13 November 2013

"Mystical High" Book Tour: Book Review and Giveaway

Title:  Mystical High
Author:  Lisette Brodey
Published: October 7th, 2013
Publisher: Saberlee Books
Word Count:  72,700
Genre:  YA Paranormal
Content Warning:  Mild sexual content and non-gratuitous profanity
Recommended Age:  14+
In Mystical, a small, dying town in the Southern California desert, only 75 students attend the old, sometimes creepy high school dubbed “Mystical High,” where strange things have been known to happen. Jessie Dalworth and Jinxsy Patterson are juniors and lifelong best friends. At home, Jessie deals with the pain of an absentee mother who has abandoned the family for the lure of Hollywood; Jinxsy contends with a 17th “birthday present” she never wanted or expected.

Meanwhile, at school, the unexplained activity begins to escalate when Jinxsy keeps seeing a long-haired guy in the hallway checking her out. Jessie can’t see him, but her younger brother, River, can.

Then, in English class, a stapler mysteriously flies off teacher Eve Carrow’s desk, hitting a student in the face who has just mouthed off to her. The beloved teacher is in the unenviable position of having her brute of a father as principal, so she hates sending any student to his office. As Principal Ernest Carrow begins to terrorize Eve and others more openly, something or someone unseen decides that it’s payback time.

School is getting stranger, and Jinxsy and Jessie are faced with mind-boggling changes in their home lives that complicate everything. When a string of shocking events expose explosive secrets, decades-long mysteries are finally revealed.


The book was awesome. I still can’t get over the fact that I have finished it. If only there were more pages. It is an unique story, full of mysteries and clues. What I liked most about this book are the characters. Amazing! I loved them all. I absolutely love the fact that they are just normal people (as stated at my unique review of “Salem’s Lot”, I love normal people in front of paranormal mysteries). It’s not only about these “normal people”, it is the way the author described them. They have normal problems, and sometimes they ignore the paranormal happenings to focus on their personal problems. And this is how people would really react. I mean, I don’t care if there’s a zombie apocalypse going on, if I took a B or C in a quiz, I am already dead. These characters were so deep, and well described, with so much history behind them, so much secrets, that they felt so real to me. I became very attached to them.
The author didn’t lose the book’s fear factor. It was still there, even in normal situations. Sometimes I felt goose bumps on my skin, while reading it.
When I first got it, I didn’t except to be that good. Seriously there’s nothing negative about it. Lisette Brodey managed to impress me! Good Job! I am not someone, who gets impressed easily.
Now let’s give this book those five stars he deserves!


About the Author:
Lisette Brodey was born and raised in Pennsylvania. After high school, she moved to New York City where she attended Pace University and studied drama. After ten years in New York, several of them working in the radio industry, she moved to Los Angeles, where she held various positions at Paramount Studios in Hollywood and CBS Studio Center in Studio City, CA.

Back on the East Coast, she worked for many years as a freelance writer, specializing in PR and the entertainment industry. In 2010, she returned permanently to the Los Angeles area.

Her first-published book, CROOKED MOON (General Fiction) was published in both the trade paperback and Kindle editions in 2008. Her first-written, second-published book, SQUALOR, NEW MEXICO (Young Adult/General Fiction) was published in the Kindle and trade paperback versions in 2009.

Her third novel, MOLLY HACKER IS TOO PICKY!, a romantic comedy, was published December 1, 2011. The author blogged as her character, Molly Hacker, for over a year. All blogs can be found at www.mollyhacker.com.

In January 2013, the author edited and published a book of her mother's poetry (written 50 years earlier) called MY WAY TO ANYWHERE by Jean Lisette Brodey.

Lisette's fourth novel, MYSTICAL HIGH, is the first book in her YA Paranormal Desert Series trilogy.

Giveaway Details:
There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:
·        $35 Amazon Gift Card (INT)
·        Print copy of Molly Hacker Is Too Picky! (US only)
·        Print copy of Squalor, New Mexico (US only)
·        Print copy of Mystical High (US only)
·        Tote bag (US and CAN only)

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  1. Hi,
    I have to say that this is the most exciting review I think I have ever read. So much energy. It sounds like you REALLY enjoyed it and I have to agree with you t o t a l l y !! I LOVED it too! You soo got it! :D

    1. I always read with passion, and I kind of feel everything the characters are feeling. This book gave me opportunity to do that. Thanks for your comment :) I'm happy you liked it too.


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