn't really feel drawn into the story, and this may have had something to do with it.Plot: I liked how Mette retold this fairy tale. Using the point of view of the mirror was very cool and unique. I didn't feel that the plot was horribly predictable either. I could often tell what was going to happen, but not more than a few pages before it actually did. And there was the interesting twist on the original story with the relationship between the mirror and the witch queen.Conflict: Mette did a good job of setting up lots of conflict between the characters and between story goals.Characters: The characters in this story didn't really come alive to me. I'm not really sure why, so I'm not sure how to avoid it myself. It could be that everyone pretty much acted out their job, like they were all just archetypes and not real people. It could have been the fact that it was told from the viewpoint of a mirror and we never got into anyone else's head. Or, it could be that all this was entirely premeditated by the author and was integral to the story and I just didn't see it.Text: Mette is great at making her writing clear and simple.

  • Aerin
    2019-04-29 23:43

    SUMMARYWhen Mira is apprenticed to a witch, the witch's apprentice adopts her as a sister. Too late, Mira learns that she should not trust her new sister when she changes Mira into a magic mirror. Mira's sister becomes the wicked queen of "Snow White" fame while Mira, once her usefulness has worn out, is abandoned. The end of the "Snow White" tale is barely the first act of Mira's enchanting story. When Ivana, a peasant girl running away from her cruel father, stumbles upon Mira, Mira sees a chance to possibly restore her original form. Mira manipulates Ivana into becoming best friends with a wealthy merchant's daughter named Talia. Mira uses her magic to change the girls' appearances so each resembles the other. What Mira does not anticipate is that Talia is quite happy with her new form and is not as easily manipulated as Ivana. It will take all of Mira's cunning to regain enough power to restore her form, but as she comes to know Talia and Ivana, will Mira be as ruthless with their lives as she needs to be?MY OPINIONThe bio on Mette Ivie Harrison tells us that she studied German in college, "which is where she got her taste for the grim side of fairy tales." I hate to break it to you, but from a feminist perspective, all fairy tales are grim. Anyway. There certainly is a tendency toward the grim, or, at least, bittersweet, in Harrison's books. I had read Harrison's The Princess and the Hound, which was akin enough (in theme, at least) to Robin McKinley's Deerskin that I enjoyed it, bittersweet ending and all. I gave this book three of five stars largely because of Harrison's writing style. Her prose flows easily, her dialogue is well-written, and if the plot lingers too often, well, you feel as though you're on a leisurely holiday stroll.The rest of the book, however, doesn't merit more than a star, a star and a half. While the premise is captivating, the plot and the characters fall flat. The characterization of Mira is decidedly lacking, although she has the potential to be one of the greatest characters of this genre. Talia and Ivana are created similarly. It's as though Harrison is reigning herself in from describing them as kick-ass heroines, and thus all she does is weaken and diminish them.In terms of the plot, you could substitute my father's catch-all spoiler phrase "they were ran over by a bus" and not miss much of what's going on. There's no climax, no great repentance, even though Harrison tries her best to make you believe there is. It leaves the book hopelessly lacking.Other reviewers say that this is a retelling of "Snow White," although, in fact, it includes elements of a number of faery tales, such as Beauty & the Beast, or the lesser known "Snow White and Rose Red." You might try Gregory Maguire's "Mirror, Mirror" for a Snow White retelling that's just as dark, though it's written for an older crowd.Actually, though, I'm not sure whether to tag this book as middle-grade or young-adult. One of the girls is sexually assaulted, which makes me think YA; then again, the end is morally trite enough (love conquers hate) to make me think middle-grade. There's the torture of a pregnant deer, but there's the simple sentimentality of sisterly bonds.This is a book that's going on my Paperback Swap shelf, because there are any number of other books I'd prefer to own than Mira, Mirror.

  • Jackie
    2019-05-04 00:03

    This sounds like a great book, a reimagining of Snow White and the "mirror mirror on the wall" business, but it goes horribly wrong. Mira is a witch’s apprentice, trapped in a mirror by her “sister” apprentice, and used to give her sister power by magically enhancing her beauty. After a hundred years of this, she is found by a peasant girl. Mira decides to use her to become human again. But her schemes to get magic instead find them being adopted into a merchant family, learning lessons about true friendship, and even love. Gag.Mira is stuck as a mirror for most of the book, and I hated the ending SPOILER ALERT when she finally gets out of the mirror and is really old since she was stuck in there so long. And then she dies. Don't read this. Read Beauty: A Retelling of Beauty and the Beast by Robin McKinley instead. Or Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. Or anything by Tamora Pierce. Just not this.

  • Dlora
    2019-05-14 19:45

    I was intrigued that the main character of this fairy tale was the magic mirror from "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves." How did the animating personality get inside the mirror? What happened to her/the mirror when the wicked queen didn't succeed in killing Snow White with the poison apple? Can she escape her imprisonment in the mirror? And how can a main character be a mirror--with no way to get around or control her movements and nothing but her voice to advance the plot? Mira, Mirror explores those questions and creates an intriguing coming-of-age novel, not only for the main character but also for the other people in the novel she interacts with. My only complaint is that I wish the story had a little more humor and joy. As Mette Ivie Harrison said about her writing, she has a "taste for the grim side of fairy tales." Don't be put off by that assessement--it's still a very good story.

  • Meagan
    2019-05-04 21:43

    Mira, Mirror tells the story of what happened to the wicked queen's magic mirror after Snow White's fairy tale ended. Mira, the beautiful queen's sister, was trapped in the mirror in order to make the queen more beautiful. After Snow White defeated her stepmother, however, Mira was left alone on the wall in her hiding place, waiting for her opportunity for freedom. After a hundred years pass, a young peasant girl stumbles upon the mirror and Mira uses every trick she learned at the hands of her sister to manipulate the girl into helping her. The sweet nature of the girl has unexpected consequences, however, and Mira begins to look at her past and her sister in a new light. This book is straight fairy tale, and many of the characters are recognizable from the stories of childhood. The new perspective and time frame keep the story fresh, though, and the story is compelling enough. This book offers a pleasant way to spend an empty afternoon, and fans of fairy tales should find alot to like in Mira and her story.

  •  Rogue
    2019-05-11 19:48

    I considered giving 5 stars, but I found some of the ending to be a bit disapointing. The rest of the story however was great! Ever wonder how that guy/person in the mirror (in snowwhite) got there? Or who it was? Or why they were there? Yeah, me neither, lol. (Ok, I did a little.) Luckily we get through the whole Snow white bit in the prologue and have an entirely original (I think) and captivating story. (Unlike my lil review here, lol.) I can see how the ending given fits, but personally I felt as though the story reached a climax only to wimp out and fall kinda flat. Other than that bit however it truly was an engaging story. Props to the author. :)

  • Anne
    2019-05-05 21:09

    Most of the book was just boring, but the ending was spectacularly awful. AWFUL. I hate it when I sludge through a book that I don't really care for, hoping that it will 'grow on me', only to get hit in the face with an ending that makes me wonder what the point of the story was!? Grrrrrrr! I want those hours of my life back!

  • Tammie
    2019-05-05 19:07

    I didn't really find the main characters very likable.

  • Loracarol
    2019-05-02 18:09

    Neat idea, poor execution. While this book has an interesting premise, I found the overall execution to be lackluster at best, disappointing at worst. My main issue with this book comes from the compression of time; Mira's transformation into The Mirror comes in at page 11, and it's indicative of a major problem in the plot; things happen really quickly. Talia accepts the face swap really quickly, Minitz adopts Ivana (and later accepts the face change between his two "daughters") really quickly, Talia realizes that Blenin, who's she's terribly in love with, and who she accepted the face change for, is awful really quick... you get the idea. The compression in time was not my only problem, however. At the end of the book, Mira comes face to face once more with her sister, the evil queen, the woman who turned her into the mirror, and her sister mentions that she had always loved Mira. The problem comes from how early in the book Mira is turned into the mirror. While we do see scenes between Mira and Amanda (the evil queen's name, given only at the end), that are supposed to be loving, they're all poisoned by the knowledge of what we've already seen. I mean, it's not like it's a spoiler, the whole premise is that Mira was turned into a mirror, so we're expecting it, but there's a difference between seeing a relationship shift, and change, so when we finally get to the transformation, we can see the past loving relationship, and feel bad about them coming to this point, and the way it's presented in this book, where all the flashbacks to happier times are filtered through the scene we previously read, and we can't help wonder if all of Amanda's love was fake. Other people have mentioned how parts of the book felt more like Ivana & Talia's story, and I'm just going to say I agree with them, and move on. Nitpick: Amanda mentions that, as a mirror, Mira is ageless, yet when she becomes human again, she's old, as old as her sister was. It's not a super huge issue, because I can see where the author was going with it, but it bothered me, a little bit, because I felt like it didn't fit the idea that Mira was "ageless". If the idea was that she'd regain all her age suddenly, I think I'd want that foreshadowed a bit more, perhaps in the scene where Mira and Amanda are discussing this, and Amanda admits to feeling "jealous" of this trait if Mira's. All in all, I feel like this would have been better split across two books, or even two parts in one longer book. Book/part one being the story of Mira and Amanda, that culminates in Mira being left in the house for 100 years, waiting. With more room, we could see the true relationship between Amanda and Mira, and how it shifted over the years, to the point where Amanda felt like she had the right to transform Mira. Maybe with a bit of concealment, so that that's a climactic surprise for the audience, instead of finding out right away, and expecting it, giving the audience time to really feel for the relationship, and see that relationship shatter, and so that, when Amanda admits to loving Mira the whole time, it feels real. Book/part two would start with Ivana finding the mirror, and going from there, with more pages dedicated to the relationships as they develop between the characters. Maybe more time dedicated towards Ivana becoming a part of the family, more time to Talia discovering that Blenin's awful, more time to Ivana falling in love with the Duke's letters (and maybe sending some of her own? Either because she's finally learned to write well enough, or because she trusts Talia enough to transcribe what Ivana is saying.) What happened at the end of the book, did Mira ever remove the enchantments, did the Duke care, were people surprised, etc. etc. etc. There was so much that could have happened, but was set aside for time compression reasons, and it ended up making this book an interesting set up, but ultimately a disappointing read.

  • Allisa
    2019-05-08 21:05

    I loved this book. To put it neatly, it was AMAZING. I haven't been a huge fan of fairy tale retellings as of late, but this was truly amazing. It feels weird going straight for the 5 star rating; I can count on one hand how many five stars I gave last year (4, not counting the books that I had already rated a few years ago but had deemed worthy of the rating after a re-reading.) This is the first 5 star this year. And it deserves it, completely.This book completely surprised me. I knew that this was a story after Snow White, focused on the mirror, called Mira. It tells the story of how a young woman was manipulated by her 'sister' and then left for the dust for a hundred years. I knew that somewhere along the way, the mirror would find another young woman... but from there, I knew nothing else. What I didn't know was that we would be getting a wonderful POV from Mira the mirror herself. I saw what she saw, heard what she heard, felt what she felt... this sounds completely normal except for the fact that it can be very limiting to be a mirror. The narration was surprising and perfect. Mira would narrate what was going on around her than seamlessly shift into a flashback about her life as a human girl and the life she lived with her sister and the witch they lived with. Sometimes I didn't even notice the switch, it was that smooth.What I didn't know was how much I would love the characters. Ivana, the first young woman that Mira meets is a peasant girl who was abused before she ran away. What I didn't know was that there would be a second young woman, Talia, who would switch this story up a lot.I didn't like Mira much in the beginning. I felt a lot of pity for her, for she had lived a hard life, much like Ivana, before she was sold to a witch to be an apprentice. Her need to be human again after her sister died took up every thought. She manipulated poor Ivana and that's where the wonderful story starts. I don't know when I started to love Mira; that shift was as seamless as the story itself.The story was a little slow to start out with, but it continued that way through the entire book. That's not a bad thing. There's not a lot of action, but because there doesn't need to be. Mira tells her story, slowly, but she also tells the story of Ivana and Talia, and how they become sisters. What I didn't know was that this book was going to make me cry, laugh, and glow after I finished reading it. It kept me thinking. This is a story about sisters, not about romance or revenge. It's a story about two sisters in the past, and two sisters in the present (the present in the book, mind you.) It's recounted so beautifully with detail that is mouthwatering. All the characters developed at their own pace, until they were well-rounded. I loved it. I loved it all.I could keep going on, but I don't want to get too much into the story itself because I don't want to spoil its perfection. Truly, it's that wonderful. Read it. Please.

  • Sarai
    2019-05-04 17:45

    Mira, Mirrorby Mette Ivie HarrisonThis review contains spoilers!Mira is sold to the witch Yerba to be an apprentice. Yerba is old and already has an apprentice, Amanda, who becomes her sister. Amanda is interested in obtaining beauty and uses magic to do so. The way she gets magic is by killing other creatures, mostly animals. She wants to become the queen, and some time after Yerba dies she contrives to trap Mira inside a mirror, feeding her just enough bits of magic to allow Mira to give Amanda beauty, but not to escape. Then one day Amanda does not come back, and Mira is left to hang on the crumbling wall for over a hundred years until Ivana stumbles across her path and Mirror manipulates her into rescuing her. Mirror convinces Ivana that the peasant girl needs a magic mirror, and together they manage to gain assistance from a merchant and his plain but fiery-spirited daughter Talia.Mirror uses magic to trade the appearances of the girls, so that Ivana may take Talia's place as a merchant's daughter. Talia does not try to reveal the switch because her father has promised her in marriage to a man she does not know, and she wishes to have the freedom to marry another.The girls become friends and adopt one another as sisters. Talia teaches Ivana to read and how to eat and ride properly, as a wealthy merchant's daughter would. Ivana is fiercely loyal to her new sister, coming to her defense when the man Talia thought she loved turns out to be a cad. The merchant eventually is told of their true identities, but has come to love Ivana as his own daughter.Mirror learns by observing the girls, and comes to feel as a mother to them. She wishes for them to be happy. Throughout the book there are flashbacks to times she had with her own adopted sister, lessons learned and deeply ingrained.The rest is too complicated for me to sum up quickly, but suffice to say Mirror once again becomes Mira, meets up with her sister Amanda, and finally realizes the value of the person inside rather than just their appearance.I was not sure if I could finish this book at first. The author chose to have the subjects steal magic by taking the lives of animals, and that is just hard for me to handle. Plus, Mira was cold and unfeeling through the halfway point of the book and Ivana and Talia were kind and it was no fun to see her being so conniving. However, her change from calculating to generous was done well, gradual enough to be believable. The ending was not great, but satisfying enough. Overall, it was a good read, though I swear when I got the description of it in my new releases notice that it said something about the mirror being the mirror of the wicked stepmother in the Snow White story. It is not related to the Snow White story at all.

  • Victoria
    2019-05-15 16:53

    this was a very interesting book, not like anything i had read before! snow white from the mirrors pov? awesome! it was very nice.

  • Mara
    2019-05-12 20:07

    Mira, Mirror wasn't as good as I was anticipating. I expected a comedy, but it is actually pretty dark. It took me a little while to get used to it, and in the end I cannot entirely say that I liked it. Mira is very hard to like. The Reader isn't given much of an opportunity in the beginning to "connect" with Mira before she is turned into a mirror, and therefore it is hard to appreciate and sympathize her new hardened personality that is almost as uncaring as her sister's.But the story isn't really about Mira. It is more about the two girls - Ivana and Talia - whom Mira more or less inadvertently unites. Ivana, at first, got a little on my nerves, though I think it was mostly because I was already tired of Mira and took some of that frustration out on Ivana. I felt bad about it later. But Talia is completely likable, and though a little foolish in some of her choices, she quickly learns her lessons and moves on.The ending was a great disappointment. It felt like it was lacking. If Mette Ivie Harrison had included an epilogue, I would have been satisfied. But the way it ended left questions. What happens to Mira now; to the Duke and Ivana? Does Talia convince her father that her plans for the future are good ones? None of that is answered, and I was very disappointed, because the book really does keep the Reader in suspense.Mira, Mirror by Mette Ivie Harrison, while mostly an interesting and enjoyable read, won't be added to my collection.

  • Lynnae
    2019-04-22 01:10

    This was a really unique book, because, for the majority of the time, it's written from the point of view of a woman who has been turned into a handheld mirror. Retaining the human charisma in a character that has no physical human attributes is pretty impressive, and that's what kept me interested in the book.I also enjoyed that the protagonist is very different from your standard protagonist. She's selfish, a little manipulative, and extremely jaded about her world, which, in my opinion, made her more believable. She's not some put-upon paragon of virtue and humility. In fact, in some instances, she deserves exactly what she gets. But overall, Harrison takes what should be a very unlikable, unrelatable character and makes her sympathetic. I also, strangely enough, enjoyed the lack of romance in this book. Normally, I'm a sucker for a sweet love story, and while you do get a tiny dose of that through one of the secondary characters, Mira never has any kind of romance at all. I found that refreshing in a lot of ways. Overall, it contributed to the very unique angle that this book takes on fairy tales. Not everyone gets happily ever after the way you'd expect, but the book leaves you with a good ending anyway.

  • Stacy
    2019-05-01 22:52

    With an interesting premise, Mira, Mirror tells the story of the magic mirror in Snow White. Starting a hundred years past when the evil queen left and never came back, the mirror is discovered by the runaway peasant girl Ivana, whom the mirror convinces to take her along. The mirror, who is actually a witch's apprentice, Mira, tells the story of her creation in flashbacks, while in present day she plots to regain enough power to free herself from the mirror. After observing the sisterly relationship that develops between Ivana and Talia, the merchant's daughter Mira also uses to advance her plotting, Mira reflects on her own relationship with her adopted sister, the other apprentice girl who eventually trapped Mira and used her to become a queen. Essentially, the story resolves itself into a morality play on the redemptive power of love. It was solid enough, but I can't say it ever became particularly exciting, and Mira's internal ruminations occasionally became a bit tedious. Though I never got emotionally attached to any of the characters, it had a satisfactory, full circle ending.

  • Laurel Tyndall
    2019-04-26 17:09

    I really liked this book, except for the ending. The back-of-the-book teaser claims a surprise finish - and it was... It was rather rushed, left you wanting QUITE a bit more, and DEFINITELY not what I was expecting.BEFORE the rather abrupt ending, however, this book was REALLY good! I loved the point of view of the Magic Mirror after Snow White's villianous Evil Queen wass defeated, and it really was VERY well done.It's jst the ENDING, though! The entire book read like it was bulding up to this great ending, where everything would be put to rights and everybody would live happily ever after and all the stories would be - if not over - at least finished. But no, not really. Nothing is ever really answered, all the character's stories (except the evil queen's) end abruptly unfinished.Still, the book iteslf was such a fun read that it DID demand my four stars - I did REALLY like it up until the ending. A great read, all-in-all, just be prepared for it to leave you wondering 'Well, now what?', and 'Wait - what just happened?' at the same time.

  • Rachel
    2019-05-07 23:03

    I gave up on this book. Someone will have to tell me if I should go back and see it through. I just have so many books on my list right now and I found myself dreading to pick this one up when I had a few minutes to read. I think the reason for that is because I just did not like the main character at all. She was a young woman who had been sold to a witch by her family and later turned into the magic mirror by another of the witch's servants who had been like a sister to this character. This sounds like a sympathetic beginning and perhaps I would have felt more for her if that beginning had not been rushed through. Even though there were many memories shared later on of these tough beginnings it didn't help me feel for her or sympathize with her choices to cruelly use other people in order to return to human form. When I dislike the protagonist it's a chore to read the story so I gave it up for other books. Let me know if I made a mistake.

  • Rachel
    2019-05-08 18:51

    What I liked most about this book was the message. This is a book about sisterly love, and how you can love and hate someone, and eventually forgive them. It's also about making a family for yourself; both pairs of sisters in the book are not biological siblings. The message is steadfast until the unexpected, if confusing ending. The story is face-paced, expecially at the beginning, which really draws you in. And it is nice to see Mira's transformation into a less cynical, more likable character. Definantly worth a read.(By the way... did anyone else think the Duke seemed like the Beast from Beauty and the Beast, at first? Especially since there's a magic mirror in that story, too.)

  • Lis Carey
    2019-04-23 21:06

    This is the story of the Wicked Queen's magic mirror, from the story of Snow White—from the point of view of the mirror. A young girl, unattractive, unwanted by her father, stepmother, and half-siblings, she's apprenticed to the local witch, and becomes completely enchanted by the witch's other apprentice, and will do anything for her—anything at all.The other, more talented and more ruthless, apprentice is, of course, the future Wicked Queen, and she enchants Mira into a mirror and gives her just enough magic to be useful in making and keeping her Queen, but not enough ever to escape the trap of the mirror. But Snow White is just one adventure in the long life of the mirror, who has a lot to learn not just about gaining enough magic to free herself from the mirror, but also about the moral lessons her "sister" the Wicked Queen taught her.Enjoyable.

  • K. O'Bibliophile
    2019-05-12 20:45

    Once upon a time there lived two girls, witches-in-training, who were as close as sisters. One day, the elder sister asked the younger for help. She agreed--and was turned into the magic mirror of Snow White fame. When her sister doesn't return one day, Mira is left to gather dust until the cottage where she resides is stumbled upon.It was an interesting take on Snow White characters, but the story is so cruel that I can't recommend it solely for the "retold fairy tales"-enjoying crowd. We understand Mira's intentions, since the book is through her (metaphorical) eyes, but she's not a pleasant character. Meanwhile, other characters are forced through unpleasant situations and have no choice but to deal with what Mira wants.It's good for a short read, but it's by no means a book that models healthy relationships.

  • Marianne
    2019-05-12 22:42

    I think I would actually give it 3 1/2, but I rounded up. I had no expectations of this book and was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. It's a little bit dark, but it has beautiful themes. It would be a good book for a young girl to read who might have issues with the way she looks because it's all about how true beauty lies within. There's also a very nice love theme and not the romantic kind. The main character, who oddly enough is an object (don't think I've ever read a book where the main character and narrator is an object but it worked very well), discovers that love really does exist and it is more powerful than anything. There's also forgiveness and redemption woven in. It was a nice story and a quick summer read.

  • Karla
    2019-05-16 19:54

    A story of sisters, betrayal, magic and redeeming love. What is the story of the mirror in the Snow White tale? and what happens to the mirror after the wicked queen is dead? Mira is a witch's apprentice betrayed by her sister and trapped in the mirror to become her magical slave. But when her sister, the queen in the Snow White story, disappears, Mira is left hanging for 100 years until stumbled on by a peasant girl. At first, Mira plans to use the girl in a bid to collect enough magic to free herself. But as she grows to know her and witnesses the relationship between Ivana and her adopted sister, Talia, Mira begins to understand herself better and come to know the true meaning of love. A dark but interesting twist on the Snow White story.

  • Eden
    2019-04-30 20:10

    A few years ago I tried reading this and gave up, disappointed. I picked it up again a few days ago and finished it. Aside from its slow beginning and flowery language, I liked it. The second half especially picks up, with more characterization and suspense. A lot of people said they didn't like the main character, and she is hard to like at first. But it's an interesting point of view to choose for an MC- after growing up with nothing but opportunistic and manipulative role models, she is turned into a mirror whose only human attribute is speech. And then she is forgotten for hundreds of years. She loses what it feels like to be human, and to empathize, and watching her regain that was probably the best part of the book.

  • Kiersten
    2019-05-08 22:07

    Full of the relatively unexpected. I didn't think this was brilliant, but it was engaging and definitely original. It was pretty dark, and no one in the story is entirely honest, save perhaps Tania's father the merchant. A few parts were rather confusing, particularly when Mira meets the witch (*SPOILER* who turns out to be her supposedly dead sister, apparently not in her right mind). The ending itself was apt. It fit the tone of the story, and provided Mira's means to finally become human again, but it was tragic at the same time. The pace of the story switchbacked a couple of times, starting and ending too fast for comfort. I can't really say I thoroughly liked or disliked this book; honestly, I probably won't ever think about it again.

  • Cathrine Bonham
    2019-05-08 16:57

    This book, Mira, Mirror isn't exactly a re-telling of Snow White but more of a spinoff story.This is the Magic Mirror's story it takes place after the story of Snow White and shows what became of the Queen's Mirror when the Evil Queen never came back for it. Flash backs show us what Mira's life was like before she became a mirror, before the Evil Queen was either Evil or a Queen but just Mira's sister.Though the story itself is fairly interesting the ending leaves much to be desired. I guess the ending was just a little unbelieveable for me. All of the ends are tied up but there is still a feeling that the book could have gone on for a few more pages.Anyway good mesage about the meaning of sisterhood and family.

  • Heather
    2019-05-11 18:54

    This book is probably the only time the main character was an inanimate object. Totally worked. Never let anyone tell you it can't be done!On the other hand, I was disappointed right off the bat when I realized that although this was indeed the story of the magic mirror that belonged to the evil queen in Snow White, the Snow White story itself had nothing to do with this story. I was expecting something semi-familiar and didn't get it which disappointed me.However, it was a good story once I got over that. The ending was a bit disappointing but suited the story. Not sure how I would have ended it differently. Again, probably still sad about my first expectations being broken.Overall, worth a read.

  • Ily
    2019-05-01 19:49

    Interesting exploration of what a person does to survive in circumstances that are thrown upon them. I am glad Mira chose to be compassionate in the end and try to save her wicked sister and let the other two girls have happy lives instead of using magic to destroy them. In this version of the Snow White story(after the fact at least), magic takes life and love gives life. Selfish people seek magic and it corrupts and destroys them. People who love others spread life and experience true happiness. I like how you can explore unpleasant scenarios in fiction and see what the consequences are without having to truly experience the scenario!

  • Rebecca Mabe
    2019-05-05 21:56

    So begins my year of absolutely fluffy, entertaining reading. Princesses everywhere! I very much enjoyed this book which was a fresh perspective on "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves" except, it's not about Snow, the prince, the dwarves, or even the witch. It's about the mirror. Interesting, yes? I won't spoil the premise for you other than that; but suffice it to say I believe it was very original and fresh. My only issue; a few times in the book it is difficult to tell which character is which because two main characters switch bodies. You get the hang of it by the end; but it was annoying for awhile.Aside from that; definite recommendation.