The Mirror Sisters by V.C. Andrews
Genre: Young Adult. Fiction.
Series: The Mirror Sisters #1
Release Date: October 25, 2016
Overall Rating: 4 stars
From the legendary New York Times bestselling author of The Flowers in the Attic and My Sweet Audrina series comes the first book in a new series featuring identical twin sisters made to act, look, and feel truly identical by their perfectionist mother.
Alike in every way...with one dark exception.
As identical twins, their mother insists that everything about them be identical: their clothes, their toys, their friends...the number of letters in their names, Haylee Blossom Fitzgerald and Kaylee Blossom Fitzgerald. If one gets a hug, the other must, too. If one gets punished, the other must be, too.
Homeschooled at an early age, when the girls attend a real high school they find little ways to highlight the differences between them. But when Haylee runs headfirst into the dating scene, both sisters are thrust into a world their mother never prepared them for—causing one twin to pursue the ultimate independence. The one difference between the two girls may spell the difference between life...and a fate worse than death.
Written with the taboo-breaking, gothic atmosphere that V.C. Andrews is loved for, The Mirror Sisters is the latest in her long line of spellbinding novels about mysterious families and tormented love.
The Mirror Sisters is a story about obsession, lies, and manipulation. Told in classic V.C. Andrews gothic voice, readers will become captivated with this story. That is, if you can get past the fact that V.C. Andrews is not the real writer of this story, but her ghost writer Andrew Neiderman. If I am being honest, I would have to say that I really don’t mind his writing. I think it flows well with the voice of classic V.C. Andrews novels, and keeps up with more modern times. Many readers are unable to accept his writing style and that’s fine as it is their opinion alone, but for me, I will still read the books and most likely enjoy them. With that being said, I thought this was a pretty well written story and the plot is extremely unique. The characters did get on my nerves at points but this goes to show you that while the lies and manipulations go deep. The story does end on a cliffhanger and I can assure you that the ending is something you will not expect!! So, if you enjoy modern day V.C. Andrews novels than I would recommend this one to you.
What Worked for Me
The plot of this book is extremely unique. I don’t think we would see a story written like this from any other author of this time. It tells the story of identical twin sisters who are basically groomed to look after one another no matter what goes on in their lives and to remain perfect at all times. Their mother is completely obsessed with these two girls and even goes as far as referring them as one individual. While this may be a hard pill to swallow, it really adds a richness to the story. So, the entire plotline really worked for me and I was intrigued with it all the way through to the end.
What also worked for me was the ending. Now, most people don’t appreciate those dreaded cliffhangers but the way this one ends is so unexpected and crazy that it’s hard not to like it and say WOW. You really just don’t understand how far these sisters will go in order to gain their own identity apart from their twins.
What Didn’t Work for Me
What I didn’t care for when it comes to this story is the slow buildup. Sure readers are able to gain a full understanding of these girls lives, but it happens so slow that I wish the author would have gotten to the point a lot quicker. Some parts just really dragged on for me.
Overall, I did enjoy the story and will definitely be picking up the second book when it releases because I can’t wait to see what happens next. As I said before, this one DOES end in a cliffhanger, but the darkness that emits from the ending makes me really want to see what happens. So, if you don’t mind “newer” V.C. Andrews writing than I would recommend this book. I like it, but then again, that’s my opinion alone.