Monday 31 October 2011


It's Monday 31st October: Hallowe’en: I'm in trouble. We got back from Corfu in the middle of the afternoon and don't have a cookie, crisp or sweetie in the house - oops!

Speaking of Corfu and a speedy descent into grey, since the clocks changed on Saturday night I feel like someone stole my hour – one day, I was lying on the deckchair right up until dinner. The next, I find myself spending an hour indoors keeping warm as the night sky darkened until the stars glittered rationed light instead. 

I can’t say I prefer being back in the UK but at least there is no snow here – yet ;)

In honour of the release of Darkspell, Elizabeth Mueller’s debut novel, I’ve signed up to finish the phrase ‘If I had all the magic in the world, I’d…’

If I had all the magic in the world, I’d heal the planet until there wasn’t one drop of water that couldn’t glint like a diamond rather than be discharged from a tap like infected mucous.

What would you do with magical powers?

Review from YA Book Babes:
Winter Sky believes she is everything ordinary…until she is kissed by Alex Stormhold.  As seer of the 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.

Darkspell doesn’t fit into a typical YA genre box.  As a matter of fact, it’s one of the most original books I’ve read this year.  A richly woven drama unfolds as young Winter Sky meets two handsome and mysterious neighbors, both fighting for affection. 

But one boy, the boy of her dreams—literally—has already won her heart.  But in short order her life is turned upside down as she enters the Stormhold world, a coven of magic users (I’m hesitant to use the world witch/wizard here.  This is really something very different) where she is being hunted by the Shadoweaer.  Suddenly everything is in jeopardy as she searches for her gift and fights to keep the boy she loves.

Elizabeth Mueller gives a great story, full of normal teen angst without tipping the scales to be annoying, she keeps us guessing, dropping nuggets for us throughout the story, but never tipping her hand.  Combine that with the fantastic use of illustrations that give it almost a graphic novel feel as we read, and this is easily a five star read.  I can’t wait to pick this up in paperback and you should too!  Mueller is a great addition to the YA world and I can’t wait to see what comes next from this talented writer!

It just sounds great!


  1. Elaine, you are a very descriptive writer. I liked your magical wish. Thank you for participating!

    Happy Halloween! :)


  2. Great wish. And I sure hope you get some treats in the house. Chocolate would be good...

  3. I agree, that is a wonderful wish! Hope you had a Happy Halloween! :)