Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Mistwood by Leah Cypess

Grade: B+


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.


Character Development: 6/10

Originality: 9/10

Overall Enjoyment: 7/10

Ending: 7/10

Voice: 6/10

Plot: 8/10

Setting: 6/10

Total Score: 49/ 70

Obtained: Library

Age Appropriate: PG

Cussing: None, I don't think.

Alcohol, Drugs, etc.: Brief mentions of wine

Sexual Content: Ambiguously mentioned in conversation.

Disturbing Images/ Violence: Murder, death, magic, blood and gore, etc.


At first, I really didn't think I would like this book. The voice for a majority of the story was so... animal-like. It kind of reminded me of those dogs with the voice boxes from the movie Up. Half the time I expected Isabel to turn her head, perk up her ears, and excitedly yelp "Squirrel!". Of course, it was understandable that the voice was somewhat animal-like, Isabel being a Shifter and all. But it just made it difficult for me to connect and relate to her.

It got better though, and soon I was too immersed in the plot to put the book down. There were some glorious plot twists that were completely unexpected. But Isabel's reaction to the surprising discoveries was somewhat distant and vague. Again, difficult for me to get into her character.

The castle intrigue, tricks, and deception was always interesting. The folklore aspect of the story was unique, and the whole concept of the Shifter was pretty different. Overall, this book was very original and kind of fresh because of it. However, it somehow didn't stick out to me. It isn't a book I was crazy about. I would still recommend you give it a try, though. You might really enjoy it!


Leah Cypess


1 comment:

  1. I haven't been able to read this book yet, though I've wanted to for a while. It's really funny about you expecting the main character to randomly pop up and yell "squirrel" like the dog from 'Up'. I'm going to remember that now when I go to read and I'll probably have to stop myself from laughing, lol.

    Great review! Happy reading!


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