Saturday, April 2, 2011

Review - Mistwood

Author - Leah Cypess
Genre - YA/Fantasy
Pages - 304
ISBN - 0061956996

The Shifter is an immortal creature bound by an ancient spell to protect the kings of Samorna. When the realm is peaceful, she retreats to the Mistwood. But when she is needed she always comes.

Isabel remembers nothing. Nothing before the prince rode into her forest to take her back to the castle. Nothing about who she is supposed to be, or the powers she is supposed to have.

Prince Rokan needs Isabel to be his Shifter. He needs her ability to shift to animal form, to wind, to mist. He needs her lethal speed and superhuman strength. And he needs her loyalty—because without it, she may be his greatest threat.

Isabel knows that her prince is lying to her, but she can't help wanting to protect him from the dangers and intrigues of the court . . . until a deadly truth shatters the bond between them.

Now Isabel faces a choice that threatens her loyalty, her heart . . . and everything she thought she knew (description from goodreads)

the premise for this book was certainly interesting, However the book itself was a bit flat.

Isabela is the Shifter, an immortal being who can shift into any animal or make herself hard as stone at will, however we quickly learn in the book that she is incapable of shifting into animals.

This is the part where the book lost me, i was so excited to see this happen and it just didn't. It becomes apparent why she can't very late in the book and it was underwhelming to say the least.

While the story was bland and dissapointing, i did rather like the characters. Especially Ven, he was very sweet and kind. Clarrise was another favorite, she came off as cold but she still felt  real to me. Rokan was good, he was not infaliable and he had a mind of his own unlike Kaer who was kingly in all aspects and cunning. Isabela was probably the one character i did not like, she was too cold, too offputting, by the end she changes a bit but not drasticly enough to make me warm up to her.

The plots and political intrigue where Ok, standerd story fare though. There were a few suprising twists that i appreciated, and a few that were predicatable but still nice. At points i found mysef confused because all the information would be coming too fast but it righted itself out eventually.

The writting was well done, and it flowed nicely, there were a few lulls but that is to be expected with most any book. I am just very sad that it was not as enjoyable as i hoped it to be,


  1. Sally said...
    Great review. I've had this book sat on my shelves for ages and keep reading mixed reviews about it. I'm still in no immediate hurry to read it!
    BookLuvr Mindy said...
    It sounds like to me that you really wanted to like this book but it leaves a bitter taste in your mouth! Nice review! You also seem like you connected with the characters a little bit!

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