Book Review: Mirror, Mirror by Jen Calonita

Published by Scholastic Australia in 2019. A Disney Twisted Tale.

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Genre: Middle Grade/Young Adult Fairytale Retelling, Fantasy.

Page Count: 344

My Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

What if the Evil Queen poisoned the prince?

Following her beloved mother’s death, the kingdom falls into the hands of Snow White’s stepmother, commonly referred to as “the Evil Queen” by those she rules. Snow keeps her head down at the castle, hoping to make the best of her situation.

But when new information about her parents resurfaces and a plot to kill her goes haywire, everything changes for Snow. With the help of a group of wary dwarfs, a kind prince she thought she’d never see again, and a mysterious stranger from her past, Snow embarks on a quest to stop the Evil Queen and take back her kingdom. But can she stop an enemy who knows her every move and will stop at nothing to retain her power… including going after the ones Snow loves?

My Review:

I received a copy of Mirror, Mirror from Scholastic Books Australia in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts are my own.

I was quite excited about this book, having not read a great deal of Snow White retellings and honestly I do feel like this one started off quite strongly! I was instantly intrigued by Ingrid’s character, wondering why the Evil Queen is so corrupt and twisted with power and fury, wondering why she hates Snow White so much! I quite liked that the book was told from dual POVs, Ingrid and Snow’s, as it allows the reader into her dark and twisted mindset!

I also throughly enjoyed how significant the character of the Mirror was in this book! It was so quirky and interesting how Jen Calonita really made the Mirror into such an interesting character and how Ingrid really became tethered to it! I quite liked how we got to learn about how Ingrid and the Mirror became acquainted too, how she found it all worn and beaten and helped repair it into a new life, how it started to speak to her and compel her, or feed her malicious ways, at least!

What I thought was also quite sweet was how each of those wholesome seven dwarves really came across the page, each of their very different personalities shining right through! I especially chuckled at Grumpy’s sternly serious antics, but I do feel like he is quite a softie, despite the name! I also thought the character of Anne was quite sweet too, I only wish her friendship with Snow was more explored! The reader meets her quite early on in the book, as Mirror, Mirror sort of has a foreshadowing ending type beginning, but it did seem it was Snow and Henri (the Prince) that were probably the main friendship/eventual relationship type focus in the book!

Unfortunately for me though, I didn’t particularly care for Henri’s character. He seemed a smidge bland for my liking, personality wise. When he was initially introduced to Snow, I actually didn’t know if he was going to be trustworthy, but it just seemed to be quite almost an insta love type eventual couple of meetings, with the two of them feeling things for one another right away! I mean, I completely understand that Snow never had friends growing up and was without her parents, but yes, I just found her scenes with Henri to be quite cheesy!

Unfortunately for me, I suppose this was where it started to fall quite flat! I suppose as well, the length, too! 344 pages isn’t overly long for me by any means, but I felt like Mirror, Mirror could have definitely been more of an addictive read if it was shorter! I did find myself reading this book and waiting for something of significance to happen, then finding by the end that nothing specifically of note really occured. The ending felt quite rushed too, which wasn’t fun. Though it was lovely seeing Snow White flourish into her own character throughout the story and I’d definitely recommend this one for younger Disney enthusiasts!

Happy Reading,

Brooklyn.

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