Saturday, January 5, 2013

Dark Side of the Mirror by R.L. Austin

Emily is a happy, well-adjusted fifteen-year old. Her family relocates from New York to San Francisco, and they move in with her uncle to save money. Emily is determined to cope, but her new life quickly spirals out of control when her uncle turns out to be a creep, she can’t make any new friends, and her parents take her to a psychologist when she insists the mirrors have voices only she can hear. One of those voices belongs to a boy named Tyler. Emily feels drawn to him and decides to help, even after she discovers that her uncle imprisoned Tyler in the mirror. The decision sets her on a path of self-discovery, with new-found powers, a dark family secret, a cute boy she’s crazy about, parents who think she’s gone bonkers, and an uncle who wants to destroy her. Emily must find her inner strength before all her troubles come crashing down on her. For readers 12+, and young adults of all ages.

My Thoughts:

Dark Side of the Mirror was a quick, fun read. The book took me less than twenty-four hours to finish, including breaks. In Dark Side of the Mirror, Emily and her family have to transfer from New York to San Francisco. They have to move in with her uncle, Mansel. The transfer is hard for Emily. She misses her friends and can’t stand her uncle or his rules. The transfer is even harder on Emily when she starts hearing voices in the mirrors. The plot flowed smoothly. There were no boring parts. Also there were not any spelling or grammar errors that I found. I like that Emily finally found a friend, even if he was in a mirror. I can identify with Emily, who is socially awkward with people her own age, especially if she doesn’t know them. I also like that at the end of the book one of my main worries about the plot was addressed. Emily wanted to help everyone get out of the mirrors, but not every one of them is going to be a good person. They might be trapped in the mirrors because they are evil. I liked all the characters. Mansel frightened me a bit, but every well written villain should. My favorite character was Nick, Tyler’s dad. I liked his bravery. I also like how he helped to calm everyone down and how he helped to get the situation under control. I am excited to read the next book in the series and learn what happens to Emily and Tyler. 

I give Dark Side of the Mirror: 5/5.

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I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.

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