Foreigners are never even sure whether a Ghostlander is alive or dead until they get confirmation. The ghosts made for interesting twists and turns and an interesting moral question at the end. The ending was such a disappointing waste of time. One minor quibble about the book, I didn't feel like there was enough romance in it but maybe that's just me. Her fierceness was evident in every breath. She is determined to save her little sister from a life in Ghostland, even if it means sacrificing Darri's future. He's also a great fighter, fast on his feet and fierce by nature.
I haven't read anything quite like this in a long time. And finally well, there are other things but I'll wrap this up , the way it all played out in the end was ridiculous. I bought Mistwood after seeing it in a Big Idea post and loved it. Varis and Darri both were terrified of the Dead because they found it disgusting and creepy that the Dead were wandering around with the living when they shouldn't be, but once they knew that Callie was Dead, they accepted what she is now and is not very bothered by it. I wanted to keep on reading until I discovered how everything fell into place. So Darri doesnt' do it. It reminded me of the movie Casper starring Bill Pullman.
Let's indulge cutie for a moment whilst she explains the obvious. One of the interesting things about Ghostland is that the ghosts are semi-corporeal beings that can shift from being solid to being invisible. More than a simple rescue mission awaits Darri in Ghostland however. I should really stop saying lucky, since I almost always find books in the bookstore before their release, so I am probably not special. With less then 100 pages left, I had to stop. A book with three different points of view is something I might not normally enjoy as multiple points of view tend to give too much away. Finally Darri gets her chance when she and her subtly cunning brother Varis travel to Ghostland to deal with the dangerous inhabitants there.
Charlotte, Emily, Anne, and Branwell can cross from their own bleak world into the one they've created, peopled by romantic heroines, noble heroes, and black-hearted villains. I mean, these aren't rotting corpses walking around, they're ghosts. She also went from being focused on Callie to thinking about how other people might feel. Which for someone who reads most books in 1-3 days, says a few things: 1 It wasn't a book that enthralled me, one that I couldn't put down. They distract themselves with various amusements and the intricacies of court life. Nothing in this book should've been comfortable and it wasn't, at all; well done in that respect. Callie was taken a few years ago and brought to the dreaded Ghostland.
And now I'm extra grouchy because I've had to read the former book twice for nothing. And that is fine with me. Who cares they are all shallow wispy insubstantial beings I could care less about. The young adult genre is full of fast, easy reads. I wasted quite a bit of time finishing it, considering the fact that I would either fall asleep or find something more interesting to do - like clip my nails.
The pacing was a bit off due to the lack of romance, which is both a blessing and a curse in itself. The characters in this book were varied and had a depth that was carried throughout the novel. I knew it would make it easier to connect with characters who have slippery motivations without the plot twists that accompany them becoming predictable. It's a quality I highly appreciate actually. The three protagonists stand out in their blunt vitality, but every character is portrayed with complexity and clear-eyed sympathy; none is unambiguously hero or villain. There are strong female characters - Darri and Callie - and ghosts who create lots of mischief. It's all just a circle of hate between these siblings.
This is not a shoujo series, Cypress! I'm curious where Leah Cypess will go with her next novel. Everyone kept coming up with all these miraculous conclusions, like a light bulb would go off and suddenly they would just. I wrote about 50 pages of that book, longhand in a spiral-bound blue notebook, before I ran out of steam. Now let's look at the sibling relationship between Varis, Darri, and Callie. I did figure out one plot twist but I was kept guessing for the rest of the book and I enjoy that kind of suspense. Besides, even if the Ghostland setting is a bit creepy, it wasn't really scary. I didn't care about any of the characters.
That existence shouldn't just be taken from them. It would also have been interesting to further explore what death means. The plot in this novel is secondary to the family. They're always so vivid and fluid! Callie was taken from her homeland and brought to this frightening kingdom where the dead and living roam side by side when she was just a child. I didn't care about any of the characters. So I was disappointed in Darri.
That is until Leah does an amazing job of describing these ghosts - their smells, their decaying bodies, their special abilities like shifting their shapes into something grotesque. Leah Cypess does not give me that, which I can only say is disappointing, given her clear ability to create characters that I grow to care about, and in whose happiness I find myself invested. Which makes me want to defend it. There was also the extremely disgusting part where she is describing a murder, and vividly talking about how the red blood flowed and splashed, and the slicing of the knife and all sorts of nasty. That and the fact that it is almost impossible to tell who is still among the living and who is actually a ghost. When she was about to destroy the source of the spell that allowed the dead to come back to life, she didn't go through with it because she thought about what would happen to other people and their relationships if she does obliterate the spell.
In this haunted kingdom, ghosts linger-not just in the deepest forests or the darkest caverns, but alongside the living, as part of a twisted palace court that revels all night and sleeps through the daylight hours. My experience reading this book is similar to that. I've heard others say that they liked Nightspell more than Mistwood but I like both about the same. Is the type of existence they have worth living? Nightspell is a wonderfully intelligent story. Leah Cypess is one of the new great high fantasy authors.