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Book Review || The Wolf Mirror by Caroline Healy


The Wolf Mirror
Caroline Healy
Publication date: February 14th 2017
Genres: Historical, Romance, Young Adult

Changing places doesn’t always help you see things differently.

Cassie throws the first punch in a brawl at Winchester Abbey Girl’s School. Her subsequent suspension is a glitch in Cassie’s master plan; Finish School/Get Job/Leave Home (and never come back). As punishment her mother banishes her to Ludlow Park, their creepy ancestral home. In the dark of a stormy night Cassie finds herself transported to 1714, the beginning of the Georgian period.

With the help of a lady’s maid and an obnoxious gentleman, Mr Charles Stafford, Cassie must unravel the mysterious illness afflicting Lord Miller. If Lord Miller kicks the bucket the house goes to Reginald Huxley, the brainless cousin from London.

Cassie’s task is to figure out who is poisoning the Lord of Ludlow without exposing herself to the ridicule of her peers, getting herself committed to the asylum or worse, married off to the first man who will have her.

Cassie must learn to hold her tongue, keep her pride in check and reign in her rebellious nature – because the fate of her entire family, for generations, rests on her shoulders.

Meanwhile, Lady Cassandra Miller frantically searches for her smelling salts or her trusted governess Miss. Blythe, whose soothing advice she would dearly love. Instead Cassandra finds some woman and a boy squatting in the Ludlow mansion; her father, her lady’s maid and all the servants have magically disappeared.

Tell-a-vision, the In-her-net, horseless carriages and women wearing pantaloons; Cassandra is afraid that she might have inhaled fowl air causing her to temporarily lose her senses.

Only when both girls can get over their pride, societal prejudices and self-importance will they be able to return to their rightful century. Until then, they are free to wreak maximum damage on their respective centuries.

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Review

I was pleasantly surprised by this stand alone novel. I love historical fiction, and The Wolf Mirror lived up to my expectations.

A Little bit about the plot. The novel follows two young women named Cassie and Cassandra. Cassandra is Cassie’s ancestor from 18th century-and both girls could’ve been twins, they look very much alike. Cassie gets into some trouble at school, and her mum made her stay at their old ancestral house. A the same time, Cassandra is worried about her father, who’s been sick and not recovering for a while now. Somehow, both girls end up in each others place. Cassie goes back in time in Cassandra’s place, while Cassie wakes up in 21st century, in Cassie’s bed. And the comedy begins.

I liked the fact that the novel follows both girls’ story; some chapters are from Cassie’s point of view, while others are from Cassandra’s. I also think the author did a great job at portraying the 18th century – the way people spoke, how they dressed, their manners codes, their mentality. Likewise, the author also managed to made Cassandra’s situation feel real – Lady Cassandra never fully adjusts to the 21st century, and there are plenty of funny moments with her and Cassie’s family.

Cassie also struggles to fit in the early 18th century, and makes a lot of mistakes that made people around her be a little bit “WTF is wrong with Lady Cassandra?”. Cassie tries to find out why Cassandra’s father is ill and find a cure for him, while Cassandra tries to find her way back to 1714.

I might say that the end was a little bit disappointment. Not because it wasn’t good, because it was. I just wanted to read more. In other words, I didn’t want the story to end. And I also would’ve love to read more from Cassandra’s point of view when she got back home – that part was revealed from Cassie’s point of view. I think the end is my only complain.

Characters. Cassie is a rebellious teenager. She does not like her mother, and her father lives in France. Cassie misses her parents and does what every other teenager does in this situation – gets into trouble after trouble. However, her journey back in time changes her, and she matures. She becomes ambitious, more respectful, and nice, young lady.

Cassandra is kind, and well behaved – mostly because she has to act like a lady or else she would get into trouble. However, she is a rebel at heart, and after her journey into future, Cassandra chooses to marry who she wants, and she does what is right – not what is expected of her.

Romance. There is a little bit of romance in this books, from both girls perspective. While the romantic moments are cute, the book is not a romance novel. In other words, the romance is just a sub-plot. A nice, enjoying sub-plot I might say. And I usually don’t like YA romance.

What else can I say? I really enjoyed this novel and I recommend it to everyone who likes YA, Historical Fiction, and Time Traveling. Although it’s historical, the book it’s very easy to read and it has a fast pace – you can read in 2-3 hours if your a fast reader.

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Author Bio:

Caroline Healy is a writer and community arts facilitator. She recently completed her M.A. in Creative Writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre, Queen’s University. She alternates her time between procrastination and making art.

In 2012 her award winning short story collection A Stitch in Time was published by Doire Press. Fiction and commentary has been featured in publications across Ireland, the U.K. and more recently in the U.S. Caroline’s work can be found in journals such as Wordlegs,The Bohemyth, Short Story Ireland, Short Stop U.K., Five Stop Story, Prole, Literary Orphans and the Irish Writers’ Centre Lonely Voice

Her debut Y.A. novel, Blood Entwines was published by Bloomsbury Spark in August 2014 and she is in the process of writing the second book in the series, Blood Betrayal, as well as a short story collection, The House of Water.

She has a fondness for dark chocolate, cups of tea and winter woollies.

(More details can be found on her website http://www.carolinehealy.com)

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