Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Book Tour Review and Giveaway: The Looking Glass by Jessica Arnold

Title: The Looking Glass
Author: Jessica Arnold
Source: Chapter by Chapter
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Release Date: April 15, 2014
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

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.

Curses, ghosts, betrayal and love.  All elements to a perfect ghostly story.  Now this isn't a ghost story in the way that it's scary and frightening.  It the story about a curse and a ghost and the girl and boy who try to break it.  The curse was a character all its own - very literally.  It came alive in a form that could walk and talk and steal little girls into its world.

Alice wakes up to find herself in a world that's familiar and strange all at once.  She can see bits and pieces of the real world, but time she has to figure out how to return is very limited.  The curse she fights against was brilliant.  It kept things so very interesting and mysterious, giving just enough information to keep pulling you in futher and further with every page.

I was constantly rooting for Alice.  She was such a real teenager.  Her struggle to find her way out took just enough time.  It wasn't overly drawn out or rushed.  Even the ending seemed to have just the right touches.  The flashes to the past we experience with her are memorable.  The story of the house and the curse unfold at the same time as Alice's.

If you're looking for a good ghost story that's meant for suspense and not horror, or if you're just a lover of some really good paranormal magic, this is just the book for you.  It's hard to find such a well rounded book - and it's a stand alone (even more rare).

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

About the Author:
Jessica Arnold writes YA, codes ebooks, and is currently a graduate student in publishing at Emerson College in Boston. She spends most of her time in class or work or slogging through the homework swamp. If she has a spare moment, she’s always up for a round of Boggle. Given the opportunity, Jessica will pontificate at length on the virtues of the serial comma, when and where to use an en dash, and why the semicolon is the best punctuation mark pretty much ever.

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1 comment:

  1. I can't wait to read this book! It sounds intoxicating and one that I won't be able to put down! :-) MRS N