Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Twisted Reflections by Shay West

★★★★✩ 
Alexis Davenport's fortune has taken a change for the better but the tampering of historical events drags her back in time once again. Another time traveler lends aid and provides insight into her developing abilities. Meanwhile her old adversary is growing more desperate forcing Alexis to ask herself how far she is willing to go to stop him from altering history. This is the second book in the Adventures Of Alexis Davenport trilogy.

Twisted Reflections is a coming of age story with realistic characterization combined with exciting time travel adventures. It has a different rhythm and lacks the structure found in the first book. The new composition captures and enhances the transitional phase in Alexis' character development perfectly.

The timeline for this story is broken up more because there are larger gaps in between time travel opportunities. The additional downtime gives Alexis the chance to process everything that has happened since the first book. She has normal teenage problems, insecurities and adulthood aspirations but these are further complicated by her abilities.

With each summons back in time the danger increases for Alexis. It was pivotal moment when Alexis had to consider if she could kill to protect herself or even kill to preserve history. I liked that the story showcased Alexis' internal struggle to accept her abilities and the responsibilities entrusted to her. It was interesting to see how the continual anxiety of facing her dangerous adversary affected her.

I was excited to learn more about the story's depiction of time travel. I liked the introduction of knowledgeable new characters as well as the the development of Alexis' new abilities. I enjoyed reading the time travel portions of the story the most, these scenes were vivid and descriptive. They gave a wonderful sense of the location, time period and culture. I also liked that one of Alexis' improved abilities enabled the personality of the vessel she occupied to come through more.

I enjoyed reading Twisted Reflections, I loved it's ability to demonstrate a sense of growth in the main character while continually building up tension to the final book that promises to be a dramatic conclusion to the series.

[Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.] 

Related Posts: 
Dangerous Reflections (Adventures of Alexis Davenport, #1)
Desperate Reflections (Adventures of Alexis Davenport, #3)

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