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Mirror Me: This Plot is Twisty-Turny Awesome!

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Mirror MeMirror Me
by Tara St. Pierre
208 Pages
YA / Paranormal / Romance
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Hannah McCauley doesn’t look at herself in the mirror anymore.

After a rebellious past, she now attends a strict private school in a new town, where her recently divorced mother has put her on social lockdown. No driving. No bad grades. No skipping classes. No unapproved friends. No makeup. No boys. And the subject of her best friend from her old school is definitely forbidden.

Hannah is being punished for something that happened a year earlier, something that she would like to put behind her. But strange occurrences frighten her, and she’s accused of breaking rules and doing other terrible things without any recollection of them. No one believes her, so she starts distrusting everything, even her own reflection.

Is she being haunted by her past? Stalked by someone with a grudge? Or is it all in her head? If she doesn’t figure out what’s happening fast, her existence could end up irreparably shattered.

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Quick Reasons: THOSE MORALS, THOUGH!; this is as close to a “life-ruiner” as I’ve gotten in a while; maybe a bit too much focus on the romance and not enough on the friendship; slight warning for mature/sensitive subjects; awesome, well-rounded, complex plot and characters!

HUGE thanks to Tara St. Pierre for sending me a free egalley of this title in exchange for a voluntary honest review! This in no way altered my read of or opinions on this book.

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Having now finished TWO of her novels, I think it’s safe for me to say that Tara St. Pierre is one of those authors with imaginations that know NO bounds. Because I read her debut novel last year, I went into this book TOTALLY blind–and let me tell you, I am so so glad that I did! Because I had no preconceived notions of what this book was about, I was able to take the journey in an unbiased and completely open way, which was both an awesome experiment and something I hope to experience again in the future.

 

This book was just…. GAAAAAH! I knew, from the first book I read of hers, that I was bound to stumble upon an incredibly moving, absolutely unique premise. Let me tell you, I was in absolutely no way disappointed! This novel takes a pretty old idea–being able to look at yourself in the mirror–and twists it into something unrecognizable, yet still completely relatable. When I reached the end, I sat here staring at the last line in total awe at just how far the morals and lessons stretched for this read. Seriously, coming out on the other side of these pages, I grasped the message entirely–and bow down to Tara St. Pierre for tackling such an abstract concept head-on, and making it into this gorgeous journey!

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I just… I cannot sing enough praises for this novel! I did feel, at times, that the focus on the romance came out a bit too steeped for my taste. There are some awesome, complex side-characters that sort of get kicked off to the wayside in the course of this book, and while this is both realistic and understandable given the circumstances…. I just felt as if those friendships might have done better to be more cultivated. Especially when the bomb near the end drops and they get pulled into the middle of the chaos–they accepted the strange situation VERY easily, and I couldn’t quite wrap my head around how quickly they pulled together to help Hannah.

 

Still, this was an entertaining and beautifully inspiring journey…and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to look at a mirror in quite the same way again! Tara St. Pierre DID include some potentially triggering, mature subjects, so for sensitive readers–please, please keep yourselves safe! The characters are complex and vibrant, the plot is filled with twisty-turny vines and angst, and that ending! OH, MY PENGUINS, that ending is just glorious! I’d recommend this to lovers of unique premises, emotionally-challenging journeys, and characters who find their strength and come out on top in the end. Take a look in the mirror today, Penguins; this book just might change your point of view.

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Villainous Love Songs (#30)

Lovesongs

Because c’mon–you think those characters with the hearts of ice, the unbreakable wills, the huge tendency to bully DON’T jam out to the mushy-gushy on their iPods sometimes?

I am of the firm opinion that villains, just like everybody else, have a love song they just can’t help but…well…LOVE!

This will be a consistent new feature on my blog–probably posted every Monday.  Because there are a LOT of villains, and a LOT of love songs, out there to match… and I’m bound and determined to do it!

If you like this meme, feel free to post up your own–just be sure to link back to mine!

VILLAINOUS LOVE SONGS

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Mr. Grey
(Dreamcatcher, by Stephen King)

Leeeeeeet’s be honest for a second, penguins–this song?  Is kinda sorta SUPER creepy.  And Mr. Grey?  Well, he wants to eat everybody and take over their meat suits, so… Yeah, I’d say this pretty much sums him up!

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Kreacher
(Harry Potter, by J.K. Rowling)

Kreacher is honestly one of my FAVORITE examples of character development and forgiveness in any novel EVER.  And this song is pretty much exactly what happens.  I mean…can you imagine keeping the secrets Kreacher did for all those years?  That would be torture.  No wonder he’s angry and bitter when we first meet him!

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Danny Zuko
(Grease)

Tell me this doesn’t fit.  Go ahead.  List your reasons.  I dare you.

AND THERE YOU HAVE IT!

Villains…and the love songs they don’t want anyone to know they rock out to.

If villains in your world had a favorite love song, which would it be?  Let me know what you think of this post below–or feel free to jump in and post your own pairs!

Until next time, happy book-ing!

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Villainous Love Songs (#29)

Lovesongs

Because c’mon–you think those characters with the hearts of ice, the unbreakable wills, the huge tendency to bully DON’T jam out to the mushy-gushy on their iPods sometimes?

I am of the firm opinion that villains, just like everybody else, have a love song they just can’t help but…well…LOVE!

This will be a consistent new feature on my blog–probably posted every Monday.  Because there are a LOT of villains, and a LOT of love songs, out there to match… and I’m bound and determined to do it!

If you like this meme, feel free to post up your own–just be sure to link back to mine!

VILLAINOUS LOVE SONGS

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Mickey
(The Boxer and the Butterfly, by Sasha Hibbs)

So here’s what’s gonna happen.  First, you’re going to go get this book.  Second, you’re going to sit down and READ this book.  Third, you’re going to FALL IN LOVE! with this book.  And, therefore, with Mickey.  Because he’s adorable, and sweet, and just… GAAAAAH!  Also yes, he sings this song to himself late at night.  It’s what keeps him sane.  At least, I think it does.

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Catherine de Medici
(Reign)

I’ll admit, when I first started watching Reign, I LOOOOOOATHED Catherine so hardcore.  But then… But then something changed?  Or maybe I changed, I don’t know.  Regardless, she is one of my FAVORITE characters ever.  I went from loathe to adore and I’m not even sure when that happened.

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Chuck Bass
(Gossip Girl)

I just…. I mean…. Don’t even try to argue with me on this one, because I won’t hear you.  This pairing makes SO.  MUCH.  SENSE, I can’t even handle it.

AND THERE YOU HAVE IT!

Villains…and the love songs they don’t want anyone to know they rock out to.

If villains in your world had a favorite love song, which would it be?  Let me know what you think of this post below–or feel free to jump in and post your own pairs!

Until next time, happy book-ing!

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Villainous Love Songs (#28)

Lovesongs

Because c’mon–you think those characters with the hearts of ice, the unbreakable wills, the huge tendency to bully DON’T jam out to the mushy-gushy on their iPods sometimes?

I am of the firm opinion that villains, just like everybody else, have a love song they just can’t help but…well…LOVE!

This will be a consistent new feature on my blog–probably posted every Monday.  Because there are a LOT of villains, and a LOT of love songs, out there to match… and I’m bound and determined to do it!

If you like this meme, feel free to post up your own–just be sure to link back to mine!

VILLAINOUS LOVE SONGS

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Magneto
(X-Men)

I just… I feel like this song pretty much sums up everything Magneto feels.  I mean THINK about it–and really, really listen to the words of this song.  I’m pretty sure they’re a fitting pair.  And you all KNOW Magneto doesn’t do actual love songs, so…

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Caroline Bingley/Caroline Lee
(Pride & Prejudice; The Lizzie Bennet Diaries)

Okay, okay, okay–hear me out won’t you?!  So…I think the following should happen.  Someone write a book–a retelling of P&P from CAROLINE’S perspective.  And then.  AND THEN!  Someone else write a book where Caroline–CAROLINE!–is the one in love with Jane.  And my song choice will suddenly make SO much more sense.  Seriously, though…listen to the lyrics and tell me this isn’t a fitting pairing.  Also, listen to the lyrics and tell me you can’t see Caroline, in some dimension, being in love with Jane.  It needs to happen.  SOMEONE WRITE IT!

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Tate Langdon
(American Horror Story:  Murder House)

GUYS–HUGE HUGE HUUUUUUUUUUUGE NSFW warning on the above video.  Seriously, do not watch it at work.  Or at school.  Or….anywhere near your parents.  Or your children.  That being said–I JUST COULDN’T HELP MYSELF?!  This song screams Tate Langdon, and that one small scene that I won’t mention because spoiiiiiiiiilers.  Seriously though, this.  THIS is a great pairing. (also, I’m sort of obsessed with this song? don’t ask why, I have no clue)

AND THERE YOU HAVE IT!

Villains…and the love songs they don’t want anyone to know they rock out to.

If villains in your world had a favorite love song, which would it be?  Let me know what you think of this post below–or feel free to jump in and post your own pairs!

Until next time, happy book-ing!

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Villainous Love Songs (#27)

Lovesongs

Because c’mon–you think those characters with the hearts of ice, the unbreakable wills, the huge tendency to bully DON’T jam out to the mushy-gushy on their iPods sometimes?

I am of the firm opinion that villains, just like everybody else, have a love song they just can’t help but…well…LOVE!

This will be a consistent new feature on my blog–probably posted every Monday.  Because there are a LOT of villains, and a LOT of love songs, out there to match… and I’m bound and determined to do it!

If you like this meme, feel free to post up your own–just be sure to link back to mine!

VILLAINOUS LOVE SONGS

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The Doctor
(Doctor Who)

Tell me I’m wrong, penguins.  TELL ME, I DARE YOU!  I mean seriously, The Doctor and all his companions?  This song is his MANTRA, okay?

“Because you’re not here and now I fear,
I’ll never get back to you.”

I apologize for any heartbreak I just caused, but…this pairing works.

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Reese/Reese’s Pieces
(Untitled Beauty, by C.E. Wilson)

I KNOW the eye color is wrong in these images, BUT GUYS–Reese is one of the greatest characters EVER, this book broke me about a million times, and this song?  This song so belongs to him for the rest of forever.  I just… Yes.  Read this book.  READ THIS BOOK, and tell me this pairing isn’t perfect.  (and I know, I know, he’s not ACTUALLY a villain–but for a large part of this book, we’re led to believe he is, so…)

AND THERE YOU HAVE IT!

Villains…and the love songs they don’t want anyone to know they rock out to.

If villains in your world had a favorite love song, which would it be?  Let me know what you think of this post below–or feel free to jump in and post your own pairs!

Until next time, happy book-ing!

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Villainous Love Songs (#25)

Lovesongs

Because c’mon–you think those characters with the hearts of ice, the unbreakable wills, the huge tendency to bully DON’T jam out to the mushy-gushy on their iPods sometimes?

I am of the firm opinion that villains, just like everybody else, have a love song they just can’t help but…well…LOVE!

This will be a consistent new feature on my blog–probably posted every Monday.  Because there are a LOT of villains, and a LOT of love songs, out there to match… and I’m bound and determined to do it!

If you like this meme, feel free to post up your own–just be sure to link back to mine!

VILLAINOUS LOVE SONGS

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El Diablo
(Suicide Squad)

Watching this movie… I sort of felt like El Diablo got the short end of the stick, in a lot of ways.  I mean sure, he did some terrible things, buuuut…I dunno, he seemed to want to change, if he could.  So this song?  Perfect fit.

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Peeta Mellark
(The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins)

Now before you all jump on me about how PEETA’S NOT A VILLAIN!…technically, he IS.  For a little while.  He was forged to be a weapon, after all…and that made him, for at least a while, dangerous.  So yeah.  And this song?!  Listen to the lyrics and tell me they DON’T fit.  I dare you.

AND THERE YOU HAVE IT!

Villains…and the love songs they don’t want anyone to know they rock out to.

If villains in your world had a favorite love song, which would it be?  Let me know what you think of this post below–or feel free to jump in and post your own pairs!

Until next time, happy book-ing!

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Villainous Love Songs (#24)

Lovesongs

Because c’mon–you think those characters with the hearts of ice, the unbreakable wills, the huge tendency to bully DON’T jam out to the mushy-gushy on their iPods sometimes?

I am of the firm opinion that villains, just like everybody else, have a love song they just can’t help but…well…LOVE!

This will be a consistent new feature on my blog–probably posted every Monday.  Because there are a LOT of villains, and a LOT of love songs, out there to match… and I’m bound and determined to do it!

If you like this meme, feel free to post up your own–just be sure to link back to mine!

VILLAINOUS LOVE SONGS

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Harley Quinn
(Suicide Squad)

I mean really…If you’ve seen the movie, you know exactly every reason I chose this song for Harley.  If you HAVEN’T seen this movie…what are you doing with your life, DROP EVERYTHING and go see it!  Seeeeeriously!

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Captain Barbossa
(The Pirates of the Caribbean)

Do… Do you get it, guys?  Do you get it?!  YOU CAN SEE THROUGH HIM!  So…this song is obviously his theme song!?!?!?!  It makes sense to me, okay?  And that’s all that matters!

AND THERE YOU HAVE IT!

Villains…and the love songs they don’t want anyone to know they rock out to.

If villains in your world had a favorite love song, which would it be?  Let me know what you think of this post below–or feel free to jump in and post your own pairs!

Until next time, happy book-ing!

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Villainous Love Songs (#19)

Lovesongs

Because c’mon–you think those characters with the hearts of ice, the unbreakable wills, the huge tendency to bully DON’T jam out to the mushy-gushy on their iPods sometimes?

I am of the firm opinion that villains, just like everybody else, have a love song they just can’t help but…well…LOVE!

This will be a consistent new feature on my blog–probably posted every Monday.  Because there are a LOT of villains, and a LOT of love songs, out there to match… and I’m bound and determined to do it!

If you like this meme, feel free to post up your own–just be sure to link back to mine!

VILLAINOUS LOVE SONGS

Jigsaw
(The Saw Franchise)

I… I don’t even KNOW what possessed me to put these two things together, but honestly, it does SORT OF work if you think about it.  I mean… Jigsaw likes games, right?  And giving orders.  And…yeah, it’s creepy, but it works.

Every Doctor EVER
(Doctor Who)

This was sort of one of those flashbulb moments.  This song came on my iPod, and I just…like, immediately?  knew I wanted to put these two things together.  Because HULLO!?!?!?! I mean sure, the Doctor isn’t technically a villain…but…Eh.  Who cares at this point, right?!

AND THERE YOU HAVE IT!

Villains…and the love songs they don’t want anyone to know they rock out to.

If villains in your world had a favorite love song, which would it be?  Let me know what you think of this post below–or feel free to jump in and post your own pairs!

Until next time, happy book-ing!

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