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3.40  ·  Rating details ·  745 ratings  ·  124 reviews
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
Hardcover, 322 pages
Published February 4th 2014 by Harcourt Children's Books
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
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 abou
Emily May
Feb 15, 2014 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 wh
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
Jan 08, 2013 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

Sharon L
Jul 27, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2-2014, netgalley
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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

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.

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.

Yes, amazingly so. Beautifully d
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
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
Michelle Wrona
"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
Jul 14, 2015 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.

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
Sep 09, 2013 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
Nov 27, 2012 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
Jan 02, 2014 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
Leigh Collazo
Dec 19, 2013 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
Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
Jan 10, 2014 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
May 14, 2014 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
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
Joanna Bennett
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had no idea what to expect when picking this one up. I purchased it on a whim from Half Price Books for $1 and figured why not. Once I looked it up on Goodreads it had a pretty low rating but I’m happy to say that I actually really enjoyed it!

The best way to describe the writing style would be Shea Ernshaw. I think that is what pulled me in so quickly. Although that author misses the mark when it comes to throwing romance into the book, this author excels by not pushing a romance narrative. Su
Jun 14, 2012 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.
Dec 10, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed
This is one of the most boring books I have ever read, the plot was all over the place and didn't make much sense and I could not stand the main character at all. I have never been so happy to finally finish a book. ...more
Apr 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Jan 09, 2013 marked it as to-read
A COVER!! I love it so much. <3
Jun 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: juzgué-mal
4 1/2 stars rounded up because of the phenomenal writing.

Mistwalker felt very Stiefvater-ish in the best way: characters being real, prose being lovely, atmosphere feeling tangible. The relationships were authentic and important and interesting and the setting was so real and so achingly beautiful seen from the main character Willa's eyes that I actually was interested in the ins and outs of lobster fishing. Go figure.
The thing that's holding me back from a full 5 stars is the lack of connection
Feb 18, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, paranormal
A girl whose father bars a woman's presence from a boat, who pays her parents' bills and denies herself an education, who blames herself for her the murder of her younger brother. The girl whose boyfriend fishes in her place alongside her father, whose identity is defined by her boyfriend, whose entire social circle consists of boyfriend +1. What kind of 21st-century novel is this?

It does get better—1 break-up later, 1 ethereal meeting later.

What kind of relationship does Willa and the Grey Man
Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This story was nearly exactly what I expected it to be in the best way possible. It's slow-paced for the young adult genre, but not incredibly so in relation to literature as a whole, and I appreciated what the pace lent to the plot and tone. Dual perspective serves the story well, specifically because of the imbalance between the voices – this is Willa's story first and foremost, and Grey's story excellently enhances hers. The writing is beautifully descriptive in both voices, creating a plot a ...more
Raven R. (AvalonReadsBooks)
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book had me. It had me right away.

I felt for Willa. I felt for her predicament. I felt for her family, for her loss, for her anger and desperation. I didn't feel as much for Gray, cause he got what he deserved for thinking with his dick. I didn't feel for her boyfriend because things got hard and he decided to cut and run by cheating.

But I felt everything else.

This book was not what I expected. She wasn't torn, sure she wanted the power, she wanted the escape but not enough to abandon an
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
Unfortunately I have to agree with most of the reviews about this book. I loved every character except for Willa. While she is definitely not as difficult to relate to or find likeable there are still times where she gets on my nerves. Romance is never really a selling point for me when it comes to novels so while I didn't mind the lack of one, I think it's weird and misleading that this was kind of marketed as one. I also disliked that the most interesting aspect of this story was kind of brush ...more
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Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's been a while since I've read a Saundra Mitchell book but the release of her anthology All Out made me want to check out books of hers that I had missed. This one was at my local library so it was an easy choice. I really enjoyed reading Willa's journey and seeing into Grey's "life" (as it were) as well. The chapters alternated back and forth between them and it made for an interesting read. Mitchell's writing is very atmospheric and really pulls you into the world of the main character. Wil ...more
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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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