Thursday, 15 November 2012

Book Review: Mystic City By Theo Lawrence

Name: Mystic City 
Author: Theo Lawrence
Publisher: Corgi 
Release Date: Out now

Summery:  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.

Review: In a futuristic world ruled by dirty politicians, technology so vast that a finger print can open a door, act as a credit card and trace your every move, A world were mystic powers are seen as a curse and something to be feared, drained and harnessed for energy and for all intents and purposes punished and segregated, that I can imagine that it would be easy to lose sight certain things. Things like love, family and the truth.
Mystic city has it all, romance, adventure, danger, heartbreak, the mob, magic, love triangle, sort of, a load of family drama and a bad boy worth dying for.  The prologue sets the story off with a bang, literally and leaves you wanting more and with very high expectations. And the book doesn't disappoint. With forbidden romance, hidden identities, death and no one being who they seem to be there is a distinct Romeo and Juliet theme going on, and is even referenced numerous times throughout the book, so you know you’re going to get a lot of love, hate and be reaching for the tissues. 
The pot is addictive and before you know it, it’s over. Just when you think you have it figured out, you’re thrown through a loop and left confused, outraged and sometimes heart broken. The writing is beautifully descriptive and made me feel like I was looking through the characters eyes, seeing what they see, feeling what they feel and crying when they cry.
I absolutely love the characters, Aria, the politician’s daughter, the it girl of Aeries, the city set high up in sky scrapers to escape the water that covers what once was Manhattan, leads you on a roller coaster of a journey. She’s determined, beautiful, stubborn, has a knack of getting herself into trouble, and has a family too dysfunctional for words But we can’t help but love her, and mostly because she leads us to him, Hunter. The Mystic bad boy with a heart of gold that is literally illegal and leaves you head over heels in love with his super hero tendency’s and heart-breaking love letters.  None of the characters are what you expect and most definitely play by their own rules.
So if you love books full of laughs, tears, betrayal and surprises around every corner then you are in for a treat. 

Chanel 



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