on Feb. 8, 2013 :
Delightful. What I really liked most about this was the tongue-in-cheek nature, not your predictable, run of the mill paranormal story at all, just really genuine thoughts from a teenage boy’s perspective which were really funny, unexpected and refreshing as well as clever, amusing and obviously insightful.
The writer has a way with words, poetic in places, and I appreciated that he did not hold my hand. Both characterization and descriptions were stunning; placing me right there and the writer obviously with a great talent for giving each character some kind of a quirk.
I could see this as a play, every chapter a different scene and it works well. Interesting and well researched, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)
on Oct. 9, 2012 :
Review Date: 10-9-2012
SP Mount has a way with words that speaks of great imagination. It was well thought out and pieced together perfectly, crafting a story that crossed over more than one genre. I found it unusual, and was caught up by the building intensity as the well rounded characters played out their hand, centered around a weird Maya inspired board game. It's a very funny tale, but also steps out of the ordinary and into the unusual. I couldn't wait to find out just what Julian would decide to do. If you want to read a story that is not predictable, then Warped Mirrors is the story for you. Author JD Couch.
(reviewed 28 days after purchase)
on Sep. 10, 2012 :
I found this story a delightful read; very funny as well as unusual theme; have never read anything quite like it before. The characterizations are well rounded, visual persons and the dialogue quite believable; nothing seemed forced between speakers. It was a visual fun romp of a young man's visit to a friend's huge house over the weekend; set in beautiful Scotland, the homeland of the author, so he has the ability to draw off memory, and nothing enhances the visibility of a setting like describing something the author knows for himself.
It is a weird story, based on traditional themes of good verses evil, of youth verses maturity, of first love and its effects on the person in love; of time and space dysfunction;of the battle between families; of how fathers are like sons and sons like fathers, even if they might not wish to be; how we can or we can't change the way things are...some things are set in stone and other things are malleable; just knowing the difference and such a thing as what this mysterious Mayan game board could do might just be a reality somewhere...but for sure it was a quite devastating one for Julian. Loved the story; will enjoy reading it many times, like i do all my favorite authors.
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)
on June 7, 2012 :
Young Julian is convinced he is better than the poor lifestyle his mum can give him, so with the intention of tasting his dream he befriends the headmasters son. Accompanying the family on a trip to a Scottish estate in the country Julian gets more than he bargained for when he meets his host ‘Julian’ and soon begins to realise the similarities between them are more than just their name.
In parts I became a little confused, there were alternate dimensions and time travel and for some reason I’ve always found it difficult to get my head around these concepts. The way changing something in the past can have a devastating result on the future…. it’s just too ‘big’ for me to comprehend! The inclusion of a mysterious Mayan globe said to have originated from an alternate universe and a strange board game that put me in mind of the 1995 film ‘Jumanji’ made for a very complex plot with a lot of possible variables.
There was one thing that got on my nerves….We were constantly being reminded of young Julian’s growing lust for ‘old’ Julian’s girlfriend, with a steady stream of instances where his desire was visible and the - not so lady like - ladies repeatedly made comments about his obvious discomfort. I didn’t find his embarrassment amusing though I think that was the intention, perhaps it’s man humour, I just didn’t see the funny side and got a bit fed up of hearing about the young lads lack of control over certain body parts.
Warped mirrors (apt title) is not an overly long read, it flows well and has natural sounding dialogue with bits in a Scottish accent (which was fun to listen to on my kindle!!) It was slow to start but the pace picked up nicely as I got into the story. This is definitely a read YA paranormal and fantasy lovers would enjoy.
Copy supplied as an author taster! Thank-you
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)