Mystic City

Mystic City

eBook - 2012
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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--long time enemies--are uniting politically; the only trouble is that Aria can not remember ever meeting Thomas, much less falling in love with him.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Delacorte Press, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375986420
0375986421
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (399 p.)

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TjoyReeves1
May 28, 2016

I think that this book was well written. It had its moments of being a sappy love story but over all it is worth giving it a shot. The book shows how politics can get in the way of more important things. Overall the book was entertaining to read and I am excited to read the next book in the series.

Beloved2615 Jun 25, 2015

Loved it... yes I will say it is a very predictable story but I loved it. It did start out slow but the last half of the book, I didn't want to put it down. I was taken in and felt like I was really feeling everything Aria was feeling.. I did see some printing mistakes..and some parts of it I was yelling to her why she was doing something so stupid... or missed something so stupid.. like there are a few parts that I just don't know why she did what she did lol. But all and all loved it and can't wait to read the second book.

BostonPL_AnnaD Oct 30, 2014

Mystic City by Theo Lawrence (publication date: October 2012)
Read by: Anna/Copley Teen Room
Originally posted to the BPL Teen Blog on 8/31/2012.

Mystics are people who hold a magic power within their bodies. They have been held responsible for attempting to kill the normal people who live in the Aries, high above the Depths where mystics live in poor conditions, and are forced to undergo power draining sessions that nearly kill them. Mystic City is the story of a rich girl born to parents who are heavy in the political scene. In a futuristic Manhattan, that is. Aria Rose, is set to marry Thomas Foster, the son of the Foster family who rules half of the city while her family rules the other half. The families have been enemies since the dawn of time, but now, with the marriage set to unit them against the growing powers of the mystics, things are changing, and not for the best. Aria can’t remember what happened before she supposedly overdosed on Stic, a drug made from excess mystic energy. But her time spent in the Depths with one mystic in particular could help her to see the truth behind the lies that surround her life. If only she could remember her past.

This was a fun, quick read, though I found a lot of it to be predictable. I kept wondering why Aria wasn’t putting the obvious puzzle pieces together sooner and why she wasn’t using available resources to help her in her cause. The author likes to “tell” rather than “show” a lot, which means he has Aria (as this is told in first person point of view through Aria) tell the reader about things that have happened, when it would have been better for the reader to see it happening, to see the action unfold. As it is, there are a few things she tells us that I didn’t fully believe, such as her close friendship with her servant, Davida. Davida is hardly in the book for the first half, yet we’re lead to believe they had a very close relationship that was almost considered too friendly for a rich girl and her servant. I didn’t see anything like that between them until the end. Aside from those few things, I did enjoy the book and there were a few scenes that took me by surprise, throwing in some twists to the plot I wasn’t expecting. Over all, it was good, but my inner editor just wouldn’t stay quiet about those things that bothered me. I have a feeling others might have a vastly different experience with this book, so I’d like to see what others have to say after reading it.
BTW, I LOVE the cover!

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Schoolgurl95
Jul 06, 2014

I found this a little disappointing....it was somewhat cliche and predictable...definitely a sappy romance.

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MusicGirl107
Apr 22, 2014

I think this is a very good book, I like how the author blends the our time with the future and our past, super cool!!

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Lotte_
Dec 12, 2013

This book is truly amazing!! It really grabs you from the first page where you want to know what's happened. Full of adventure mystery romance and the mystic fantasy this book does not disappoint.

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kaniesha
Mar 17, 2013

This book is well written and has a nice story but the plot and main character are really dry. I didn't feel any connection or concern for any of the characters. It's really bland and almost robotic. And there are things that just don't make any sense at all. Why would people be wearing cloaks in the future? Please let me know.

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TjoyReeves1
May 28, 2016

TjoyReeves1 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 14 and 18

BostonPL_AnnaD Oct 30, 2014

BostonPL_AnnaD thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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Schoolgurl95
Jul 06, 2014

Schoolgurl95 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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MusicGirl107
Apr 22, 2014

MusicGirl107 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 15

kkovaeveryone Jan 27, 2013

kkovaeveryone thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 15

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TjoyReeves1
May 28, 2016

“Your mother stands against everything my parents believe in," I say. "But I'm not my parents."
-Aria Rose
(Aria Rose talking to Hunter Brooks, two families with two very different political beliefs)

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MusicGirl107
Apr 22, 2014

"So I do what any girl would do when a gorgeous boy saves her life in the seedy Depths of Manhattan: I let him take me away."

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