Genre: New Adult/Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Limitless Publishing LLC
Date of Publication: 12/8/15
Number of pages: 130
Word Count: 91,000
Cover Artist: Yvonne Less
When Eliza Rose found out she was a witch, she thought she’d be casting spells…
However, it turns out Eliza is on her way to becoming a mystical assassin. But first she has to start college with her best friend Dawn Roberts and her feline familiar Jared. If you think college is stressful, try finding your best friend being seduced—nearly to death—by a venomous fairy. Something is horribly wrong, and Eliza must find out what it is.
Knowing who’s who in the Mystical world can be a burden—or save her life…
Murderous mermaids, seductive fairies, and manipulative elves are terrifying enough, but pure witches can become corrupt…and they’re the most dangerous creatures of all. Eliza struggles to discover the source of this chaos, but is repeatedly attacked—and saved by a shadowy figure. On a very personal note, Eliza must learn whether corruption is beginning to claim her mother.
Her strongest ally might be handsome, enigmatic Donovan—but he is hiding a shocking secret…
Donovan wants nothing to do with his old gang—not after the things they’d made him do. But when he meets Eliza, he’s both frustrated by her amateur skills and impressed by her emerging strength, and he feels compelled to help her grow into the assassin she’s meant to be.
Every answer has a price, and there are beings born to corrupt the pure.
Eliza fights to master her skills before it’s too late, while Donovan must determine whether Eliza can be saved…or if she must die to keep her out of the hands of those who would use her powers to reign over all of Mystical.
I kneel down and pull out my silver dagger slowly from my black boots. Tugging the dagger out carefully with my index finger and thumb, I structure a plan to save the girl in my head. One of the things mom said to herself when I eavesdropped repeats in my head: “Mystics, they are disguised amongst people.” I narrow my eyes and lock them on the creature before me.
I attempt to move and save her. Instead, I clench my hands into a fist, my throat is dry, and my heart drops inside of my chest. My hands are shaking, and I’m struggling to breathe properly. I can’t lunge forth. I’m too nervous.
I press my lips together. Anxiously, my eyes slide from left to right as I try to think of what I can do to save this innocent girl. I glance down as soon as I hear something moving below me. Gravel on thin strands of weeds puckers out of the ground slowly and slithers up my calves. I cringe as the feeling of the moist dirt on my skin stings my legs.
The sweet wind his wings create brush against my face, intoxicating me and causing my neck to numb. I become drowsy, my vision becomes blurry, and I forget about trying to save her. I’m paralyzed in this peaceful reverie. The smell of fresh roses controls my thoughts and actions. My eyes daze and, though I blink twice to wake myself up, I don’t want to fight against this calm feeling.
It feels amazing.
The weeds continue to wrap around my legs, holding me in place. I shake my head, trying to fall back into reality. I press my lips tightly together and focus on cutting off the weeds slowly. With each slash, it feels like my movement and reactions are slowing down. It must be the scent causing the nerves in my body to act strange. I cover my nose and continue cutting the strands of weed silently. Each cut increases the growth beneath me. The mud from the gravel thickens, gluing me further in place.
The girl moans in pleasure while the weeds attach to me and cling onto the fabric of my clothing. The noise she is making and the weeds from underneath me are overwhelming me. My heart picks up frantically, and my lips feel dry.
The strange creature caresses his prey’s bruised body. There are glowing hickeys all over her skin. He allows the weeds to slither around her neck slowly. He leaves another colorful hickey on her skin. He kisses her neck, eventually pulling on her skin with his sharp teeth.
The scent of his tongue sliding slowly on her neck flows over to where I’m being held captive. My lips part as her eyes roll back into her head. I can feel my mind and thoughts drifting away with her. I want the creature’s lips on my skin just as much as his prey does.
Think, Eliza, think. Stay focused.
I shudder as the cold wind tickles the tiny hairs on my skin. The guy stops kissing the girl and the moans fade away. He looks up and scans his setting. His eyes lock on my hiding place. I increase my cutting movement as fast as I can. He smirks at me with colorful drool dropping to the ground from his white blade-like teeth. His red lips glimmer in front of me in the shadows.
He lets the weeds take over the girl’s body, preserving his meal for later. She is still stuck in ecstasy. Her eyes slide in my direction. Even though she must be in pain, she’s smiling. Weeds form around her body, slither up, and then slap across her eyes and mouth.
The creep holding her captive flutters toward me slowly. He reaches out as weeds beneath the ground and roots spring up and wriggle around my ankles and neck. They travel up against my thighs and then slap across my mouth, preventing me from screaming. I am lifted up against the wall, just how the girl is in front of me.
I raise my dagger to try and cut the weed covering my mouth, but I lose my grip and it falls to the ground. I panic, struggling to breathe, but the same scent crawls into my nostrils. Its sweet taste overpowers my senses. My heart beat slows down drastically as my eyes follow the monster, who is floating in front of me, grinning wickedly. He touches my skin with his soft hand, sizzling and calming my emotions.
My heart skips a beat. It’s finally my turn.
I almost didn't ask for a review copy of this book when I signed up for the tour- but I'm really glad I did. It was a fun and unique new take on witches. You see, in here, witches don't get all the cool super powers of the other supernaturals- they get a broomstick that turns into weapons so they can hunt the bad supernaturals. No spells or flying. But it's still pretty darn cool. And I love the concept the author came up with to follow with the creativity of the different supernatural characters. I was really interested with this book in the prologue, and then the first few chapters were a little slow, but then by about the 4 or 5th chapter, things started getting really good and then I couldn't put this one down.
So, Eliza- E-Leeh-suh! she says it many times- is a witch, but she never knew. And when her mom starts telling her crazy rumblings and telling her she's a witch and to hide, she is clueless. Enough that she almost gets killed. Her best friend is human, but is like her side kick- which I loved her! And then she is saved by a mysterious, rude, but hot male witch. She thought all male witches were bad. Her mom gave her a talking cat as a familiar who tells her the same thing- yet he keeps saving her. She finally gets a hold of her family's grimoire but she is in for some crazy times with that book. So, Eliza sets out to try to find her self, figure out why her mom has started acting like she is loosing her mind, figure out who the hot dude witch is, and learn as much as she can about being a witch- without dying since everyone seems to want to get their hands on her.
I loved the little neighbor Ms Canary- she's all cloak and daggar, but so cute, and Donovan, yeah he's the hot dude witch, I think I may have a crush on him soon... I'm not sure yet, but I think he is gunna play a major role in Eliza's life from here on out. And her BFF, yeah she is just awesome. The other mystics at school, including Eric, I have a feeling they won't just go away now either. But I sense some conflict. And the other side characters, I loved the kitty but I will not go into that because there's a huge secret with that. And her mom... well I wanted to be so mad, but in the end, I was just left heart broken. And Eliza is definitely learning how to change from high school to college, kid into adult, really fast because she doesn't have a choice. I liked the writing style, I loved the unique creativity, and I am seriously wanting to know what happened after that big ending, and will the be anything between Eliza and Donovan, and what about Eric... I'm definitely gunna pick up book two!! 4.5 MAGICAL PAWS!
First, tell me a little about your book ….
Hi I’m so excited to be here! Well, Mystical is about a girl named Eliza and she is just now discovering that she’s a witch. Only thing is, she doesn’t have any sparkly powers and her broomstick doesn’t fly. However, it turns into a deadly weapon that’s used to kill mystical creatures. You follow Eliza along her journey, discovering the truth she’s seeking about who she is.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated or did you always just know?
I kind of just knew I wanted to write, I just didn’t know where to start. I also had insecurities with my writing. Whenever I would go and see a movie or listen to a particular song, I’d drift off into my imagination, thinking how I would make the movie or music video differently. This kept going on and on, until I finally opened my computer to jot down one of my crazy ideas.
What inspired you to write your first book and what was it?
Tinashe’s song Come When I Call, really inspired Mystical. The song is so mysterious and, well, mystical! I know for a fact I wanted to do something with witches, but I didn’t want to be labeled as a cliché. I twisted and experimented with the witches in my story, and you’ll see just why they’re truly mystical.
How do you chose when/which characters die in your books?
Haha! Well that sort of just happens too. I can’t honestly say I plan the deaths in my books. Whenever Eliza is in a tough situation she will do whatever is needed just to get out of that situation. If it has to do with killing someone, to get them out of the way…she will do it, because that’s who Eliza is.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I’m really liking Sarah J. Maas’s Throne Of Glass. I just started the book and can’t wait to keep reading it! It’s sort of like mine which I guess is why I’m so interested in reading it.
Who do you look up to as a writer?
I look up to Stephanie Meyer!
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
No I wouldn’t I’ve changed the story around about twice, and I can honestly say I feel content with how it’s become.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
I find showing emotion is a bit harder for me to write, right now. I guess you can say that’s the reason why I’m not a romance author! I do like learning though, and I’m willing to try my best at it!
What book are you reading now? Or what genre?
Throne Of Glass by Sarah. J. Maas!
If you could be one of your characters, who would you chose?
I would be the King of Fairies: Warren Vasaloff in the second book of the series!
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Get ready to ride the rollercoaster Eliza’s on! It’s never ending action, suspense, mystery so stay on your toes for anything!
Thank you so much for having me on your blog today! I really appreciate it *leaves cookies*
About the Author:
Michael believes he is a mad scientist experimenting with his own imagination. He enjoys world building and having alluring conversations with his stubborn characters. He is your author of The Mystical Series. Specializing in many genres such as Fantasy, Urban Fiction, Dystopian, Young and New Adult.
Most of his inspirations come from fairy tales, music, and his curious what ifs. He’s never thought of being an author, writing was just a hobby to him. However, one day his thoughts and ideas kept interrupting his daily life. At work he’d come up with story lines and decided to join the reading/writing app Wattpad, and there he would write. Realizing the enjoyment from creating characters and worlds doesn’t stop him from ever jotting down a potential story.
You can find him anywhere to snuggling in a comfy seat with hot cocoa Netflix binging, or taking a soothing walk along the forest lines. Possibly diving in a tank with sharks, but that would be too insane.
He is a shopaholic east coaster living in Virginia with his fury companion Coco.
Where the two live happily ever after.
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