Mysti Parker is a wife, mom, author, and shameless chocoholic. She is the author of the Tallenmere standalone fantasy romance series, including the award-winning Hearts in Exile. Her first award-winning historical romance, A Time for Everything, was published in July 2015. Mysti’s other romantic tales include The Roche Hotel romantic comedy series and contemporary novellas co-written with author MJ Post. Her short writings have appeared in the anthologies Hearts of Tomorrow, Christmas Lites, Christmas Lites II, Christmas Lites IV, The Darwin Murders, Tasteful Murders and EveryDayFiction.
Other writing pursuits include serving as a class mentor in Writers Village University's seven week online course, F2K. She has also published two children's books (Quentin's Problem & Fuzzy Buzzy's Treasure) under the name Misty Baker.
When she's not writing fiction, Mysti works as a freelance editor and copywriter. She also reviews books for SQ Magazine, an online specfic publication. She resides in KY with her husband, three children and too many pets.
on March 20, 2015 :
Mysti Parker reconciled me with Fantasy. Don't take me wrong, I always liked Fantasy. I just hadn't read one in a while. There was a time when that was all I ever read so maybe I got tired of it. The formula for Fantasy (elves, dwarves, orcs, etc) is usually always the same. Authors are doing all they can to create new worlds. While Parker's story has its own, the emphasis is on the characters and on the small details around them, so it's through them that we learn of their world and not with long descriptions.
The story is written in the first person POV. The protagonists telling the story alternate throughout the book, but it's well defined so I never got lost. While I found the story itself a bit predictable in a way that I could guess where it was heading, it never deterred me from continuing to read. The words flowed on the pages and the first thing I noticed I was at the end.
The characters were great; however, there were times where I wanted to shake the main protagonist, Caliphany, and tell her, "Why do you react so badly to what he tells you? Why the sudden change of heart?"
Now, people who know me know that I hold a special place in my heart for male protagonists. Galadin didn't fail me. Like Cali, he had his moments, but his felt more natural, less sudden…less PMS. As for Jayden, he left me cold at first, but I warmed up to him, and now I'm looking forward to read his own adventure in the second book of the series.
Recommendations: you don't need to be fan of fantasy to love this book. Sure, there are elves, wood elves, dark elves, high elves, dwarves, even fae people with wings, but don't let that stop you if you're not a fan of the genre. They are just characters in a great story.
(reviewed long after purchase)