Quickie Review of Mistwood by Leah Cypess

Posted September 10, 2011 by Kara in Uncategorized / 1 Comment

Publisher: Greenwillow (HarperCollins)
Release Date: May 1st, 2011
Pages: 320
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Series: Mistwood #1
**I borrowed a copy of this book from a friend.

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

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.


Gosh. I’m pretty disappointed. I have to be honest. I have been looking forward to reading this book for a long time. And once again, I was let down. Why does this always happen to me? I really look forward to a book because the story sounds awesome and then it’s completely not what I expected and I am left hanging. It just sucks. To be clear, Mistwood wasn’t an awful book or anything. It just wasn’t great.

I wanted more world-building. I wanted more details. I wanted more mistwood. It was hardly in the book and I had pictured this fantastic forest and it just wasn’t there. I wanted more shape-shifting and more action, and that was missing also. The characterizations were kind of weak. Except for Isabel, they were just faces with names and no personalities. I hate to hate on a book this much, but it’s true.

So why three stars and not less? Well, the story was decent. There were a couple of scenes I just loved. The story twisted and turned enough to keep me guessing, and despite all my complaints, I wanted to finish it and had a hard time putting it down. So that’s why I think it’s worth a read through. It may just come down to personal preference. I prefer more details in my books and not just a surface story. And I know that some of the books that I have rated five stars, others thought were too detailed and dragged. So there you have it. Give it a try, you might like it.

To order from Amazon, click here: Mistwood
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