The Wolf Mirror by Caroline Healy
Read: March 2016
Format: Uncorrected Manuscript
My Book Rating: 4 Stars
Publisher: Fire & Ice Young Adult Books
Genre: Time Travel YA
ABOUT THE BOOK
Changing places doesn’t always help you see things differently.
Cassie throws the first punch in a brawl at Winchester Abbey Girl’s School. Her subsequent suspension is a glitch in Cassie’s master plan; Finish School/Get Job/Leave Home (and never come back). As punishment her mother banishes her to Ludlow Park, their creepy ancestral home. In the dark of a stormy night Cassie finds herself transported to 1714, the beginning of the Georgian period.
With the help of a lady’s maid and an obnoxious gentleman, Mr Charles Stafford, Cassie must unravel the mysterious illness afflicting Lord Miller. If Lord Miller kicks the bucket the house goes to Reginald Huxley, the brainless cousin from London.
Cassie’s task is to figure out who is poisoning the Lord of Ludlow without exposing herself to the ridicule of her peers, getting herself committed to the asylum or worse, married off to the first man who will have her.
Cassie must learn to hold her tongue, keep her pride in check and reign in her rebellious nature – because the fate of her entire family, for generations, rests on her shoulders.
Meanwhile, Lady Cassandra Miller frantically searches for her smelling salts or her trusted governess Miss. Blythe, whose soothing advice she would dearly love. Instead Cassandra finds some woman and a boy squatting in the Ludlow mansion; her father, her lady’s maid and all the servants have magically disappeared.
Tell-a-vision, the In-her-net, horseless carriages and women wearing pantaloons; Cassandra is afraid that she might have inhaled fowl air causing her to temporarily lose her senses.
Only when both girls can get over their pride, societal prejudices and self-importance will they be able to return to their rightful century. Until then, they are free to wreak maximum damage on their respective centuries.
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.
Disclaimer: I do work for this publisher, and I designed the covers for this series. My rating and opinions are 100% my own. I love this series!
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I once had a teacher tell me that anyone who time traveled to the future would die from lack of breathable air. #drama
…… I don’t know how to react to that statement. LOL
I fear I would not last long in 1714 😉
Oh, I love time travel stories. I may have to check this out.
I am adding this to my Amazon wishlist simply based on the fact that my name is Cassandra and I go by Cassie. Yes, this alone is enough to get me to read a book. It also is because it sounds like a short and sweet read that would be nice to read at some point with all the more serious reads that I have going on (school books, diverse books that I am utilizing for my blog, etc). I like the premise, but I was left questioning if there was more to the Lady Cassandra side of the story. I go with the notion, if I was intrigued enough to want to know if there was more then it is worth my time. Loved the review! Thanks!
Thanks for adding!! Lady Cassandra… I didn’t connect with her as much as Cassie, but she definitely has a little story going on in the present time. And I know what you mean about books with your name, I read EVERY single book in my middle school library with a character named Caroline or written by Caroline B. Cooney! HA!
Oh, I love stories where the main relationship is a friendship, and the idea of a friendship across centuries sounds really interesting. I’m going to have to pick up a copy when I’m not literally drowning in unread books. 🙂
sounds pretty interesting actually, I will hope for more time so I can read this one at some point in my life
Gorgeous cover! The plot sounds engaging, and your review tells me this book might be something I’d enjoy.
Thank you! (I designed the cover!)
It was a fun read. I need to read it again one of these days. 🙂