Sunday, 21 June 2015

Dangerous Reflections by Shay West

Title: Dangerous Reflections
Series: The Adventures of Alexis Davenport (#1)
Author: Shay West
From: Netgalley
Genre: Time Travel, Young Adult
Release Date: 16th June 2014
Challenges: 2015 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

Alexis Davenport has lost it all. Her father walked out on her and her Mom and now they've had to move in with her Aunt. Meaning a new home, a new school and a new life. Just as Alex starts settling in things start to change; she sees strange women in mirrors and after a while she finds herself transported through time. While there, Alex has to use her knowledge of history to set the events right, whether that is hiding a religious text, or preventing a famous historical figure from dying.

Dangerous Reflections sounded interesting in the blurb, and as soon as I started reading I was transported to Alex's world. The story was half coming of age, half time travel and they wove together well, giving enough details of both Alex's 'normal' life and her adventures in time. The balance was good and thouroughly enjoyable, even though Alex is a younger character than I normally like reading (she was only 15).

There was only one down point I have about Dangerous Reflections and it is only minor. But every now and again there was a sentance that just felt clunky to me. There wasn't any pattern to it, and it is highly likely that that was because of the way that my brain was working rather than the actually writing itself!

I thought that the historical elements of the book were well written and I liked the way that Alex interacted within them. She didn't forget that she was from the modern world, and she wasn't the women themselves but she was able to call on their local knowledge and lives. Each time period felt different and relevant, adding to the story. Though this was very clearly a 'first step' book, and it did end on a cliffhanger.

There were plenty of friendships in Dangerous Reflections, partly brought on by the fact that Alex had moved to a new town, and I liked that she wasn't one of those characters that became instantly popular but at the same time did manage to find people that she got on with.

I also really liked the fact that Dangerous Reflections had a bit from the bad guy's point of view. They're so often neglected that it was interesting to see not only his point of view, but a little bit into his motivations, I'm excited to learn more about him. The other advantage of having Drifter's point of view was that he knew more about Travelling that Alex did, giving the reader more of a knowledge about what was going on.

This was a great first book, I'm looking forward to reading more in the series!