St. Martin's Griffin 2011
This book was almost horrible. Dark Mirror was intriguing at the first glance (and though everybody tells you not to judge a book by its cover, I certainly did) and afterwards, I regretted it. Dark Mirror is about a girl named Lady Victoria Mansfield, a young lady eager to enter into society. The book takes place in 1803, when Napoleon was preparing to invade England. Victoria, or Tory, in the beginning of the book, is still somewhat oblivious to the happenings of this war between England and France, and is excited for her family's annual fete, a type of gala, before she wakes up in the morning to discover herself touching the ceiling, floating. In this day and age, magic is well-known, yet to be an aristocrat and have powers to control at your hand is considered corruption. Tory is forced to attend Lackland Abbey, a reform school that is supposed to stifle the power that you have and return you to your normal, regal life. As her father disinherits her and her friends all turn on her, she has to find another way to survive in the cold, desolate boarding school of Lackland Abbey. What will happen in this place of secrets and mysteries? First of all, Tory was too much of a goody-two shoes character for me to connect with her. There seemed to be nothing wrong with her- she was pretty, had the best and most unique kind of magic, and everyone seemed to take a liking with her in the end. The boy she had an affection for immediately fell for her too. All this added up to a character who was too perfect and was very 2-dimensional because of it. I also hated the romance. The boy she had a crush on, Allarde, was one of the best looking boys at Lackland Abbey, and apparently, he liked her too during the duration of the book. I thought that was highly annoying and only piled up the flat tone of the book. In the end, I thought the plot was okay, the setting and theme okay, but the characters were horrible. I don't think I'll be reading any more of M.J. Putney's books soon, but I wonder if the sequel for Dark Mirror is better than its predecessor.