Dangerous Reflections by Shay West

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Dangerous Reflections by Shay WestDangerous Reflections by Shay West
Series: Adventures of Alexis Davenport #1
Published by Booktrope on June 16th 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 214
Format: eARC
Source: ARC from publisher
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four-stars

Alexis Davenport wants to go home. She hates her new school, her mother for moving her away from her friends, and her father for walking out.

To make matters worse, Alex is haunted by images of strange girls reflected in her mirror. It’s 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?

Main points

 I loved this book. I especially liked how it didn’t lean too much either way, plotwise- not too much fantasy, not too much contemporary.

I liked how realistic it was, even though there were some cliches in her contemporary life. Like being bullied by the school mean girl (also a cheerleader) at school, and crushing on the girl’s boyfriend (a football player AND a total idiot, no less). But the way she deals with other things is great- her family’s poverty, her new friends, getting a job, and acting in plays. It’s really neat how she learns so many different ways to become comfortable in her own skin- by being in someone else’s (time travel) or pretending to be (acting). She learns so much, even while trying to unravel the mystery. I like how it seems like just the simple story of a girl trying to fit in at high school, but then you add in the time travel factor and it has a whole nother layer.

And I loved the time travel. It was so cool to learn about the past through experiencing it (something I’ve always wanted to do), and it was great that history was her thing. Not many people would say that. It was done very well, too. Very historically believable.

I liked Alex a lot, even though she had low self-esteem. That was somewhat frustrating. She couldn’t stick up for herself and I was surprised that her friends weren’t more helpful. But I liked them anyway. They were good for Alex.

I have one little complaint though. Towards the end, this guy Drake comes out of nowhere. For him to just suddenly show up and be a potentially important character without any buildup is a little annoying. Especially for things to turn out well. It’s like we were nearing the end of the story and we just realized we needed someone to fill this role, so hey, let’s just throw this guy in. There. Problem solved.

Other than that bit, I really liked the book. I wish I had more to say. It was a great page-turner.

reaction upon finishing

 Whew! That was interesting and satisfying!

this book in one word

 ENGAGING

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About Shay West

Shay West was born in Longmont, CO and earned a doctorate degree in Human Medical Genetics from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical. Dr. West currently lives in Grand Junction, CO with her two cats. When not writing novels, she plays with plushie microbes and teaches biology classes at Colorado Mesa University. She is the author of the Portals of Destiny series and the Adventures of Alexis Davenport series. She has also been published in several anthologies: Battlespace (military scifi), Orange Karen: Tribute to a Warrior (fundraiser), and Ancient New (steampunk/fantasy).

Rating
Plot
four-half-stars
Characters
three-half-stars
Writing
four-stars
Setting
four-stars
Romance
two-half-stars
Cover
four-stars
Ending
four-stars
Overall: four-stars
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