- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: Rachel R. Smith (10 May 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0996389210
- ISBN-13: 978-0996389211
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.7 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,181,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Reflection: The Stranger in the Mirror: Volume 1 (Records of the Ohanzee) Paperback – 10 May 2015
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About the Author
Rachel R. Smith lives near Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband and the cutest dog in the world, Sumo. When not writing, she plots to fill the interior of their home with books and mineral specimens and to cover the exterior with roses. Reflection: The Stranger in the Mirror is the first book in the Records of the Ohanzee series.
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"Remember that Chiyo may be in ashes, but the phoenix will rise again."
I received an ARC of: Reflection: The Stranger in the Mirror via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Reflection, does not read like a typical book. It doesn't have the usual climax and ending. It is meant to be read as a continuing story into the next book so there is no climax at all and kinda just...ends. Now this was new to me and I kind of like it. A lot was left unsaid so I definitely want to read the next one.
My biggest problem is that we just follow too many people. Now I love a story with a lot of side-plots and characters but I don't always need to know what they are doing. It kind of takes out the mystery of all the subplots twining together beneath the story. This story swaps POV's like nobodies business. We follow Nerissa, Charis, Shae, Shae's daughter, Einar, Einar's wife, Rial, Raysel, Tao, the villains, like everyone we meet. On top of that it will change POV mid-chapter from paragraph to paragraph. One paragraph Nerissa, the next Charis then back to Nerissa. It makes the reading rather muddled. It takes out all the surprises completely. We always know what everyone is thinking or doing. I would have liked it to be more subtle I guess.
The romance is...kind of there? Rian comes across as a love interest for all of a chapter and a half before we don't see him again until the end of the book at all even though he is technically there. Which is convenient considering she has memory loss of meeting him, which is also convenient considering she is royalty and he is an Ohanzee. There is the possibility of Raysel which I hope not, because then we would have the horror of a love triangle. Please don't do this to us Rachel.
Then we dive into the cliches. While even though in this world royalty can marry whoever they want, OF COURSE it's FORBIDDEN for Ohanzee warriors to be romantically involved with royalty. Just like OF COURSE women can't be an Ohanzee warriors because it's "tradition" not "sexism". It's then "explained" that women don't WANT to be warriors and they are the ones that chose to not allow women to be warriors anymore. Of course by "explained", I mean this mysterious "reason" is conveniently mentioned but not given. Probably because there isn't a good one. It's total bs I'm sorry. If you don't want women to be allowed to be warriors for the plot (I understand why she did it) but don't give me that nonsense reasoning. If these cliches aren't enough let's throw in a prophecy with "the chosen one" for good measure.
I liked a lot of the elements like the crystals and the prophetic dreams. I can tell we'll have more of Shae and the prophecies. While I'm not all that interested in the overarching prophecy of the story, (I fail to see why it is necessary other than to make Nerissa "special") but I am interested in her role as having foretelling dreams and how those could be used in the future.
There is so much to do and I'm quite interested in the plot. I like Nerissa as she is strong and not overly annoying. She didn't grow all that much in this first book but we have a lot to grow and she isn't that terrible and already a pretty strong character. From here I'd like to see more romance and some action.
When I originally requested this book last year, I had seen it popping up almost everywhere. I decide that this is definitely one of those self-published books that I definitely had to read. I cannot wait to read this book and see where it takes me. It is one of those that I know almost nothing about. Here it goes...
Thank you so much to the author, Rachel R. Smith for sending me a copy of her book to review. Just a small disclaimer for those reading this review. I have received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. Please note that this doesn't not affect my opinion in any way. All thoughts are my own.
I loved how easy it was to get into this book. I kind of just started reading the book and found that I was twenty percent through the book. I loved that the pacing of the writing was fast. The writing wasn't particularly detailed but there seemed to be enough detail when the author describe certain important things.
I loved how this book was set up. It wasn't too filled with action and it was also not too bland. The author found the perfect middle where you kind of have the action happening at the correct time and then the more filler elements set up the series quite well. We get a mix of history and interesting elements that make us question how it will come into play at a later stage. I really loved that this book read differently in comparison to other books. It really makes it unique.
The book was on the short side of things and whilst we could see some clear characteristics coming through from each character, I felt like the author didn't really fill them up and create a well-rounded character. However with that being said, the base for the characters are there, they only need to grow.
Overall, I was actually surprised by this book. I didn't know what to expect really but I was very happy with what I read. The writing was good and easy to get into, the plot set the series up quite well and I definitely think that the series will pick up. The characters did lack some dimension but they had a base and they will grow and become more well rounded. I definitely cannot wait to see what the next book has in store! Thank you so much to the author for sending me a copy of her book to review!
Yours in Reading,