When best friends Valerie and Samantha discover a magic mirror in Val’s 100-year-old barn in southern Minnesota, they eagerly go through it. Immediately they run into the young Snow White, who has just escaped the huntsman. The girls vow to help her find her father, knowing the dangers that await. On their journey, the fun-loving double-trouble duo quickly discover they are caught up in the middle of their favorite fairy tales.
Having the knowledge of the stories as their only weapon, Val and Sam help two other princesses, make a surprising friend and discover they have a fairy godmother of their very own.
Book 2: Into the Forest and Down the Tower (Rapunzel)
It’s time for Samantha’s summer visit again. Both she and Val are anxious to see if they will take another magical journey through the mirror. After learning of a problem with one of the horses, Odette makes her appearance and tells the girls it’s up to them to help him.
What Charlie needs is something that can only be found in their magical land. It can’t be given to them; they have to solves riddles and discover the answers themselves. A family of elves guides them, but even elf powers are limited when it comes to what stands between the girls and what they seek.
Trolls and unicorns were everything they imagined and more, but rescuing Rapunzel from her tower was an added bonus they never saw coming.
Book 3: Off to Camp and Discovering Art (King Arthur)
Valerie and Samantha are disappointed that their schedules were not allowing them to spend a week together this summer like they have done every year since they were young. Their parents are able to plan a weekend camping trip towards the end of summer. The girls are happy for the visit, but sad to think they can’t go through the mirror this year on another adventure. They discover the magic is not only within the mirror, but within themselves when they are together. Merlin the magician shows up to take them on their quest to help Arthur find his true identity and his place in Camelot.
Now for my review. 5 of 5 stars. I loved this book which might seem like a surprise since, on the surface, it appears to be geared toward girls. I will say that girls, young and adult alike, will love this book. But I must also say that any lover of children’s/middle grade books will love it as well. The premise is fun and entertaining. I loved the modern day take on classic fairy tales.The characters are endearing, the imagery is outstanding, and having Marcus the gnome tell the story is very clever.
What I liked best: I loved the personalities of Val and Sam. They were typical children with great imaginations, which is really fun to see. The card/board game they play is priceless. I loved the interjections by Marcus the gnome. It really makes the story with his comments. Okay, call me immature (my wife does) but I laughed out loud at Val’s stretch in the seven dwarves home followed by a “slight musical from her behind.” Very funny!
What missed just a bit: Not really anything to mention here. If anything, the story is geared a bit towards girls more that boys. Once one gets boys to read it however, they will like it too.
Overall: I loved the book. I loved the happy ending, I loved the clever title (which didn’t hit me until near the end of the book), and I loved the story. I know Through the Mirror and Into Snow is a good book when the main characters are like my good friends. I raced through the book, enjoying it, anxious to see what happens to the girls, but felt a bit sad when it ended. I will eagerly read the next book in this cute series.
Now for the guest post from Ann T. Bugg:
Currently I have 3 small presses that I love and use for various things. I don’t know that I’ll try the agent route again or not.
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