THE RULE OF MIRRORS Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway


Welcome to today’s stop on THE RULE OF MIRRORS Blog Tour. I have a review to share of this awesome second book in the series along with a giveaway for a paperback copy of the first book in the series – THE VAULT OF DREAMERS.

If you haven’t yet met Rosie Sinclair or visited the Forge School, be sure to scroll down to the Rafflecopter for a chance to win a copy. You should NOT read the description for THE RULE OF MIRRORS or the review if you haven’t. The description is super spoiler-y and while the review isn’t as spoiler-y it does reveal some things that you might not want to know from the first book in the series.

The description for THE VAULT OF DREAMERS is further below, so be sure to check that out. Of course if you have read it, then feel free to check out both the description and review. It is a fascinating and totally unexpected sequel that is guaranteed to make you want book three ASAP.

And if you’d like to check out the other stops on the tour, the schedule is at the bottom of the post, and will be updated with direct links to each of the stops.



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Title & Series: THE RULE OF MIRRORS (The Vault of Dreamers #2)
Author: Caragh M. O’Brien
Release date: February 16, 2016
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Pages: 432
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook



The fast-paced, psychologically thrilling sequel to The Vault of Dreamers follows Rosie after her consciousness has been split in two.

The entire country was watching when Rosie Sinclair was expelled from Forge, the prestigious arts school that doubles as a reality TV show. But few know how Dean Berg was mining students’ dreams in laboratories deep below the school. And no one, least of all the Dean himself, knows that when Rosie’s dreams were seeded into the mind of another patient, Rosie’s consciousness woke up in that body–a girl far from Forge, a girl with a completely different life from Rosie, a girl who is pregnant.

Told from alternating points of view between Rosie as she makes sense of her new identity and the shattered subconscious that still exists in her old body, The Rule of Mirrors will keep readers on the edge of their seats and leave them hungry for more.


NOTE: This review is based on an ARC received from the publisher in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.

The Review

Caragh M. O’Brien really left readers hanging at the end of the first book in this series. But it was well worth the wait. THE RULE OF MIRRORS is fascinating and unexpected and even more chilling than its predecessor. And it will keep you in suspense, wondering what’s real and what’s a dream. With a disturbing twist you might not have seen coming, a predicament that complicates things even further, a creepy jailor, a couple of mad scientists, and a desire for revenge that overshadows everything, this sequel is guaranteed to keep the pages turning.

Rosie Sinclair was a prisoner in more ways than one and freeing herself would be almost impossible. Even if she could escape from those who held her captive, she couldn’t escape what they’d done to her. But she was not about to give up without trying.

She needed to find someone who would believe her and who she could trust. But her ex-boyfriend betrayed her and her family proved they couldn’t be trusted when they relinquished their guardianship. And with a reward out for details on her whereabouts, finding someone she could count on wouldn’t be easy. Especially when the truth of what happened to her sounded crazy even to herself.

THE RULE OF MIRRORS takes readers and characters even farther down the rabbit hole, revealing an even more sinister plot than that in book one. It’s shocking, unsettling, and more than a little bit heartbreaking. The obstacles that Rosie faces seem insurmountable. Her allies are few and her enemies powerful. The damage done to her irreversible. The chance of returning to a somewhat normal existence slim.

Which makes for one heck of a wild and thrilling ride. And with new characters to get to know, the reappearance of characters both loved and despised, and new depths of horror to which the “doctors” will go, this sequel will be unputdownable.

While the ending doesn’t leave readers hanging off quite as steep a cliff, Author Caragh M. O’Brien does leave them hanging with a number of burning questions left unanswered, the fates of a few of her characters unknown, and the very real possibility that there won’t be happy endings for Rosie, Linus, Burnham, or the other dreamers.

For readers looking for a story – and series – that is different and interesting and tension-filled and gripping, THE RULE OF MIRRORS is an absolute must.

The Rating


About Caragh M. O’Brien


Caragh M. O’Brien is the author of the BIRTHMARKED trilogy and THE VAULT OF DREAMERS series, both from Macmillan/Roaring Brook Press. Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, Ms. O’Brien was educated at Williams College and earned her MA from Johns Hopkins University. She recently resigned from teaching high school English in order to write young adult novels.


Other Books in the Series

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Title & Series: THE VAULT OF DREAMERS (The Vault of Dreamers #1)
Author: Caragh M. O’Brien
Release date: September 16, 2014
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Pages: 432
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook


The Forge School is the most prestigious arts school in the country. The secret to its success: every moment of the students’ lives is televised as part of the insanely popular Forge Show, and the students’ schedule includes twelve hours of induced sleep meant to enhance creativity. But when first year student Rosie Sinclair skips her sleeping pill, she discovers there is something off about Forge. In fact, she suspects that there are sinister things going on deep below the reaches of the cameras in the school. What’s worse is, she starts to notice that the ridges of her consciousness do not feel quite right. And soon, she unearths the ghastly secret that the Forge School is hiding—and what it truly means to dream there.

From Caragh M. O’Brien, author of the Birthmarked trilogy comes the first book in a new series, The Vault of Dreamers, a fast-paced, psychologically thrilling novel about what happens when your dreams are not your own.


The Giveaway

Courtesy of the publisher…

  • I am giving away a paperback copy of THE VAULT OF DREAMERS to ONE (1) winner – US only

Rules are in the Rafflecopter. Giveaway ends 2.27.16 at 11:59 PM Pacific

Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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