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Reflection: The Stranger in the Mirror

(Records of the Ohanzee, #1)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  378 ratings  ·  86 reviews
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 pr
Kindle Edition, 265 pages
Published May 9th 2015
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Dec 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
All she wanted was a chance to feel like a real girl, to be treated like a real girl, but the night of her great adventure turned into a night of her greatest nightmare. Will Nerissa, the Heiress of Chiyo and lone survivor of the royal family ever get over the burden of her grief and guilt? Saved from the attack on her family by a secret guardian, her survival must remain secret as her kingdom is overpowered by its technologically advanced neighbor. Will the mystical nature of Chiyo and the surv ...more
Kris Mauna
Reflection: The Stranger in the Mirror is a strong beginning to what's sure to be a good series!

"What is a book for if not to be read?"

This book started off a bit rough for me, but about 25% into reading it seemed to flow a lot better and I was completely intrigued. We meet our main character, Nerissa, as she is living her every day life as the Heiress of Chiyo. Chiyo is getting ready to celebrate it's 20th year of being able to see another day after the assassination attempt on the Royal fa
Dec 15, 2015 rated it liked it
I recieved a copy from netgalley and was quite excited because I follow this authors blog so I have been watching her "growing pains" when it came to this book. First off great choice on the cover, I love it! The story concept is good, the prologue shouldn't be an option just put it in the front and make people read it, I already felt like we didn't get enough information, without it you have nothing. I felt the POV's hopped a little too much in the start confusing me but settled down in the end ...more
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Amazing! I can't wait to read the second book in the series! ...more
Aug 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, author-req
Plot/Concept: Reflections is a very intriguing and different from many fantasy novels out there. I really liked the concept of storing prophecies within crystals and books and then coming to life in the future. It was very unique and original. There were so many things going on, it was great! I think that the plot progressed wonderfully and built great anticipation, especially for the next book. The last 20% of the book were the most exciting for me. Everything was finally rolling into place and ...more
Apr 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
We follow Nerissa through the daily hodge podge life she has before a climatic event befalls her. Then through the rest of the story we follow her though training. I'm making it sound more exciting than it was, and I'm sorry.

Alice, from Wonderland -yes, that Alice-once got a glimpse into her sister's book and thought "What good is a book if there aren't any pictures or dialogue?" Nothing could be closer to the truth with this book. There are pages upon pages of paragraphs with nothing to break i
Alyssa Marie
Nov 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Thank you to NetGalley for my copy of this book!

Reflection: The Stranger in the Mirror is a Fantasy story about a young Heiress named Nerissa. The prequel says it is optional to read, but I recommend reading it before anyway. It will help explain some things.

The story centers around the event of a Masquerade Ball - the one where Nerissa will finally be anonymous for once in her life. She changes costumes halfway through in hopes that people will get to know her for who she really is and see be
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The End, as I mentioned before get ready to be left wanting…WANTING MORE!!! I was like what the heck?!! I jumped on line and have started on the next. The ending isn’t cliffy but it doesn’t feel like an end it felt like the beginning. Most of the story is a stage setter where the characters are well established and the storyline is explained. We know what the prophecy is but the pieces of the puzzle have yet to be discovered. We know there is
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I bought this book because the author was offering it for free on kindle. I had not heard much about this series before I got the book but the synopsis sounded interesting. I'm extremely happy that I decided to give this book a try. It's a fantasy book about a princess, who is forced into exile when her parents are killed in a surprise attack. I don't want to say too much but the story includes ancient prophecies, hidden cities, secret guards, magical crystals, and promises of battles and romanc ...more
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

I got serious Anastasia vibes reading this novel, though that's to be expected I suppose. Not going to lie it took me a few chapter to really get into the story but once I did I devoured it! I'm so freaking excited to learn more about the Ohanzee. I love that Nerissa is a bookworm and in training with her bow and is one of the best pupils.  I am very excited for Nerissa's Mulan-esque training to continue with the boys!

Shae is goin
Jan 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
First of all, isn't this cover absolutely gorgeous?

It was a bit difficult to get into the story at first. I was really confused between all the names of people and places, but it goes better as the book goes by, and during the entire second part of the book, I was completely captivated, wanting to know more and more...

The story is a bit slow at the beginning, and I found it a bit hard to follow at first, as there are many characters, and the narration goes from one to another without warning, bu
Linda Lou
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tweens, YA and adult
Rating 4
This story actually begins six hundred years in the past. Six hundred years ago Argina has a vivid, so real that she had to act if Renatus was to be saved. The dream was that the royal manor was up in flames by a blue dragon roaring fire balls upon the manor... with utter destruction. A Phoenix arises from the ashes and flies to the mountain...What can this mean??? I’m already captured into the story...I’m hooked.

Nerissa is Heiress of Chiyo. She is oblivious to the forces in p
Dee/ bookworm
Dec 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing

This book was great, for me a little slow going, but great. It was slow for me because there was so very much going on, and it was unlike anything I have read before. This author moves and speaks in an unique language that is fun and exciting to follow. I did feel like this book ended prematurely (major cliffhanger), and really nothing was resolved… but oh well, I guess I will have to read the second one :) I am speculating, but I think this book is mostly background and set up, and I believe bo
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
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Disclaimer: I receive a copy of this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my review in anyway.

Reflection: The Stranger in the Mirror is the first book in the Records of the Ohanzee Series written by Author Rachel R. Smith. This book revolves around two lands, an heiress and a prophecy that will change Renatus and its people forever. It is definitely uni
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Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
First, I want to praise the book cover and who ever the illustrator of the book is, I salute you. This was just so refreshing! Reading it brought me to my happy place and we just all need books like this once in a while. I don't know what to say other than I loved it.

The pacing is just enough to understand every single detail clearly. I love how the twist works and how it was uniquely played in every character's role.

Honestly, I find it hard to write this review because as much as possible I
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the world
Really enjoyed the equalization of women and the mulan retelling aspects was really fun.
Liked the different perspectives
However not a lot of action lot more talking about action than action.
I also loved the crystal use in this book I am a fan of crystals so when hearing all the descriptions of the gems and jewelry makes me want to make some like the book.
The characters were cool however a couple of them have made me mad at the current moment (cough Rian cough Raysel)
Elizabeth Buckner
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Other then the Crystals in the Beginning, Interesting Story

I had a hard time in the beginning with all the characters, and the crystals at the beginning were not my favorite, but once it hit the masquerade, I started to enjoy the journey and see what would happen to the characters. I love the idea of the hidden town, the learning of combat, and just the different characters. I am ready to read the next book. :)
Kay Moody
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book seriously made me want to go out and get some crystals. And essential oils. The aesthetic around them was so amazing!!! This was a fun epic fantasy that has a high fantasy vibe, but also has a few futuristic elements. I liked having them melded together. The conflict was interesting, and the characters were great! Fun read. :)
Nia Sherwood
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have fallen in love with this book! Such a great plot! Can't wait to read the next ones!!!! ...more
kathryn houseman
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Ok, I Love this book so much that I read it twice, can't wait to read the next book. Thank You for the Phoenix Books
Eileen Carter
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Intriguing story

This book will have you on the edge of your seat. There is so much action and adventure that you will be hard pressed to lose interest. The plot and characters are well developed and interesting. Great book especially if you like books similar to lord of the rings series.
You can also find this review on my blog: Wings of Nephilim

Favorite Quote:
"Remember that Chiyo may be in ashes, but the phoenix will rise again."

I received an ARC of: Reflection: The Stranger in the Mirror via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Reflection, does not read like a typical book. It doesn't have the usual climax and ending. It is meant to be read as a continuing story into the next book so there is no climax at all and kinda just...ends. Now this was new to me and I kind of li
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I grabbed this book for free on my kindle. The blurb was interesting and I had heard good things about it from some friends. I must say it did not disappoint. Smith's writing is well thought out and informed while still delivering the lightness of a great fantasy! I immediately bought the next three in this series upon finishing this one! Definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the fantasy genre! ...more
Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Rating: 4 Stars
Read: March 2020

I really enjoyed this book! First thing: the prologue is said to be optional, but I would definitely recommend reading it. There is a lot of worldbuilding information that makes events later in the book clearer. I want more about the history of Renatus, too! Oh, and about crystal lore. I love the use of crystals in this book and can't wait to see how the six ancient books finally come together.
Nerissa is a book-loving, responsible, playful woman with a talent for a
Imogene Dacanay
Dec 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-reviewed
**This review will be posted on my blog too!**

**Thank you Netgalley and for approving my request to review Reflection: The Stranger in the Mirror by Rachel R. Smith.**

I'm a reader who looks at a book's cover first, before reading the blurb. I admit, The Reflection's cover is the sole reason why I requested for it. It's just so enthralling, so beautiful.

The abstract idea of the story is superb! The Reflection is different from any of my other fantasy reads. It was one of a kind. The book has a s
Angela Street
Feb 19, 2016 rated it liked it
First of all I want to say that I absolutely loved the cover of this book-it was very eye-catching. I also liked the premise and the characters. In the beginning there seemed to be a lot of characters which made it a little confusing but I adjusted as the book continued. I thought the second part of the book was more interesting. The book in some ways almost seemed more like a prologue rather than a complete book in that just when there started to be some action the book ended. There was more ti ...more
Alex McGilvery
Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nerissa is heir to the Kingdom of Chiyo. Chiyo is the more mystical of two divided kingdoms. The Kingdom of Marine followed a more technological path. They have been unquiet neighbours since a thwarted assassination attempt on the rulers of Chiyo twenty years earlier.
Nerissa is a strong minded young women who finds the strictures of being the heir suffocating. She decides to create double masquerade on the night of the ball celebrating the failure of the attack twenty years before. It will be o
Dec 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series-to-finish, rar
Entertaining story. Oddly intriguing for me. I usually don't enjoy slow books but this was written so well and held my attention the entire time. I gave it 4 stars not because of the slow journey but due to the ending. It didn't feel like a complete book. I understand there will be another or possibly 2 more in this series, however it still felt unfinished. The main character was interesting and respectable. I appreciate a strong female character with inner strength, compassion and perseverance. ...more
Jan 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Received from NetGalley for honest review.
The Stranger in the Mirror was kind of a let down, but overall, I thought that it was okay. The book started off to be really exciting. It was action-packed along with mystery and suspense that I really enjoy in a book. However, halfway through, the storyline fell flat and I just started to lose some interest to it, but there were still some twists and turns that really surprised me so it kept me reading. All in all, I thought that it was okay but I was
Oct 26, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this book is a really great draft with a lot of potential. I like the premise of the story, but there are sections that are in desperate need of extensive editing and polish. For example, the first chapter reads like I opened a new book to a middle chapter and am expected to know what's going on. Also the book completely drops off at the end. It finished like the first half of a book but the second half is missing. If you can get past these issues, the story is quite good. I highly recom ...more
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Records of the Ohanzee, (6 books)
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