Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Mistwood






















Mistwood- Leah Cypess
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 27th 2010 by
Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins


"The Shifter is a immortal creature bound by an ancient spell to prtect 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 of who she is or what she is. Her past is a mystery before the prince rode into her forest to take her back to the castle. Isabel's powers are a mystery to everyone and even to herself.
Prince Rokan hears of the legend of Mistwood and rides out seeking the Shifter, Isabel. He needs her speed, her cunning, her ability to shift to animal forms, to the wind. To become the mist. He needs her loyalty most of all. Without it Isabel might just become his biggest threat.
Isabel knows the prince is hiding something from her, but she can't help wanting to protect him from the dangers and intrigues of the court until a deadly truth shatters the fragile bond between them. Isabel faces a choices that threatens to tear between her loyalty, her hearts and everything she thought she knew.

The story is great, absolutely wonderful. As subtle and not so subtle clues begin to appear. Readers will easily fall in love with Isabel and Rokan and have their hearts torn in the process.
Reading about Isabel’s struggles and wanting, reading about her thoughts and actions was a joy not found in many YA novels now a days. The whole story takes the reader on a emotional rollercoaster leaving them breathless at the end.


Honestly, I didn't know what to think of this book. The cover told me I had to read it and that was what originally what sucked me in. A pale girl with reddish brown hair and inhuman green eyes swirled in mist beneath her is a castle. I love the cover.
The plot is brilliantly executed (to me). The moment I started reading I was sucked in by Cyress's words. Her detailing was something I really enjoyed. The way she described the forest in her opening paragraphs painted a really good picture.
A prince riding into the Forest, Mistwood. In search of the legend that lives in it.
He find it- her too. Her name is Isabel and she is told she is the Shifter bound to protect the Kings of Somara. Isabel believes this and on some conscious level knows it as true. It is for that reason that she allows herself to be bound to the Prince (Rokan) soon to be King. Her need to protect him sends her to his castle which is so full of deceit and lies and two faced people the stone should cave in on them all.
The story follows Isabel as she tries to remember how to be the Shifter; it also follows Rokan as he tries to become a king. Both of them are very believable. Isabel knows that Rokan is lying to her but she doesn’t know why. Isabel also knows his siblings are lying too. This has her questioning her reasons for being there and who Rokan really is and if she can help him. Or if she even wants to help him.
When both of them come face to face with the truth and what is I love the way they discover who and what they are.

Four Black Sheep

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