Review – A Mirror Mended by Alix E. Harrow

Posted June 14, 2022 by Carole in Reviews / 7 Comments

I received this book for free from the Publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review – A Mirror Mended by Alix E. HarrowA Mirror Mended by Alix E. Harrow
Series: Fractured Fables #2
Published by Tordotcom on June 14, 2022
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, LGBTQ+
Pages: 144
Format: ARC
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A Mirror Mended is the next installment in USA Today bestselling author Alix E. Harrow's Fractured Fables series.

Zinnia Gray, professional fairy-tale fixer and lapsed Sleeping Beauty is over rescuing snoring princesses. Once you’ve rescued a dozen damsels and burned fifty spindles, once you’ve gotten drunk with twenty good fairies and made out with one too many members of the royal family, you start to wish some of these girls would just get a grip and try solving their own narrative issues.

Just when Zinnia’s beginning to think she can't handle one more princess, she glances into a mirror and sees another face looking back at her: the shockingly gorgeous face of evil, asking for her help. Because there’s more than one person trapped in a story they didn’t choose. Snow White's Evil Queen has found out how her story ends and she's desperate for a better ending. She wants Zinnia to help her before it’s too late for everyone.

Will Zinnia accept the Queen's poisonous request, and save them both from the hot iron shoes that wait for them, or will she try another path?

This was fantastic! Zinnia has seen every Sleeping Beauty story there is in the multi-verse and she has helped them all find their own happily ever after. She is getting kind of bored of the whole thing when she sees a new face asking for help in the mirror. But this isn’t the protagonist. It’s the villain. It turns out that there might be more to this evil queen than the story suggests. 

I loved Zinnia’s voice and the thread of humor that wove its way through the story. I really liked the originality of this story. The author did a marvelous job of taking a familiar story and putting a whole new twist to it along with a more modern feel. This story had me cheering for the villain and questioning who really was the bad guy in the tale. I felt like Zinnia grew a lot over the course of this story and enjoyed checking in with her friends, Charm and Briar Rose, from the first book.

I would definitely recommend this book to others. I do think that it would be best to read A Spindle Splintered before diving into this book because not only is it a great story but this story builds on the events from the first novella. This is an incredibly well-written and entertaining novella that will be going directly into my re-read pile. At this point, I think that it is safe to say that I will read anything that Alix E. Harrow writes.

I received a digital review copy of this book from Tordotcom via NetGalley.

About Alix E. Harrow

A former academic and adjunct, Alix E. Harrow is now a full-time writer living in Virginia with her husband and their semi-feral toddlers. In 2019 she won a Hugo Award for her short fiction and published her first novel, The Ten Thousand Doors of January.

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