Thursday, March 3, 2011

A Bookish Blogoversary Bash: Leah Cypess, author of Mistwood

Welcome to Day 7 of my Blogoversary Bash!

Leah Cypess is the author of Mistwood:

The Shifter is an immortal creature bound by an ancient spell to protect the kings of Samorna. When the realm is peaceful, she retreats to the Mistwood. But when she is needed she always comes.

Isabel remembers nothing. Nothing before the prince rode into her forest to take her back to the castle. Nothing about who she is supposed to be, or the powers she is supposed to have.

Prince Rokan needs Isabel to be his Shifter. He needs her ability to shift to animal form, to wind, to mist. He needs her lethal speed and superhuman strength. And he needs her loyalty—because without it, she may be his greatest threat.

Isabel knows that her prince is lying to her, but she can't help wanting to protect him from the dangers and intrigues of the court . . . until a deadly truth shatters the bond between them.

Now Isabel faces a choice that threatens her loyalty, her heart . . . and everything she thought she knew.

Leah's Faves:

I have read SO many books I loved this year that this is really difficult! But if I had to break it down into my absolute tops, I would say:

1. Favorite YA speculative fiction – The Demon’s Covenant by Sarah Rees Brennan. This is the second in a trilogy about a pair of brothers caught up in a world of demon-summoning magicians. It’s got everything – intrigue and magic and humor and absolutely awesome characters. (The first book is The Demon's Lexicon.)

2. Favorite YA contemporary – Split by Swati Avasthi. About two brothers who have escaped an abusive household, and the secret that is consuming one of them.

3. Favorite YA fantasy/contemporary blend: I’m torn between Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver and Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly. But I’m going to go with Revolution, about a grieving girl who discovers the diary of a girl who lived during the French Revolution. Mostly because I still can’t believe it didn't get a Printz honor.

4. Favorite non-YA speculative fiction: Blackout & All Clear by Connie Willis (published as two books, but it’s really one large book split into two). About a group of academic time-travelers who find themselves trapped in London during the Blitz. To be honest, Blackout started a bit slowly, and if I wasn’t such a huge Connie Willis fan, I might have given up on it. But I am really, really glad I didn't.

5. Favorite non-YA contemporary: The Help by Kathryn Stockett. I admit that I only picked it up because it's such a huge bestseller, but then I stayed up until 3 a.m. to finish it.

I've heard a lot about The Demon's Lexicon trilogy -- I really need to pick it up! Revolution has been sitting on my shelf for too long. I'm going to try to read that one over break too. I hadn't heard of Blackout but I'm intrigued! I need to branch out of YA, and anything with time travelers immediately has my interest.

Thanks so much for sharing, Leah!

Just a reminder:

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Lauren M said...

I have Revolution sitting on my shelf, too. Gah!
I tried The Demon's Lexicon and wasn't too thrilled. Maybe book two is better?
Anyway, thanks for sharing! :)


danya said...

I like how she split these up into categories. I've been reading Revolution recently and liking how distinctive the main contemp protagonist Andi is. Not as sold yet on the writer of the historical diary, but we'll see. I wasn't aware there was really an element of fantasy in there though...I'll have to keep an eye out for that!

danya said...

Oh, and of course my e-mail is tapestrybookblog(at)gmail(dot)com, LOL :D

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

You know these books are all new for me. I think I heard a little on The Demon's Covenant but not much. It does look interesting. :)

Thank you for sharing!

Erinberry said...

I really enjoyed The Demon's Covenant so I definitely need to read The Demon's Lexicon. I have Split sitting on my shelf. I'm looking forward to when I can finally get to it.

erinberry12 at charter dot net

Nicole Loves Coacoa said...

I loved Revolution. Mistwood looks awesome!!!


Lindsi said...

Revolution AND Mistwood are sitting on my shelf. *slaps wrist* I *will* do better :)

Lindsi said...

PS - my email lol

Lexie said...

I have Revolution on my TBR pile and can't wait to read it! (I can't wait to read Mistwood too!)

winnie said...

I haven't read any of the books mentioned, but thanks for bringing The Demon’s Covenant to my attention! I will now have to add this trilogy to my TBR list!


Lisa said...

I love Mistwood and I can't wait for Nightspell :)
I have to add all of the books mentioned to my to read list, they sound good.

Aylee said...

I need to read The Demon's Lexicon series too! I actually used to read Sarah Rees Brennan's Harry Potter fanfiction back in the day... and I really enjoyed it! And of course Revolution has been recommended to me many a time. I plan on reading it eventually even though I'm not big on historical fiction because it really does sound amazing!


BLHmistress said...

I haven't heard of the other but I have been wanting to read Revolution.


Vivien said...

I have Revolution sitting on my shelf right now. I'm going to have to get to that soon after that blurb.

deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

Syki said...

I have Mistwood on my TBR pile and now I am thinking of actually reading it! Thanks for Leah's Faves :)

Jessy said...

It's funny, I haven't read any of the books on this list. I would really like to read The Help and Revolution though.

findjessyhere at gmail dot com

CAsanmiguel said...

i've never heard of any of these titles but i'm willing to read them because people recommends them :)

Annabelle said...

Mistwood is definetely going on my TBR list! It sounds like a really unique and mysterious story.

The Split is also on my TBR list! I've been meaning to read that for a while now too!


dani_nguyen said...

The only one of these I've read is The Demon's Covenant, and I really liked it. I've heard quite a bit about Split and Revolution too though.


nfmgirl said...

Revolution and Split are two new ones that I hadn't heard of before that sound like they may be right up my alley!

nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

Mary Ellen said...

I've not read any of these although the first in the Demon's Lexicon and Revolution are on my TBR list. Blackout and All Clear sound really good and you know, I can't believe I haven't read The help. That's been on the best seller list forever! Thanks for the list, lots of good suggestions there!

krazzyme said...

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Small Review said...

I was supposed to have won a copy of Revolution, but they never sent it out and haven't responded! :( I also really need to get around to reading The Demon's Covenant. I enjoyed the first book a lot!

imagesandwords at optonline dot net

Precious said...

I've never read any of these books but I've always wanted to read Revolution!

ferretvamp14 said...

I really need to read Mistwood already. It's been on my list for far too long. Sarah Rees Brennan's books are just begging me to read them on my bedside table, lol. Split sounds interesting as well.


Jennifer said...

I have heard a lot about Revolution. But my library doesn't have it (and I get most of my books there).

jennifer.kalman at gmail dot com

Brooke said...

Revolution and The Help have both been sitting in my tbr pile. Hopefully I'll get to them soon. Mistwood's been waiting on my shelf also. I just lent it to a friend and got it back. She raved about it, so I think I'll have to move it to the top of my Spring Break pile. Thanks for sharing!


TheGirlOnFire said...

I haven't read Revolution yet but I have been hearing really good things about it. Its one I will definitely have to get.

Stephanie- thegirlonfire
thegirlonfire27 at gmail dot com

*Jam* said...

I've already heard of all of them but none's caught my attention enough to be on my TBR list...


Meredith said...

I haven't read any of these, but have been wanting to get The Help for some time now.

meredithfl at gmail dot com

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