Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Review: Dangerous Reflections

Dangerous Reflections by Shay West was generously given to me in exchange for an honest review.  I accepted because I loved the cover as soon as I saw it, the title was intriguing, and from reading the teaser, the story had a lot of potential. I had a few books ahead of it on my TBR list but I was excited to get started.

The main character of Alex is your typical teen who has a lot on her plate. She is dealing with what a lot of kids have to deal with.  Her father has left and she and her mother have to move away.  I get it because my parents separated when I was young and we also had to move.  I could empathize with her and how angry she was at having to leave her life and her friends behind.  Alex is a fun character and the new friends she makes are also likable, especially Jennifer.  Readers will be happy with the set of characters they are introduced to.

The plot was actually great for a YA story.  I love the idea of looking into a mirror and seeing someone from the past looking back at you, being compelled to touch the mirror and then thrown into the past to save it from being changed.  Truly a great idea!  The book stays focused on Alex figuring out what is happening to her and trying to control her time travel.  Each time she went back to the past, I enjoyed figuring out which historical figure she had to save.  While their wasn't really any romance in this book, there was some of the usual teen angst so I'm sure something will develop in the future.

I have two wishes for the story.  One, I think it could have been longer and had more historical detail each time she went back in time.  Part of what I love about historical books is the learning about history.  Plus, I loved the mystery of the "man" who she kept seeing and feeling connected to.  Maybe this will be her future romance? Second, the story ended quite abruptly with no teaser of another book on the way even though I am pretty sure there is going to be a second story.  I would have liked this first installment to wrap up a bit more.  I have so many questions! :)

All in all however, this book was fun and original for this age group.  I hope to read the second one when it come out and see where Alex travels to next and find out more about her role as a time protector!

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