Book Review: Fake Nora
Hello Halloween Lovers!
I hope you’re getting a good start to your Halloween plans for the weekend. I’ve got something every day myself. Stay safe and have lots of fun!
Today I’m sharing another book review. This time I read Fake Nora by Kelly Martin.
I found this book through a great friend of mine, Priscilla Bettis. Thanks for the recommendation, Priscilla!
For those of you who may not know her, she’s an up and coming author. You can check out her blog right here or you can check out her story in the anthology The Vampire Connoisseur right here. I highly recommend it!
Anywho, I love anything creepy, so this book was an instant yes in my book. This is also my first time reading something by this author. So, what did I think? Keep on scrolling, folks!
The sign over the covered antique mirror said DO NOT TOUCH. Twelve-year-old Nora wished she had listened.
Mirrors reflect what is in front of them, but what happens behind the glass-to the reflections themselves? Nora finds out when her own reflection, aka Fake Nora, changes places with her one night. Nora is shoved in a place that looks exactly like her house with no echoes, dull lights, and muted sounds. It isn’t her home at all, simply a shell of a place she loves.
Fake Nora is living her best life in Nora’s house, feeding on the fear of her little brother while no one else at the house knows anything is wrong.
Inside “reflectionland,” Nora meets thirteen-year-old Jesse, who has been stuck in his mirror since the forties, and he warns her that they aren’t alone in the house. There are others sneaking around, known as the bad ones-spirits of people who gave up after vanishing in the mirror.
Refusing to stay a reflection forever, Nora conjures a plan to escape, but Fake Nora isn’t about to give up her life in Nora’s home. And Jesse? He could become a bad one forever.
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What a fun, spooky MG read!
I love anything creepy, and this was a nice, quick read for Halloween time.
This book centers on a young girl named Nora who gets dragged into a mirror world by a strange, evil imposter, who replaces her in the real world. Can Nora find a way out of this world, or is she doomed to stay there forever?
I don’t read a ton of MG novels, but I had a good feeling about this one and I wasn’t let down.
Nora was a good protagonist. I thought her POV and mannerisms felt believable for a twelve year old. She has just the right amount of progression for a MG novel, mainly in building resilience and finding her inner strength.
Fake Nora was just as interesting as the antagonist. We got to know about her long history, and I found it fascinating the more I learned. Obviously, she’s in the wrong, but it was nice to see things from her point of view since in most creepy novels we don’t usually get to see that.
The plot was what really hooked me in to read this in the first place. Creepy mirror world? Sign me up! I liked the depth surrounding the mirror world and also the ‘bad ones’, though I wish we got to see more of them. I also think this book could’ve been a bit longer and focused more on fully exploring the elements surrounding Fake Nora and this mirror world, but it certainly wasn’t bad. I just wanted a little more.
If you’re looking for a quick, spooky read, give this one a go! I’m definitely going to take a look at this author’s other creepy stuff.
That’s A Wrap!
Well that’s it for this book review. I hope you enjoyed it!
Have you read this book? Are there other similar books you’ve read that you simply have to gush about? Feel free to leave a comment. I’d love to start a conversation!
Have a great day!