BOOK TITLE: Twisted Reflections
AUTHOR: Shay West
SERIES / STANDALONE: The Adventures of Alexis Davenport #2
REVIEW BY: Dhivya Balaji
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: The author’s manager sent us digital copies for review. Thank you, Pamela!
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?
Twisted Reflections is the highly anticipated Book Two, in The Adventures of Alexis Davenport Series.
In this second instalment of the series, Alexis Davenport is going strong in her new school, has just settled herself into her aunt’s house and had started coming to terms with the reflections in the mirror forcing her to go into the past to protect history. But her mother has shattered her peaceful comfortable setup by announcing that they have to move to another house soon. Coming to terms with her life being jeopardised once again by the impending move and her aunt forcing her to work more hours in her shop, Alex pushes herself to face all her troubles.
Adding to Alex’s troubles, she comes across another traveller in one of her travels to Egypt to save the timeline of King Tut. The traveller, Sean, informs her that he is well aware of the gift and has a master who guides him and helps him protect the timeline. From Sean, she learns that she could control herself to travel to the time period she wants. Alex practices travelling on will and goes to Sean’s time period, late twentieth century UK, and meets his master, who only increases her confusion regarding her gift.
In Egypt, Alex and Sean manage to not only foil the plans of the evil traveller; they also manage to force him out of the body he inhabited. The evil traveller, the drifter, is angry beyond words and speeds up his plan to kill Alex. If and how Alex manages to save history and escape the clutches of the traveller, in addition to handling her other normal troubles forms the rest of the story.
The plot is expected (the readers would have a better understanding if they read book one first). The character development has a few believable twists and when the real name of drifter is revealed, along with his designation in the current time period, the reader is left with a dry anticipation that leaves them frustrated for more information. What should have been at least a semi closure, tries in vain to be a cliff hanger.
The second book has slightly more detail about Alex’s teenage problems, making her a slightly irritating protagonist, right when her character should obtain more depth and clarity. But if you enjoyed book one, there are enough events in book two to keep you engaged with just the right amount of sympathy with Alex to keep you going.
WHAT I LIKED: The continuation of interesting events in history, the main reason the books are interesting.
WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER: The slightly dampened character development of Alex and Karen, not to mention Jenifer.
VERDICT: If you enjoyed book one and want to know what happens next, go for this.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Shay West was born in Longmont, CO and earned a doctorate degree in Human Medical Genetics from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical. Dr. West currently lives in Grand Junction, CO with her two cats. When not writing novels, she plays with plushie microbes and teaches biology classes at Colorado Mesa University. She is the author of the Portals of Destiny series and the Adventures of Alexis Davenport series. She has also been published in several anthologies: Battlespace (military sci-fi), Orange Karen: Tribute to a Warrior (fundraiser), and Ancient New (steampunk/fantasy).
You can find Dr. West and more of her work at Shay-West.com.
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