To read and learn about so I m not complaining There also were some seriously surprising moments that gave me hope even if just for a second that the book was finally going somewhere Alas it didn t last long but it proves once again that TJ s talent exists it only wasn t the right story to prove it with The plot is rather interesting if ou don t take the self indulgent romance part into account or if Instinct for Freedom Finding Liberation Through Living you put aside the many and many plot holes I fervently hope that all the things left unanswered in this book will receive an explanation in book 2 because otherwise we re all doomed but the characters are really dull and scripted The main character Aria is the one that irked me up the most Seriously how immature and ignorant doou have to be to make it all about Legacy of the Heart: The Spiritual Advantages of a Painful Childhood your cheesy insta love when people are dying andor in danger because ofour family Also I get it that for the sake of maintaining a bit of mystery とんび you have to makeour protagonist and reader clueless to what s happening around them but Aria was just plain blind and also a little shallow if I m allowed to speak in behalf of her judgy temperament Hunter on the other hand is a nice guy who tries too hard to be tough and probably hasn t overcome his edwardcullen like stalkerish phase but I didn t mind him as much as I did the others I found him a little too sappy though Those love letters Omg so cringey Oh I also really love that cover It s what brought me to this book at first and even if it wasn t a complete success after all I m glad I have this beauty to look at when I need something pretty to lay my eyes upon I would shelve Theo Lawrence s oung adult debut Mystic City as Futuristic Romantasy if I had to be precise It takes place in a future but alternative version of Manhattan The plot relies heavily on its fantastic elements namely on the existence of Mystics who are people who have magic which is used as energy as the stuff which makes skyscrapers float high above the flooded landscape with its crumbling moldy buildings and as the basic ingredient of a wonder drug called Stic And the story definitely concentrates on the stormy and unuenchable forbidden romance between the offspring of bitter political adversaries than on the glitzy glossy Mafiosi mystery That tendency was transparent in the novel s working title which had been Your Heart Like uicksilver Like every other futuristic publication aimed at teenagers Mystic City comes pitched with a comparison to The Hunger Games which seems to be obligatory these days plot and setting nonwithstanding and which nobody takes seriously any My pitch would have been A cross between Gossip Girl Blue Bloods and ExodusI ve rated Mystic City three stars which means I enjoyed reading it all in all There has been a lot of eye rolling a lot of Yes Buts and a lot of Do You Think I Am Dense which I will explain shortly but the heroine was thoroughly likable and brave the hero attractive super powered and mysterious the romance although instantly there and super kitschy pretty romantic the villains villainous the action plenty and rapid and the world building although unbelievable vividly painted in rich sparkling detail and rather creative view spoilerI want a rebellious boy fetch me from my penthouse balcony on his magic motorcycle too Maybe that would heal my fear of heights hide spoiler Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Talesuick Dirty A girl tries to move on with her life after losing her memory but moving on means being a puppet in a political race with her parents Opening Sentence The party has begun without me The Review Aria knows she loves Thomas Foster At least that s what everyone is telling her Loving someone with no memory of ever meeting them can be pretty tough even if she does have flashes of memories sneaking out late at night meeting in the ghetto area of the Depths secret kisses But then she meets Hunter a rebel mystic that makes her forget her forgetfulness and the stress that comes with it With a rising rebellion over the horizon and a mystic political candidate that could change life in New York for the worst Aria has to decide which side she s on and which side she believes most Should she let her parents use her as a political puppet to win the election Or should she follow her heart even if she doesn t remember who she gave it to This has the forbidden romance of Ally Condie s Matched adventure and mystery of Becca Fitzpatrick s Hush Hush and twisty plot of Beth Revis s Across the Universe all rolled into one Mystics are outcasts the ones who have the lower jobs and are never to be trusted Yet at one time they helped build the city that is practically floating on stilts But they became feared and thus the feuding Rose and Foster families took it into their hands to fix the mystic problems So mystics are reuired to be drained of their power twice a ear leaving them as shells of their old self But a rebellion is brewing of undrained mystics and even a union between a Rose and a Foster might not distract the citizens I think I ve found my new favorite series Imagine Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick as the first book in the series and Surfing: The World's Best Surf Breaks and Techniques (World Sports Guide) you ve pretty much got Mystic City in a nutshell We don t know Aria s past and we don t know about the dystopian world of Mystics and Aeries Lawrence weaves an intriguing mystery full of action and suspense and pretty much everythingou want in a YA dystopian book Hunteroh my He s charming sweet and can knock a girl off her feet if he really tried But he has his own secrets and obstacles to overcome He thinks he s doing the right thing by staying away from Aria keeping her from danger and letting her live her life of high end classy materials He s strong not just physically but also mentally for having to endure the trials sorry for being vague can t spoil the story There were multiple consistency problems but that s due to it being an ARCbut the fabulous writing and unpredictable plot makes up for it The entire cast of characters are great in themselves but I thought some of the minor characters could have been mentioned earlier in the story Manhattan as a dystopian city is absolutely beautiful and can and will steal The Infernal your breath away Overall this has great potential and Lawrence will definitely be on my debut author to be watched list I can t wait until the next installment But first I got to wait for this book to come out Notable Scene So little time is left Take this He folds the locket into my hand It throbs as if it has a pulse giving off a faint white glow I m sorry for puttingou in danger I would do it all again I tell him A thousand times He kisses me softly at first and then so fiercely I can hardly breathe Rain falls soaking us splashing into the canals that twist through the hot dark city His chest heaves against mine The sound of sirens and gunshots reverberates between the crumbling waterlogged buildings My family is drawing closer Go Aria he pleads Before they get here But footsteps are behind me now Voices fill my ears Fingers dig into my arms tearing me away I love The Divers' Game you he says gently And then they take him I scream in defiance but it is too late My father emerges from the shadows He aims the wicked barrel of his pistol at my head Inside me something bursts I always knew this story would break my heartFTC Advisory Delacorte Books for Young ReadersRandom House provided me with a copy of Mystic City No goody bags sponsorships material connections or bribes were exchanged for my review This and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd MY THOUGHTS I ve been wanting to read this book for awhile so I felt like I hit the jackpot when I found this book and it s seuel at my local used bookstore Overall this book did not disappointThis book take place in a futuristicdystopian New York City There are two ruling families the Roses and the Fosters and everyone in the city has to choose sides between them Aria has just recovered after ODing off of Stix a drug and is now to marry Thomas Foster whom she supposedly loves and had a great affair with The problem is that she has no memory of being with Thomas and has no love for him She ends of meeting Hunter a mysterious illegal mystic has magical abilities She knows that with he she will be able to recall her memories but what she will unlock will change everythingThis entire plot was just so interesting I like the whole idea behind the two families and the mystics It s horrible how they treat the mystics they drain their powers but I thought the idea of adding magical elements to a dystopian society very uniue This book has the common theme of everything I was told is a lie but it s so well done The element of memory loss is not somethingou see entirely too often with that idea either As for plotsome parts of this book were very predictable I was able to figure most of the plot early on though I won t hate on Aria for taking so long to figure things out as it probably comes from reading so many dystopian novels Even though I still very thrown by a few plot twists near the end The pacing of the book was also fast paced You wouldn t expect that with a book featuring memory loss but there were always things happening and Aria did not just wait around for her memories to come backThe romance was very different in some ways It seems like there would be a love triangle in this book but there really isn t since Aria doesn t really love one of them If Think & Trade Like a Champion: The Secrets, Rules & Blunt Truths of a Stock Market Wizard you are one of those people who avoids books with two guy names in the synopsis expecting the dreaded triangleou ll be safe reading this book As for everything else in the romance I liked it though it didn t wow me IN CONCLUSION This is a great read with a very interesting premise and it s done very well It s a bit predictable at times but I didn t let that stop my enjoyment of the book and there were still some surprises along the way I recommend this book to those who would like to read a dystopian with a hint of fantasy meanwhile I ll be reading the next book. AjesMientras tanto en las Profundidades un grupo de rebeldes trama una virulenta rebelión política ue podría hacer temblar los pilares de la ciudad Heart of the Night Secret Agent Series y acabar con todo lo ue los Rose los Foster han construido.
Reatening their political dynasties It s just the most amazing coincidence ever that Aria and Thomas has decided to fall in love at the time when it s most important that the two families ally together against a common enemy It s just such a shame that Aria can t remember a goshdarned thingHmm HMMMMMMMMMMMAria only knows something There s a mysterious boy who makes her heart beat fast every time he s near There s just something about himHunter He s a Mystic boy a forbidden boy who s as different from the patrician Thomas as night and day Hunter shows up everywhere her balcony her room It s just so amazing that he happens to be there every time Aria s in danger Like when she steps over a skyscraper railing just for fun and almost splats to death due to her own fucking stupidity I ve started to bring my leg back over the railing when my other foot slipsAnd just like that I m falling Ugh Thomas is SO handsome and SO rich and it would be really nice to be his wife and all her friends are like sooooo looking forward to their wedding The girls nod as if they understand That makes sense Kiki says Meanwhile I still don t have a friggin date to the wedding I want some cute guy to dance with during the slow songs and make out with in the bathroom Time is tick tick ticking away Bennie says clapping her hands together But it doesn t FEEL right Thomas is like soooooooo cold And Hunter is like SOOOOOOOOO HOT And then there s this pesky little thing about giving the poor downtrodden Mystics their basic human rights Which Hunter and Aria will TOTALLY get to Once they stop admiring each other and going to carnivals From here I can see the entire carnival the colors and the lights the Magnificent Block ignited with festivities This is gorgeous I find myself sayingI think I hear Hunter say You re gorgeous under his breath Yeah Once they get their minds into the game and out of each other s eyes Hunter and Aria will change the world How Love Hunter asks his eyes wide Could the things Instructor's manual for Selected topics in mathematics by Edward L Spitznagel Jr you re feeling be love I gulp and nod at the same time I think so I say I hope so Me too he says More than anything in the world Then he leans in and kisses me Not on my forehead or cheek but on my lips A real kiss A kiss that feels like it can change the world The Plot This is the first major event in eightyears that all the oung Manhattan elite are attending together Everyone will be here regardless of allegiance Foster or Rose kids from both sides of the island The plummet party at the American pales in comparison Come on I say shoving through a crowd of paparazzi Because the best way to celebrate the union of two rival houses is to PARTY PARTY PARTYTHERE IS NO PLOT The book SHOULD have been about Hunter and Aria working together to free the Mystics instead Aria spends 90% of her time going to parties thinking about Hunter hating her parents thinking about Hunter going to parties wondering what s up with her memory loss talking to her BFFs thinking about Hunter wondering what s the big deal with Thomas going to parties and thinking about Hunter some The Setting The heat they say is because of the global climate crisis the melting of snow and ice around the world and the rising sea level that swallowed Antarctica and all of Oceania Global warming is also to blame for the canalsfilling what used to be low avenues and streets with seawater Welcome to another global warming dystopian premise With magicIt s the future We don t know how fucking far in the future it is but it s gotta be pretty fucking far in the future in order for global warming to get to such an extent to almost immerse Manhattan in water The upper classes live in the Aerie high rise structures while the lower classes live in the Depths where crumbling buildings and shit falls on them all the fucking time We now use gondolas to get around and for some fucking reason the subways still exist but unused and sealed but aren t flooded since people still use them as hiding placesbut why aren t they flooded since they re underground How did the waters recede in the tunnels anyway I glance around at what must have been a waiting area for people to board the subway The ground is slick with grime and eroded from where at one point it must have been completely flooded Ah logic Fuck logic Who needs logic anywaySo in this magical mystical future we have technology that can specifically erase memories but there s a surprisingly lack of technological advancements Hell it s likethe 21st century We have iPod like music players we have an iPhone like device called a TouchMe People still text and tweet in the future Twitter will be happy to know they re not dying out any time soon That stays between us though Okay Don t go texting it or tweeting or whatever it is ou kids do We re still struggling to make paper records electronic The stack of manila envelopes on my desk has piled so high I fear it will topple over Mental note Get on those They re copies of the draining reports from over ten The Burial at Thebes years ago before everything was streamlined electronically It s not like we re not doing that RIGHT NOW OR ANYTHINGWhat the fuck kind of a future is this Chanel still exists It s too hot ifou step outside 50 Years of Silence you re practically boiled but people still take vacation to Bali Despite sea levels people still seem to be able to eat the same kinds of delicacy including seafood and oysters and stuff that might be impossible to get if the seas and the temperatures heat up This book s premise is a messThe X MEN Some mystics can take on the glamour of someone else Hunter says navigating a flight of stone steps Soou can look like a different person But eventually it wears off Other mystics can use their energy to affect the weather or even the air surrounding them He waits for me to catch up I know a girl who can spin a tornado out of thin air he says and someone who can start a fire he snaps his fingers like that The Mystics in this book are fucking dumb Supposedly they ve existed all along as witches persecuted for their crimes and came forth to help the US during WWII After which they became DANGEROUS AND ENSLAVED AND DRAINED Wut Fucking reallyOk first of all these Mystics are completely normal looking They re not X Men mutants They are humans with powers They re justhotter than others They feel hot to the touch And THAT S why they were caught Why can t they just fucking stay hidden If they ve been so fucking good at hiding in the past why can t they just do it again now Pretending to be something Vide et plein you re not sucks the life out ofou Even worse than the drainings Are The Latinos of Asia: How Filipino Americans Break the Rules of Race you fucking kidding me You d prefer to be almost enslavedour powers drained rather than HIIIIIIIIIIDE YO SELF What kind of a stupid reason is thatSome of these Mystics have pretty fucking amazing powers Why can t they just like get the fuck out of there Seriously emigrate to another country or something Be Free like Willy Some not all have powers that can make them look like someone else glamour they can control the weather they can manipulate fire they can walk through wallsSO WHY THE FUCK ARE THE MYSTICS JUST LYING DOWN AND TAKING THEIR TERRIBLE TREATMENT WITHOUT A FIGHTAria It was Hunter He s saved me twice in two nights I can t even count the number of times Aria got her ass saved She s so fucking Too Stupid To Live that it s unbelievable Here Punainen kuin veri you have a pampered girl one who is a celebrity recognizable everywhere she goes She s got the street smarts of a dwarf rabbit and she s sneaking around ALL OVER THE FUCKING SLUMS and is OH SO SHOCKED whenever she gets caught which is repeatedly Please I sayHe licks his lips with his thick wet tongue Please what Please don t hurt me I close my eyes willing the pain to stop I am going to die here I am going to die for my stupidity Aria is passive to be fair she can t DO anything because of who she is Aria is a spoiled poor little rich girl without an ounce of common sense it s not her fault that she was raised to be a smiling and brainless socialite but I can and will hate her because I want a stronger character than thatAria doesn t DO anything She doesn t need to work so she halfheartedly holds a job at a local politician s office Her days are filled with nothing but shopping and friends and parties and thinking about how her life sucks Her nights are filled with sneaking out to see Tyler She can t even plan her own wedding all Aria does is whine and sigh over how life is soooooooooooooo HORRIBLEThe Romance Areou spying on me Spying has such a dirty connotation Hunter says running one of his hands up my back How about keeping watch Oh here we go again a boy who s a stalker but it s ok if he s stalking her if he s just looking out for her safety He shows up in her bedroom He s there whenever she s hurt He s there when he shouldn t be He s not who he seems remember Mystics can wear other people s faces Hunter shouldn t be trusted but the heroine seems to feel that it s ok to trust him anyway Something about him his easy attitude perhaps or the way he looks at me makes me feel I can trust him As for the romance A is engaged to B who is fucking C while secretly in love with D but shouldn t be because D is secretly engaged to E who graciously sacrifices everything because she loves both A and Dbarf Everyone around me is applauding wildly overjoyed by how uickly something can disappear Am I the only one who wishes things could come back Meh This could have been better and the potential was all there The book begins with a really impactful prologue that made my jaw drop only to completely change direction when the story acrually started Theo Lawrence can write if he wants to and that prologue proves it Unfortunately for him the weak rest of the book also proves that his writing despite having its peaks lacks continuity and consistency on the long run I think the setting is the only thing I have nothing to say about I liked this new New York and the Mystic caste system could have been developed but it was still easy. Ntación ahora la ciudad va ser testigo de un acontecimiento inaudito Aria Rose Make You Mine y Thomas Foster los primogénitos de cada familia van a casarse su matrimonio simbolizará la unión inuebrantable de los dos lin.
I need to stop being lured in by blurbs that mention The Hunger Games and sparkly covers though it is one of most enchanting covers I ve seen in a while A much accurate blurb would be a Romeo and Juliet retelling with magical people who are nowhere as cool as X men I didn t go into this book with high expectations but I was expecting a lot action that wasn t made up of aimless running around and a lot less love proclamations In the end I couldn t get past the extremely predictable plot flat characters and the main character s stupidityThis Couple Has OCD IssuesOn two occasions Aria finds these secretive letters in her house then instead of stuffing them in her pocket or locking doors before anyone sees her reading them SHE ORGANIZES THEM BY DATE WHUTAria s lover Hunter isn t much better When Aria and Hunter have minutes before the vicious armed bodyguards barge into the room where they are having their secret rendezvous instead of escaping they proceed to sit around and talkand talkand talk some And then Hunter cleans up vomit Y U NO RUN AWAY OR DEVISE SOME PLAN They get caught All because they were too busy talking and cleaning up vomit facepalmExtraneous WritingI often wonder if Lawrence forgot to remove his notes from the story since I kept coming across these jarr DNF No ratingBoring and predictable and I have far better books to be spending my time readingInsta love and love triangles I ve developed a zero tolerance policy and I can t stand for the bullshitI tried But no Just sorry but no Amnesia Tragedy Tampered memories Political ruses Controlling and manipulative parents who treat their daughter as an asset to be traded to the most profitable buyerThis book is interesting Not really in terms of the plot itself but the author s goals Lawrence was attempting to create an original plot by twisting the storyline all over the place And an alarming majority of these twists were extremely predictable and foreshadowing was prevalent throughout the ENTIRE book Lack of emotion was a frustrating approach that had been intentionally unintentionally taken by Lawrence though for a reason I cannot fathom If the narrative voice is going to be that of a female teenager s perhaps she should have slightly exaggerated feelings than that of a brick s She had indifferently told a lie which had resulted in view spoilerher father shooting an innocent man for supposedly helping her traverse the canals of the Depths hide spoiler 35 starsMystic City has just about everything one would enjoy in an escape It s has a uaint Romeo and Juliet story line a political background a sci fi flare and magic laced in every page Add conspiracy betrayal true love and tainted memory lost and how could More Than a Princess (The Montevaro Monarchy you go wrongTheo Lawrence pens a brilliant imaginative and creative world It s set in a futuristic Manhattan and there are two kinds of people One are the Mystics who have special powers and forces of energy They are meant to be dangerous and a nuisance to the Non Mystic folks Aria Rose just happens to be the daughter of a very important political family She is the key to bringing peace to their country by joining two rival families together through marriagebut only if she doesn t remember enough of who she really lovesI loved the idea that Theo Lawrence introduced Always was a sucker for amnesia type books and this one had a really great twist I also loved the magic in this It truly did give a mystical feel to the whole story line giving it an enchanting glow And while politics usually leaves me cold it was easy to understand and go along with Even the romance was sweet in it s own way So why only three starsou might wonder I m thinking it has to do with the pacing and the fact that it just was way to predictable The flow of the book felt a tad off We start off with Aria at her engagement party but she doesn t remember who her fiance is or feel the love she s suppose to have for him Then almost in the same breath she s saved from someone who she feels instantly connected too It felt to fast to give out such important facts right from the start Invading any real mystery from then onIt also wasn t hard to guess the intentions of the characters Who was bad who was good and the why s of the situation Making it feel somewhat lackingHowever I did enjoy all the characters I felt badly for Aria She s been used and betrayed through out the entire story and The Courage to Stand Alone Letters from Prison and Other Writings yet she has uite a fiery determination about her thatou just have to respectHunter is the kind of character that s funny and sweet and playful Someone Halftime with Craig you can feel likeou can trust right away but The Year the Maps Changed you also know that there is to him The romance wasn t over the top in this book but it still had it s moments where I couldn t help but sighAlso I m not sure why but I felt badly for Thomas even though he was partly at fault he wasn t a bad guy and I m not sure he deserved what he gotWith that said all in all I still enjoyed this story It may not be a favorite but I still think it was a fascinating read The writing is good the characters are likable and the plot was intriguing Lawrence brings something shinny and bright into the world of dystopian reads The ending actually has me curious enough to want to know what happens next so I may have to pick up the next book Renegade HeartThis review and can be seen at WinterHaven Books This book had such an interesting premise and I was really looking forward to it but overall it was disappointingly just okay Predictable Sadly I was able to guess what was going to happen after reading the first couple of chapters I meanes I had an idea from the summary but this book did not have any twists or turns or any surprises with one exception the kiss did make me think WTH but that was it I guessed what was really going on the whole romance thing who was related to who and whose side each character was on so no the revealing of the spies did not surprise me either Fuzzy World Building I really liked that Lawrence started to establish a concept of the world of mystics the magic and the levels of sociology and even where the lived BUT it was just the initial set up The world was sci fi ish but I had a really hard time picturing everything how the world was set up how people got around other than walk what Aeries looks like what the Mystics underground or whatever looked like Lack of Building on Magic Lawrence had so much he could have done on with the concept of magic but it he never really built on it It was just thrown in and accepted like it was always a part of history and other than the little anecdote about Hunter s grandfather and mother there wasn t much on how mystics contributed to the world and why they were not accepted into society other than people were afraid of their power And the powers themselves They were pretty lame and their users did not do much with them other than the ultimate traitor Unimpressive characters The characters in this book were just okay and honestly they re very forgettable Aria was kind of bland I m sure she was meant to be a rebellious feisty character but she really didn t do much other than show a little fight near the end Hunter was kind of sappy and I m disappointed he wasn t built to be of a swoony worthy character I was unattached to any of the side characters I really wanted to know about Kyle who was supposed to be such a good brother or Kiki and Bennie who was supposedly Aria s really good friends or even Turk who would have been a really fun character to get to know Lawrence did show us a glimpse of Davida but it was so uick and I think she would have been a really really strong supporting characterOverall I don t think this book was a bad book per se It s just that for a 416 paged book I just felt a lot of it was a brief gloss over and I had just expected it to be attached to the story the characters and the world I m engaged to Thomas and Daughter of the Moon (Tales of Inthya, yet I let another boy kiss me And I kissed him back The worst part He s not even a regular boy he s a rebel mystic Oh no Of all the people suffering in the world all the injustice going on in the Depths of futuristic Manhattan THIS IS THE WORST THING EVERThat s great That s wonderful Good forou sweetie I just don t want our sort in a sci fidystopian novel Get the fuck outta hereThis book has1 A weak spoiled wealthy TSTL socialite heroine whose attempts to do good are as laughable as a pet kitten bringing me a half eaten mouse2 A lovetriuadrhexathingamajig3 A poorly conceived and largely nonsensical setting4 A love interest with stalkerish tendencies5 A plot that s 90% romance and 10% story with not a single bit of subtlety6 Villains that stand around twirling their mustaches and cackling maniacallyThe Summary Ever since I was a little girl I have wanted to fall in love The love ou see on TV or read about in books where Unstuck you findour missing half the person Adam in Ochre: Inside Aboriginal Australia you were meant to be with forever and suddenlyou re complete It s the future in Manhattan New York No idea when it is but uh global warming happened and the world the world meaning just Manhattan has gone to shit Yeah It s that kind of a premise Suddenly we have flooding and sweltering temperature and people with magical powers called MysticsAria Rose is about to have all her dreams come true She is engaged to the son of a rival political family Thomas Foster Except it doesn t really feel that great Why She s lost all her memories I fought for true love and I wonNow I just have to remember it Aria remembers everything Her family Her friends The time she ate all those oysters and puked her guts out It s just surprisingly specific that the one thing she can t remember is something that should have been the most important ThomasHmm HMMMMMMMMMMMHer upcoming marriage is a brilliant one Really her forbidden and forgotten love affair couldn t have worked out any better for her family and Thomas The Fosters and the Roses have been at political war for The Storytellers Muse years but now they ve decided to team up against a Mystic politician who is th. Una ciudad dividida un amor destinado a durar para siempre una mentira ue puede cambiarlo todoDos familias enemigas los Foster los Rose mueven los hilos invisibles de Nueva York Tras años de ardiente confro.
THEO LAWRENCE is a graduate of Columbia University and the Juilliard School A Presidential Scholar in the Arts for Voice he has performed at Carnegie Hall the Kennedy Center and Off Broadway