Published by Disney-Hyperion on January 18, 2022
Series: The Mirror #2
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
Source: Finished Hardcover from Publisher
Also in this series: Broken Wish
Zora Broussard has arrived in New Orleans with not much more than a bag of clothes, a beautiful voice, and a pair of enchanted red shoes. Running from a tragic accident caused by her magic, Zora wants nothing more than to blend in, as well as to avoid her overbearing aunt and mean-spirited cousins. Music becomes Zora’s only means of escape, yet she wonders if she should give it all up to remove the powers that make her a target, especially as a Black woman in the South.
But when Zora gets the chance to perform in a prominent jazz club, she meets a sweet white pianist named Phillip with magic of his own, including a strange mirror that foretells their future together. Falling into a forbidden love, Zora and Phillip must keep their relationship a secret. And soon the two discover the complicated connection between their respective families, a connection that could lead to catastrophe for them both. In the era of segregation and speakeasies, Zora must change her destiny and fight for the one she loves . . . or risk losing everything.
Shattered Midnight is the second book in the young adult fantasy series called The Mirror. The Mirror series is a new innovative concept that I am completely loving. It is a four book series that follows the the same family tree. This family has been cursed and the series shows how the curse affects the different generations of the family, and each book is written by a different author. I just love this idea because not only do we get to follow this curse throughout a long period of time seeing how it affects each of the family members, and their kids and their kids, but we also get to see it though different author perspectives and different writing styles and story telling styles. The first book, Broken Wish was told by Julie C. Dao. The second book is written by Dhionelle Clayton.
In Shattered Midnight we meet our main character, Zora Broussard. This time our story takes place in New Orleans, and soon Zora finds herself crossing paths with a young man and a strange mirror that is showing them interesting clips of them together. This story takes place in the 1920s, and one of the major themes of the story was how segregation affected the lives of our main characters. This journey was great- full of ups and downs, wonderful magic and a nice love story.
Like the first book, I was totally intrigued by this curse and it was really interesting to see how it presented itself in Zora’s life. I really enjoyed this story. I wasn’t quite as swept away by it as I was with the first book, but it was a very good story. And I can’t wait for the next book in the Mirror series.
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