This week’s review is for The Girl With No Reflection by Keshe Chow, and I’m very thankful that I’ve been able to read it several months early due to being on Keshe’s street!
I’ve been looking forward to this since the book announcement pretty much, so I jumped at the chance of joining the street team to be able to read it early.
I thoroughly enjoyed this and I’m looking forward to what Keshe writes next, but read on for my full review!
About the Book
Title: The Girl With No Reflection
Author: Keshe Chow
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: August 6th 2024
Source: eARC gifted for being on the street team! (This in no way affects my review which is honest and unbiased)
The Girl With No Reflection is a fabulous debut incorporating both horror and fantasy elements, with lots of reference to Chinese myths, in a court setting.
First, I’d like to mention that after a couple of chapters I started being a little scared of mirrors, which just goes to show how easily enthralled I was with Keshe’s worldbuilding! In The Girl With No Reflection, our main character, Ying Yue, is awaiting her marriage to the Crown Prince, though he’s kept her locked in her rooms and unable to explore the palace. Ying then begins to start seeing her reflection do things that differ to herself, and becomes terrified when something actually starts to get closer to her.
Shortly, she ends up in the “Mirror World” herself, with the Prince’s cold-shoulder having led her to not even think twice about the idea of skipping her own wedding for that. Ying meets the Mirror Prince here, her husband-to-be’s reflection, and finds him far more charming than the one she is meant for.
The story remains at a fast pace throughout, whilst Ying struggles to decipher who can and cannot be trusted. On multiple occasions she acts a strong main character, repeatedly putting those she loves before all else. She made some dubious choice along the way, but they just helped her grow as a character in general.
I won’t spoil who it is, but I will say that the romance was rather lovely! Some elements of it felt a little quick, but it fit within the fast pace of the story and all of the emotional turmoil poor Ying was being put through.
As the cover itself hints towards, we also get a dash of mythical creatures in this story! The way that a couple in particular were included was fabulous to read, and it definitely added to my enjoyment of the story on the whole.
Overall, I just really enjoyed The Girl With No Reflection, and I’m very excited to read what Keshe writes next!
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