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Darkspell Paperback – September 29, 2011
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More About the Author
She started writing poetry when she was 9. Then there were stories when she was 11 that, well, are quite funny from her current perspective. It was her creative writing teacher in 12th grade that made her realize there was more to writing than life itself. That's when she fell in love with books because, unlike real life, books whisk her away into different worlds, different times, and even turn her into different people--especially when she's the one who is writing them!
She hasn't stopped since, feverishly working to perfect the craft late into the night. She lives with her husband, five kids, a hyper dog, four cats, a turtle and a fish. Darkspell, a young adult Paranormal Romance, is her first novel.
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Top Customer Reviews
Elizabeth Mueller gives a great story, full of normal teen angst without tipping the scales to be annoying, she keeps us guessing, dropping nuggets for us throughout the story, but never tipping her hand. Combine that with the fantastic use of illustrations that give it almost a graphic novel feel as we read, and this is easily a five star read. I can't wait to pick this up in paperback and you should too! Mueller is a great addition to the YA world and I can't wait to see what comes next from this talented writer!
The story centers around main character Winter and two handsome brothers, Alex and Jareth. The love triangle is alive and flourishing in this book. Winter keeps bouncing back and forth with her affection between the brothers. Personally, I really liked both brothers,though their personalities are very different.But ummm, yeah, Alex is...my favorite! This is a very character driven book, which I tend to really like regardless of the genre.
The very beginning of the book is dedicated to character development, but when the plot starts unfolding you are in for a fun ride. There are many times that you will be very surprised by what happens. Yes, I am being evasive because I want you to read this great YA book for yourself. Another awesome aspect about Darkspell, is the art work found in the novel. Elizabeth is a phenomenal artist!
Darkspell was a combination of humor, angst, spookiness, and romance. It truly kept me guessing until the end. Then...you will be anxious to read the next book in the series. You knew that was coming right?
Darkspell was an interesting and at times thoroughly scary, as well as suspenseful, read. Personally I found it a little slow paced but if this is to become a series it is a good way of taking time to do some world building and to get the key characters firmly established. The characters were well crafted and so well described that I could see them in my imagination. Winter, the main character, was, according to my personal tastes far too hung up on just being loved, hugged and kissed by Alex while her very life was in danger. I really don't like female main characters being portrayed as weak or as victims needing to turn to their male counterparts to take care of them. Fortunately Winter does grow somewhat throughout the story and definitely becomes a little more self-sufficient. Another redeeming factor is that she is still mourning her father, whose death was under dubious circumstances.
Towards the end the story really picks up speed and for the final third of the book I simply could not put it down. If a fairly slow developing paranormal romance with a high powered, if slightly undecided ending, is your taste, Darkspell is definitely the book for you. (Ellen Fritz)
Darkspell is a YA paranormal novel with a promising story line. Unfortunately I just couldn't get into it. The first third of the book I was so confused, just as confused as the main character, Winter. I had a hard time following the story line because as the reader you never got more information than the protagonist and well, she was pretty perplexed about Alex, Jareth and their family. It does get better, you learn more about the characters, what they really are, what their stories are, etc., but in the beginning it's rather frustrating.
Winter, the main female character, was not a character I fell in love with. She is a disaster magnet. If anything can go wrong/bad, it does when she's around. She's the ultimate damsel in distress. I prefer stronger more capable female leads personally, not ones who constantly need rescuing. Also, she's very sexualized - all the boys look at her and rake her up and down with their eyes, she gets in nasty situations with boys a few times. I mean really, how many times can one teen girl almost get raped? A bit disturbing. Also, Winter claims to love Alex but then she's always getting mad at him and acting cruel towards him, only to change her mind and claim she can't live without him, then go and hurt him again. She's just not very likable unfortunately.
The last 25% of the book did a good job in bringing some excitement to the storyline and redemption to Winter's character, but it was a long wait. I really, really wanted to like this book and I'm sure in future endeavor's Ms. Mueller will have worked out a lot of the kinks found in this novel. I do look forward to reading more from her in the future, her storytelling does show a lot of promise. It just didn't hit the nail on the head this time around. WaAr
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Elizabeth Mueller is a wonderful author. This book is wonderful. Let me give fair warning, you won't be able to put it down once you start reading it. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Greta J King
I was captivated within the first paragraph. Elizabeth spins a wonderful tale. Winter is a believable and relatable teenage girl. Read morePublished on September 19, 2012 by Konstanz Silverbow
A truly delightful read that took me by surprise in some ways. The book is a coming of age story for fantasy fans with so many mysteries and twists that I just kept turning pages... Read morePublished on March 17, 2012 by Sophia Rose
Winter Sky believes she is just an average seventeen year old senior, until she meets Alex Stormhold. Read morePublished on January 28, 2012 by Tiffany H.
Darkspell By Elizabeth Mueller is a young adult paranormal romance, and let me tell you it is one to pick up and read! Read morePublished on January 28, 2012 by dancin-debbie
Darkspell is a cute read perfect for young adults. It's a great debut novel for sure. The characters were well developed and while I couldn't relate to Winter personally, I still... Read morePublished on January 27, 2012 by Anastasia Pergakis
I started reading Darkspell in bits and pieces as Elizabeth posted chapters on Wattpad. I found myself clicking on Wattpad at all hours of the day, during work, when I got home and... Read morePublished on January 27, 2012 by Jeannie M. Campbell
Darkspell is a fun, cute YA read and an excellent debut novel with a cast of fresh delightful characters. Honestly, I would recommend it more for the younger crowed, say 12-14. Read morePublished on January 6, 2012 by J.D.
I dove into Darkspell based on several reviews that I read online. I did enjoy it. I got bogged down on some of the details though. I do enjoy a fantasy book occasionally. Read morePublished on December 21, 2011 by Amazon Customer