Congratulations to Stacie Wilson on the release of her debut novel!Myst Published by Anchor Group Publishing on May 11, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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Two worlds separated by magic.
The future of both rests in her hands.
Surrounded by a loving family and her two best friends, Brianna St. James’ life has been filled with love and happiness. Now that she’s graduated from high school, her only worry should be what major to declare in the fall. But when nightmares plague her, and unexplainable things start to happen, any hopes for a simple life flicker and fade.
Drustan, her sworn Guardian and protector, has been sent to bring her home. Now he must help her remember a past that was taken from her and protect her from the dark forces that would see her dead.
Thank you to Stacie Wilson for providing me with a free e-copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I read the prequel to Myst two years ago and loved it, so I had been looking forward to picking up where the prequel left off. I wanted to see what the characters would be like now that they had grown up and find out how Bree would get back to Myst and Drustan.
One of my favorite facets of this story was that Bree had no knowledge of Myst after growing up in the human world, yet that didn’t prevent elements from her Mystian childhood from sneaking into her life as she got closer to her 18th birthday, enough so that she begins to question her sanity. When Drustan appears to train her and take her back to Myst the pieces of the puzzle begin to fall into place for her. Nightmares of a shadowy man (super creepy, great character development there) and the unexplained glass and light bulb explosions also help in her acceptance of her not so normal status, despite a little rebellion, which I appreciated–can’t make it that easy of an adjustment. I enjoyed how much of her human world was actually tied into Myst, including to her older sister (who works at a museum, which having worked in them myself, I loved). I loved how much family support this book included as I feel not enough books have that if the parents are even present. That’s not to say all of her world is tied to Myst. Bree’s human friends were awesome.
Overall, this book was well written and well edited. It was a quick, one-sitting read that I easily lost myself in. While I love the fact that I did get lost in the book, at the end I felt that it was suddenly over. Not that it didn’t conclude or that I felt pushed off of a cliff, more in that I came away from reading it and my concurrent thought with how much I liked the book was ‘well, that was fast.’ I loved the build up to her finding out about her origins, that pacing was great, but after? I won’t go as far as to say it was rushed, more that I wanted…more. I would have liked to see more training, more one on one with Drustan, slightly more of a push to maintain control on Bree’s end. Maybe it’s because there wasn’t enough, maybe it’s because I enjoyed the book that much that I was sad it was over and these were elements that could have been expanded upon to enhance the already wonderful story even further. It’s been a few days since reading Myst, and I’m still not sure. Don’t be surprised if I end up rating this higher once I decide.
No matter that decision, I was thrilled to be back in Stacie Wilson’s fantasy world, and I already want more in the form of Book 2. This charmingly adventurous tale should definitely be on your TBR.
Do you believe in magic? I do. Words have the ability to conjure magical worlds that can whisk us away from our everyday lives. There is magic everywhere, you just have to look.
I am originally from sunny Southern California but now call Nashville, Tennessee home with my husband, daughter and our three fur-kids (dogs).