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Friday, June 17, 2011

Book Review: The Blue Mirrow

Kathe Koja
★★★★★Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 128 pages
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); 1st edition (March 5, 2004)

The Blue Mirror tells the story of Maggy, gifted artist who keeps a sketchbook called "The Blue Mirror" that shares its name with the coffeehouse where she regularly nurses a cappuccino for hours and draws what she sees. Here she meets Cole and his friends Jouly and Marianne. She is captivated by these three teens with blue lips, and begins to spend all her time with them, especially the beautiful Cole. After a series of events and a runaway Jouly, who has tried from the beginning to keep her away from Cole, Maggy finds out the truth about the mystery behind Cole and makes a friend along the way.
I love this book! From the intriguing cover art, to the story itself. It has a type of rhyme to the words that makes the story like a siren call. This isn’t a gushy love story, which in my opinion is just amazing! It’s not shallow either, but throws the reader into a psychological ride of love and mystery. The dark characters, especially Cole, are so amazing I wished I was in Maggy’s place.
I kept trying to guess what the problem was, and only got half the story. Not that it was so bazaar you wouldn’t have gotten it, just that it was so twisting it kept you guessing. This story is wonderfully dark. The characters are magnificently drawn. If you love stories that show not only the darker side of human nature and are just overall dark, but good, you will love this story!

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