Official Review: The Boy in the Mirror by John D. Fennell

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Official Review: The Boy in the Mirror by John D. Fennell

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[Following is an official review of "The Boy in the Mirror" by John D. Fennell.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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The Boy in the Mirror by John D. Fennell is a children’s book about fourteen-year-old Thomas Paget. This book is the first one in The Mystical Mirror series. The book opens with Tom being drawn to the abandoned Morladron House. There he finds a mysterious mirror in one of the rooms. Upon touching it, he finds himself transported into another world that looks just like his. We discover later that this world is the mirror image of his own. Individuals who are good in Tom’s world tend to be evil in the other world.

When Tom meets his doppelganger, Michael Paget, they decide to have some fun by swapping places. This didn’t last very long as Michael started causing trouble in Tom’s world. As a result, huge tornados started attacking their town, destroying everything in its path, including people. Now, Tom and his friends must work together to stop it before someone innocent dies.

What I liked about the book is that the story is unique and creative. I’ve never read a book quite like this one. The first few pages are intense, and it immediately hooked me in. Throughout the book, the author’s descriptive writing is amazing. You can picture the scenes vividly. I really like that the author put page numbers in the book. This may seem like a simple thing but I’ve seen a lot of books without numbers, which resulted in me losing my page. One of my favourite parts of the book was seeing the strong friendship between Tom and Jake. They are both strong-minded and always have each other’s backs.

The author did a great job with the characters. They are developed really well. I love that each character is unique and relatable. The author uses simple vocabulary, so it’s nice and easy to read.

I have found nothing that I dislike about the book. The author did an amazing job at writing it. There are moments of suspense which have you at the edge of your seat. At 291 pages, it is quite a long book for children.

Overall, I would rate this book 4 out of 4 stars because I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I found no mistakes, so it’s professionally edited. As a heads up, the book does contain an abusive father and death. So, the book may not be appropriate to really young children. I highly recommend this book to children the ages between 11-15, who enjoy reading adventure books.

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Post by Wuoketch »

This book seems so thoughtful. I like unique, creative and suspenseful books. I'll consider reading this book some day.
Nice review.

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A fast moving and highly descriptive adventure story.
Nice review.
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Post by Star_and_Buck »

Me too have never encountered a book with such a unique story. This sounds a great book to read.

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Post by Wy_Bertram »

This sounds immediately interesting. I hope it's not aimed specifically at younger readers though. Great review 👌.

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Post by Echez_ »

Wow, the plot is different. I love the creative idea of the author. Seeing his mirror image, I believe there's a lesson to learn there and not just to kids. Thanks for the review

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