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 prophetic warning of a second attack arrives too late, and the evening turns from revelry and romance to violence. After being pulled from the chaos by an enigmatic guardian, Nerissa learns that the Royal Family has been concealing a formidable secret for generations-and it is only one of many that are about to be revealed.
|Publisher:||Rachel R. Smith|
|Product dimensions:||5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(d)|
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ARC kindly provided by Rachel R. Smith via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Review As always before I start a book, I was extremely wary of what to expect. I had this pull and push towards good excitement and bad hesitation with ‘Reflection’. I really shouldn't have been so concerned! This was a great novel that exceeded all my expectations...and there were a lot of them! What I noticed first was the writing. It flowed and so well! I loved how mature, confident and professional it sounded. There was not one thing that I would have picked wrong at! It instantly grabbed me in its clutches and refused to let me go. Spectacular! The story was incredible! The whole idea of myth and a civilisation divided between two heirs was awesome! The novel offers an optional prologue which I strongly encourage you to read. It really made things better in the long run and hiked up the anticipation, drama and tension ten FOLD as I got closer and closer to the end of the book. There were so many times when I would find myself on the edge of my seat! There were moments when I would want to shout, "No, no, no, no, no!" And throw a mini tantrum! Every single page was filled with something new: a secret or revelation that kept me spellbound. Character development and evolvement was amazing! Each had a unique personality and history that I absolutely loved! I was constantly in awe at the variety and depth of design that went into every single one. Absolutely OUTSTANDING! The novel was written in third person narrative and followed the perspectives of a multitude of characters. And the best thing: it wasn't jarring, irregular or wanting in any way! The author transitioned smoothly from one characters to another with such skill and grace that it significantly raised my rating. Of all the characters, the main female lead, Nerissa, was probably my favourite. And for good reasons! There was something about her that inspired me and made me want to get to know her better. She is a character I will definitely look put for in the sequels! The fact that this series was written in a serial style did not push me away. Instead, this was one of those things that I found completely amazing and intriguing about 'Reflection'. I was interested as to how the author would engage her audience if the each novel was around 300 pages instead of under 100. I was eager but prepared to face the worst. I really shouldn't have bothered. The author maintained a constant grip on me through all sorts of events. I felt like the conclusion of the novel was great even without a cliff-hanger. I personally am one in favour of cliff-hangers but the wholesome way everything finished appealed to me. There was plenty of stuff from the rest of the book that kept me hungering for more...and I couldn't resist! World building was powerful, strong and elegantly done. Everything had its place and there were no plot holes or question as to why this or that happened. There was a rich history behind the new and amazing world of Renatus. There were absolutely NO typos or spelling mistakes. The grammar was excellent and I loved everything about the prose. Rachel R. Smith is an emerging talent! Congratulations to Rachel R. Smith on publishing the first volume of the 'Records of the Ohanzee' series! I can't wait to read more!
Even though Nerrisa was Heiress Of Chiyo she has to hide her books from her parents. Charis is the university’s president's daughter and sneaks book into Nerrisa she is also Nerrisa’s oldest friend. There was to be a celebration and Nerrisa had two costumes made and because she did change and a secret guardian Nerrisa survived an attack that killed all the royal family but her. But it must not get out Nerissa survived. II had some problems with finishing this story but the twists and turns helped. But i felt it was confusing at some places, dragged at some places. A few too many characters. It is also a cliffhanger and I hate them. The characters are pretty good . I liked Nerrisa a lot and all the twists and turns she went through. But to me the book was just ok. Not real good and not bad. I received an ARC of this story for an honest review.