Published by LLC. on April 15th 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Source: ARC, Blog Tour, ChapterbyChapter
Find the diary, break the curse, step through The Looking Glass!
Fifteen-year-old Alice Montgomery wakes up in the lobby of the B&B where she has been vacationing with her family to a startling discovery: no one can see or hear her. The cheap desk lights have been replaced with gas lamps and the linoleum floor with hardwood and rich Oriental carpeting. Someone has replaced the artwork with eerie paintings of Elizabeth Blackwell, the insane actress and rumored witch who killed herself at the hotel in the 1880s. Alice watches from behind the looking glass where she is haunted by Elizabeth Blackwell. Trapped in the 19th-century version of the hotel, Alice must figure out a way to break Elizabeth’s curse—with the help of Elizabeth's old diary and Tony, the son of a ghost hunter who is investigating the haunted B&B— before she becomes the inn's next victim.
I judged a book by it’s cover…there I said it, I saw this cover, then read the name and thought ” I love this” then I read the synopsis…”Find the diary, break the curse, step through The Looking Glass”…Goosebumps anyone? How could I pass this up? So very glad I didn’t.
This was such a great story, everything about it seems to flow, and I honestly can say I was never confused, the story kept my interest. I will say some point in the middle it was a little slow but that really didn’t take me out of the book at all and the end was just so wonderful. It was a life lesson and I really felt emotional from it because I feel every girl goes through what Alice felt. I can say that it is something I feel often and this book really put those feeling into a different perspective. I am sorry I am being so vague but I really want you to discover it on your own like I did.
The characters you really become attached too. Alice was very confused (well duh, she’s trapped in the mirrors of the house) but she had a strong will and determination that I think you could admire. As much as she wanted to give up she still held strong but like all of us we have doubt in ourselves. Tony was a troubled kid and just trying to please both his mom and dad who don’t get along. I did want more interaction with him maybe his POV would have been cool. He was such a sweetheart that I wanted to get into his head and see what was going on with him. Between the flow of the story and the emotions from the characters it really was a wonderful read.
I gave The Looking Glass by 4/5 stars. An amazing story with strong characters and an emotional message that you might realize hits close to home. I would for sure recommend this book, grab some tissues you might need them, I got a little choked