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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Review: Dangerous Reflections

Dangerous Reflections (Adventures of Alexis Davenport)
Title: Dangerous Reflections
Author: Shay Fabbro
Page Count: 284 KB (Kindle format)
Publisher: RicaShay Publishing
Genre: paranormal, YA
Copy for review was provided by the author in anticipation of an honest review

Alexis Davenport wants to go home. She hates her new school, her mother for moving her away from her friends, living in her aunt's guesthouse, and her father for walking out.

To make matters worse, Alex is haunted by the images of strange girls reflected in her mirror. It is bad enough juggling homework, a relentless bully, boys, and a deadbeat dad.

Now, she must save the world from an evil presence hell-bent on changing the past--and our futures. Who knew her A+ in history was going to be this important?

I think it's a secret dream of many history enthusiasts to be able to experience historical events and time periods for themselves, but not actually be trapped in those realms forever.  Alexis Davenport, our plucky young heroine, gets to experience a whole lot of things throughout this book, but I think some of those experiences she'd rather leave behind.

This book takes some well-traveled paths in YA stories- having to start at a new school at a critical time, dealing with the awkwardness of not knowing anyone, realizing parents and other adults have the capability to be tremendously disappointing, and overlays them with new ideas.  Alexis slips back and forth into the past and isn't able to control these episodes; she has to fend for herself in these new periods and try to figure out just what the heck is going on.

Alexis figures out that these sojourns take place after she catches the reflection of a mysterious girl in a mirror instead of her own; when she confides these happenings to her friend, Jennifer, the possiblity of her experiencing a series of past lives is raised, and they can't rule it out.

For me, the most resonant part of the book wasn't necessary the adventure plot, which was fine, don't get me wrong, but the authenticity of the emotions that Alexis feels and the way those are communicated to the reader.  We feel her pain as she tries to process how huge of a loser her dad is, we feel her embarrassment as she tries to fit in in her new school and tries to deal with her monster crush, and we feel the wheels in her head turning as she tries to puzzle out just what is up with the strange reflection in the mirror.  This element more than any other really grabbed me and held my interest in the story.

We also get to see Alexis develop her sense of self throughout the story, which is nice as well.  She starts moving from a sort of rough outline of an individual into a unique person, especially through her involvement in theater, and it was nice to see her embracing and liking herself and not worrying so much if other people did.

While this story doesn't necessarily break any new ground, it accomplishes what it sets out to do (tell a good adventure story) with likeable characters and interesting historical details.  I had a lot of fun reading it.

Overall Grade: B+
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