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.
REVIEW: A decent read | ★★★☆☆
The struggles of young Ramachandra in dealing with trauma and her own self-esteem felt realistic especially for a teenager like her. I like that the intrigue of mystery and magic is added in as well, which makes the concept quite interesting. I wish though that the fantasy elements in this story were used more and explained more, further justifying its purpose. Overall, it is a decent read. I love the touches of Indian culture and the Additional Resources at the end regarding sexual assault.