Romance, mystery, magic. And a slow build to a creepy finish.
I was especially disturbed by the protagonist's ex-boss, Penelope, aka The Bee Hive. I'v...moreRomance, mystery, magic. And a slow build to a creepy finish.
I was especially disturbed by the protagonist's ex-boss, Penelope, aka The Bee Hive. I've read articles about workplace bullying on Monster.com, but this story really brings that kind of situation and its emotional toll to life.
The romance was fun; not at all traditional, and very well handled.
I really enjoyed the way the mirror was handled. I can remember being both frightened and fascinated by mirrors when I was a child; I was certain that there was another universe on the other side and that if I watched closely enough I would eventually catch one of the people I could see there in an action that didn't exactly match those on our side, so when the mirror began to act up, I was instantly suspicious of what the results would be. While drawing on the classic fairytale concept of a magic mirror, as well as upon traditional horror approaches to mirrors, the mirror in Life Through Cellophane is entirely itself and doesn't feel cliched. I also loved the way the ants were at once a whimsical touch and an analogue for what might happen to humans in their interactions with the mirror.
If you're looking for an urban fantasy that doesn't just follow the same old standard tropes, I recommend you give this book a try.(less)