In Mystekal, a small, dying town in the Southern California desert, only 75 students attend the old, sometimes creepy high school dubbed "Mystical High," where strange things have been known to happen. Jessie Dalworth and Jinxsy Patterson are juniors and lifelong best friends. At home, Jessie deals with the pain of an absentee mother who has abandoned the family for the lure of Hollywood; Jinxsy contends with a 17th "birthday present" she never wanted or expected.
Meanwhile, at school, the unexplained activity begins to escalate when Jinxsy keeps seeing a long-haired guy in the hallway checking her out. Jessie can't see him, but her younger brother, River, can.
Then, in English class, a stapler mysteriously flies off teacher Eve Carrow's desk, hitting a student in the face who has just mouthed off to her. The beloved teacher is in the unenviable position of having her brute of a father as principal, so she hates sending any student to his office. As Principal Ernest Carrow begins to terrorize Eve and others more openly, something or someone unseen decides that it's payback time.
School is getting stranger, and Jinxsy and Jessie are faced with mind-boggling changes in their home lives that complicate everything. When a string of shocking events expose explosive secrets, decades-long mysteries are finally revealed.
Content Warning: Mild sexual content and non-gratuitous profanity
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About the Author
Back on the East Coast, she worked for many years as a freelance writer, specializing in PR and the entertainment industry. In 2010, she returned permanently to the Los Angeles area.
She is the author of four novels. Her first-published book, CROOKED MOON (General Fiction) was published in 2008. Her first-written, second-published book, SQUALOR, NEW MEXICO (Young Adult/General Fiction) was published in 2009. MOLLY HACKER IS TOO PICKY! (Women's Fiction), was published December 1, 2011. In October 2013, Lisette's fourth novel, MYSTICAL HIGH, book #1 in a YA paranormal trilogy, The Desert Series, was published.
In January 2013, the author edited and published a book of her mother's poetry (written 50 years earlier) called MY WAY TO ANYWHERE by Jean Lisette Brodey.
The author's office website is: www.lisettebrodey.com. In addition to information about her books, Lisette blogs, hosts guest bloggers, and interviews fellow authors on a weekly basis.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Mystical high (The Desert Series, #1) Mystical High is a well-written, absorbing paranormal story. The plot is original and fascinating. The characters Jinxsy and Jessie struggle with true-to-life family problems. They are likable with real teenage drama, best friends indeed. Add a mysterious young man with long dark hair (that only few can see), flying objects, a brute for a principal and you have the makings of a perfect read. Filled with secrets, laugh-out-loud moments, twists and turns that keep you saying just one more page! Y/A Adults and paranormal lovers will enjoy their experience in the mysterious town of Mystekal. I highly recommend to all. I also recommend Squalor, New Mexico, Molly Hacker Is Too Picky! & Crooked Moon
I've enjoyed Lisette Brodey's previous books but was a little hesitant about the Paranormal aspect of her Trilogy. I needn't have worried. I was captured by the characters from the first page. Brodey has a magical way of weaving a plot so that the reader is always guessing what will happen next or who did what to whom. With this book she doesn't disappoint. I was compelled to keep turning pages. While this new Trilogy is slotted as YR the only reason for doing so is that the protagonists are teenagers. If Catcher in The Rye were written today, would it not be labeled YR as well? Today's "typecasting" of fiction does a great disservice to readers who shouldn't hesitate to read this book and the others to follow. The main characters are teenage girls, best friends, whose lives become entangled in family and high school complications. The adults in the book, parents, aunt, teachers, high school principal are each portrayed as carefully thought out people with lives and complications of their own. From start to finish, this book grabs the reader and does not disappoint. I even enjoyed the paranormal events, much to my surprise. I'm very glad that I have already purchased Desert Star, the second book in the Desert Series Trilogy so I can make a seamless transition from the first book to the second. Do yourself a favor and buy this book and its sequel. The last book in the series would, I should think, be out by the end of the year. Onward to Desert Star. Lisette Brodey is obviously a talented author who should definitely be more widely read. Her well-written, well-edited books set her apart in the field.
*** An enlightening and delightful book for all ages*** Mystical High is a YA paranormal novel, a genre outside of what I normally read, and so I was pleasantly surprised by how easily I related to the characters and their lives. Two best friends, seventeen years of age, Jessie and Jinxy, are each met with enormous challenges in their seemingly dead-end town of Mystekal. As if the normal course of teenage angst is not enough, there is also something surreal amidst. This thread of mystery weaves the story together and is what captivates the reader's imagination throughout. With my high school days long behind me, Ms. Brodey was nonetheless able to transport me back to that time. By eliciting feelings in her characters of insecurity, rebellion, and jealousy, her story reminded me of how difficult it was to be young! The author portrays youth--not as a caricature, but as thoughtful beings who must make tough decisions in the course of growing up. She has real empathy for her characters and it shows. This is not just a fluffy book about girlfriend/boyfriend woes or family problems. Mystical High delves into deeper issues, and it does so with the pervasive theme of 'fate.' The story is strongly steeped in a sense of justice, and I believe the author purposely chose to mention three books in her novel that also have similar themes, namely: To Kill a Mockingbird; The Great Gatsby; and The Catcher in the Rye. I found this introduction to Ms. Brodey's writing enlightening and was delighted to find she writes in numerous genres. I am definitely looking forward to more of her work.