Reflection: The Stranger in the Mirror Review

Title: Reflection: The Stranger in the Mirror
Author: Rachel R. Smith
Series: Records of the Ohanzee #1
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: 09 May 2015
Source: Author
Format: Paperback
Pages: 265
Rating: 4 Stars
Reading Timeline: 12 February 2018 - 13 February 2018

Goodreads Synopsis:

An Heiress, an ancient prophecy, and a masquerade...

Nerissa, the Heiress of Chiyo, prepares for the masquerade celebrating the twentieth anniversary of a thwarted assassination attempt on her family. Longing to be admired for herself and not her title, she arranges to switch costumes and enjoy the ball in blissful anonymity. But, when the fateful night finally comes, a prophetic waring of a second attack arrives too late, and the evening turns from revelry and romance to violence. After being pulled from the chaos by an enigmatic guardian, Nerissa learns that the Royal Family has been concealing a formidable secret for generations - and it is only one of many that are about to be revealed.

Book Review:
Pre-reading Thoughts:

When I originally requested this book last year, I had seen it popping up almost everywhere. I decide that this is definitely one of those self-published books that I definitely had to read. I cannot wait to read this book and see where it takes me. It is one of those that I know almost nothing about. Here it goes...

Thank you so much to the author, Rachel R. Smith for sending me a copy of her book to review. Just a small disclaimer for those reading this review. I have received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. Please note that this doesn't not affect my opinion in any way. All thoughts are my own.

Writing Thoughts:

I loved how easy it was to get into this book. I kind of just started reading the book and found that I was twenty percent through the book. I loved that the pacing of the writing was fast. The writing wasn't particularly detailed but there seemed to be enough detail when the author describe certain important things.

Plot Thoughts:

I loved how this book was set up. It wasn't too filled with action and it was also not too bland. The author found the perfect middle where you kind of have the action happening at the correct time and then the more filler elements set up the series quite well. We get a mix of history and interesting elements that make us question how it will come into play at a later stage. I really loved that this book read differently in comparison to other books. It really makes it unique. 

Character Thoughts:

The book was on the short side of things and whilst we could see some clear characteristics coming through from each character, I felt like the author didn't really fill them up and create a well-rounded character. However with that being said, the base for the characters are there, they only need to grow.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, I was actually surprised by this book. I didn't know what to expect really but I was very happy with what I read. The writing was good and easy to get into, the plot set the series up quite well and I definitely think that the series will pick up. The characters did lack some dimension but they had a base and they will grow and become more well rounded. I definitely cannot wait to see what the next book has in store! Thank you so much to the author for sending me a copy of her book to review!

Yours in Reading,



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