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3.91  ·  Rating details ·  889 ratings  ·  102 reviews
Midnight: a mist-haunted wood with a bad reputation. A sweet 16 party, and 13-year-old Nell is trying to keep her sister, spoilt birthday-girl Gwen, out of trouble. No chance. Trouble finds Gwen and drags her through the mist. Only Nell guesses who's behind the kidnap - the boy she hoped was her friend, the mysterious Evan River. ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Hodder Childrens Books
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
You wouldn’t think it possible, but when I was a little girl, I used to read even more than I do now, or just as much at the very least. (Now people are going, “Yeeah, right”, but I promise it’s true.) We moved around a lot in those years, and it was a difficult time for me. I was never very social to begin with, and having to make new friends and adjust to a new environment every couple of years didn’t help much in that department. So I read. And I read and I read and I read. I read Enid Blyton ...more
Lynne weir
Sep 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
I liked this book, it was addictive and a fun read. I had it read in 2 days I loved it so much.My only problem with it was the age of the girl, 13 years old. But it not a major problem, just that it was hard sometimes to see from her eyes when I myself am nearly 17. Also it meant that any romance in the book was a sort of sweet first crush type. But who knows maybe as the series goes on, she gets older or maybe just for once as a reader I can try and enjoy love back when it was simple and sweet ...more
Jan 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
THREE WORDS: Hauntingly Beautiful & Spellbinding

MY REVIEW: Kathryn James’ Mist has enchanted and captivated me completely. If this book were an Elven hoping to lure me into its magical otherworld, well, I’d blissfully follow it into the mist, with dancing feet and all ;)

Thirteen year old Nell has always felt a bit different, like an outsider, even in her own family. She isn’t close with her father, her mother is always busy at work and her soon to be sixteen year old sister, Gwen, is too busy be
This book was a short and easy read with an interesting storyline which is very well executed.

The main character is Nell, a teenage girl who doesn't fit in to well with a sister who fits in too well they are completely different. Nell befriends a strange boy that comes out of the 'mist' and learns of the war between the elves and the humans. And her sister after having a birthday party in the woods goes mysteriously missing. It is up to Nell and her Elven friend to create a peace between the tw
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I think it’s an amazing story that’s both funny, intriguing and very lovely. You have an amazing character development just in the first book, so I’m really exited to see how the second book is.
I couldn’t lay it down, read it through the day and it was definitely worth the time, I really recommend it.
Feb 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teens
Review posted at Amaterasu Reads

I was lured in to the story because of the cover, a thing of beauty, as Nell was drawn to the woods by the Mist surrounding it. Nell, different, misunderstood, always a step below her sister Gwen, blending in the shadows, without friends. Then she saw this boy, Evan, white haired and beautiful, hanging out in her school. He says his home lies within the Mist, a place often mentioned in her grandmother's stories. Nell was told to stay away, but as she sees Evan
Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
This review was originally published at Fluttering Butterflies

What really appealed to me about Mist by Kathryn James is, I will admit, the beautiful cover. I think it's lovely. And I was also quite curious about how and where British author Kathryn James would take this story. once I began, I couldn't stop reading Mist!

It's a book about a girl who travels into an Elven mist in order to rescue her sister. I love that Nell, our main character is 13 and that this book is aimed at 10+ but still this
Aras Redan
Oct 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
You know when I first bought this, I thought it was going to be your typical romance fantasy boring bla bla bla story but when I finished reading this I could easily say that it is now one of my favourite books.

Firstly I love the adventure, lately all the books are about coming of age and love which bothers me a lot cause I'm fourteen and I'm not into soppy romances. But in this book something actually happens. I really loves it because it was like the fantasy books that came out during the tim
Dec 06, 2011 rated it liked it
I was pleasantly surprised when I picked this up and discovered that the MC is only 13. I was hoping for friendship and adventure rather than romance and angst, and while that was true to an extent, Mist reads like a 13-year-old wrote it too. Practically all the characters are caricatures, and there is some blatant wish-fulfilment going on, but... it was actually kind of endearing? Nell, the heroine, threatens to break bullies' legs with her karate skillz, and fights off wolves by spraying them ...more
Oct 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I have a copy at home and I read it over and over. Kathryn James herself came to our rather small school, and I had sadly forgotten to bring the book, but it already had a signature in it so yeah. OMG I need to read the sequel, it's been out for ages but I need to save up for it. I hope she continues it :D that would be awesome ...more
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Re read
I loved this book. The atmosphere was good with the creepy woods at night, the mist, the wind and trees, nell (the main character) hearing people and music but not seeing anyone around. The story was interesting and seeing the characters in the other place. It didn't ever feel slow or boring.
Melissa Ashton
Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Gripping from the start. Fell in love with the main characters as soon as they were introduced, I felt so connected to Nell as if she was written about myself when I was 14 yesrs old. The setting is described beautifully that you can envision it as if you were walking among it yourself. I could place the Mist right in the woods in my own backyard.
Olivia Bolton
May 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hooked me from the start. A very well written book, transported me to that world and followed everything that happened with ease. I've re-read this one several times and enjoy it each time. Very happy with this pick. ...more
Novi Lene
Jan 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Gosh this is one of the best book I have ever read, along with Frost. I fell inlove with the adventure of the character and all the weird characters involved. So good!!! Defo recommend if you’re into fantasy adventure :)
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
full of magic, secrets and Mist, but beyond the Mist is the interesting part.:)
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I would say this book was amazing, I really believe that you guys also should. It kinda is spellbinding, amazing, mysterious. That’s the 3 words I would describe for you.
Sep 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Pretty good book but I don’t think I’ll continue reading the series as I’m satisfied with how this book ended and don’t want to ruin it
Feb 13, 2020 added it
Shelves: dnf
DNF at 40%.
Not for me.
Shaz Goodwin
Dec 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Mist opens with Nell going into the ancient wood at the back of her home. Despite her mother’s warnings, she has gone after dark. She’s following the mystery boy, Evan River. Conjecturing how it would be if she died there compared to her sister Gwen, we find out how different they are.

Evan River has been at Woodbridge Community College for a short time and is different from the others with his white hair and dark eyes. The college community do not see him or remember him. Straight away the reade
I haven't really read many stories about elves (or elven, as the book insists), but I saw the cover of this book and it just drew me in. There's more to this than just the pretty cover though. This book is meant more for the pre-teen audience (I'm a wee bit older than that) and so the story and mini-romance in it are written accordingly. What I'm absolutely positive about though is that if I had read this book when I was 10-11, I would've loved it probably as much as I really liked it now. Altho ...more
If I'd bothered to read the back cover, instead of going 'Oh yes, I've heard of that, it's meant to be good, it's...horror, right?' (blame Stephen King), I never would have picked up this gem. As a rule, I don't like 'fairy books'. I'm all about the paranormal and the folklorific, but something about the fae genre generally bores me to tears. Good thing this story is about the elven - not elf, elves, fairies, fae etc. Elven. Got it?

This book is a page turner. Our heroine, Nell, is younger than y
May 27, 2013 rated it liked it
OK, since a fairly thorough summary of the book is given above, I won't waste my time on that - straight to the opinion.
James' main strengths are her ability to plot and to evoke a sense of mysticism. The idea of the mist being a portal to the Elven's world is haunting and intriguing. The world of the Elven is elegantly drawn, and considering how many times faeries have been portrayed in literature, impressively original. The extracts from antiquated fairy tales also give it a sense of antiquit
Rachel S
Mar 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mist sounded very intriguing when I first read the back of it. I picked this book up with hopeful expectations and, d'ya know what? It exceeded them! I wouldn't say it was an absolutely flawless book but it was just the sort-of story I was in the mood for: adventurous, fun, mysterious and not too long. It reminds me of the books I used to read before I became part of the book blogging world and was opened to a world of genres I never knew anything about, and I'm glad Mist opened those doors once ...more
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is another book I have had out of the library for ages, i almost gave it back a number of times but something kept me holding onto it, I just couldn't give it up. And I'm so glad I didn't because I really enjoyed it.
I wasn't entirely sure what to expect with this book, one website classed it as a 'thriller' which put me off a bit but it's not scary at all, just exciting.
Nell is our protagonist, a bit of an outcast, not into hair or make up - the opposite of her super popular sister Gwen.
Kirsty Bicknell
Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Although I feel that the main target audience for 'Mist' is Middle-Grade I was enchanted by the magical Elven world ("not Elvish or Elves!") that Kathryn James had created.
The main female character Nell is immediately a figure the reader can feel empathy for, because of her loneliness and isolation from the other teenagers in the village. Despite this she genuine, loyal and likeable and I felt I wanted to read more of her story.
'Mist' begins with Nell following a mysterious boy she has met at sc
Apr 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own, 2012
So it took me a while to read this book, mainly cause when I started reading it, it was the beginning of my exams so I had to focus on them, and then I had to go in search of the book to buy it. So when I finally bought it, I started reading from where I left off and I must say the book didn't shatter any of my expectations.

'Mist' is one of the most spellbindingly addictive reads, and as much as I hated to have to put it down at the time of my exams, I'm glad I finally read it and can sadly sa
Caroline Victoria Murphy (CazzReadsYA)
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Mist follows a girl called Nell who meets a mysterious boy called Evan who she's immediately attracted to. Then one night, her sister Gwen has her birthday party in the woods and mysteriously disappears. Nell discovers her sister has been kidnapped, and she discovers a fairy world where all is not as it seems.. Including Evan.

Nell is thirteen years old so I couldn't relate to her because I'm 19 so I'm quite a bit older than her. How
Oct 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review
Mist is a stunning first instalment that is beautiful, eerie, mysterious and managed to pull me in from the very first chapter!

This right here is world building at it's best and I simply loved getting lost in this dangerous but highly intriguing world. The writing is superb and is full of really rich descriptors - I had no problem visualising the chilling dark forest.

The characters are wonderful. Main character Nell is a really quirky, down-to-earth girl who I think a lot of young teens will be
Brittany | BookRamblings
Mar 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Different!! My friend recommended this book and don't get me wrong - the cover looks superb but the blurb on the back of the book just didn't intrigue me.(its different on goodreads) Well, lets just say I got hooked in the first chapter. The plot was just so different; putting a twist on an old folks tale I had never heard of. Detail was written beautifully but I didn't feel emotionally involved with some of the characters.

I t was one of them books that I was on the edge of my seat praying thin
Dec 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommend to Teen Girls
FYI: there's some profanity; B*tch is used about 4 times.

I didn't really get into the book until half way through. I wasn't a fan of her style of writing (could be the amount of sarcasm?) but I think there's a slight improvement as the story progresses. I think the next book could be promising.

I do like that it's a light read, however, chapter 13 was almost 40 pages long?!?!?!?

The protagonist is only thirteen, which doesn't quite add up... But at least the author kept the
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Kathryn lives in Leicester with her family, writing full time (and loves that!) Kathryn always wanted to become an author and wrote her first story at age eight. But it took quite a while and lots of different jobs before she got published.

She's worked with gypsy and traveller children, working from a converted bus with a rainbow on the side, doing video and photography projects, and documenting t

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"I never said I wanted to be, believe me. When I saw you sitting in your own, eating lunch, all I wanted to do was fool around and make you smile." He shot her a shy glance.”
“He leaned in and kissed her cheek. Just the lightest touch of lips, but it took her breath away.
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