Review: Mystical by Michael Weekly

27787105Mystical by Michael Weekly

Published December 8th 2015

When Eliza Rose found out she was a witch, she thought she’d be casting spells…

However, it turns out Eliza is on her way to becoming a mystical assassin. But first she has to start college with her best friend Dawn Roberts and her feline familiar Jared. If you think college is stressful, try finding your best friend being seduced—nearly to death—by a venomous fairy. Something is horribly wrong, and Eliza must find out what it is.

Knowing who’s who in the Mystical world can be a burden—or save her life…

Murderous mermaids, seductive fairies, and manipulative elves are terrifying enough, but pure witches can become corrupt…and they’re the most dangerous creatures of all. Eliza struggles to discover the source of this chaos, but is repeatedly attacked—and saved by a shadowy figure. On a very personal note, Eliza must learn whether corruption is beginning to claim her mother.

Her strongest ally might be handsome, enigmatic Donovan—but he is hiding a shocking secret…

Donovan wants nothing to do with his old gang—not after the things they’d made him do. But when he meets Eliza, he’s both frustrated by her amateur skills and impressed by her emerging strength, and he feels compelled to help her grow into the assassin she’s meant to be.

Every answer has a price, and there are beings born to corrupt the pure.

Eliza fights to master her skills before it’s too late, while Donovan must determine whether Eliza can be saved…or if she must die to keep her out of the hands of those who would use her powers to reign over all of Mystical.

I liked the concept of this book and the synopsis caught my attention at “murderous mermaids, seductive fairies, and manipulative elves”. I did feel like it was a lot like The Mortal Instruments in many ways but I didn’t really mind.
The writing was pretty good but I felt like the writing could have shined so much more if the editing was better. I really hated the editing. There was a paragraph that was the same sentence twice (how does an editor miss that?!) and several other scenes just made really terrible editing. It ended up being really distracting from the writing and I could never really get into the book because I felt like I was having to edit as I read.
I normally like it when readers learn about things along with the main character but I felt like there was very little world building. Eliza and the reader are kept in the dark so much, I felt like it was lacking any information at all.
I was annoyed and frustrated with Eliza for a lot of the book because she never seemed to ask the right questions and when she did ask questions, she never got answers. I wanted to move forward with the story but because Eliza was never able to grow as a character from learning about her powers, she never developed.
Overall, I could keep going on and on about this book. As a critical reader and someone who often edits for my writer friends, I couldn’t stop wanting to fix a lot of things in this book. If the editing was better, I think I would have liked this book so much more. I couldn’t really enjoy the story because I felt like I was editing the whole time. But other than that, I think this series has a lot of potential.

 

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I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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