(Mystic City #1)
by Theo Lawrence
Released |October 9th 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers|
Edition |Hardcover, 416 pages|
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For fans of Matched, The Hunger Games, X-Men, and Blade Runner comes a tale of a magical city divided, a political rebellion ignited, and a love that was meant to last forever. Book One of the Mystic City Novels.
Aria Rose, youngest scion of one of Mystic City's two ruling rival families, finds herself betrothed to Thomas Foster, the son of her parents' sworn enemies. The union of the two will end the generations-long political feud—and unite all those living in the Aeries, the privileged upper reaches of the city, against the banished mystics who dwell below in the Depths. But Aria doesn't remember falling in love with Thomas; in fact, she wakes one day with huge gaps in her memory. And she can't conceive why her parents would have agreed to unite with the Fosters in the first place. Only when Aria meets Hunter, a gorgeous rebel mystic from the Depths, does she start to have glimmers of recollection—and to understand that he holds the key to unlocking her past. The choices she makes can save or doom the city—including herself.
I have been really excited for the release of Mystic City and was super glad to get my hands on a copy. The premise of this book had me so intrigue, I was dying to read it. This book was, all in all, very interesting!
I think Theo Lawrence did a great job with the premise of this story. It's the one thing that made me want to read it the most. I also thought his writing style was good. The way he writes his words kept me wanting to know what happened next. The story was, altogether, so interesting and different I wanted to know where things would lead to and when things would happen. Even though I was enjoying the book, I thought the pacing was really slow. The story itself I liked, but the pacing was just slow. That's one thing that I didn't really like about the book. I think that was actually the only thing I didn't enjoy.
I thought the characters were awesome. Hunter is probably my favorite, of course! He was just one of those guys and he wasn't afraid to show his feelings. Our main character, Aria, I liked her too. But at times, I found I would be mad at her because she couldn't see what I saw. Which, of course with memory loss and all, she couldn't. Wait, one more thing I didn't like. I didn't like Aria's friends. The two whose name escapes me...They were materialistic and annoying, which really annoyed me whenever they popped up in the story. I could have done without being introduced to them. But back to Aria. I thought she was truly brave and was smart with the situation involving the memory loss.
I can't wait to see what happens in book two. I enjoyed the story and thought it was a good read. I just hope the pacing of the story picks up. But the last half of the book went by pretty quickly now that I think about! I thought the last half of the story was fantastic and I devoured it in one sitting! :) So yeah, I would recommend this one. If you like the idea of the story (plus the cover!) then I think you should give this book a try!