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Mistwood by Leah Cypess
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Nov 20, 2014

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bookshelves: fantasy, teen

I have to agree with the other reviewers who felt this book showed a lot of promise that was never fulfilled. There are lots of intriguing elements, mainly the main character: when the book opens, she has only the vaguest memories of who she is (suspenseful!), plus she discovers she has some magical powers which make her a bad-ass fighter (Buffy-ish!). It turns out she's a legendary creature (cool!)--but why is she so different from how she's described in all the legends (twist-y!)? Since the writing is engaging, you're drawn into Isabel's dilemmas, but...the story is so focused on what's going on within Isabel's perspective, that everything else in the story feels as insubstantial as the mist of the title. There are political intrigues and coups and characters who may or may not be loyal, but they just didn't have a big impact for me. There's virtually no world-building. There are also some pretty big questions left unanswered and not in a "I can't wait to find out what happens in the next book!" kind of way. More in a "what just happened in this book?" way. As long as readers are prepared for it not to be a typical sword-and-sorcery fantasy (which can be a good thing), they may enjoy the angst-y emotions in a superhero body story.

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