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Mystical High (The Desert Series #1)

4.2  ·  Rating Details ·  41 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
In Mystekal, a small, dying town in the Southern California desert, only 75 students attend the old, sometimes creepy high school dubbed "Mystical High," where strange things have been known to happen. Jessie Dalworth and Jinxsy Patterson are juniors and lifelong best friends. At home, Jessie deals with the pain of an absentee mother who has abandoned the family for the ...more
Paperback, First, 255 pages
Published October 14th 2013 by Saberlee Books
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Jun 02, 2014 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although I'm probably not the target audience for this young adult novel, I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to young and old alike.

I'm a big fan of Lisette Brodey's writing. I'm never disappointed by her books and it's rare to find an author who has the talent to produce brilliant books consistently.

In Mystical High, we meet Jinxsy and Jessie, best friends who live in Mystekal, a small town in California. Because of the eerie and strange goings-on at the local school, it has been n
Anila Hoxha
Dec 24, 2013 Anila Hoxha rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who love mysteries, horror, and paranormal, but also a bit of romance and a sense of reality
Recommended to Anila by: Laurie @ Laurie's Paranormal Thoughts
Shelves: awesome-books
It is an unique story, full of mysteries and clues. What I liked most about this book are the characters. Amazing! I loved them all. I absolutely love the fact that they are just normal people. It’s not only about these “normal people”, it is the way the author described them. They have normal problems, and sometimes they ignore the paranormal happenings to focus on their personal problems. And this is how people would really react. These characters were so deep, and well described, with so ...more
Jan 13, 2014 Stuart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Strange Happenings in a Town Called Mystekal

Lisette Brodey has once again created a captivating and highly imaginative book with her first instalment in The Desert Series, Mystical High. Able to combine mystery, real-life issues, and paranormal activities guaranteed me to keep turning the pages. The novel centres on the two main characters, best friends Jessie and Jinxsy, as they struggle with family dramas, strange happenings, and so much more.

The author’s writing is superb, enabling (as a re
Ty Barnett
Mar 14, 2014 Ty Barnett rated it it was amazing
I sometime read a book from Young Adult section. When I received this book, I started to reading it. I like the how the writer brought home life problems into the characters lives. She made the characters seem almost real. I laughed at some parts of the book and some I could wait to read what happened next.

I hope to read more books by Lisette Brodey.
Dec 24, 2013 Barb rated it it was amazing
Great read. unexpected turns, exciting. keeps ya on the edge with the happenings. really enjoyable.
If they have another drawing I encourage all to enter.
Feb 11, 2014 Sheri rated it it was amazing
Mystical high (The Desert Series, #1)

Mystical High is a well-written, absorbing paranormal story. The plot is original and fascinating. The characters Jinxsy and Jessie struggle with true-to-life family problems. They are likable with real teenage drama, best friends indeed. Add a mysterious young man with long dark hair (that only few can see), flying objects, a brute for a principal and you have the makings of a perfect read. Filled with secrets, laugh-out-loud moments, twists and turns that k
Mar 04, 2014 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-paranormal
I have read all of Lisette Brodey's novels. I guess when you're on to a good thing, stick to it. And although her genres vary, I know they're going to be high-quality, character-driven novels with loads of hidden clues that all mean something further within the pages. Mystical High was no exception.

Mystical High is very real and makes you think. Paranormal events happen to people all the time, and I think that is what I really loved about this book. I was there, or should I say, I felt I was the
Jen Knox
Apr 07, 2014 Jen Knox rated it it was amazing
Mystical High is a landscape for the unexpected. Jessie and Jinxsy (great name) are endearing and believable. Two teenagers, well-portrayed and endearing due to their raw energy and endearing confusion, find a bond that is strengthened by their individual battles as well as the unexpected and odd occurrences around them. The characters come to life immediately, the dialogue is strong (quick-moving) and the story is dynamic. I remember watching Eerie Indiana as a kid, remember being obsessed with ...more
Jaidis Shaw
May 08, 2014 Jaidis Shaw rated it it was amazing
Mystical High by Lisette Brodey is a wonderful paranormal story for teens and adults alike. Ms. Brodey has written a story that provides dialogue that encompasses how teenagers would really talk to each other and I found that it made the story easy to relate to, even though I'm no longer a teen. There are many characters that are dealing with their own personal struggles yet their lives are forever intertwined. There are twists along that way that I wasn't expecting and it kept me guessing ...more
Maria Haskins
Mar 22, 2016 Maria Haskins rated it it was amazing
Mystical High is a terrific read for both young adults, and old adults (like me). At first, the story seems firmly set in the real world, but bit by bit Lisette Brodey skilfully reveals the paranormal twist of the tale beneath and within that real world. Both parts of the story - the real and the paranormal - work very well, and they intertwine in such a way that they feed and enhance the drama of the other. The two main characters really pulled me into the story from the first chapter: Jesse ...more
★Moonrise Books
Oct 10, 2014 ★Moonrise Books rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-favorites
Jessie Dalworth and Jinxsy Patterson are best friends living in a small, California desert town called Mystekal. They attend the local high school, nicknamed Mystical High, and are both dealing with the usual teenage struggles surrounding boys, family, and self-identity.

Jessie lives with her father and brother, while her mother chases her dream of becoming an actress in Hollywood; and Jinxsy -- who appears to have the perfect parents -- is about to discover a deep, dark family secret. But when
Dec 03, 2014 Deborah rated it really liked it
Jessie and Jinxsy are just trying to get through their junior year of high school in the dying town of Mystekal. Jessie is just starting to build up some normalcy after her mother Arielle's abrupt departure for Hollywood (and a sleazy producer) and she thinks she's ready to start dating thoughtful (and cute) Cade. Now if only her aunt and brother River could be a little less eccentric, home life might not seem quite so bizarre.

But bizarre is just beginning for Jinxsy, who finds out a terrible se

This young adult paranormal story is so cleverly crafted that the twists and turns kept me riveted until the end! Mystical High’s appeal is also for young-at-heart adult readers like me. The plot is chockablock full of subterfuge within scenes that hooked me, kept me guessing even as they offered up tidbits to explain the mystery underlying a slew of unexplained ghostly activities. The absolute truth to explain the phenomena eluded me until the end – and I so enjoyed the chase!

The storyline is
Eden Baylee
Oct 24, 2014 Eden Baylee rated it it was amazing
***An enlightening and delightful book for all ages***

Mystical High is a YA paranormal novel, a genre outside of what I normally read, and so I was pleasantly surprised by how easily I related to the characters and their lives.

Two best friends, seventeen years of age, Jessie and Jinxy, are each met with enormous challenges in their seemingly dead-end town of Mystekal. As if the normal course of teenage angst is not enough, there is also something surreal amidst. This thread of mystery weaves the
Joood Hooligan
Dec 09, 2014 Joood Hooligan rated it it was ok
Shelves: need-to-review
I was given a copy of this in exchange for an honest review.

After a chapter into the story, I had to go back and reread it because I had no idea what I had just read. I thought it was because I was tired, but it turned out to be the way it was written. There are a lot of characters and they're a bit confusing to keep up with because of how quickly the focus shifts between them.

This book has an interesting concept, but the dialogue was unrealistic and the characters were not believable. Even thou
Georgiann Hennelly
Aug 26, 2014 Georgiann Hennelly rated it it was amazing
I truly enjoyed this story.Mystical High is a very obsorbing paranormal read. We meet Jinxsy and Jessie who are best friends they struggle with true to life family issues.I loved all the characters it's hard to pick a favorite.They have the usual teenage drama in their life's. Throw in a mysterious boy with long dark hair who few can see, a mean principal, flying objects and this is a perfect paranormal read. With plenty of secrets , laugh out loud moments , and lots of twists and turns .A ...more
Jan 26, 2015 Darlene rated it it was amazing
I've enjoyed Lisette Brodey's previous books but was a little hesitant about the Paranormal aspect of her Trilogy. I needn't have worried. I was captured by the characters from the first page. Brodey has a magical way of weaving a plot so that the reader is always guessing what will happen next or who did what to whom. With this book she doesn't disappoint. I was compelled to keep turning pages.

While this new Trilogy is slotted as YR the only reason for doing so is that the protagonists are teen
Emily Crow
I took a chance on this book because it was very inexpensive on Kindle and got some really positive reviews here, but honestly, I can't say much in its favor. It's a rather far-fetched teen drama with some paranormal elements tossed in, and I think that with a couple more stringent revisions, the novel would have been quite enjoyable. But as it is, the writing was just too clunky and simplistic for me. Most of it is dialogue, and what stilted, awkward dialogue it is. The author's attempts at ...more
Jun 23, 2015 Kim rated it it was amazing
Unfinished business: Mystical High by Lisette Brody

Jessie Dalworth lives in Mystekal with her father and brother River. Her mom left them and ran away to LA, because Mystekal wasn't enough for her. The small town has very little people in it, it's like a ghost town. She and River go to Mystekal high school, a very small population of seventy five students, The school is very old, it's principal Mr. Carrow is the meanest principal, he owns a lot of property in town. His money is what keeps the sc
Kay Froebel
Dec 27, 2013 Kay Froebel rated it liked it
The paranormal aspect of this book worked pretty well. Although it was not so much a huge focus, it still existed in the background just enough to keep you wondering. What was it? Who was the guy in the leather jacket? The little snippets of information kept the reader interested through out the story. There was quite the twist at the end that left me a little speechless, but you’re just going to have to read the book to find out what!

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Jan Romes
Oct 03, 2016 Jan Romes rated it it was amazing
I loved this story! The friendship between Jinxsy and Jessie is awesome. They're true blue to each other and to those they love. Lots of serious issues come to light in the book. How Ms. Brodey has her characters deal with everything that's thrown at them is what kept me hooked. I could feel the characters turbulent emotions, but also their joy. There were twists and turns I didn't see coming and I'll admit to getting misty-eyed when the author tied everything together in the end. I'm eager to ...more
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Jan 24, 2015 Loras rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

I was lead to believe this book could be enjoyed by all readers. Not true. Both the writing and story line are directed toward Young girls. Sorry.
Lisa Dess
Nov 29, 2013 Lisa Dess rated it liked it
I liked the overall concept of the story and there were some twists that I wasn't expecting. The dialogue within the book was flat and in some areas boring. It was a struggle to finish this book.
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Lisette was born and raised in Pennsylvania. After high school, she moved to New York City where she attended Pace University and studied drama. After ten years in New York, several of them working in the radio industry, she moved to Los Angeles where she held various positions at Paramount Studios in Hollywood and CBS Studio Center in Studio City, CA. Back on the East Coast, she worked for many ...more
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