Wednesday, 23 April 2014

The Looking Glass Blog Tour - Review & Giveaway

Title: The Looking Glass
Author: Jessica Arnold
Release Date: April 15, 2014
Publisher: Month9Books
Review Copy: From publisher in exchange of honest review
Find the diary, break the curse, step through The Looking Glass!

Fifteen-year-old Alice Montgomery wakes up in the lobby of the B&B where she has been vacationing with her family to a startling discovery: no one can see or hear her. The cheap desk lights have been replaced with gas lamps and the linoleum floor with hardwood and rich Oriental carpeting. Someone has replaced the artwork with eerie paintings of Elizabeth Blackwell, the insane actress and rumored witch who killed herself at the hotel in the 1880s. Alice watches from behind the looking glass where she is haunted by Elizabeth Blackwell. Trapped in the 19th-century version of the hotel, Alice must figure out a way to break Elizabeth’s curse—with the help of Elizabeth's old diary and Tony, the son of a ghost hunter who is investigating the haunted B&B— before she becomes the inn's next victim.
This was one of those books that grabbed my attention the minute I read the synopsis. Now, after reading it. I`m very happy to say that I was glad I did. It was creepy, mysterious and a thrill ride of sorts.

When you`re first introduced to Alice, the accident has already happened. So immediately you`re pulled into the mystery of what happened. This I loved! I really enjoy books that start the action right off the top so you`re not wondering or getting bored while there`s build up.

I got lost in this book. And for that, I want to thank Jessica for. There aren`t many books where I truly get lost in, to the point where I`m not even sure how to write this review. Maybe it`s cause I`ve gone mad. Just like poor Elizabeth. Oh dear, I hope I`m not.

Whenever you read a book, you hope for character growth. And by golly there is some. It`s what makes Alice destroy the curse. Man that curse was creepy. A mist that slowly eats the house, the witch in the mirror. and that triangle bed. Those I won`t forget.

Let me talk about the one thing that I wasn`t a fan of, and that was the romance. When I started reading this book, I wasn`t expecting it. I mean, I had a feeling that someone from our reality would assist her. It worked with the story and everything. But for me, it was a little strange to me.

I loved the use of the mirrors in the book. They made me feel like there was hope throughout the story. Also, I liked the fact that it was the mirrors and Alice`s name that really only stay true to the original story.

I enjoyed Jessica`s writing and cannot wait to see what she comes out with next.

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About the Author

Jessica Arnold writes YA, codes ebooks, and is currently a graduate student in publishing at Emerson College in Boston. She spends most of her time in class or work or slogging through the homework swamp. If she has a spare moment, she’s always up for a round of Boggle. Given the opportunity, Jessica will pontificate at length on the virtues of the serial comma, when and where to use an en dash, and why the semicolon is the best punctuation mark pretty much ever.
Links: Website - Twitter - Facebook - Goodreads
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