Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Shadow Mirror by Richie Tankersley Cusick Review

"Unsettling. There's no better word to describe Miranda Barnes's ability to hear the cries of the dead, feel the wind move her hair when they run by, and - dare she look into a mirror - see the reflection of a ghostly woman behind her. There's only one person to turn to for support: Etienne. As sexy as he is mysterious, Miranda can't help but be drawn to him. He believes her; he wants to help her. But there's a secret in Etienne's past, something Miranda's on the verge of discovering. As paranormal activity escalates, passion grows, and soon Miranda is caught up in both love . . . and tragedy."

Unsettling isn't what I'll call this book. Boring, dull, and dry are better words for describing this book. Because it truly is boring. Shadow Mirror fails where Walk of the Spirits passed. 

And why does the sequel suck? No excitement. That's the easiest answer I can give. And it's probably the very same reason why there's no sequel to this book. 

Shadow Mirror's plot is slow. That's a good way of putting it. Slow as a snail. Slow as a turtle. Slow as Internet Explorer. The book starts picking up speed towards the end, because Miranda couldn't figure out the sad story of the ghost lady and her kids. (No, that's not a spoiler. I think). And then, when it was the ending, it was over.

Shadow Mirror is more like a social book than the paranormal book it was in the first book. Social, in ways of Miranda and her friends. The relationships are more developed, but I guess Miranda should had spend more time on solving mysteries of the past than the craziness of the future. Her friends and her drama. Oh, Ashley has drama...yawn. Etienne and his 'cousin' are fighting over Miranda...yawn. Maybe if it was a life or death situation, the book could had been more interesting. Like Peeves (or a ghost like Peeves from Harry Potter) being in the book. 

Ghosts can make a book quite interesting. 

The ghost story. The tragedy of the ghost lady and her children is totally yawn, yawn, yawn. (And it's nighttime at this moment. Well, I'm writing this review at night. That's better). (I'm a bit sleepy). Okay, yellow fever. Very tragic. I'm sorry that I'm emotionless, but I'm not sorry to say that this ghost story is nothing compared to the last one. (Because the last book was totally awesome. So Romeo and Juliet). 

(It's nighttime so I'm going to zoom by with the characters). All the characters progressed in some way. Annoyingly and slowly, depending on which character you are asking. Peter probably had the best chance of being expanded upon along with Etienne. Ashley is still a bit blond; her sister is still gothic and vampireish. 

Rating: One out of Five

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