Darkspell

Rated 4.50/5 based on 12 reviews
Winter Sky believes she is everything ordinary ... until she is kissed by Alex Stormhold, seer of Stormhold Coven. Alex is sworn to be Winter's protector against the darkness that hunts her. Violently thrust into a magical realm she always thought impossible, she stumbles upon a disturbing secret of her own. Will love prove thicker than magic? Volume includes author-created illustrations. More

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Words: 104,230
Language: English
ISBN: 9781617521133
About Elizabeth Mueller

Hi! My name is Elizabeth Mueller and I'm a YA Author. Why YA? I love connecting with today's youth in person as well as through my writing.

I started writing when I was 9. It was my way of coping with the tragic abuse in my home. I've always enjoyed getting lost in my books. It is my goal to share my life's experiences through my stories about enduring problems, failing at life and then coming out strong at the end. But is there really an end? I hope you can feel the strength in my characters as they grow!

A little something personal to sink your fangs into:
Write Here In Ephraim (writers conference in UT), I participated in an author panel. In the panel, an awesome writer had asked what got us into writing. When it was my turn to answer, I said that growing up in an abusive home drove me to escaping through my writing. My intention for saying this--and I'm not ashamed to admit --is because I know how it feels to be belittled and useless. I am not bitter about my past but grateful.

The only thing that makes me bitter is the knowledge that kids are still abused!

I've reinvented my parenting, I've reinvented my confidences, and I've reinvented myself.

My point is that, yes, even after being subjected to this awfulness throughout my entire childhood, HAPPINESS is rightfully yours. I am a published author. SUCCESS is rightfully yours.

It is PROBABLE as well as POSSIBLE to break these hellish chains and become a strong and happy person! ♥

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Reviews

Review by: Heather Maki on Sep. 02, 2012 :
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jeannie Campbell on July 14, 2012 :
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 was supposed to be feeding my child, etc. Finally, I emailed her and said I wanted to influence for her...for her to please send me the entire book!

What I liked best about it was that it's a clean read, much like Twilight. There's no gratuitous scenes, but yet a sweet, compelling romance for all ages. Now, it's nothing like Twilight in that there are no vampires, but it is a paranormal, young adult romance, just with a different spin.

And that was refreshing! Elizabeth's story world is unique, a coven that wields magick. (Don't think Wiccan or witches or anything like that.) And they can do all sorts of cool things. Winter, being unfamiliar with how to "bend time" and other neat tricks, serves as the reader's avenue of introduction, but the reader never gets bogged down in the detail, because Elizabeth writes to suspend disbelief.

Winter's romance with Alex is swoon-worthy. His brother is pretty magnetic, as well, (as Winter discovers) and the result is a great love triangle of sorts. Seriously, I wasn't sure who I wanted her to end up with, because they both had their strong points in their favor.

As a therapist, I appreciated the backstory angle Elizabeth gave Winter, as her tragedy haunts her very realistically. As a lover of suspense, I felt an impending sense of "what the heck's going to happen to Winter?!?" the entire time I read the book. How was she going to fight this darkness (which was done very well, I might add)? Does she have a magick power of her own to help her? What's so special about this girl?
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Isabel Vazquez on June 02, 2012 :
I really enjoyed Darkspell. The characters are really likeable and this story keeps you guessing. Winter's dad leaves her family at a young age. New neighbors move in a couple of houses down. They know something about her. Will she finally find out the mysterious disappearance of her beloved father? Will Winter discover if her dreams come true?
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Isabel Vazquez on June 02, 2012 :
I really enjoyed Darkspell. The characters are really likeable and this story keeps you guessing. Winter's dad leaves her family at a young age. New neighbors move in a couple of houses down. They know something about her. Will she finally find out the mysterious disappearance of her beloved father? Will Winter discover if her dreams come true?
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Airicka Phoenix on May 31, 2012 : (no rating)
 
 
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The first thing you'll notice when you start to read DARKSPELL by Elizabeth Mueller is the lovely artwork embedded into each chapter, courtesy of Ms. Mueller herself. Aside from the Harry Potter books, I hadn't seen such a layout before so it was interesting to see which image would come up next. Each one represented a part in the story, something that happened in that chapter, followed by a short blurb. It was interesting to see what each picture and snippet meant. I thought that made this book very unique.
 
So, Winter Sky, our heroine, is having dreams, dreams of a beautiful boy. She wakes up with just a memory of the kiss lingering on her lips. But unlike the rest of us, who sulk and shuffle on with the rest of our day with a fading reminiscence loitering in the backs of our minds, Winter is lucky enough to find that the object of her dreams is real, and not just real, but living only two blocks from her house.
 
Winter is a fun girl. Throughout the book, I pictured her as one of those girls we all see in the hallways of school, surrounded by friends. Her attraction to Alex, the boy of her dreams, and Jerath, Alex's brother, are immediate.
 
Now, those of you who know me, know I'm not into love at first sight stories, especially as intense and powerful as the attraction pulling Alex and Winter together, without a very good plot for it to fall back on, but I was pleasantly surprised. I also wasn't prepared for the multitude of blows this story delivered with every turned page. Ms. Mueller brought a compelling plot to life. I loved the idea of mysterious covens and the paranormal secret services. I also enjoyed the levels of twists unraveled at every turn, like a box of chocolate. In fact, that's exactly what I thought throughout the story; how each chapter held bits of hidden surprise.
 
It didn't take very long to finish the book. For 360pgs (paperback numbers. I read the Kindle version), it was a remarkably quick read or maybe it was because I couldn't wait to see what twist Ms. Mueller would hold next, but I finished the book in a single night. Roughly 2-3hrs of uninterrupted quiet (a rare thing in my house). The only thing that broke my flow was the character build. I didn't care much for Winter. She wasn't my type of heroine. But I did have lots of fun reading about Jerath though--I do so love the bad boys *dramatic sigh* lol. During a fight between Alex and Jerath, I will confess, I was rooting for Jerath *ducks*. lol.
 
Now, I'm not sure if Ms. Mueller will be creating a sequel to this series, but I'm curious to see if she does. I think the world she'd created could be explored a bit more. I'll have to keep an eye open, not just for a sequel, but other books crafted by the clever mind of Ms. Elizabeth Mueller.
 
So, in conclusion:
 
Will I read the next book? Yes.
 
Will I tell my friends about this book? Yes.
 
Did I enjoy it? Yes.
 
 
 
 
 
About the Author
 
I'm a mother of four wonderful kidlets who, more often than not, drive me nuts. I'm very grateful that I can be home at the crossroads for my children and have been blessed with that privilege. I've been writing for as long as I can remember.
 
I've finished 8 novels, and 3 children's books and have tons more stories waiting to be told. I believe with all of my heart that it takes a lot of guts to be a writer--especially an aspiring author. There are so many rules to be learned, mountains to conquer, and many layers of skins to grow (yet, be teachable at the same time).
 
I have done most of my growing the past few years. I don't know what my Father in Heaven has planned for me, but I have no doubt that I am destined for great things. It is my desire to be a mentor to those who dream to reach beyond themselves.
 
If you ever need cheering, a friend, or anything at all--you can always count on me! ;)
 
*I've recently been picked up by TreasureLine Books. I felt like a dog chasing the proverbial car. Now that I've caught it, what do I do next? I've worked myself sick with worry. I didn't jump right away at the chance when they loved Darkspell, but I prayed and prayed and prayed if this was what I should do. After much consideration and twisting nausea, I listened to the Lord and said yes.
 
I am grateful to all of my writerly friends (you!) who have supported me--and who still are. I couldn't have done it without you guys!
 
I would love to share my every experience with you. Please join me on my voyage to published!(Author's Blog)
 
Author Sites
Website
Twitter (@ElizbethMueller)
Facebook
GoodRead
 
 
 
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: katrina whittaker on April 18, 2012 :
Elizabeth Mueller’s debut Darkspell will have you spell bound from the very beginning. A story where nothing is as it seems and will have you guessing throughout the entire read. Curve balls are thrown in and just when you think you have guessed what’s going to happen and the roller coaster ride starts up again. Hang on tight !!!!

DARKSPELL contains extra - ELizabeth has drawn illustrations throughout the entire book ! AMAZING !! The pictures give us readers who enjoy being able to visualize extra insight !! The storyline paints a picture and the illustrations create an extra visual.

Darkspell involves Winter Sky - she meets two handsome and mysterious boys next door one of them is the boy of her dreams, the other his brother fighting for her attention. Alex and Winter have shared dreams, and a love has grown, and her heart belongs to him. But upon meeting the boys next door Winter's life changes. She now enters the Stormhold coven, a world filled with magic and powers that one could only ever dream to possess.

The Stormhold coven has been sent to protect Winter from the Shadoweaver. The Shadoweaver is evil and out to get Winter by any means possible. WInters life is in danger and ALex and his family Of Stormholds try to protect her from the Shadoweavers clutches.

Winter searches for her gifts, fights to keep the boy of her dreams and to hold onto the love that dreams are made of. A journey of discovery, mystery, mayhem and magic. A challenge and fight for survival.


Well I must say Elizabeth has woven her magic throughout this debut novel. A captivating and intriguing storyline, definably unique and one of a kind. Her illustrations throughout each chapter paint a picture so to speak, creating extra visual for the reader and giving us insight into the characters. The emotions where well portrayed we experienced Winters pain in losing her father and the added dread it put in her life. Her love for ALex made your heart do leaps..... I found her quiet an emotional character, but this trait was continued on throughout her struggle in the book. She was stronger than she knew and towards the end we saw a differnt side to Winter I really enjoyed seeing her changes. !!!!

All secondary characters all likeable! I found myself swooning for a few of them! ** wink wink ** The evil was well set forth - and the illustration for this one ** creepy ** ..

A world filled with Magic and Mayhem, Shadoweavers - deceit and betrayal..... Darkspell will have you flipping the pages just to find out what happens next. Action and adventure if you may call it, love, romance and even a little bit of suspense and mystery thrown in. A read filled with Oodles of goodies appropriate for all the young at heart (( grins )) and anyone who enjoys an adventurous journey through portals.. Let the magic begin!

An amazing Debut Novel I look forward to Elizabeths next book !!!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Audrey Ranson on April 16, 2012 :
I have been an avid reader since I could read, out of all of the books I have read, this is one of my favorites. the author keeps you on the edge of your seat waiting to see what was going to happen next!!! i give this book a 10 out of 10!!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Anastasia V. Pergakis on March 13, 2012 :
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 could clearly see her as a person throughout the story. The characters had their own unique voices and quirks, some of which made me chuckle aloud as I read the book.

The beginning hooked me right in and I didn’t put the book down until I was finished. I did feel the middle was too focused on the relationship between Alex and Winter, and not related to the actual plot. However, I do think the relationship needed to be explained in that manner, so that the ending had more of an impact.

The ending was fast-paced for sure! Had my heart racing as I read. I was a little a dissapointed that we didn’t actually find out what Winter’s power was by the end. Mrs. Mueller makes us guess or leaves a hint for us, but I’m still not 100% sure on what it is. But, it does leave it open to be reveiled in the next book!

Overall I really enjoyed the book. It’s not my normal choice in a book, but I’m glad I had the chance to read it. I’ll definitely read the next book in the series. I look forward to reading more about Alex, his “family”, and Winter.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: connie garcia on March 13, 2012 :
I really liked the Story I have been so wrapped up in BD1 and reading my Twilights to get read for the night I had not been paying much attention to my other Paranormal stories and Darkspell did that for me. I had orginally read the first couple of chapters from the author's website and she generously allowed me to read the book for review. First all one thing I really loved about this book is the drawings in between chapters that gave the book a different feel that the other paranormal books don't have. Two I did read this book as a E-Book however I will be getting it as a paperbook just because of the drawing and also because I want my niece to read it I know she will love it so much. The Story of Winter and Alex is a wonderful innocent story of new love and step's a Winter is willing to take to keep that love. This wasn't even about a physical attraction more of emotional love that is sweet and pure and what falling in love with some should be about. I see Winnie as a strong girl that has lost her father at a young age and is the big sister in the family and instead of teens that can't stand their lil brothers she does get fustrated with them but loves them whole hartedly. This was one of those stories where you want peace and quiet just so you can read it with the drawing and also the wonderful writing of Elizabeth Mueller I could see in mind what is going on in the story and the end story was very good I was pretty suprised by it myself and was "Ok I didn't see that coming!". I don't want to give away any spoilers just because this is a book that you have read for yourself and enjoy Winter and Alex story. I cannot wait to see more stories from this author.
from Conniesbookreview.blogspot.com
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: connie garcia on March 13, 2012 : (no rating)
From Conniesbookreview.blogspot.com
I really liked the Story I have been so wrapped up in BD1 and reading my Twilights to get read for the night I had not been paying much attention to my other Paranormal stories and Darkspell did that for me. I had orginally read the first couple of chapters from the author's website and she generously allowed me to read the book for review. First all one thing I really loved about this book is the drawings in between chapters that gave the book a different feel that the other paranormal books don't have. Two I did read this book as a E-Book however I will be getting it as a paperbook just because of the drawing and also because I want my niece to read it I know she will love it so much. The Story of Winter and Alex is a wonderful innocent story of new love and step's a Winter is willing to take to keep that love. This wasn't even about a physical attraction more of emotional love that is sweet and pure and what falling in love with some should be about. I see Winnie as a strong girl that has lost her father at a young age and is the big sister in the family and instead of teens that can't stand their lil brothers she does get fustrated with them but loves them whole hartedly. This was one of those stories where you want peace and quiet just so you can read it with the drawing and also the wonderful writing of Elizabeth Mueller I could see in mind what is going on in the story and the end story was very good I was pretty suprised by it myself and was "Ok I didn't see that coming!". I don't want to give away any spoilers just because this is a book that you have read for yourself and enjoy Winter and Alex story. I cannot wait to see more stories from this author.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: M.M. Roethig on March 12, 2012 :
Intense! That's one word I can think of that sums up this book. Elizabeth Mueller takes us on a journey where nothing is as it seems but one thing . . . a passion so intense it compels us onward.

Winter Skye is a normal teenager with normal aspirations and dreams; until Alex Stormhold literally walks out of her dreams and into her life. Her world is turned upside down as she struggles to find out about her past, her present, and her future while desperately trying to hold on to the one person she loves more than anything. But will her love be enough?

The emotional roller-coaster, the dangers, the overwhelming love and desire give this book all the elements of a great novel to keep readers turning pages to find out what happens next!

As a clean YA Paranormal Romance this book will not disappoint and is appropriate for readers of all ages! What more can I say?! Fabulous job Ms. Elizabeth Mueller and I can't wait to read more from this new breakout author!!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Tiffany on March 12, 2012 :
Winter Sky believes she is just an average seventeen year old senior, until she meets Alex Stormhold. When strange things begin to happen, Winter finds herself thrust into a magickal world she never knew existed. She soon faces an evil so powerful it threatens to consume her.

With Alex and Winter, Elizabeth creates such a passionate love that even the most cynical will be left swooning.
Check out this quote:
"As soon as the door shut, Alex wrapped those strong arms around me and lifted me off my feet. He whirled me around and I melted in his embrace. He smelled yummy and I grew dizzy with my Alex rush. He set me down and lowered his face, his hot lips a mere tickle along my mouth"
Winter is an emotional heroine that you come to love. She endures a lot through her journey into the world of magic and comes to learn a few things about herself as well. She is relatable to young adults as she duels with the mixed up emotions of first love.

I loved the element of mystery & suspense Elizabeth has created. Reading it, I found myself not knowing what was going to happen next or who to trust. She kept the twists coming right until the very end.

Darkspell weaves together mystery, action, magic and romance into a great read for young adults and even those not-so-young adults.

Things I really liked about Darkspell:
- Unique and interesting concept of "magick."
- Characters that you really care for.
- Her concept of everlasting young love made me giddy inside.
- Plot twists that kept me guessing!

Honestly, the only critique I have about Darkspell is the passage of time in some parts of the novel. At times, it felt Elizabeth rushed over things that needed more time and slowed down at parts that could be summed up quicker.

Overall, I liked Darkspell & would recommend it to anyone who loves young adult romance books with elements of magic.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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