Mystic City by Theo Lawrence
Pub Date: Oct. 9, 2012
My Copy: eBook, about 415 Kobo pages
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In a Manhattan where the streets are under water and outcasts called mystics have paranormal powers, Aria Rose is engaged to Thomas Foster and the powerful Rose and Foster families — longtime enemies — are uniting politically; the only trouble is that Aria cannot remember ever meeting Thomas, much less falling in love with him.
I quite enjoyed this book in its entirety. I thought that the story was intriguing and kept me interested throughout. It had a dystopian setting, with mixes of paranormal, fantasy, and romance all tied in. I loved the storyline and it definitely captured my interest and made me keep turning those pages. The world building of this dystopian society was done well; however, I felt as though something was a bit off in the descriptions of the setting. I came away from the book without a full understanding of the setting. I’m not sure if it’s just me and maybe I missed something, but I can’t really picture 100% of this new Manhattan. This issue didn’t affect my enjoyment of the novel very much though.
The characters were good and likeable. I thought that Aria was very well developed and she was easy to identify with and root on. Her character sometimes irked me in the way that she didn’t seem to have much of a backbone. She was being treated very poorly by her entire family and yet, rarely stood up for herself. She showed courage in her secretive actions — sneaking off to see Hunter and whatnot — but not in her deliberate actions/words to her family. I also often questioned some of the decisions she made and found myself screaming No! Don’t do that, you foolish girl! or That’s a horrible idea! I don’t know why she acted so dense and foolish sometimes, while at others she would act very intelligent and careful. I still really liked her character all-in-all and sympathized with her throughout.
Hunter was a lovely character, as all the heartthrobs of teen books are. He is a very sweet, kind, and sometimes mysterious character. I’m a bit on the fence of my feelings for him though. I really did love his character, but I don’t think I would put him in any favourite male-love-interest category. I think this might be due to the fact that I don’t feel like I know his personality well enough. I think that he needed to be more developed. There are some hints (I don’t want to use specifics here and spoil anything) as to his true personality, but we don’t actually get to see much of it as it’s happening…if that makes any sense. It would be easier to explain if I included spoilers, but I’m not going to! Sorry 🙂
I thought that the writing was good. I don’t have much to say on this topic…Lawrence did a good job of telling the story with good quality of writing. Not great, not bad, but good.
I would definitely recommend this novel to anyone who is a fan of YA dystopia fiction. I would not classify it as a favourite, but I did really enjoy it and I will read the next book in the series.
A Peek Inside:
On the surface, my story is a simple one. I fell in
love. I took a drug. I had a bad reaction, and I’m
suffering some temporary memory loss as a result.
But if I really think about it…there are so many
thingsthat beg to be asked and answered — most
of which involve Thomas.