Author: Michelle Murray
Series: Land of Mystica Series #1
Publication: August 16th 2014
Genre: Childrens ~ Fantasy
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Review copy provided in exchange for an honest review.
Once upon Mystica there were six wizards, three light and three dark. One of the dark wizards, Midnight says a spell to trap the fellow wizards. The spell goes astray, trapping all the wizards including Midnight. One curious boy finds on of these stones and releases Midnight. Midnight is loose on Mystica, gathering an army and preparing for war. Miranda is an average college student until she starts having dreams of Mystica, she travels to Mystica following her dreams. Her dreams are leading her to find Lightning, a white wizard, and the only one that can stop Midnight. Follow Miranda through Mystica's Plains, Ice Caves, Forest of the Lost, and the Dragons Lair. Can Miranda find and release Lightning and save Mystica?
The overal story wasn't bad, I actually liked it and though it focuses mostly on Miranda, it had several points of view. But even so I lost interest pretty quickly mainly because of the way it was written and the spelling errors. I don't know if it will make any sense to anyone but I felt like it was rather told instead of written. I just didn't like the writing style, I guess. It was also a short book so it felt all a little rushed. It is good, though that it's a quick read.
And like I said before, there were quite a few mistakes with the spelling. I just expect more from a finished copy, you know. It was rather distracting to me. I also think that this is a children's or middle grade book (?) and though I've liked some books in those genres, I think this was a bit too young for me. There were not only young characters in it but I still felt that way.
So after taking everything in consideration I felt like I couldn't give it more than two stars. I like the story and magic aspects of the book but that were the only possitive things for me. That and it being a very quick read.
About the Author:
Michelle is a married working mother of two fine young men (her children). She lives in Wisconsin. When not writing, she enjoys reading especially science fiction/fantasy and classics.
Her favorite authors include Shakespeare, Mark Twain, Margaret Weiss, and Colleen Houck.
She also enjoys doing painting and crafts, and spending time with her family. She enjoys going for walks, and swimming. She has been known to jump in Lake Michigan with no life jacket!
She has been writing since high school. Michelle took a break from writing to concentrate on raising her children.
She has an app on her IPad that gives her a word of the day and poem of the day.