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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Review of Mystic Ink by Casey Wyatt


Review of Mystic Ink by Casey Wyatt

I must admit that I was put off by the blurb for this book. For some reason I wasn't in the mood to read about gods, goddesses, sea nymphs and satyrs. This book takes mythological creatures and plops them into a contemporary setting--a tattoo parlor in Mystic, Connecticut. I've read various books with this paranormal premise, including Sherrilyn Kenyon's series, which I loved before it became repetitive.

But I must say, right from the start, Wyatt hooked me with her writing. I'm a sucker for good writing. And this book is extremely well written. It flows flawlessly, the pacing is perfect, the characters are full-bodied and interesting (sort of like a good Merlot...yeah, I still have wine on the brain). It has a lot packed in here....teetering on the edge of too much. Many characters, lots of twists and turns in the plot. But in spite of this, Mystic Ink works. I loved the main characters, especially the adorable hero who is sexy, protective, and fearless. The heroine is spunky without being irritating. The secondary characters are plentiful and colorful. But I think the most important thing here is the pacing. I was sucked into the story, I wanted to find out what was going to happen. It never gets bogged down with too much information (which can happen easily in a complex paranormal story like this). The sexual tension builds nicely, and the love scenes are toasty hot. Wyatt also does a great job setting up the next story. 

This is a great debut novel. I am most impressed with Wyatt's writing expertise and am wondering if she will branch out into other genres as well. I hope so. She's got a new fan.

Grade: A-

Penelope

10 comments:

Casey Wyatt said...

Penny - thank you so much for the wonderful review. Yes, I do write in other genres.I do have another book coming out from Pink Petal Books - THE UNDEAD SPACE INITIATIVE.

Again - thank you!! :o)

Julia Rachel Barrett said...

I knew when I met Casey on line, she would write a winner. God, I have got to get this book away from my husband! (The perils of sharing a kindle!)

Penelope said...

Hi Casey! I really enjoyed your book....I haven't read that many debut books with that level of writing expertise. Way to go! Looking forward to checking out your other work.

Penelope said...

Hey Julia....you will love it! I know you love a good suspense novel, and this one is very suspenseful. In fact, I got a little bit nervous reading it at one point. You know I'm a big wussie! :^)

Katy Lee said...

I couldn't agree more! I loved Mystic Ink! I could not put it down.

Penelope said...

Hi Katy! I really got sucked into this story. Casey excels at characterization and pacing. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.

Thanks for stopping by! :^)

Casey Wyatt said...

Thank you Katy, Julia and Penny. :o)

Katy Lee said...

I am looking forward to the rest in the series, too. I can't wait for Zephyr's story. The poor guy! :)

Anonymous said...

Great review! Just downloaded it to my Kindle and have something to do during the superbowl today...

Casey Wyatt said...

Katy - I'm working on Zephyr right now.

Anonymous - thanks for purchasing Mystic Ink. I hope you enjoy it!