Thursday, March 24, 2011

Mistwood by Leah Cypess

Book Summery:
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.

Book Trailer:

Book Review:
I wanted to like this one more than I actually did. I read a raving review a while back and then had a difficult time finding the book. When I finally found a single copy at my bookstore, I jumped up and down with glee. I felt like I had struck gold. The premise sounded sooooo good...spells, dynasty, betrayal, supernatural beings, love, sorcerers...I mean who wouldn't want to read this book? I opened to the first page and eagerly began reading. It didn't take long for my eagerness and anticipation to fade. The characters were flat and difficult to identify with. I felt like I was constantly being told HOW I should be regarding the characters instead of watching them unfold within the pages themselves. I had the most difficulty with the shifter herself. She would think one thing, and then say or do another. Her character felt hollow and aimless. The one character I enjoyed the most got killed off rather quickly and unnecessarily. There were a few things that I did like....there are a few good twists in the plot that I didn't see coming. Also, I did enjoy learning about the royal family and the true identity of the shifter through the shifters' flashbacks, but I felt like they were to few and far in between. Perhaps if I hadn't had SUCH high hopes, I wouldn't had been AS disappointed. However, I don't think I'll be as eager to pick up the follow-up companion book Nightspell. You can read more about Mistwood and Nightspell at the author's website.

Favorite Quote:
"She knew every inch of the forest, every narrow path that twisted and wound its way beneath the silver branches. They never should have found her." (p. 1)

Cover Art Commentary:
The colors are beautiful. I would have liked to see more of the castle though. It seems to fade into the background.

Overall Rating:


  1. Don't you hate when that happens?

    I've had a streak of those lately.

    Good luck with the next and great review :)

  2. I couldnt connect with the Shifter either and I was expecting more romance between the shifter and the prince.

  3. Sorry this one didn’t live up to your expectations. Hope your next read is a winner :) Thanks for the great & honest review!

  4. So what would it take to get LESS than three butterflies???

  5. @Juju
    Thanks! So far I'm enjoying my current book waaaay more!

    Exactly! I was sooooo disappointed! :(

    Thanks love! :)

    You know, I honestly really struggled with the rating. I still might change it to a 2. I just want to make sure that the rating is based on the book, and not my mood.

  6. I hate when that happens! I often have high hopes as well, only to be disappointed later...
    Nice review!

  7. I have read mixed reviews of this, I enjoy her writing style maybe that has a lot to do with it

  8. I am sorry that the book didn't live up to its reviews, but your review is great!

  9. This grabbed my attention when it was released so I'm sorry to hear there was so much "telling not showing." Might be a library book then... Thanks for the review!

  10. That's happened to me. High hopes kill my overall happiness with the book. I actually enjoyed Mistwood, mostly because of the twists you mentioned. It kept surprising me. Excellent review. Wish you enjoyed it more!