Friday, April 8, 2022

Review: A MIRROR MENDED by Alix E. Harrow


Rating: 3/5 stars

I've read all of Alix Harrow's works so far and have enjoyed all of them, albeit some more than others. While I loved A Spindle Splintered, the first installment in this series of novellas, and gave it five stars, A Mirror Mended just had a different feel to it and I ended up not loving it as much, but I still did have a good time reading it. 

Zinnia Gray is back in this novella, but this time she gets wrapped up with the evil queen from Snow White. The queen wants Zinnia to help her escape her story, but Zinnia isn't so sure if letting a villain loose in the multiverse is such a good idea. 

I will admit that I'm not super familiar with the original Snow White story (I haven't seen the Disney movie or read the original Grimms fairytale), but that didn't hinder my enjoyment of this story. I think Harrow does a good job of writing these novellas in a way that if you aren't familiar with the original stories, you will still enjoy them, but if you are familiar with the original stories, then you will enjoy them but also be able to spot a few Easter eggs and references. 

I love the casual voice these novellas are told in; it really adds to the overall feel of the story. 

I thought the Fractured Fables series was going to be many novellas, tapping into the vast variety of fairytales out there, but this is it. Harrow confirmed it's only these two and there are no more coming. I feel like there's a lot of potential for more stories in this multiverse, so I wonder why she decided to stop at just two. 

Overall, A Mirror Mended was a fun subverted feminist fairytale, and anyone who thinks that sounds like a good time should check out the Fractured Fables novellas. 

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