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Red Reflection (Mirror Mirror Series – Book 1)
by Rae Tina
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Slow Burn, Paranormal RH
Available on Kindle and in Paperback
Down and Dirty
A decent RH read, mainly focused on world building. Worth a look.
What is it about?
Alexandra has spent all of her life staring at the lives of others. Trapped in an opulent prison of mirrors and rooms, she spends her days glimpsing the real world through the reflections. She sees people live, love and lose – all from the other side of the mirror. Yet no one has ever seen her.
Until she stumbles upon a mirror that peaks into the house of a group of shifters. Suddenly, not only can Alex see out – but someone else can see in…
This book portrays the power of a well written blurb. When I woke up I noticed the red cover displayed in my Kindle app, and though I do not remember preordering the book (Book addiction is real, my friends) the description made it clear that yes, this is a book I would buy and read.
Unfortunately, the narrative itself did not live up to the appeal of the blurb, but I do not fault the author for that. Like a few other books I have reviewed, Red Reflections suffered from the dreaded ‘First Book Curse.’ When an expansive world is crafted, you have to let your readers know and understand it… though far too often that results in an info dump or a ‘tell’ not ‘show’ sort of situation. This book ventures into that realm frequently, though the plot and the forming theme keeps it interesting enough to continue reading.
Overall, this is a unique RH with humorous moments and one incredibly hot scene that stands apart from many others that I have read. Not sure I’ll continue the series unless it moves to KU, though I do find myself intrigued over what may happen now.
Third Person, Multiple POV
- FMC is so innocent it cuts. That alone is unique.
- The universe is fresh and inviting, presenting a world we haven’t seen before, with a mythos all its own.
- The mirror realm is fascinating.
- Slow burn.
- Little forced and sometimes rushed.
- Fated mates.
- Choppy in places.
- First book curse with info dumps.
- Could be longer.
“Hmm, let’s see. Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Mo. Catch a trapped girl by her toe. If she hollers, let her go. Because mirrors suck, she wants no mo.” (3%)
I liked this book, but I didn’t love it. If it was on KU, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it, but the price point (fairly low) should be taken into consideration. It’s decent, and obviously the start to a new series that does show promise. If you want something unique while still indulging in your love of Shifters, this may be right up your ally.
Published February 1st, 2019
Please note, this is a Reverse Harem novel with mature scenes and themes more suited to an older audience. 18+
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