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Mira, Mirror by Mette Harrison
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Mira, Mirror

by Mette Harrison

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A decent spin-off of the Snow White story. It's dark, but also sweet in a muddled way. Witches never seem to get a fair shake! ( )
  cindywho | May 27, 2019 |
This is the story of the Wicked Queen's magic mirror, from the story of Snow White—from the point of view of the mirror. A young girl, unattractive, unwanted by her father, stepmother, and half-siblings, she's apprenticed to the local witch, and becomes completely enchanted by the witch's other apprentice, and will do anything for her—anything at all.

The other, more talented and more ruthless, apprentice is, of course, the future Wicked Queen, and she enchants Mira into a mirror and gives her just enough magic to be useful in making and keeping her Queen, but not enough ever to escape the trap of the mirror. But Snow White is just one adventure in the long life of the mirror, who has a lot to learn not just about gaining enough magic to free herself from the mirror, but also about the moral lessons her "sister" the Wicked Queen taught her.

Enjoyable. ( )
  LisCarey | Sep 19, 2018 |
Mira is the spirit of the mirror...which mirror you ask? Why the evil-stepmother's mirror.

Bewitched and tricked by her evil adopted sister into becoming the soul & voice of the mirror, which has since been long forgotten in the ruins of the castle... Mira is brought to life again by a young girl who discovers the mirror and carries it with her on her journey to freedom. As Mira attempts to reform herself, there is a switching of faces, lives, and destiny.

This is a well written and enchanting story combining both the tales of "Snow White" and "Beauty & the Beast". ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Jan 18, 2016 |
This book was exactly what I needed to recover my last read. Good things happen to good people and even those once considered evil are able to gain some redemption. A cross between Snow White and the Goose Girl except that the characters don't just get a happily ever after, they also get to grow and change for the better and create strong and lasting friendships; and even though they didn't all start with the best intentions their growth helps their intentions change and everything turns out well. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
This book was exactly what I needed to recover my last read. Good things happen to good people and even those once considered evil are able to gain some redemption. A cross between Snow White and the Goose Girl except that the characters don't just get a happily ever after, they also get to grow and change for the better and create strong and lasting friendships; and even though they didn't all start with the best intentions their growth helps their intentions change and everything turns out well. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
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For my sisters: Dynette, Ann, Rebecca, and Emily
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The bargain was quickly made between my mother and the witch.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0142406430, Paperback)

Abandoned by her parents, and then apprenticed to a witch, Mira is captivated by the other young apprentice, who adopts her as a sister. Mira would do anything for this beautiful girl— and that’s just what her sister bargains for. With the utterance of a simple spell, Mira’s body is turned to wood, her face to glass. Her only power is the magic her sister gives her, the power to make her sister a queen. But the sister disappears, and where one fairy tale ends, another begins. Mira is left to gather dust until a new hope arrives—a peasant girl with troubles of her own. Soon the two are on their way to find a new kind of magic, a magic that gives life instead of taking it.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:17:11 -0400)

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Long after the disappearance of Snow White's stepmother, the witch trapped in her mirror manipulates a desperate peasant and a merchant's daughter to seek the magic she needs to gain her freedom, but the girls show her a power far greater.

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