Reflections by Seanan McGuire
Narrated by Mary Robinette Kowal
Published by 47North, Brilliance Audio on Jan 12th, 2016
Genres: Adult, Fairytale Retelling, Urban Fantasy
Page Length: 325 pages
Audio Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
How I got my copy: Purchased
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“For her to love me, she had to be willing to kill me. Anything else would show that her heart was untrue.”
The struggle against not-so-charming storybook narratives isn’t the only complicating factor in Henrietta “Henry” Marchen’s life. As part of the ATI Management Bureau team protecting the world from fairy tales gone awry, she’s juggling her unwanted new status as a Snow White, dealing with a potentially dangerous Pied Piper, and wrangling a most troublesome wicked stepsister—along with a budding relationship with Jeff, her teammate.
But when a twisted, vicious Cinderella breaks out of prison and wreaks havoc, things go from disenchanted to deadly. And once Henry realizes someone is trying to use her to destroy the world, her story becomes far from over—and this one might not have a happily ever after.
Indexing: Reflections is New York Times bestselling author Seanan McGuire’s continuing new urban fantasy, where everything you thought you knew about fairy tales gets turned on its head.
- Sloane! And her backstory! I love Sloane, I’m sure that is obvious by now. She is wonderfully snarky but uses that snark to channel her wicked step-sister impulses in not-as-dangerous-to-those-around-her ways. There have been hints that she is much older than she looks, since her tale is paused and needs her to stay looking twenty-something. In Reflections we find out just how old and how she got into this unique position. And I just want to hug her.
- A whole lot more about how the Narrative works. The Narrative has always been this vague thing that apparently is causing all the fairytale magic and is at least somewhat sentient, but what does that even mean?? While we don’t get all the answers, I definitely have a much better idea of what exactly the Narrative is and what it is trying to do.
- Fantastic narration. As with the previous book, the narration of these audiobooks is FANTASTIC.
- Lots of little things revealed with side characters. There were a number of alternative perspectives sprinkled in as well as small scenes that revealed more depth to characters that have hung around the periphery. There is a girl in a mirror okay?
- Pacing dragged – or at least didn’t feel as tight as urban fantasy usually is. I wanted things to be moving faster and some of the side missions cut out.
- Three villains??? Almost certainly the root of many of my issues stems from the fact that there are three villains. We’ve heard about each of them separately previously and apparently they decided to unite against our heroes. However, since we’ve only had one book to get to know anyone, I couldn’t even keep them and their backstories straight!
- Too much going on so that I didn’t feel invested in any one story enough – this is the result of the previous point. As soon as a development happened with one villain, the story switched to someone else. Therefore, I had a hard time really stressing about any one plot line because I was immediately distracted.
Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
Reflections by Seanan McGuire
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