Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Dark Mirror by M.J Putney

Young Adult: 306 Pages
Published: March 1, 2011
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Series: Dark Passage(Book 1)
Source: Finished copy from publisher
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My Rating

Lady Victoria Mansfield, youngest daughter of the earl and countess of Fairmount, is destined for a charmed life. Soon she will be presented during the London season, where she can choose a mate worthy of her status.
Yet Tory has a shameful secret—a secret so powerful that, if exposed, it could strip her of her position and disgrace her family forever. Tory’s blood is tainted . . . by magic.

When a shocking accident forces Tory to demonstrate her despised skill, the secret she’s fought so hard to hide is revealed for all to see. She is immediately exiled to Lackland Abbey, a reform school for young men and women in her position. There she will learn to suppress her deplorable talents and maybe, if she’s one of the lucky ones, be able to return to society.

But Tory’s life is about to change forever. All that she’s ever known or considered important will be challenged. What lies ahead is only the beginning of a strange and wonderful journey into a world where destiny and magic come together, where true love and friendship find her, and where courage and strength of character are the only things that determine a young girl’s worth.

M.J Putney penned a refreshing, magical book. Creating a lovely reading experience. You are transported back and forth through time, visiting the 1800's and then the beginning of WWII.

Lady Victoria Mansfield(Tory) is the daughter of an earl. She discovers that she is a mage, her blood tainted with magic, but instead of being accepted by her family, she is punished, and immediately sent to Lackland Abbey. The boarding school is a place where other magelings are sent by their families to be cured of their magical abilities, you are taught how to suppress your magic.

The book started off a little slow for me, but that didn't last. The book picks up quickly. The author did a fantastic job at the character development. Each character is introduced smoothly, not overwhelming you with unnecessary descriptions and details. Tory is a very strong character. She is not bossy or arrogant but she will stand her ground firmly. Putney did a great job at keeping the writing style true to the era. The words flowed nicely and the language was classic and simple. The book is geared for young adults but I believe any age could enjoy this book.

The premise for this book definitely peeked my interest but I was still unsure about what I would find inside the pages. The book definitely surprised me. I knew I would enjoy it, but I didn't know how much I was actually going to like it. It's magically adventurous storyline, charming characters and simple writing style made it easy for me to love the book. I looked forward to relaxing on the couch, and being whisked away into the world M.J Putney created for us. It was a great getaway! This book has so much to offer, time travel, romance, magic and adventure...What's not to enjoy? I would definitely recommend this book, there is something for everyone. Can't wait for book 2 in the series The Dark Passage coming in September 2011.

What I loved: The charming and likable characters. The enjoyable reading experience
What I disliked: The slow-paced beginning. Didn't really pick up for me until she arrived at Lackland Abbey.
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  1. I was waiting to hear your review about this book. I saw the cover in your sidebar and it immediately caught my interest!

  2. Thanks for the review. I can't wait to read it!

  3. I've been seeing a lot of buzz about this one and it sounds really interesting! Great review!

  4. I can't wait to read this book. Usually with stories revolving around time-travel, the hero or heroin travels back in time. From what I understood, the contrary happens here. Very, very interesting. And your lovely review definitely made me want to read it even more :)


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