Monday, 1 December 2014

Misty Falls

Misty FallsTitle : Misty Falls (Benedict # 4)
Author : Joss Stirling
Rating : 4 Stars!!!
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 2nd 2014 by Oxford University Press 
Source copy : Publisher
Synopsis : 
Misty is a one-girl disaster zone. Born with a Savant 'gift' that means she can never tell a lie, her compulsive truth-telling gets her into trouble wherever she goes.

So when she meets Alex: gorgeous, confident, and impossibly charming, Misty instantly resolves to keep her distance . . . Someone so perfect could never be hers, surely?

But a dark shadow has fallen across the Savant community. A serial killer is stalking young people who have these special mental powers. Soon one of them will be taken to the edge of death . . . and beyond.


Source  : Goodreads

'You think I'm not telling the truth? I never lie.'
'Now that has to be a lie,' he said...

Fourth book of Benedict series, Misty Falls is another spin off for all of Joss Stirling's avid savant readers. Exactly like me. For the people who haven't started this series yet, I highly recommend this book. Out of all the books that I had, I am damn willing to fly across to London or Oxford or wherever the author is. Her idea of people who are gifted with supernatural abilities are called 'savants'. And each of them are aligned with their 'soulfinder', we, living in a non-fictional life call it 'significant one'. Once a soulfinder meets each other, they have the ability to suppress their abilities. To people who had started this series, I am pretty sure how much you are also drooling for the Benedict brothers. 

When Seeking Crystal ended, I am so eager to know who will be the next Benedict brother who will meet his soulfinder. So when the author spilled the beans that Misty Falls will not be officially about a Benedict brother, I am honestly disappointed at first, but when I read the synopsis, I've became curious to know how and why the author somehow shifted the gears into the new characters. 

Misty Falls glides on with another twist, the Benedict brothers are still on the spot, but the full lights are on Misty and Alex. The two highly unlikely savants that are completely the opposite ones. Misty got the ability to persuade someone to tell the truth while Alex can charm someone and persuade them to do whatever he wants. See the difference and the blind spot in those two? This is one of the reason why at the very beginning of the book I'm already over head and ears with Misty Falls. The twist on how these two characters can attune their wavelength in the middle of the conflicts within their families.

One of the infinite things that I love on Joss Stirling's writing style is her provoking words of her male protagonists. The character of Alex is ultimately jaw-dropping, a guy who has it all - charm, looks, brain, hot bod, goodness gracious I need to take him out of my book. I loved how she made Alex to be the character who somehow knows how to hold back to the things that might end hurting someone even if it makes him hurt more. He's able to endure the pain at a young age. Misty on the other hand, is kind of a bit a clumsy character that I've ever read. The protagonist who was always being captured because of her tongue of fire that speaks the truth. No one can ever escape from that fate to be fair, but I love how she was able to execute her bravery in spite of all her fears of being ambushed by her own abilities. 

The continuation of what always left behind the mystery of other savants missing in and out is still within the story. This almost consumes the security and confidentiality while living among with non-savants. Of course, there will always be savants who will take full advantage of what they have and what they needed more, even if it takes to kill or leave their soulfinders behind. 

So upon reaching the plot twist of Misty Falls, I am engulfed with all the reality behind all the reasons how such antagonist, Alex's uncle can do such a grave thing to kill his family. Although savants has their free-way access to the extensible views of the world and with people, they also have a down side, loophole that sinks them at the bottom. It's being judged as one of the cursed and sinful mundane ever existed. This matter opened up the root of the reason why Alex's uncle was able to use his savant ability to damage people. I won't say what his savant ability because this will be technically a major spoiler.

When I almost reached the end of the book, that's when another twist for me of how special is the bond of every soulfinder. It was a deep wrenched pain to read how these characters were able to keep om holding on for each other and struggling to reach out the strings of their hearts. I did not expect any perfection at the very end of the book but Misty Falls reached its peak of perfection when it comes to bid fair to hold on to one's soulfinder.

If you want to take a break on Contemporary or High Fantasy books, you better need to start reading these series. Joss Stirling always bring out surprising things to her every Benedict books that ever published. Misty Falls is a combination of water and fire. The effects of these elements blazed the step of knowing the truth and spilling it all out in the most rationalized way. I am deeply in love with this book!

THANK YOU SO MUCH OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS FOR SENDING ME A COPY OF THIS GLORIOUS BOOK.


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