Mira, Mirror by Mette Ivie Harrison
Published on August 3, 2006 by Speak
Abandoned by her parents, and then apprenticed to a witch, Mira is captivated by the other young apprentice, who adopts her as a sister. Mira would do anything for this beautiful girl- and that's just what her sister bargains for. With the utterance of a simple spell, Mira's body is turned to wood, her face to glass. Her only power is the magic her sister gives her, the power to make her sister a queen.
But the sister disappears, and where one fairy tale ends, another begins. Mira is left to gather dust until a new hope arrives-a peasant girl with troubles of her own. Soon the two are on their way to find a new kind of magic, a magic that gives life instead of taking it.
I definitely enjoy alternate versions of fairy tales and was excited to come across this one! As with all books, there were definitely things that I liked about it and things that I did not enjoy. Because of time constraints, today's review will be rather condensed. I am excited to share that this book has been added to my classroom library!
What I Liked
- I felt like the relationships between characters in this novel were rather believable. I never felt that one character overshadowed the others. Even though Mira was definitely the main character, she felt just as important and just as richly written as the other characters.
- I loved the theme of sisterly love. I know that many fairy tales focus on romantic love, but it was wonderful to see a piece that spoke about a different kind of love and selflessness.
- The ending was beautifully written. I felt like it was the perfect way to end this novel and both the suffering and happiness therein.
What I Didn't Like As Much
- While I liked Harrison's style, sometimes the style took away from the meaning. I found myself reading the same passages over and over again trying to figure out what was happening and who was talking.
- The relationship between the two girls was rather puzzling at first. After all, if someone stole my face I'd be TICKED!