Shadow Mirror

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Unsettling. There's no better word to describe Miranda Barnes's ability to hear the cries of the dead, feel the wind move her hair when they run by, and - dare she look into a mirror - see the reflection of a ghostly woman behind her. There's only one person to turn to for support: Etienne. As sexy as he is mysterious, Miranda can't help but be drawn to him. He believes her; he wants to help her. But there's a secret in Etienne's past, something Miranda's on the verge of discovering. As paranormal activity ...

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Overview

Unsettling. There's no better word to describe Miranda Barnes's ability to hear the cries of the dead, feel the wind move her hair when they run by, and - dare she look into a mirror - see the reflection of a ghostly woman behind her. There's only one person to turn to for support: Etienne. As sexy as he is mysterious, Miranda can't help but be drawn to him. He believes her; he wants to help her. But there's a secret in Etienne's past, something Miranda's on the verge of discovering. As paranormal activity escalates, passion grows, and soon Miranda is caught up in both love . . . and tragedy.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Arthur Dixon
Shadow Mirror combines dramatic high school romance with an eerie hint of the supernatural. Its story is not particularly original and its web of interrelated characters is somewhat confusing, but the plot is cohesive and it connects with the teenage high school experience. Boys will likely find this book a bit too heavy on romance and light on horror, but the female audience for which it is clearly intended will probably enjoy it. Reviewer: Arthur Dixon, Teen Reviewer
VOYA - Cheryl Clark
In this follow-up novel to Walk of the Spirits (Puffin/Penguin, 2008), seventeen-year-old Miranda Barnes experiences her second supernatural event after recently moving to the small town of St. Yvette, Louisiana, and discovering an ability to commune with spirits. The renovation of a dilapidated plantation called Belle Chandelle triggers Miranda's visions of a haggard woman and two children calling for their mother. Luckily Miranda does not have to endure the haunting alone; her friends are there to bear her up, and Miranda finds herself leaning most heavily on the sexy and mysterious Etienne. As romance heats up, so does the danger Miranda faces as she confronts the past. The novel's plot promises much more than the story itself delivers. The book plods along until the last quarter when Miranda's relationship with Etienne ripens and she plunges into the past and witnesses the horrifying sickbed of a dead woman and her two young sons. Many readers, however, will likely be put off by the corny dialogue and characters and the sub-par writing before they make it to the end. The steamy yet non-graphic descriptions of boys with their shirts off may keep some readers' interested, but overall, neither the story nor the writing is worth the investment. Reviewer: Cheryl Clark
Kirkus Reviews
This sequel to Walk of the Spirits (2008) brings Miranda into another ghostly adventure. In a dreamy, ellipsis-laden narrative, Miranda sees ghosts-and sexy Cajun classmate Etienne-at the reconstructed plantation house Belle Chandelle. Without the help of her grandfather, the recently dead spirit mediator, Miranda is terrified by the ghosts she sees. Meanwhile, she has to navigate her social group's high-school soap operas: Is Ashley going to cheat on Parker? Who is in love with Miranda, Etienne or Gage? Is Ashley keeping secrets from Roo? Even while Miranda and her friends race to solve the terrifying supernatural puzzle, nothing is as fascinating or absorbing as who is dating whom. Luckily, Miranda manages to find time between bouts of high-school drama for magical hallucinations, which tell her how to rescue the tormented spirits. Fans of romance among paranormal events won't mind the meandering prose. (Paranormal romance. 12-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142412275
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 3/18/2010
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,044,225
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Richie Tankersley Cusick is the author of numerous horror novels, including The House Next Door, April Fools, and several Buffy the Vampire Slayer books. She lives in Lenexa, Kansas.

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  • Posted January 17, 2011

    Caution

    The story is very interesting however, I am disappointed with the irresponsible sex portrayed in the book. The girl is in love with two boys. She is a virgin. Etienne and Miranda are strongly attracted to each other but she is also attracted to his brother, Gabe. The boys are Cajun. It seems that even the adults in this book seem to be encouraging her to be alone as much as possible with Etienne. I think that there is a deep caring on the part of Miranda and Etienne however it was irresponsible for the author to push it torwards sex. It can be objected too on moral grounds easily but what is also very troubling is that there seems to be no attempt by the boy to protect Miranda from a possible pregnancy or from any humiliation. It only takes one time to get pregnant or to pick up a venereal disease. I never saw the depth of their relationship leading to sex in such a casual way. They go out on a boat, he is taking her on a tour of the bayou. They end up having sex in the boat. When they get back, everyone knows, including Gabe. I don't see a depth of love in Etienne for Miranda. He has no thought of the consequences of having sex with her unprotected. I don't believe he loves her with any depth although I believe he cares for her but not in a responsible way. The story was very interesting but the irresponsiblity portrayed was disappointing. I think those who write teen fiction have a greater responsiblity to encourage teens to be responsible. I liked the story other than that.

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  • Posted May 8, 2010

    Even better than the first book!

    I had a hard time putting this book down!!! I read it two times to make sure I didn't miss anything since I read it so quickly the first time. I love all of the characters in this book and find them to be well written and very likable. The plot is well developed and very original.

    In this sequel to Walk of the Spirits, Miranda's struggle to handle her gifts continue as she visits Belle Chandelle, the very old and haunted plantation house that her mother is responsible for refurbishing. Things are getting dangerous for Miranda as the barriers between her and the spirits seem to be getting thinner.

    As Miranda struggles with the new ghosts; she also struggles to choose between sweet and handsome Gage and his equally handsome but much more mysterious cousin Etienne. The theme of this book seems to be choosing between the familiar and the unknown; whether it be in life or in her love life.

    Shadow Mirror leaves us ending with the hopes of a third book. A book that will (probably) be about secrets; as this book ends with us uncovering several major secrets and pondering a few more that need to be uncovered.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 25, 2010

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    Better Than The First!

    Miranda and the gang are back for more ghosts, mysteries, romance and trouble. Miranda's mother and Aunt Teeta are renovating the old, haunted house, Belle Chandelle. As soon as Miranda gets near the house, her senses are assulted by the present and the past. When Miranda is inside the house she hears children, and when she looks into mirrors, she does not see herself- but some other woman. The whole book centers around the mystery of who the children and woman are, and how Miranda is supposed to help them. Besides the ghostly aspects, the readers see the struggle over Miranda's feelings for Etienne and Gage (personally, I like Etienne better and Miranda and Etienne have so much chemistry together!) and her struggle with her new "gift". The readers also learn a shocking secret about Etienne's mother. Shadow Mirror is even better than Walk of the Spirits! One negative thing I have to say about this book is that Miranda seems to "violently shiver/shake" a lot, it is acutally kind of ridiculous. It's like- "She saw a green car, and began to shake violently." or "A bee flew by her face, and she began to shiver violently." LOL! The author may have infused a bit more drama in the book than I like, but it was still a great book! I read it in one night, I couldn't stop turning the pages! If romance, humor and ghosts are your thing, you should read this book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2014

    Another great story!!! I hope Cusick writes another in the serie

    Another great story!!! I hope Cusick writes another in the series. I love the character of Miranda she is easy to relate to and the plot line makes it easy to fall in the world of this book series. I would recommend to anyone!

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  • Posted April 19, 2010

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    Absolutely wonderful!

    I was shocked when I saw this had come out. I did not think there would be another, yet behold! Dream come true!
    The story was so great, as is the chemistry between the characters. Etienne and Miranda have such a spark between them. I found myself reading it well into the night just to get to another scene with the two alone. They must be together!
    St. Yvette is a wonderful setting for a story like this as it is, but Belle Chandelle was even better! Cusick describes the place and the feelings surrounding it in such a way that you can almost feel the wind as it blows through the moss, and feel the old floors beneath your feet.
    Definately recommend it!

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    OMG

    This book was so good. I couldnt put it down. I so cannot wait for the next one to come out, hopefully it wont be 2 years from now. I love these characters and love reading whats going on with them.

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