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The Compulsive Reader: Books That Suck Month: Day Seventeen: Shattereed Mirror by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Books That Suck Month: Day Seventeen: Shattereed Mirror by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes


As a witch, Sarah Vida has been brought up to abhor vampires and hunt them down. She's the daughter of the most famous (or infamous, depending on the company you keep) vampire hunter of the times. So when she starts tentatively making friends with two weak sibling vampires at her new school, her sister is horrified. She tries to impress upon Sarah that such friendship will only lead to death, or worse. Yet Sarah can't seem to tear herself away from the only ones who have ever perceived her as anything other than a killer, when in fact they are the ones that should fear her.

Shattered Mirror is the opposite of so many vampire themed books that are being released in the past years in the sense that it initially shows vampires in a less favorable light. This factor, coupled with the fantasy-like intrigue of the laws and customs of the Vida witch clan is the only interesting and innovative element of the whole novel. The protagonist, Sarah, appears to be a flat character without much profundity. Any of the author's attempts at depth, like working in the Vidas' reactions to their father's death, fall flat, and the reader experiences no real connection with any of the characters. Shattered Mirror is chocked full of drama, but very much lacking substance.

2 comments:

Khyrinthia said...

I think the author wrote this when she was 16 or 17. I know her first novel, another vampire one called In the Forests of the Night, was written when she was 13.

I agree about Sarah. Not the best character out there.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

wow, that is a young author! i've never heard of this book though. it's a bummer the characters aren't too well-rounded and whatnot. the idea behind it sounds good.

-Lauren