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Mira, Mirror

3.34  ·  Rating Details ·  2,130 Ratings  ·  189 Reviews
Abandoned by her parents, and then apprenticed to a witch, Mira is captivated by the other young apprentice, who adopts her as a sister. Mira would do anything for this beautiful girl- and that's just what her sister bargains for. With the utterance of a simple spell, Mira's body is turned to wood, her face to glass. Her only power is the magic her sister gives her, the po ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 3rd 2006 by Speak (first published September 23rd 2004)
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Enna Isilee
Feb 19, 2008 Enna Isilee rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Enna Isilee by: Mette Ivie Harrison (by proxy)
I LOVE books that are twisted fairy tales. They always seem to be my favorite.

This book is a parody of Snow White, except it's all about the mirror. Turns out she's a person, turned into a mirror by the evil witch.

I don't know what it is about me, but I always want people to be good or at least know what they want. Whenever I'm reading a book I'll get really frustrated if the main character is evil or if they don't know what they want. I want them to be good! And I want them to be confident! But
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Leah
You know the mirror from the Snow White fairy tale. Or do you? One hundred years later, she is still hanging on that wall. This is her quest to be human again.

In the world of Mira, Mirror a witch's magic was taken from death, and right from the start the reader has to question whether it's good or evil to even practice magic. However, I found the morality of this story hazy at best. And the relationships between sisters was...toxic in the worst of times and dysfunctional in the "good" situatio
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Garrett
May 13, 2008 Garrett rated it it was amazing
A very interesting premise and expertly-written story. However, I just didn't fall in love with it of the characters, and felt like I was just reading a fairy tale, complete with the homily ending.

Setting: Typical medieval, but without the fancy descriptions. Seems to be her style. I actually don't have a problem with this, in theory, but I didn't really feel drawn into the story, and this may have had something to do with it.

Plot: I liked how Mette retold this fairy tale. Using the point of vie
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Aerin
Sep 22, 2008 Aerin rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of re-told faery tales, people too young to read Gregory Maguire
SUMMARY

When Mira is apprenticed to a witch, the witch's apprentice adopts her as a sister. Too late, Mira learns that she should not trust her new sister when she changes Mira into a magic mirror. Mira's sister becomes the wicked queen of "Snow White" fame while Mira, once her usefulness has worn out, is abandoned. The end of the "Snow White" tale is barely the first act of Mira's enchanting story. When Ivana, a peasant girl running away from her cruel father, stumbles upon Mira, Mira sees a cha
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Jackie "the Librarian"
Oct 18, 2007 Jackie "the Librarian" rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: don't read this
Shelves: fantasy, youngadult
This sounds like a great book, a reimagining of Snow White and the "mirror mirror on the wall" business, but it goes horribly wrong. Mira is a witch’s apprentice, trapped in a mirror by her “sister” apprentice, and used to give her sister power by magically enhancing her beauty.
After a hundred years of this, she is found by a peasant girl. Mira decides to use her to become human again. But her schemes to get magic instead find them being adopted into a merchant family, learning lessons about tr
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Dlora
Mar 29, 2008 Dlora rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, lds-author
I was intrigued that the main character of this fairy tale was the magic mirror from "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves." How did the animating personality get inside the mirror? What happened to her/the mirror when the wicked queen didn't succeed in killing Snow White with the poison apple? Can she escape her imprisonment in the mirror? And how can a main character be a mirror--with no way to get around or control her movements and nothing but her voice to advance the plot? Mira, Mirror explores ...more
Meagan
Dec 31, 2007 Meagan rated it liked it
Mira, Mirror tells the story of what happened to the wicked queen's magic mirror after Snow White's fairy tale ended. Mira, the beautiful queen's sister, was trapped in the mirror in order to make the queen more beautiful. After Snow White defeated her stepmother, however, Mira was left alone on the wall in her hiding place, waiting for her opportunity for freedom. After a hundred years pass, a young peasant girl stumbles upon the mirror and Mira uses every trick she learned at the hands of her ...more
 Rogue
I considered giving 5 stars, but I found some of the ending to be a bit disapointing. The rest of the story however was great!

Ever wonder how that guy/person in the mirror (in snowwhite) got there? Or who it was? Or why they were there? Yeah, me neither, lol. (Ok, I did a little.)
Luckily we get through the whole Snow white bit in the prologue and have an entirely original (I think) and captivating story. (Unlike my lil review here, lol.)
I can see how the ending given fits, but personally I fe
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Tammie
Mar 30, 2010 Tammie rated it it was ok
I didn't really find the main characters very likable.
Loracarol
Jan 08, 2017 Loracarol rated it liked it
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Allisa
Jul 06, 2015 Allisa rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. To put it neatly, it was AMAZING. I haven't been a huge fan of fairy tale retellings as of late, but this was truly amazing. It feels weird going straight for the 5 star rating; I can count on one hand how many five stars I gave last year (4, not counting the books that I had already rated a few years ago but had deemed worthy of the rating after a re-reading.) This is the first 5 star this year. And it deserves it, completely.

This book completely surprised me. I knew that thi
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Sarai
Feb 24, 2010 Sarai rated it liked it
Mira, Mirror
by Mette Ivie Harrison

This review contains spoilers!

Mira is sold to the witch Yerba to be an apprentice. Yerba is old and already has an apprentice, Amanda, who becomes her sister. Amanda is interested in obtaining beauty and uses magic to do so. The way she gets magic is by killing other creatures, mostly animals. She wants to become the queen, and some time after Yerba dies she contrives to trap Mira inside a mirror, feeding her just enough bits of magic to allow Mira to give Amand
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Victoria
this was a very interesting book, not like anything i had read before! snow white from the mirrors pov? awesome! it was very nice.
Mara
Nov 06, 2011 Mara rated it liked it
Mira, Mirror wasn't as good as I was anticipating. I expected a comedy, but it is actually pretty dark. It took me a little while to get used to it, and in the end I cannot entirely say that I liked it. Mira is very hard to like. The Reader isn't given much of an opportunity in the beginning to "connect" with Mira before she is turned into a mirror, and therefore it is hard to appreciate and sympathize her new hardened personality that is almost as uncaring as her sister's.

But the story isn't re
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Lynnae
Feb 02, 2012 Lynnae rated it liked it
Recommends it for: readers who like fairy-tale retellings
This was a really unique book, because, for the majority of the time, it's written from the point of view of a woman who has been turned into a handheld mirror. Retaining the human charisma in a character that has no physical human attributes is pretty impressive, and that's what kept me interested in the book.

I also enjoyed that the protagonist is very different from your standard protagonist. She's selfish, a little manipulative, and extremely jaded about her world, which, in my opinion, made
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Stacy
Dec 25, 2011 Stacy rated it liked it
With an interesting premise, Mira, Mirror tells the story of the magic mirror in Snow White. Starting a hundred years past when the evil queen left and never came back, the mirror is discovered by the runaway peasant girl Ivana, whom the mirror convinces to take her along. The mirror, who is actually a witch's apprentice, Mira, tells the story of her creation in flashbacks, while in present day she plots to regain enough power to free herself from the mirror. After observing the sisterly relatio ...more
Laurel Tyndall
Apr 07, 2012 Laurel Tyndall rated it really liked it
I really liked this book, except for the ending. The back-of-the-book teaser claims a surprise finish - and it was... It was rather rushed, left you wanting QUITE a bit more, and DEFINITELY not what I was expecting.

BEFORE the rather abrupt ending, however, this book was REALLY good! I loved the point of view of the Magic Mirror after Snow White's villianous Evil Queen wass defeated, and it really was VERY well done.

It's jst the ENDING, though! The entire book read like it was bulding up to this
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Rachel
Aug 23, 2008 Rachel rated it it was ok
I gave up on this book. Someone will have to tell me if I should go back and see it through. I just have so many books on my list right now and I found myself dreading to pick this one up when I had a few minutes to read. I think the reason for that is because I just did not like the main character at all. She was a young woman who had been sold to a witch by her family and later turned into the magic mirror by another of the witch's servants who had been like a sister to this character. This so ...more
Rachel
Aug 12, 2008 Rachel rated it liked it
What I liked most about this book was the message. This is a book about sisterly love, and how you can love and hate someone, and eventually forgive them. It's also about making a family for yourself; both pairs of sisters in the book are not biological siblings. The message is steadfast until the unexpected, if confusing ending.

The story is face-paced, expecially at the beginning, which really draws you in. And it is nice to see Mira's transformation into a less cynical, more likable character
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Lis Carey
Feb 20, 2011 Lis Carey rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those who enjoy retellings of fairy tales
Shelves: f-sf
This is the story of the Wicked Queen's magic mirror, from the story of Snow White—from the point of view of the mirror. A young girl, unattractive, unwanted by her father, stepmother, and half-siblings, she's apprenticed to the local witch, and becomes completely enchanted by the witch's other apprentice, and will do anything for her—anything at all.

The other, more talented and more ruthless, apprentice is, of course, the future Wicked Queen, and she enchants Mira into a mirror and gives her ju
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Kayt
Jul 16, 2011 Kayt rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Once upon a time there lived two girls, witches-in-training, who were as close as sisters. One day, the elder sister asked the younger for help. She agreed--and was turned into the magic mirror of Snow White fame. When her sister doesn't return one day, Mira is left to gather dust until the cottage where she resides is stumbled upon.

It was an interesting take on Snow White characters, but the story is so cruel that I can't recommend it solely for the "retold fairy tales"-enjoying crowd. We under
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Marianne
May 13, 2009 Marianne rated it really liked it
I think I would actually give it 3 1/2, but I rounded up. I had no expectations of this book and was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. It's a little bit dark, but it has beautiful themes. It would be a good book for a young girl to read who might have issues with the way she looks because it's all about how true beauty lies within. There's also a very nice love theme and not the romantic kind. The main character, who oddly enough is an object (don't think I've ever read a book where the main c ...more
Karla
Dec 12, 2008 Karla rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, fantasy
A story of sisters, betrayal, magic and redeeming love. What is the story of the mirror in the Snow White tale? and what happens to the mirror after the wicked queen is dead? Mira is a witch's apprentice betrayed by her sister and trapped in the mirror to become her magical slave. But when her sister, the queen in the Snow White story, disappears, Mira is left hanging for 100 years until stumbled on by a peasant girl. At first, Mira plans to use the girl in a bid to collect enough magic to free ...more
Eden
Sep 20, 2011 Eden added it
A few years ago I tried reading this and gave up, disappointed. I picked it up again a few days ago and finished it. Aside from its slow beginning and flowery language, I liked it. The second half especially picks up, with more characterization and suspense. A lot of people said they didn't like the main character, and she is hard to like at first. But it's an interesting point of view to choose for an MC- after growing up with nothing but opportunistic and manipulative role models, she is turne ...more
Kiersten
Full of the relatively unexpected. I didn't think this was brilliant, but it was engaging and definitely original. It was pretty dark, and no one in the story is entirely honest, save perhaps Tania's father the merchant. A few parts were rather confusing, particularly when Mira meets the witch (*SPOILER* who turns out to be her supposedly dead sister, apparently not in her right mind). The ending itself was apt. It fit the tone of the story, and provided Mira's means to finally become human agai ...more
Cathrine Bonham
Nov 10, 2011 Cathrine Bonham rated it liked it
This book, Mira, Mirror isn't exactly a re-telling of Snow White but more of a spinoff story.
This is the Magic Mirror's story it takes place after the story of Snow White and shows what became of the Queen's Mirror when the Evil Queen never came back for it. Flash backs show us what Mira's life was like before she became a mirror, before the Evil Queen was either Evil or a Queen but just Mira's sister.

Though the story itself is fairly interesting the ending leaves much to be desired. I guess the
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Heather
This book is probably the only time the main character was an inanimate object. Totally worked. Never let anyone tell you it can't be done!

On the other hand, I was disappointed right off the bat when I realized that although this was indeed the story of the magic mirror that belonged to the evil queen in Snow White, the Snow White story itself had nothing to do with this story. I was expecting something semi-familiar and didn't get it which disappointed me.

However, it was a good story once I got
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Ily
May 22, 2011 Ily rated it really liked it
Interesting exploration of what a person does to survive in circumstances that are thrown upon them. I am glad Mira chose to be compassionate in the end and try to save her wicked sister and let the other two girls have happy lives instead of using magic to destroy them. In this version of the Snow White story(after the fact at least), magic takes life and love gives life. Selfish people seek magic and it corrupts and destroys them. People who love others spread life and experience true happines ...more
Rebecca Mabe
Jan 18, 2014 Rebecca Mabe rated it really liked it
So begins my year of absolutely fluffy, entertaining reading. Princesses everywhere! I very much enjoyed this book which was a fresh perspective on "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves" except, it's not about Snow, the prince, the dwarves, or even the witch. It's about the mirror. Interesting, yes? I won't spoil the premise for you other than that; but suffice it to say I believe it was very original and fresh.
My only issue; a few times in the book it is difficult to tell which character is which
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Laura
Sep 24, 2007 Laura rated it liked it
I picked this from the library shelves on a whim, and it was gripping in the beginning. It slowed in the middle, and certain parts were more violent than I would want my kids reading, at least for a while. (The book is recommended for ten and up.) For example, a witch kills a four year old boy, and his body melts "agonizingly slowly...His head sloughed off into the stream first, making a sound like a falling apple...I found myself...vomiting blood..."

Other than random violent bits, and the fact
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