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When Willa Dixon’s brother dies on the family lobster boat, her father forbids Willa from stepping foot on the deck again. With her family suffering, she’ll do anything to help out—even visiting the Grey Man.

Everyone in her small Maine town knows of this legendary spirit who haunts the lighthouse, controlling the fog and the fate of any vessel within his reach. But what Wi
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Hardcover, 322 pages
Published February 4th 2014 by Harcourt Children's Books
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Khanh (the Grinch)
Oct 05, 2013 Khanh (the Grinch) rated it really liked it
Actual rating: 3.5
The Grey Man is here, my thoughts sang.

The haze sharpened—it gathered. Like milk swirling into coffee, curves formed. Shades and shapes and angles, they became: black eyes, silver hair. A thin mouth, a sharp chin. A hand reached out to take mine.
“I thought you would never come,” he said.
This was a really strange book. I liked it, but I'm left scratching my head because I'm not sure how to describe it. I wouldn't say it is a story about the paranormal as much as a story about
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Emily May
Feb 15, 2014 Emily May rated it liked it
"Monsters don’t have claws, they have eyes dark as molasses and hair white as a new dime. They have soft petal lips that whisper the sweetest promises."

Mistwalker was a good book but I would have liked it better if the pacing had been sped up a touch. It will certainly appeal to some readers more than others. At its heart, it's a slow-moving, beautifully-written atmospheric novel that is written with that kind of dark, haunting tone you find in the best fairy tale retellings. In fact, the whol
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Rose
I'm almost at a loss for words reflecting on Saundra Mitchell's "Mistwalker" - because I haven't quite read a story like this in YA at all, and that's a very good thing. It's kind of this dark paranormal story with a bit of a fairy tale leaning, but also a story of grief and trials for a family among other things. The long and short of summarizing it would be that it was a fine ghost story, and I enjoyed the experience for what it offered.

To say that Willa's family has been through a lot in the
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Natasa
Jan 08, 2013 Natasa marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
We’re still adjusting to 2013 but I’ve already decided this is my favorite cover of the year

Tabitha (Pabkins)
4.5 / 5

If you are tired of reading the same style of young adult book over and over again, then you simply must read Mistwalker. I went into reading it thinking it would be the standard young adult fare and I was so pleasantly surprised by what I read instead. Should I even go into that? Would it or will it ruin any surprises if I do? Ok I guess I have to in order to get the point across as to why I love it - so read the review no further if you want to have your own surprises. If you decide not
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Sharon L
Jul 27, 2013 Sharon L rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley, 2-2014
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I look at all the glowing reviews, maybe not glowing, but most of the reviews are very complimenting, and I feel bad.

I'm in a minority here. What book did I read, I wonder…

Mistwalker was one of my most anticipated books of 2014. When I saw it on NetGalley, I hit the 'request' button immediately. Then, I crossed my fingers and I waited…anxiously…and I was approved.

I actually did a little happy dance then. And happily(!!) I settled down to read it. I
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Susana


On the cover it says: Creepy, romantic and oozing with atmosphere...

Not quite. More than creepy, this is the heartbreaking story of a girl, and of her family, trying to deal with the aftershock of the death of one of it's members: their son, and Willa's brother.

Romantic?
No, this doesn't have a romantic bone in it. We all know that romance sells, especially YA romantic stories, but this story, isn't more of the same, so do not expect romance in it.

Atmospheric?
Yes, amazingly so. Beautifully done
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Emily (Falling for YA)
I picked up this book solely because there is a lighthouse on the cover. My sister and I have this strange obsession with lighthouses, so when I saw a preview for the cover of Mistwalker I knew I had to have it! I am glad that I was drawn in by the pretty cover though because the story inside was just as lovely.

By far my favorite thing about Mistwalker was the setting. It is set in a poor Maine fishing village. Mitchell excels at setting a scene and really drawing you in to a place. I loved her
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Rayne
3.5 stars

Mistwalker was a complete and pleasant surprise for me. I certainly had some expectations of it; the moment I read the very intriguing summary for this book, I knew I needed to read it. I'd been craving a good, original paranormal book for quite a while and this books seemed promising. Still, I was aware that YA paranormal books these days are a gamble that I usually lose. The market is saturated with unoriginal, recycled garbage full of tropes and stereotypes, far too heavy on the roma
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Michelle Arrow
"That was Bill Dixon, who boxed bare-knuckles and wouldn't let you buy him a beer because he wanted whiskey instead. The same Bill Dixon who'd decked his best friend to keep him from jumping into a winter sea; who took a punch from Mal Eldrich like it was a kiss. I'd never met that man. He'd been a legend, a ghost. Right until then."

If I knew that this was a gothic paranormal read, then I would've put it away the first time my grabby hands touched this book. From the moment I set my eyes on
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Jo
Nov 27, 2012 Jo rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, ya-ghosts
The amazing atmosphere of this book added such strength to the story. It is well wrought and beautifully written. I loved that Willa knew her place was to stay home. This is so rarely the case with YA protagonists. The trope is usually a character who desperately wants out of the town they live in. This was a welcome breath of fresh air.

Certain passages were so poetic that you needed to stop and roll them around on your tongue to fully appreciate them. I am definitely wanting to read more from
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Thanaku
Jul 14, 2015 Thanaku rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lovers of the Ocean
4 and a half stars.
Just read the last word of the novel. Feeling a little sad and thoughtful.
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The title Mistwalker sounds so creepy and sends shivers down my spine or maybe that’s just me and maybe that’s because you haven’t read the novel yet. I'm sure you too will reach my state of mind if you did give it a try.

So we live in a world where there is a lot of competition and we are all rats in the rat race vying with one anothe
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Leigh Collazo
Dec 19, 2013 Leigh Collazo rated it really liked it

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REVIEW: As the daughter of a Navy sailor, I've heard lots of seafaring songs and tales throughout my life. Mistwalker reads like one of my Dad's sea stories, full of mysterious creatures, dangerous waters, and enchanted boats. The coastal Maine setting is so well-described, it's almost like it's a character all by itself. Haunting, beautiful, and creepy.

While it can be slow-paced at times, I really enjoyed Mistwalker. Unique and well-written, Mistwalker features
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Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
Jan 10, 2014 Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries) rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
See more of my reviews sooner on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I received via Amazon Vine.

3.5 stars.

Saundra Mitchell is an odd author for me. Her novels are all over the place, but her short stories are almost always impeccable. Mistwalker had me worried to begin with and I didn't plan to read it, but the word "seduce" is one of my buzzwords and when an opportunity arises... Luckily, my whims decided not to bite me in the rear end this time. Mistwalker may be Mitchell's best novel yet!

The no
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Natalie
May 14, 2014 Natalie rated it it was ok
Willa's family is reeling after the death of her younger brother, a death that she feels responsible for. Their livelihood is in danger, her relationships with everyone from her boyfriend to her best friend are on the edge, and she keeps on seeing a man made out of mist by the old lighthouse. I went into this book expecting a dark and enchanting fairy tale--instead I got a mind-numbingly slow tale whose beautiful writing couldn't stop my desperate need to get out of the heads of both of the narr ...more
Rachel
4.5 This book is everything I have tried to capture in my own writing for years and years and years--from secluded fishing village settling to compelling, family-driven characterization to the ocean as a primal and ancient power. I have tried to write this story so many times, and so many times I have not come close to achieving what Mistwalker has. The prose is both haunting and beautiful, a lamenting tone that perfectly captures Willa's grief over her brother's murder as well as Gray's anguish ...more
Bella
Sep 09, 2013 Bella rated it really liked it
I am rating this one a 3.5. This one just did not grab me in the start and was hard for me to keep going. I don’t think the story flowed for me, and sometimes I just think it was a little over descripted. I do think for ME it was just not my type of book, I think I went into it with a different thought but I know some will love it and if you love a little history, life as a fisherman and ghosts you will want to pick this one up!

Willa is struggling to deal with the death of her brother, not only
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Heather
Jun 14, 2012 Heather rated it it was amazing
I’m finding it difficult to put how I feel about this book into words. It’s well-written – poetic, really. It’s hard-hitting, and still delightful. It’s Romantic – not in the sense of lovey-dovey romance, but more Romantic. You know, reminiscent of the Romantic writers who focused on anything but warm fuzzies, chemical attraction, and/or sex. It’s raw and real – well, as real as a story about a boy who is one with the mist can be.

Willa is a remarkable character. I found her strong but realistic.
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K
Mistwalker is a quick read, but a really strong read. Mitchell does character strikingly well, and I'm pretty sure this is the first YA book I've ever read where the close friendship between two women felt realistic and relatable.
Victoria
Jun 01, 2015 Victoria rated it really liked it
Shelves: juzgué-mal
3.5*
Krista
Jan 09, 2013 Krista marked it as to-read
A COVER!! I love it so much. <3
Ciara M.
'He doesn't realize it yet. It's a hard thing to truly understand. It doesn't matter if someone stands right in front of you and shouts it in your face. There are some things you have to realize. Internalize. More than understand - comprehend. Now that I have, I hope I'm giving my father the chance to understand it too.
It's not July twenty-third anymore.'

GOSH okay yeah I loved this story. I loved everything about this - it was an unexpected gem.

First off, there needs to be WAY more slice-of-li
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MymcplSmithville
Mar 01, 2017 MymcplSmithville rated it liked it
What I liked:
This book is an okay read but nothing to write home about. It’s a book you pick up on a rainy day but forget about after you finish it once the clouds have parted.
There was romance but none of it turned out the way I thought it would. Without giving away too much, I can say that nothing emotional or otherwise felt forced between the characters. Willa is actually pretty level headed about these things and had so much going on in her personal life that her reactions with the men in h
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Tori
Dec 12, 2013 Tori rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own, modern, first-reads
When I first received my ARC book from Goodreads First Reads, pulling it out of the manila envelope slowly, I was reminded why I first looked at this book. Look at that stunning cover. Blues and golds, sea and surf. That beautiful lighthouse filled with mystery and a girl who looks pushed about by the wind. It sums up the book so well, that snapshot of a picture. But anyway, you can make those judgments for yourself. Onto the actual words that filled the space between the cover and back.
Willa D
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Harue Sunshine Gift
Mar 04, 2017 Harue Sunshine Gift rated it liked it
Beautifully written - but it's just too slow ;-;
JL
Nov 10, 2016 JL rated it it was ok
2 1\2 stars
Dani
Jan 16, 2013 Dani rated it really liked it
This was my third Saundra Mitchell novel, and I have to say that, once again, I continue to be impressed by her gorgeous prose and her deeply introspective narrative that mark her stories so distinctly. Set against an eery, supernatural backdrop, the story of Mistwalker is ultimately a very human one about two people dealing with the devastating consequences of their seemingly inconsequential decisions; about two people dealing with their grief, loss, and their search for identity in very differ ...more
Anya
Jan 02, 2014 Anya rated it really liked it
Mistwalker by Saundra Mitchell tells the story of a small lobster-fishing town with a cursed lighthouse, though the Grey Man residing in the lighthouse hasn’t actually been acting all that mean in the last 100 years. Mistwalker combines the charm and troubles of a small town with a spunky MC, a family trying to keep from breaking after tragedy, and a dash of paranormal. I absolutely loved the inclusion of realistic high school relationships (and ends of high school relationships), a best friend ...more
Sallie
Jan 24, 2013 Sallie rated it liked it
Mistwalker by Saundra Mitchell introduces Willa Dixon; a young girl who realizes too late that one simple act of revenge can cost more than you’re able to pay. When Willa’s brother dies in their fishing boat one night, so does her dream of living out the rest of her life, fishing for lobster in Broken Tooth, Maine, the fishing community that she calls home. Willa believes that she is indirectly responsible for her brother’s death, and one of the crazy things she believes can help her is the Grey ...more
Alyza
Mistwalker was one of those novels that I’d been eying for a while, but never really invested enough to buy, until I got paid and suddenly had all this extra money and nowhere to spend it.

This was pretty much everything I expected from the reviews: dreamy, atmospheric, lingering. The novel is told from the alternating perspectives of Grey, who controls the fog of a small Maine town, and Willa, a denizen of the town, who is dealing with the loss of her brother. The writing was beautiful, the cha
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Saundra Mitchell is the author of SHADOWED SUMMER, THE VESPERTINE, THE SPRINGSWEET, THE ELEMENTALS and MISTWALKER. In non-fiction, she’s the author of the THEY DID WHAT!? series for middle grade readers. She’s also the editor of the YA anthology DEFY THE DARK. IN 2018, HarlequinTEEN will publish her next anthology, ALL OUT.

Writing as Jessa Holbrook, she published her first romantic contemporary YA
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