Book #35 of 2016: Indexing: Reflections by Seanan McGuire

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“For her to love me, she had to be willing to kill me. Anything else would show that her heart was untrue.”

The struggle against not-so-charming storybook narratives isn’t the only complicating factor in Henrietta “Henry” Marchen’s life. As part of the ATI Management Bureau team protecting the world from fairy tales gone awry, she’s juggling her unwanted new status as a Snow White, dealing with a potentially dangerous Pied Piper, and wrangling a most troublesome wicked stepsister—along with a budding relationship with Jeff, her teammate.

But when a twisted, vicious Cinderella breaks out of prison and wreaks havoc, things go from disenchanted to deadly. And once Henry realizes someone is trying to use her to destroy the world, her story becomes far from over—and this one might not have a happily ever after.

Indexing: Reflections is New York Times bestselling author Seanan McGuire’s continuing new urban fantasy, where everything you thought you knew about fairy tales gets turned on its head.

This book was initially released in episodes as a Kindle Serial. All episodes are now available for immediate download as a complete book.

If you read the last review, you should have seen this coming. If you haven’t, this is the second book to the Indexing series and I read this right after the first. And, I finished this one rather fast.

Reflections follows shortly after the events of Indexing. Henry and Jeff are together and the team is still doing their fairy tale fighting and prevention. There are some more characters introduced, such as a Bluebeard Bride (who is just as awesome as the rest of the team). The overall baddie is connected to the first book and keeps you wanting more. Sure, it’s easy to figure out who it is, but the methods and extra stuff is awesome and enjoyable.

Sloane is still her amazing bitchy self. You also learn her history and just how old she is. I have to say, I wasn’t expecting that old. I knew she was old, but dang. Henry is still doing her saving the world by embracing the Snow White inside her thing. Demi is starting to grow a stronger pair of balls to go with her flute skills. Jeff is typical adorable Jeff. And Andy is still slinging zingers out.

Like the first book, this one was written for an episodic viewing. You can do it like I did, binge reading, or take your time with one episode a day. It doesn’t matter, the story is still strong. However, I feel you’d just end up binge reading because that’s what happened to me.

I’m still in love, if not more in love, with the world McGuire crafted in this series. It truly is an X-Files/fairy tale mix. If you’ve seen The Librarians or Supernatural, think of the fairy tale episodes in each show. The ATI world is exactly like that.

I still want more of the Indexing world and I hope McGuire does revisit it. I don’t know if it’s in the works or is not going to happen as we know it now. Just, as a fan, I want more. So, for now, I will try and find something that is just as enjoyable.

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