Monday, March 14, 2016

Mirror World by John Calicchia

Mirror WorldBook Description:
What would you do if you could see the future in a mirror? Would you save those you love, or die trying? 

When Cailyssa Larkin looks in a mirror she has an ominous feeling that someone is watching her. Stranger still, she has visions that foretell the future. While visiting her Uncle Spencer, Cailyssa gazes into a mirror and sees a dark future that only she can change. With the future of her own world hanging in the balance, Cailyssa bravely enters the portal to the Mirror World. Here, the Dark Lord controls all the mirrors and bends reflections so all creatures see evil within themselves. With her sister Terry, her mysterious best friend Daemon, and a host of weird and wonderful creatures, Cailyssa embarks on an epic quest to overcome the evil forces trying to destroy her world. She can only defeat the Dark Lord by finding her true self and discovering the family secret that has led her to Mirror World. 

This book, written by a psychology professor, integrates famous psychological studies in the story. Readers will enjoy learning important life lessons through the psychological concepts illustrated in the book.

My Thoughts:
I absolutely loved this books cover.  The story inside was good too!  Cailyssa has never liked looking into mirrors.  She always feels like she is being watched.  She also has visions of the future that often come true.  She goes to visit her uncle and looks into a mirror there and has a horrible vision.  Then she goes through a portal and into the mirror world.  There are all sorts of magical creatures in this world, some good and some not.  The Dark Lord is in control here.  Cailyssa realizes she must be the one to change the vision she saw to save both her world and the magical one she has entered.
Wow, the mind game this book plays is awesome.  I love that the mirror holds a different world that what you see (well at least for Cailyssa).  Going through the portal to change the future was very brave.  I liked how Cailyssa was a 'normal' girl who had issues and insecurities but was still going through with her mission.  She is strong and helped along the way by an intriguing cast of characters.  I wasn't sure about some of them, there was a surprise or two, but what I really liked was that once you start reading, you get sucked into the story and feel like you are really there with them!
It was a 5/5 for me.  I really couldn't put this one down.
Thank you to the author/publisher for the review copy of this book (via PUYB).  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.


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