Thursday, March 2, 2017

Book Review: Girl In The Mirror (Looking Glass #1) by Elizabeth Reyes

Girl In The Mirror 
Looking Glass, #1
by Elizabeth Reyes 

Romantic Thriller 

Release Date: 
March 10th, 2017 

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eARC received in exchange of honest review


A girl without a past. 

Margaret Hellman awoke in a hospital with no memory of the horrific accident that claimed the lives of her sister and their best friend. 

After years of struggling to regain a fraction of her memories, Maggie is left with no choice but to accept her past is gone. Despite the tormenting void in her heart. 

Then the triggers start. 

Tiny indiscernible but profoundly emotional glimpses of her past. The day she meets him, at her sister's graveside sets off the most explosive trigger to date. It's so overwhelming Maggie's convinced she's supposed to remember—she needs to. 

As the puzzling pieces of her past start to come together, it's clear something's amiss. But nothing can prepare her for the shocking reality of what really happened that fateful day seven years ago. 

Girl in the Mirror is a psychological romantic thriller with a twist you'll NEVER see coming!

Explanation about this new series 
by Elizabeth Reyes:

Okay so Monday when I announced the cover reveal was coming I mentioned this "stand alone" has now turned into a series and that I'd explain a little more today ---> Here goes.


Lindy's Thoughts:

I have loved every single one of Elizabeth Reyes' stories. However, she has always written light-hearted romances full of steamy scenes, and strong secondary story lines involving friends and family. These stories have been filled with humor, and fun, as well as the tough realities of loss and heartbreak. 

Girl in the Mirror is completely new territory for Ms. Reyes. However, it was no less phenomenal. In this story, Ms. Reyes ventures in to mystery, suspense, danger, and plot twists! She has nailed a new genre with this coming out novel!!! 

Girl in The Mirror is told mostly from the perspective of Margaret "Maggie" Hellman, who wakes up in a hospital unable to speak or remember who she is. She later learns from her Neurologist that she has retrograde amnesia. As she begins the recovery process, she is sad to learn that she was in a car accident with her identical twin sister, Madeline, and best friend Shelby; both of whom did not survive. She cannot remember either of them, but her mother fills her on on some of the missing pieces of her memory, old pictures, and details from her past. 

When Maggie goes to visit her twin sister's grave, she meets Nicholas "Nico" Cortez, (her sister's former boyfriend,) and feels a strong connection and longing for him. While she had been having small triggers, where images, sights, and sounds would make her feel unexplained emotion; these triggers begin to increase after meeting "Nico." Soon, with the help of Maggie's new friend, Clarisse, they decide to unravel the mystery of Maggie's past. However, she is in no way prepared for what will be discovered... 

Girl in the Mirror, was a riveting, fast-paced read. I rapidly turned the pages, as I too felt like I was investigating Maggie's past. With each new clue uncovered, I was desperate to solve the mystery. Along the way, there was suspense, drama, romance, and a tinge of danger. I had an inkling of what the surprise twist could be, but was in no way prepared for all of the details surrounding it. 

I loved the end of the story! It gave me closure, as well as a bittersweet ending with plenty of "feels," laughs, and swoons. I loved it! I hope Ms. Reyes continues to incorporate stories of suspense and psychological twists in her vast writing repertoire. I would also like to mention that all of the Cortez brothers were delicious, and I hope that they each get their own story. That would be quite the treat!!!

My Rating:

I give, Girl in The Mirror, by Elizabeth Reyes, 5 Spine-Tingling, Yearning, Longing, Suspenseful, Mysterious, Finding the Missing Piece of the Puzzle, Filled Stars! If you love a suspenseful, and sexy romantic thriller; you have to read this one!!! It will have you obsessed and rapidly turning pages, until the very end!

Mikki's Review:

I’m a big fan of Elizabeth Reyes. I have read every single book that she has published and I loved every single one of my reading escapes. Her words always captivate me and her stories linger with me for a long time. Her characters are unforgettable and so easy to relate to. When she announced that she was going to publish a book that was a bit different from what she usually writes, I was pretty excited. Girl In The Mirror was supposed to be a standalone book, but I am so glad the author took a different direction with this book and is making it a series. GITM can be read as a standalone because the story is complete and the other books will focus on other characters. 

Margaret Hellman wakes up with no memories from her past. The only thing she knows is that she was involved in a car accident and that she lost her memory. Years have passed from that night that turned her world upside down. The little glimpses she gets from her past trigger a hurricane of emotions in her. Something is missing in her life and she won’t stop until she finds out what it is. She’s on a mission to discover what happened that night. Is Margaret ready to come face-to-face with her past? 

Gah!!! This book made me go bananas!!! I was trying to put together the pieces of an intricate puzzle. I was following Maggie’s journey and I was taking notes of each detail that could help me uncover the mystery revolving around her accident. It’s difficult to review this book without giving spoilers away. What I can tell you is that you will probably have many theories of what happened to Maggie. I kept changing my mind with each new detail that was added to her story. I did figure out what happened to her before it was revealed, but that did not take anything away from my amazing reading journey. 

The new characters from this series are incredibly addictive! The hero in this story is swoon worthy and intriguing. The connection he has with Maggie is amazing and the more they shared moments together, the more I was cheering for them to forget about the past and live in the moment. The supporting cast of characters surrounding Maggie and the H are awesome and I can’t wait to read more about them. I’m really excited to see who will be the main character in the next installment. 

My Rating:

I give, Girl In The Mirror, 5 intense, emotional, intriguing, follow your heart stars!

About Elizabeth Reyes:

About me? Well, I was born and raised and continue to live in sunny southern California. I’m married and have two wonderful young adults. My love for writing began when I was just a kid though, I never really had any dreams or aspirations of doing it for a living. Then along came the age of eReaders and with it indie publishing and I saw an opportunity to get my writing out for the world to read without jumping through hoops and getting past the red tape of trying to get traditionally published. The Moreno Brothers series has literally changed my life. I now wake up to go to work a few yards from my bed. 5th Street is my second series. There is also the Moreno Brothers spin-off series Fate with with seven completed full length novels. I have two stand alones Desert Heat and Defining Love including one I wrote under my pen name Remi’s Choice. I now have a new series coming Boyle Heights, but the future looks bright and I have many more to come! So stay tuned! 

I love hearing from my readers and always try to respond as soon as I can, but if there is a certain question being asked over and over instead of answering it 20 times I will post on my FAQ page so check there often! I’ve been super busy so please bear with me if I’m not quick on responding to your messages/comments!

1 comment:

  1. I was so happy to receive an ARC of this too! I totally agree with everything you said; I loved the novel and it was an excellent foray into a new and deeper genre.


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