Review: Twisted Reflections (Alexis Davenport #2) by Shay West

Review: Twisted Reflections (Alexis Davenport #2) by Shay WestTwisted Reflections by Shay West
Series: Adventures of Alexis Davenport #2
Published by Booktrope Editions on July 23, 2014
Pages: 192
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Alexis Davenport is learning to come to grips with her ability to travel through time, but she still hasn't been able to stop the evil Drifter and his Master from trying to alter the past. When she travels back to ancient Egypt, Alex gets a most unexpected surprise; she meets someone who can help her figure out how to use her powers, another Traveler like herself. But can Alex learn how to control her gift before Drifter finds a way to stop her from meddling in his Master's plans?

I received this book from Booktrope in exchange for an honest review.

I’m conflicted about Twisted Reflections. It is just as good as Dangerous Reflections but I think that it is too short. A YA book at 190 pages just isn’t long enough to develop the plot. Book at that length are generally for middle-grade readers. In truth, the plot of Twisted Reflections could have been tacked on to the end Dangerous Reflections quite easily. Or, perhaps, split between Dangerous Reflections and the third book, Desperate Reflections. Since current YA trends are geared toward trilogies, Shay West might have felt some pressure to produce a trilogy when she might have only had enough plot for two books. Because Twisted Reflections is so short, it feels quite rushed. The school year flies by in a few chapters. The ending also feels rushed.

Also, I want to express my pet peeve with books set during present times that have villains with names that sound like they should be in a bad fantasy novel. Lane Stygian seems too forced. I know she held a contest and this was the winner … but I can’t help but want a last name that you might actually run across in Chicago and not in Rivendell.

Nevertheless, Twisted Reflections is an exciting read. Alexis grows as a character. The conflict between Alexis, her mother, and her aunt comes to a head. Though, I had to roll my eyes a little when Alexis’s mom automatically assumes the answer is drugs when she starts noticing changes in Alexis. That feels like a cop out. She and her mother have a close relationship. Usually when you’re that close there’s at least some benefit of the doubt happening. The overly-strict parent is an archetype that I’d like to see go by the wayside anyway.

I do love that Alexis got to meet another traveler like herself. Sean is a fun character. I hope their relationship is explored more in the next book. Speaking of relationships, I’m dying to know who Alexis’s mystery fellow is going to be. She keeps having these profound connections with men in her travels but can’t ever recreate that attraction in her real life. I want her to find it so badly.

In the end, Twisted Reflections is just as good as the first in the series. I just think it is too short. If you’re going to write trilogy, write a trilogy. Don’t leave us hanging with 2.5 books masquerading as three. I love Alexis and think that this story is so fun. It warrants longer books.


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