Monday, December 6, 2010

Shattered Mirror

The third book of Amelia Atwater-Rhodes in her vampire series was published in 2001. Despite still being very young you can truly see how her strength in writing and story telling grew from her first two books to this one. The plot is much more exciting with twists and turns and the characters are much deeper and developed then the previous books.

In this book we see a twist that has been previously shown in vampire fiction. Two brothers (twins). One is sweet, the other somewhat evil. It reminds me a lot of Vampire Diaries however while Damon and Stefan are simply brothers in Shattered Mirror Christopher and Nikolas are twins- with a sister to boot.

Sarah Vida, the youngest daughter of a prominent witch family, was raised to hunt vampires and destroy them. When she starts at a new school she discovers that all vampires aren’t exactly blood sucking leeches as she always assumed. Some even have… gasp… feelings. They actually seem to be like a real person with real emotions! Realizing her misjudgment Sarah is torn between becoming friends with two vampires or sticking to her raising and staying very far away or, preferably, killing them before they could prove that her idea that vampires are nice is actually very wrong.

This tale is strongly about family loyalty. Do you stand by your siblings? Your family? If you agree or disagree with what they are doing, will you follow suit or fight against it? Both the twins and Sarah find themselves considering their choices and one family ends up without the loyalty of a member.

On January 11th, 2001, All Just Glass will be published. It’ll be a continuation of Shattered Mirror and from what I understand, going further into Sarah Vida’s life after Shattered Mirror ended. I'm interested in seeing how it pans out and will definitely buy my copy as soon as it hits the shelves. However, if you're intending on reading this yet to be published book it is best that you read Shattered Mirror first.

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