I received a NetGalley copy in exchange for an honest review.
I enjoyed the way that the author portrayed ‘Mirror Worlds’. There is a magical equivalent of New York’s Manhattan, called Manahata. While in Manahata, one could see the shadow of Manhattan. You could see the shape of buildings of New York, but they were insubstantial and you could walk through them.
The author populated her fantasy world with some of the usual fantasy species, such as fairies and elves, but inserted some creatures of her own creation as well as some lesser known mythological figures.
I know everyone has been saying this, but I’ll add my voice to the chorus:
There is no romance.
None at all. The main character is 13 and has no love interest.
None of the side characters have any romantic subplot.
It was very refreshing.
The protagonist’s relationships with the two other characters is more familial, a brother-sister relationship with one, a father-daughter sort with the other.
I thought that the main character was too quick to switch her moods. One moment, she is thrilled at her surrounding and marveling at the newness of it all, and the very next paragraph she is declaring that she hates it and wishes to return to her normal life.
Maybe these sort of mood swings are normal for 13 year olds; I don’t know.
Also, she also could be a bit cowardly at times, though she always pulled through bravely.
However, all of this makes her a type of character that is not common in most middle grade lit. Also, it will allow her a lot of room to improve and grow through the series, and I look forward to seeing that.
I do want to follow up with future installments, because overall I enjoyed the characters and world, and it struck me as different from other middle-grade fantasy stories.
The only thing that I can think of that a parent may want to be aware of is that there is the mention of a very minor character, a male elf, having a husband.
It was only mentioned in passing, and the character didn’t think about it and the fact was not dwelt on.