Fifteen-year-old Alice Montgomery wakes up in the lobby of the B&B where she has been vacationing with her family to a startling discovery: no one can see or hear her. The cheap desk lights have been replaced with gas lamps and the linoleum floor with hardwood and rich Oriental carpeting. Someone has replaced the artwork with eerie paintings of Elizabeth Blackwell, the insane actress and rumored witch who killed herself at the hotel in the 1880s. Alice watches from behind the looking glass where she is haunted by Elizabeth Blackwell. Trapped in the 19th-century version of the hotel, Alice must figure out a way to break Elizabeth's curse-with the help of Elizabeth's old diary and Tony, the son of a ghost hunter who is investigating the haunted B&B-before she becomes the inn's next victim.
|Product dimensions:||5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.59(d)|
|Age Range:||12 Years|
About the Author
Jessica Arnold lives, works, and writes in New York City. When she's not sitting around with a book or a laptop, she can most frequently be found biking around the city. Don't worry-she always wears a helmet.
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The Looking Glass based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Curses, ghosts, betrayal and love. All elements to a perfect ghostly story. Now this isn't a ghost story in the way that it's scary and frightening. It the story about a curse and a ghost and the girl and boy who try to break it. The curse was a character all its own - very literally. It came alive in a form that could walk and talk and steal little girls into its world. Alice wakes up to find herself in a world that's familiar and strange all at once. She can see bits and pieces of the real world, but time she has to figure out how to return is very limited. The curse she fights against was brilliant. It kept things so very interesting and mysterious, giving just enough information to keep pulling you in futher and further with every page. I was constantly rooting for Alice. She was such a real teenager. Her struggle to find her way out took just enough time. It wasn't overly drawn out or rushed. Even the ending seemed to have just the right touches. The flashes to the past we experience with her are memorable. The story of the house and the curse unfold at the same time as Alice's. If you're looking for a good ghost story that's meant for suspense and not horror, or if you're just a lover of some really good paranormal magic, this is just the book for you. It's hard to find such a well rounded book - and it's a stand alone (even more rare). *This book was received in exchange for an honest review*
Great story! I was instantly drawn into the story by Alice’s dilemma. She’s trapped in a hotel while her body sits in a coma at a hospital. She has to unravel the mystery in order to survive. Add a cute boy – Tony – and well, this story was a suspenseful, fun, gripping read. I look forward to seeing more from this author!
I think one of the creepiest things about The Looking Glass was the way it made me feel so claustrophobic. It was similar to the way I felt when I read Stephen King's Under the Dome--trapped and a bit panicked. It was such a struggle knowing that Alice couldn't get out of the inn while she was trapped in its curse. But the claustrophobia The Looking Glass creates is not the only creepy thing about it. The curse was also creepy, but so were two of the characters, the witch and Elizabeth Blackwell. Both were very present in the novel, in very different ways. Elizabeth Blackwell was just plain frightening in her insanity, but the witch was frightening in the way she presented herself, which was as a comforting presence and a friend to Alice. The witch's deception is terrifying because it is so easy to believe that she means well. The world Arnold creates is believable, and it requires the reader to think about life after death--or, as in Alice's case, life between death. In that way, it reminded me of Gayle Forman's If I Stay, but it is a much different take on where we are when we are between life and death, and what it means to choose one over the other, and how sometimes other people make the choice for us (which is presented in two ways in this book--the curse, and the choice that Alice's family must make when she is in a coma). The Looking Glass also puts a focus on what people are willing to do to survive, and Alice is a strong character who is determined to do whatever it takes to survive. She has moments of weakness, mentally and physically, but she also has a great deal of strength. The Looking Glass is almost a ghost story. I say almost because Alice isn't a ghost, but because she's in a coma, she's not quite fully alive, either. I love it that it's not a traditional ghost story, but that it has ghost hunters. I loved everything about The Looking Glass. All the characters were well-developed, and each person played a huge part in the outcome of the curse and what would happen with Alice in the end. It had just the right amount of humor in it to keep it from being too dark, but the humor doesn't dispel the seriousness of Alice's situation. Overall, it is a beautiful story, and one that I couldn't put down.
When I was first approached about a review of The Looking Glass, I was very intrigued. I’ve really cut back on my reviewing lately but this book really caught my interest and I had to read it. From the very first page, the action starts. We are plunged into Alice’s life, or whatever it is after her accident, right away. As Alice must pick up bits and pieces of information as she explores and observes, so must we. I appreciate Arnold’s tactics in constructing the story this way, as it really makes you feel like a part of the story. I was confused when the whole mirror aspect was talked about, but in retrospect, that just placed me more firmly in the story, as Alice had to have been terribly confused to find herself in this old version of the hotel. This book greatly reminded me of the only episode of American Horror Story that I’ve watched (so far), Season 1, Episode 1. In the show, the mirrors reflected the truth of what was going on. In this book, Alice had to use the mirrors to look back at the rooms she was in to see them as they were in reality. Also, this book brought the book and movie of The Shining to mind. Who can forget the madness that existed in The Overlook Hotel? While accidental or on purpose, the similarities are noted and appreciated. Finally, I must thank the author for taking the old and over-done premise of Alice and the looking glass and making it into something entirely different. In fact, those two aspects are about the only things that remain from the original story. Of course, there’s also a few other nods to Lewis Carroll’s original story, but never to the point that I felt like I was just reading yet another re-telling of that classic book. Elizabeth Blackwell and her madness and obsession are a brand new story that captivated me. While The Looking Glass is marketed as young adult, don’t be afraid to cross genres if you don’t usually do so. I would recommend this book but urge you to do so when you can truly think about it. It’s definitely not a fluffy piece. I received a copy of this book in order to provide a review. This did not influence my opinion in any way; all thoughts are my own.