Cassie Miller, a 21st century teenager and Lady Cassandra, a young heiress from 1714 mysteriously switch lives. Until they can solve the conundrum surrounding the Miller family, they are stuck in the wrong century. Cassie must navigate a society of etiquette, exclusion and intrigue while Cassandra has to learn to tough it out as an unchaperoned female in the year 2014.
|Publisher:||Melange Books - Fire and Ice YA|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.49(d)|
About the Author
She writes short stories and novels, and has won awards for her work. In 2012, her collection, A Stitch in Time, was published by Doire Press. Her writing has featured in publications such as Wordlegs, The Bohemyth, Short Story Ireland, Short Stop U.K., Five Stop Story, Prole, Literary Orphan and the Irish Writers’ Centre Lonely Voice
Her second collection, The House of Water, featuring Nun on a Bike has been published by Norwich based publishing house Galley Beggar Press.
She writes Y.A. fiction and her book, Blood Entwines, is published by Bloomsbury Spark.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Cassie Miller is not handling her parents divorce well. Her mom is a work-a-holic judge in England, and her dad moved to France. After she’s kicked out of her boarding school, Her mom takes Cassie and her little brother to her ancestral home, Ludlow Park, for some quality family time. But that first night, after a big fight with her mom, a storm rolls in. While trying to sneak a cigarette, the power goes out, right as she’s standing by the creepy wolf mirror in the East Wing. Suddenly Cassie finds she’s been sent back in time to 1714. Meanwhile, the Lady Cassandra Miller of 1714 finds herself in 2014. This is an interesting story because while the main plot is that Lady Cassandra’s father is dying and Cassie has to stop that from happening in order to save her lineage. But more than that, it’s about family. Lady Cassandra’s mother is dead, and Cassie doesn’t get along with hers at all. During her time in 1714 she quickly realizes there are many times she wishes her mom was there for her. Both girls find an ally/confidant in their new time and it’s quite interesting to watch them try to adapt. I also praise Ms. Healy for her descriptions of 1714. She wasn’t overly descriptive, but there was enough for me to get a feel for a time long past. The real gem of this story however, is the characters. From page one, I loved Cassie. I felt for her and I wanted her to find acceptance. Sure I didn’t approve of a lot of her life choices, but at the same time I understood her reasons for acting the way she did. I thought she was very well written. I’d recommend this book for teen and adult readers alike who are looking for interesting, well-developed characters, a little mystery, and the magic of time travel.
After getting into a fight with a bully, Cassie is suspended from her prestigious school. Her mother has had enough and Cassie, her mother and her brother take a trip to Ludlow Park. Normally, this wouldn’t be a bad thing but there’s no internet to speak of at their ancestral home and it’s way too creepy. Cassie goes wandering for a place to sneak a cigarette when she discovers an antique mirror with four wolf heads surrounding it. Before she can take a step back, it sucks her into a vortex and she finds herself in Ludlow Park in the year 1714. At the exact same time, Lady Cassandra (in the year 1714) discovers the same mirror and is flung forward to the present. Two girls with the same name swap places and once over the Freaky Friday moment, are determined to get back to their retrospective time periods. Will they learn what they’re meant to learn in time or will they forever be in the wrong century? I really enjoyed this book. The premise and cover intrigued me. I connected immediately with modern-day Cassie while I found it a hair difficult to relate to Cassandra. The historical part seemed, at times, forced and not realistic. The romance, for what it’s worth, was more hype than anything else. The ending, however, was superb and the way the author tied everything together impressed me. If you like historical fiction with a twist, give this a try. The plot progresses at a fast pace once the time flip happens. Highly enjoyable. My Rating: 4 stars
After getting suspended from school, Cassie travels with her mom and brother to their family’s ancestral home. Everything is creepy at night, and that weird wolf mirror in the forbidden wing of the mansion won’t let Cassie forget it. As soon as she sees it that night, she opens her eyes to find herself swapped with her ancestor, Lady Cassandra. Cassie has to wade through eighteenth century politics and unwanted proposals for her doppelganger in order to keep the mansion in her family…but who knows what Lady Cassandra is doing in Cassie’s home? The Wolf Mirror was an intriguing historical fantasy for younger teens. It begins with a rebellious teenager struggling to come to terms with her parents’ choices but too proud to understand and forgive them. Then there is Lady Cassandra, the girl out of her time, who is just as proud and lost in world of men eager to steal her fortune while her father lies dying in his room. The two girls are forced to come to terms with their situations and be thankful for both the blessings and curses of their own lives. It is, after all, easier to understand the difficulties of other people’s lives when you literally walk in their shoes. The Wolf Mirror is not a romance, unlike many other YA novels, though it contains a few romantic elements. It focuses more on the growth of maturity in the two girls and their parental relationships. This theme came off a little strong at times, making it more of a moral lesson than a story written purely for enjoyment. The historical element was entertaining, especially watching the two girls witness the other’s culture for the first time. I enjoyed The Wolf Mirror and would recommend it to younger YA readers. It reminds me strongly of the 1992 movie Split Infinity; anyone who enjoyed that movie will enjoy this book. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author as a part of a book tour. All opinions are expressly my own.