Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine to highlight upcoming releases we're anxiously awaiting!
Coming March 1, 2011!
Dark Mirror by M. J. Putney
Lady Victoria Mansfield, youngest daughter of the Earl and Countess of Fairmount, is destined for a charmed life. Soon she will be presented during the London season, where she can choose a mate worthy of her status.
Yet Tory has a shameful secret—a secret so powerful that, if exposed, it could strip her of her position and disgrace her family forever. Tory’s blood is tainted…by magic. When a shocking accident forces Tory to demonstrate her despised skill, the secret she’s fought so hard to hide is revealed for all to see. She is immediately exiled to Lackland Abbey, a reform school for young men and women in her position. There she will learn to suppress her deplorable talents and maybe, if she’s one of the lucky ones, be able to return to society.
But Tory’s life is about to change forever. All that she’s ever known or considered important will be challenged. What lies ahead is only the beginning of a strange and wonderful journey into a world where destiny and magic come together, where true love and friendship find her, and where courage and strength of character are the only things that determine a young girl’s worth.
My thoughts: What's not to love about the premise of this novel? It sounds like it's set in Victorian England (I LOVE Victorian England) and there's magic -- two of my favorite things. I also love the fresh twist that magic is treated like some kind of disease among Victorian society: something else they're trying to repress, like women's sexuality. Then there's the gorgeous cover with the mirror, combined with the idea that Victoria is entering a utopian world where she finds destiny, love, and friendship, and is valued for her true worth rather than some ridiculous Victorian ideal -- to me, that suggests something like Alice falling down the rabbit hole and into a whole other world. I'm really curious about what the mirror represents. Is it a portal through time? Does it take her to another, alternate dimension? Is it merely a metaphor? This sounds like exactly my kind of read.
What release are you eagerly awaiting this week?
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