Mon, November 18, 2013

Mistwood by Leah Cypess Review

Mistwood book cover

Mistwood book cover

By Leah Cypess
Publication date: April 27, 2010
Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins , 304 pages
Source: Library

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 Mistwod.

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

Ahh, I’m befuddled here.

My absolute favorite part of Mistwood was Leah Cypress’ writing. I thought it was intriguing, and I’d absolutely try other books by her.

But…writing only gets you so far with a confusing plotline.

Try as I might, I just couldn’t follow along and didn’t really care about the characters. They seemed one-dimensional, and the romance had very little chemistry.

And the ending was wrapped up so quickly, I hardly had time to digest one heck of a bombshell.

So, a frustrating one – I wanted to like it, but it didn’t work for me. Did anyone else read this one? Similar reactions? I’m definitely curious if it was just me…

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  1. Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader said:

    If I’m being honest, I had never heard of Mistwood or Leah Cypress prior to reading your review! I’ve never been the biggest fan of the fantasy genre to begin with as I find I don’t have the patience for the extensive world building it often entails, so in all likelihood I’ll steer clear of this one, particularly after how confusing you found it. That said, I do like the idea of Isabel being a ‘Shifter’ with the ability to transform herself into so many different things. At the very least the concept sounds fascinating, even if the execution was lacking!


    Posted on: Mon, November 18, 2013

  2. DJ said:

    I really enjoyed MISTWOOD when I first read it! It was a little slow moving at parts, but I just found it to be a really fascinating world and story. I liked that the romance wasn’t as romance-y compared to what I’m used to, so I think that’s also why I liked it: it was unexpectedly different than what I thought it would be.

    Leah’s writing is gorgeous, though, and I can’t wait to read her other works. 😀


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  3. Jahnelle said:

    Yes! I had the same reaction, it just didn’t do it for me. I didn’t love the characters like I wanted to, the romance was WAY too understated, the ending/epilogue needed to be longer and more satisfying.


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