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Brought back from the Mistwood to protect the royal family, a girl who has no memory of being a shape-shifter encounters political and magical intrigue as she struggles with her growing feelings for the prince.
Publisher: New York : Greenwillow Books, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061956997
Branch Call Number: Y SF
Characteristics: 304 p. ; 22 cm


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May 10, 2017

This isn't a particularly special book, but more so like one of those that take up space in the library bookshelf for any determined explorers of unread books. Personally, while I didn't think this book was "really horrid" or a disaster, it just lacked in appeal for me. The confusing plot twisted up any concepts of the story and who Isabel the Shifter was meant to be. Oh, so there is a prince? Well the author tried a bit too hard and made that too obvious that something would happen there, positive or negative. Definitely not one of my ships, and for certain not an "excellent" book. Kind of "meh" in all honesty. 
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Jul 12, 2013

It didn't hold my attention

Jul 02, 2012

The character development and story line are well thought out. The end is left hanging a little bit, but you can mostly figure out what happens. A good, quick read.

Jun 16, 2012

It was an interesting book. A very quick read. Even though it wasn't one of my favorites I still enjoyed it. And I would reccomend it to a friend.

Mar 05, 2012

I really loved this book- it has so many unexpected surprises! I really liked how the author explained why Isabel wasn't exactly the Shifter. It was a very creative idea. I would have liked to see an ending that won't leave us hanging, were readers can see what happens to Isabel afterwards. I doubt there is one, but I want a sequel!!!!!

Apr 24, 2011

This was an absolutely FANTASTIC read! It's rare to be able to pick up a YA book and get such an amazing story plot AND an intrinsic, deep study of the meaning of humanity itself. Through the twists and turns (you come to a climax and realize there's another one just a few pages over!!), the story just kept building and building.

I loved how it started with a clean slate, as it were, because the main character, the Shifter, does not know where she is, what she is doing there, or even WHO she is. It's really interesting to see how she gains a growing sense of herself as the plot progresses.

Jan 01, 2011

This book was an unexpected surprise though a very welcome one. I had seen it on the shelves of my libraries for quite a while and had been resisting its siren call when suddenly, I thought, well, why not?

I can understand that a lot of readers will have problems with the main character, the female protagonist but to me, it is the portrayal of the female character that wins me over entirely. I hadn’t even realized that the story was going to be a historical one so when I turned the page and started reading, I was surprised.

Now, the fundamental question is, how do you write a character who is not human? Oh I don’t mean the elves, vampires, all other supernatural races who often grace the pages of beloved YA novels – those who could be human if they didn’t have the supernatural powers. Ms. Cypess writes a character who is intrinsically inhuman and she is true to it. She makes an attempt to portray Isabel in a manner that makes the reader realize from the get-go that the “person” speaking to them is not, in fact, a person. And that is where many readers will be troubled.

Isabel doesn’t behave in a way that is common or familiar to other heroines (who are people, powers or not) do. I applaud that. She doesn’t react in the same way people do to situations or emotions because that is not who (what?) she is. And I find this whole thing complex and fascinating and perhaps one of the rare times that an author manages to make a supernatural element mean more than just a titillation of the senses.

(How do you, being human, write a non-human character?)

Moving on from what I could talk about for a long time, let’s discuss (where I talk and you…read?) the other characters. The story is set in the midst of (and in anticipation of) political upheaval. The narrative and characters set against courtly intrigue, where what the characters say is almost certainly not what they mean. Rokan is an interesting character. For a hero, he is flawed. And I don’t just mean “trauma in his past so he require TLC from the main character to make him better.” I mean, that his choices, actions and words do not always illuminate him in a good light. But you are asked to look beyond that and into him. Perhaps not to understand him but to accept him.

His sister makes a much more intriguing character and after Isabel, she is my favourite character. You’ll understand why if/when you read the story.

All the other side characters are crafted with care and that won me over. Though they were shadowed by the enigma that is Isabel, they were still interesting to read.

Isabel’s gradual return to humanity, her growth in increments into a humanity she didn’t know she possessed is fascinating. Her reactions and her puzzlement is very reminiscent to that of a cat but it is all executed with an elegance that makes Mistwood a very fun and interesting read. I recommend it to anyone who likes good writing, an interesting plot and a challenge.

Oct 20, 2010

loved, loved, loved, loved, loved it! So mysterious, awesome read!

Aug 15, 2010

Pretty good at first but near the end the descriptions get really confusing but maybe that's just me. I hated the ending and what happens to the shifter though.


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Mar 05, 2012

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