Reflection: The Stranger In The Mirror by Rachel R. Smith || Book Review

“What is a book for if not to be read?” 

I was sent a review copy of this book from the author, however, all opinions are my own.


An Heiress, an ancient prophecy, and a masquerade…
Nerissa, the Heiress of Chiyo, prepares for the masquerade celebrating the twentieth anniversary of a thwarted assassination attempt on her family. Longing to be admired for herself and not her title, she arranges to switch costumes and enjoy the ball in blissful anonymity. But, when the fateful night finally comes, a prophetic warning of a second attack arrives too late, and the evening turns from revelry and romance to violence. After being pulled from the chaos by an enigmatic guardian, Nerissa learns that the Royal Family has been concealing a formidable secret for generations–and it is only one of many that are about to be revealed.

I must admit, that the synopsis sounds a lot more epic than the actual book. I originally expected an epic assassination scene and that was exactly what I got.

However, this book was a very quick and easy book to read. Like I said before, there weren’t any moments that had me on the edge of my seat racing to read more, rather, it flowed nicely and kept my attention. Overall I gave this book 4/5 stars.

Reflection is set in a fantasy world but doesn’t have dragons or any other mythical creature (that I know of so far), instead it is more fantasy in the scene that there are prophecies and magic crystals. I am interested to see the full extent of the crystal powers. So I do hope they come more into play in the following books.

This book is pretty short and is around 250 pages, I have the feeling that it could have been combined with the next book, but I don’t know just yet because I haven’t read the second one. The pacing reminds me a lot like The Selection (and to be honest, so does the cover) it is slow pacing but I never felt it moved slow (if that is understandable) not much happened but it felt like heaps did.

I cannot wait to read the rest of this series and see what will happen. At the end of this book there is a Mulan kind of feel so I hope that follows through into the next book.

All in all, I do recommend this book if you a looking for a nice read. I compare it to the Selection in the writing style and feel but the content is very different. And by very I mean this is about an assassination attempt and taking back the country.

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Until next time,



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