Book Review: Charmed – Mirror Image by Jeff Mariotte

390384Title: Charmed – Mirror Image
Author: Jeff Mariotte
Genre: Young Adult, Witches, Supernatural, Charmed
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Books
Publication Date: September 1st 2003
Rating: 2 stars
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Phoebe Halliwell is stunned when her latest vision involves her younger half sister, Paige. The vision reveals to her that Paige is actually an imposter who will infiltrate the Power of Three and break it apart. However, Piper is dismissive when she learns of Phoebe’s concerns — so much so that Cole and Leo end up taking sides as well. Before long, all involved are on edge.

Paige senses that her sisters are acting strangely around her, so when she meets Timothy McBride, an attractive young stranger who purports to be a witch, she decides not to tell them. She wants to have something of her own, separate from her Charmed duties. Secrets are estranging the sisters from one another, and the timing isn’t good. Women are turning up all over the city, dead by supernatural causes. The perpetrator may be connected to the sisters’ past — but if they can’t work together, they might not be able to stop him.

I personally find Mirror Image one of the less original Charmed books I’ve read. The premise is the following. Some crazy mist arrives in town, and with it comes a force most terrifying. It evades the Charmed Ones in their dreams, leading Phoebe to having a vision while in a dream-like state. Said vision involves an old armoire stationed on the attic, and something evil pouring from it. Upon awakening, Phoebe and Cole head to the attic, find the armoire and discover an old, hidden letter behind it. The letter was written by one of the Halliwell ancestors, who warms them about a traitor in their midsts, in the shape of a fake sister betraying their trust.

Phoebe discusses this with Piper, who immediately turns her down. Piper trusts Paige, and she’s not planning on ruining the rocky bonds of sisterhood they only just formed over some stupid letter Phoebe found. Because of her sister’s immediate no, Phoebe gets more and more worked up about these events, and she starts to trust Paige less and less.

Meanwhile, the third sister is not entirely oblivious to the obvious quarrel between her two older sisters, but she’s determined not to intervene, mainly because she has no clue what it’s about. Until she begins suspecting it might be about her, and all those self-doubts she long cherished rise back to the surface. Luckily, Paige meets a very charming, interesting and funny guy named Timothy McBride. He’s a witch as well, and knows a bit about the Charmed Ones. Although that might be alarming, Paige chooses not to acknowledge it mostly because she finally thinks she’s met Mr. Right. Unfortunately for Paige and her two sisters, that might not be the case. With a series of unsolved murders, the discovery of an old and abandoned house with more than a dozen skeletons in the basement, the Charmed Ones will need all the help they can get to get rid of this ancient evil. Including the help of one of their ancestors, the same one who wrote the letter warning them about Paige…

The premise might be interesting, but the story is really, really predictable. It seems to have come right out of some cheap romance novel, the writing is messy, the characterization could use some work (especially Phoebe is totally out of character) and I missed the intense action and humorous undertone I usually find in other Charmed books. Plus, in my opinion the plot of ‘one sister having a secret boyfriend who turns out to be one of the bad guys’ has been done over and over again. It was interesting once, but it got boring fast and it’s tremendously boring right now. Additionally, I have to mention that the Law of No Coincedences is ignored all through-out this novel.

As you probably already gathered, I’m not a huge fan of this book. I think the plotline is overused, unoriginal and drop-dead boring at times. The sisters are occassionally out-of-character, I miss the humor I usually encounter in other Charmed books and in the series itself, and the entire story is predictable. I don’t recommend this book to anyone except maybe for Charmed fans who still enjoy the ‘secret boyfriend’ plotline for some reason, or people who just want to make sure they’ve read the entire series. I don’t regret reading this book, but it does come close. The only reason why it does get two stars, is because I found the storyline of murders happening one hundred years ago linked with present-day events remotely interesting. The rest, not so much. Read at your own risk.

Comments

  1. Moirae the fates book reviews says:

    Yeah, I hate it when people write a book based on a tv show and one or more of the characters are written OFC. That really bugs me. Awesome review I like the honesty.

    moiraethefates(AT)gmail(DOT)com

  2. Thank you for the fantastic and well-written review!
    ~Sherry

    Sherry Soule Website

    Author of the Spellbound Series

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