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Review: Mistwood by Leah Cypess

May 2, 2010

Mistwood was one of those books that I really wanted to read. And when I finally had a copy of it in my possession, I immediately started reading. Now that I’ve finished it, I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Leah Cypess’ writing reminds me of Isabel’s personality. It’s short, concise, and quick. Her descriptions are enough to give readers a feel for things, but aren’t over done, which allows readers to visualize the characters and settings in their own way. My only complaint in terms of the writing is that at times it’s too quick in the sense that it makes some of Isabel’s realizations confusing and I had to reread some things in order to understand what just happened.

Cypess created a wonderful mythology regarding the Shifter and I loved learning more about the Shifter as Isabel did. The idea of the Mistwood being a place of power and magic was interesting and made me think of the Avalon from the movie The Mists of Avalon.

As a lover of love stories, there isn’t much romance in Mistwood. There’s some, but the story revolves around Isabel and her struggle to figure who (or what) she really is. Speaking of Isabel, I really love her character. She’s strong, yet vulnerable, which is a perfect combination in my opinion. The other characters seemed underdeveloped, but since the story focuses on Isabel, I didn’t really mind. I do wish, however, that Rokan’s character had been a little more fleshed out.

In the beginning, the plot moved a little slow, but it picked up towards the end. It wasn’t boring, though, and despite the slow beginning, the plot moved rather fluidly.

All in all, Mistwood was very enjoyable to read and I can’t wait to read it again. I definitely recommend reading it and hope people enjoy it like I did. Don’t forget to check out my interview with the author, Leah Cypess, and if you’d like to find more information on Ms. Cypess, please visit her official website. You can also follow her on Twitter.
(cover image provided by Leah Cypess)

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