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Review: Reflections by Briana Morgan

“‘Rama would trade almost anything for the chance to become someone else, even for a little while.’

In the small, rural town of Aldale, West Virginia, Ramachandra “Rama” Ganeshan wants nothing more than to avoid dressing rooms for the rest of her life. After a brutal assault destroys her confidence and self-esteem, she yearns to be someone else . . . someone pretty, popular, and loved—until multiple girls in town are found murdered.

After stumbling across her beautiful classmate’s body and a terrifyingly familiar face in the murderer, Rama encounters a group of shapeshifters who know more of the killings than they let on.

Only by earning the shapeshifters’ trust and becoming one of them will Rama be able to help serve justice.

But first, she must learn to love herself and confront her painful past—and find the courage to investigate the violence.”

What I thought:

I read Touch by Morgan earlier this year and was really excited to read more by her. Reflections  was so good, friends <3 This is how you self-publish, my fellow writers! Reflections has easily earned Morgan her place on my insta-buy list.

I instantly fell in love with Rama. She’s vulnerable and she’s been hurt badly, and I wanted to hold her and make her tea so. badly. It was hard to put down from the moment I started, and I really enjoyed the writing.

Vishnu, Brahma, Kali, Ganesha – whoever’s listening, I need help. I’ve never been so terrified of anything before. I know what needs to happen, but I’m not sure I can do it. Every time I try, my body freaks out. I have a meltdown. Help me, help me, help me.

The best part for me was Rama’s character development. Morgan writes insanely realistic characters, and the way Rama went from a shy girl who can’t stand to look at herself in the mirror to this beautiful unstoppable force of justice was wonderful <3

Like many young women, Rama has confidence issues. She hates to look at her reflection, she hates clothes shopping with her beautiful friend who looks stunning in everything, and she’s hurting so deeply she doesn’t know if she’ll ever have the strength to tell her parents what was done to her, because she’s scared they’ll blame her instead. I felt for her so hard, friends. I can’t remember the last time I felt this connected to a character <3 This book got to me.

He didn’t know how Javesh had hurt her.

If it were up to her, he’d never know. She couldn’t imagine what that would do to him, and she loved him far too much to put him through that kind of pain.

It made much more sense for her to struggle through it on her own, to keep her pain locked up and shut out the rest of the world. Maybe one day she’d get past it, but she’d never forget it. Never.

Reflections deals with the sensitive issue of rape, and how Rama, the victim, deals with it and with the impact on her life. She feels lost, and above all else she’s scared that no one will believe her or even blame her, so she doesn’t tell anyone. It’s a poignant read, and Rama’s transformation was inspiring to watch. If you’re struggling with this very issue yourself, read this book. It just might help. If you’re not struggling with this very issue yourself, read it anyway. Awareness and support are everything, friends.


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