The Looking Glass by Jessica ArnoldThe Looking Glass by Jessica Arnold

The Looking Glass

byJessica Arnold

Paperback | April 15, 2014

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Fifteen-year-old Alice Montgomery wakes up in the lobby of the B&B where she has been vacationing with her family to a startling discovery: no one can see or hear her. The cheap desk lights have been replaced with gas lamps and the linoleum floor with hardwood and rich Oriental carpeting. Someone has replaced the artwork with eerie paintings of Elizabeth Blackwell, the insane actress and rumored witch who killed herself at the hotel in the 1880s. Alice watches from behind the looking glass where she is haunted by Elizabeth Blackwell. Trapped in the 19th-century version of the hotel, Alice must figure out a way to break Elizabeth’s curse—with the help of Elizabeth's old diary and Tony, the son of a ghost hunter who is investigating the haunted B&B—before she becomes the inn's next victim.
Jessica Arnold is a writer who, when given the opportunity, will pontificate at length on the virtues of the serial comma, when and where to use an en-dash, and why the semicolon is the best punctuation mark pretty much ever. She lives in Boston.
Title:The Looking GlassFormat:PaperbackDimensions:324 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.7 inPublished:April 15, 2014Publisher:Month9Books, LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1939765900

ISBN - 13:9781939765901


Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Looking Glass (The Looking Glass #1) by Jessica Arnold In order for me to be invested in this story I needed to really like Alice because as you can see above, this books is All Alice All the Time. Despite my best efforts, however, I still found her to be shallow and frankly, kinda flat as character. A lot of the book focuses on Alice's actions: Alice does this, sees this, reads this, etc. Seeing Spot run doesn't tell me much about Spot. Arnold does offer glimpses into Alice's life before the accident but they all seemed design to either support Alice's sense of self pity (ie: "my parents don't really love me," "my body is awkward and I'm not attractive") or paint her as a victim (ie: her mother's backhanded compliment that Alice "is not unattractive" or the revelation that Alice didn't get invited to a sleepover this one time). All of this leads to a woe-is-me MC and though it became apparent at the end of the book that such a characterization was both purposeful by Arnold and necessary for the climax of the story, it didn't make it any easier to put up with 'ole Alice and her self-esteem issues for the first 96% of the book.
Date published: 2017-07-16