A mirror mended

Alix E. Harrow

Book - 2022

"Zinnia Gray, professional fairy-tale fixer and lapsed Sleeping Beauty is over rescuing snoring princesses. Once you've rescued a dozen damsels and burned fifty spindles, once you've gotten drunk with twenty good fairies and made out with one too many members of the royal family, you start to wish some of these girls would just get a grip and try solving their own narrative issues. Just when Zinnia's beginning to think she can't handle one more princess, she glances into... a mirror and sees another face looking back at her: the shockingly gorgeous face of evil, asking for her help. Because there's more than one person trapped in a story they didn't choose. Snow White's Evil Queen has found out how her story ends and she's desperate for a better ending. She wants Zinnia to help her before it's too late for everyone. Will Zinnia accept the Queen's poisonous request, and save them both from the hot iron shoes that wait for them, or will she try another path?"--

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Series
Fractured Fables ; 2
Subjects
Genres
Fantasy fiction
Fairy tales
Satirical literature
Adaptations
Published
New York : Tordotcom, a Tom Doherty Associates Book 2022.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
Series numeration from www.goodreads.com.
Physical Description
130 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
ISBN
9781250766649
1250766648
Main Author
Alix E. Harrow (author)
Other Authors
Michael (Illustrator) Rogers (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

This story has a hero and a villain, but not all chose the roles they were given to play. Zinnia Gray is no longer the dying girl that she was in A Spindle Splintered (2021), but she knows her time is coming. For the past five years, she has been outrunning her story, not wanting the ending she perceives. She's been helping princesses in other fairytale worlds find their happily ever afters to the detriment of creating her own. When Zinnia is pulled into a fairy tale world unlike any other, she encounters an evil queen who doesn't want her ending either. As circumstances draw them together, Zinnia discovers that the evil queen may not be so evil, and that you don't need to know the ending to decide what happens next. Though the writing in this second in the Fractured Fables novella series is less subtle than in Harrow's previous works, the themes of agency and writing your own story—no matter its beginning—are ones that will resonate with readers. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Having awakened sleeping beauties, burned injurious spindles, and consorted with raucous good fairies and importuning royals, professional fairy-tale fixer Zinnia Gray wishes these characters would mend their own problems, already. Then she sees an unfamiliar face, gorgeous and cruel, in her mirror: Snow White's Evil Queen wants her own improved ending. From the Hugo Award-winning author of the "Fractured Fables" series; with a 100,000-copy first printing. Copyright 2021 Library Journal.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Sleeping Beauty is dragged through the multiverse to the lair of Snow White's evil queen in this genderqueer fairy tale mashup that continues the (mis)adventures of Zinnia Gray (last seen in A Spindle Splintered), as she continues rescuing other Sleeping Beauties from death and fates worse. Searching for another to rescue while avoiding her own inevitable fate yet again finds Zinnia falling through the mirror into a tale not her own. She thinks she's there to rescue Snow White but discovers that it's the evil queen stepmother looking for power, agency, and a way out of her own inevitable destiny. The fine line between villainy and heroism blurs to nothingness as Zinnia learns that even a villain can be a hero and that love can conquer both tyranny and fate if you are willing to write your own story. VERDICT Readers who love stories that twists narratives into knots will fall for Harrow's fractured fairy tale where evil discovers the benefits that come of doing good.—Marlene Harris Copyright 2022 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Zinnia Gray isn't the damsel in distress anymore in Harrow's fast-paced and snarky sequel to A Spindle Splintered. Zinnia has spent the five years between volumes jumping through different "Sleeping Beauty" tales to free the eponymous princesses from their destinies. But at the end of her most recent rescue, Zinnia's pulled through the narrative multiverse and into a different tale: "Snow White." Zinnia knows how the story should go, but the evil queen has other ideas. She wants out, and she thinks Zinnia can help her. While Zinnia's trapped with the evil queen in a dark and dangerous world, a startling consequence of her story-hopping comes to light, making it more important than ever that she find a way back home. The barrage of pop culture references is just as relentless here as in book one, which may overwhelm some readers, but all will be pleased to see Zinnia grow into herself, and the unapologetic focus on queer relationships delights. Series fans and lovers of fractured fairy tales will find plenty to hold their attention. (Jun.) Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"'A Mirror Mended' is the next installment in USA today bestselling author Alix E. Harrow's Fractured Fables series. Zinnia Gray, professional fairy-tale fixer and lapsed Sleeping Beauty is over rescuing snoring princesses. Once you've rescued a dozen damsels and burned fifty spindles, once you've gotten drunk with twenty good fairies and made out with one too many members of the royal family, you start to wish some of these girls would just get a grip and try solving their own narrative issues. Just when Zinnia's beginning to think she can't handle one more princess, she glances into a mirror and sees another face looking back at her: the shockingly gorgeous face of evil, asking for her help. Because there's more than one person trapped in a story they didn't choose. Snow White's Evil Queen has found out how her story ends and she's desperate for a better ending. She wants Zinnia to help her before it's too late for everyone. Will Zinnia accept the Queen's poisonous request, and save them both from the hot iron shoes that wait for them, or will she try another path?"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The best-selling and award-winning author of The Ten Thousand Doors of January adds to her collection of fractured fairytales with a new version of Snow White where the Evil Queen finally gets what she deserves. 100,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A Mirror Mended is the next installment in USA Today bestselling author Alix E. Harrow's Fractured Fables series.Zinnia Gray, professional fairy-tale fixer and lapsed Sleeping Beauty is over rescuing snoring princesses. Once you’ve rescued a dozen damsels and burned fifty spindles, once you’ve gotten drunk with twenty good fairies and made out with one too many members of the royal family, you start to wish some of these girls would just get a grip and try solving their own narrative issues.Just when Zinnia’s beginning to think she can't handle one more princess, she glances into a mirror and sees another face looking back at her: the shockingly gorgeous face of evil, asking for her help. Because there’s more than one person trapped in a story they didn’t choose. Snow White's Evil Queen has found out how her story ends and she's desperate for a better ending. She wants Zinnia to help her before it’s too late for everyone. Will Zinnia accept the Queen's poisonous request, and save them both from the hot iron shoes that wait for them, or will she try another path?