Winter Sky believes she is everything ordinary . . . until she is kissed by Alex Stormhold.
As seer of Stormhold Coven, Alex is sworn to be Winter’s protector against the darkness that hunts her. Violently thrust into a magickal realm she always thought impossible, she stumbles upon a disturbing secret of her own.
Will love prove thicker than magick?
(Excerpt from GoodRead)
The first thing you’ll notice when you start to read DARKSPELL by Elizabeth Mueller is the lovely artwork embedded into each chapter, courtesy of Ms. Mueller herself. Aside from the Harry Potter books, I hadn’t seen such a layout before so it was interesting to see which image would come up next. Each one represented a part in the story, something that happened in that chapter, followed by a short blurb. It was interesting to see what each picture and snippet meant. I thought that made this book very unique.
So, Winter Sky, our heroine, is having dreams, dreams of a beautiful boy. She wakes up with just a memory of the kiss lingering on her lips. But unlike the rest of us, who sulk and shuffle on with the rest of our day with a fading reminiscence loitering in the backs of our minds, Winter is lucky enough to find that the object of her dreams is real, and not just real, but living only two blocks from her house.
Winter is a fun girl. Throughout the book, I pictured her as one of those girls we all see in the hallways of school, surrounded by friends. Her attraction to Alex, the boy of her dreams, and Jerath, Alex’s brother, are immediate.
Now, those of you who know me, know I’m not into love at first sight stories, especially as intense and powerful as the attraction pulling Alex and Winter together, without a very good plot for it to fall back on, but I was pleasantly surprised. I also wasn’t prepared for the multitude of blows this story delivered with every turned page. Ms. Mueller brought a compelling plot to life. I loved the idea of mysterious covens and the paranormal secret services. I also enjoyed the levels of twists unraveled at every turn, like a box of chocolate. In fact, that’s exactly what I thought throughout the story; how each chapter held bits of hidden surprise.
It didn’t take very long to finish the book. For 360pgs (paperback numbers. I read the Kindle version), it was a remarkably quick read or maybe it was because I couldn’t wait to see what twist Ms. Mueller would hold next, but I finished the book in a single night. Roughly 2-3hrs of uninterrupted quiet (a rare thing in my house). The only thing that broke my flow was the character build. I didn’t care much for Winter. She wasn’t my type of heroine. But I did have lots of fun reading about Jerath though–I do so love the bad boys *dramatic sigh* lol. During a fight between Alex and Jerath, I will confess, I was rooting for Jerath *ducks*. lol.
Now, I’m not sure if Ms. Mueller will be creating a sequel to this series, but I’m curious to see if she does. I think the world she’d created could be explored a bit more. I’ll have to keep an eye open, not just for a sequel, but other books crafted by the clever mind of Ms. Elizabeth Mueller.
So, in conclusion:
Will I read the next book? Yes.
Will I tell my friends about this book? Yes.
Did I enjoy it? Yes.
About the Author
I’m a mother of four wonderful kidlets who, more often than not, drive me nuts. I’m very grateful that I can be home at the crossroads for my children and have been blessed with that privilege. I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember.
I’ve finished 8 novels, and 3 children’s books and have tons more stories waiting to be told. I believe with all of my heart that it takes a lot of guts to be a writer–especially an aspiring author. There are so many rules to be learned, mountains to conquer, and many layers of skins to grow (yet, be teachable at the same time).
I have done most of my growing the past few years. I don’t know what my Father in Heaven has planned for me, but I have no doubt that I am destined for great things. It is my desire to be a mentor to those who dream to reach beyond themselves.
If you ever need cheering, a friend, or anything at all–you can always count on me! 😉
*I’ve recently been picked up by TreasureLine Books. I felt like a dog chasing the proverbial car. Now that I’ve caught it, what do I do next? I’ve worked myself sick with worry. I didn’t jump right away at the chance when they loved Darkspell, but I prayed and prayed and prayed if this was what I should do. After much consideration and twisting nausea, I listened to the Lord and said yes.
I am grateful to all of my writerly friends (you!) who have supported me–and who still are. I couldn’t have done it without you guys!
I would love to share my every experience with you. Please join me on my voyage to published!(Author’s Blog)