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September 3, 2012

Early Review: Mystic City by Theo Lawrence

Series: Mystic City 1
Format: ARC (NetGalley)
Release Date: October 9, 2012
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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.
First off I like to give a shout out to Neyra of Darkest Addictions for reading along with me, follow her too because she reads cool books and always gives wonderful insights on books she's read.

MYSTIC CITY is a Dystopian tale set in Manhattan, New York. It's a throwback to the days of racial segregation but instead of separating people according to their race, the citizens are sorted according to Mystics and Aeries. Mystics are people with magical powers, like most things that can't be explained, they're considered a threat and dangerous by the Aeries, the rich and "normal" people of Manhattan. Mystics are banished to live in the Depths, the rebels stay Underground, their magic harvested to power up the city and manufacture Stic, an illegal drug made of distilled mystic energy that lends temporary superhuman capabilities to its taker.

This is the world Aria Rose lives in and (un)fortunately for her she's the daughter of one of MYSTIC CITY's leading families. But Aria is suffering from amnesia after allegedly overdosing on Stic, she wakes up engaged and about to be married to Thomas Foster but she can't remember who he is nor the love and passion she supposedly feels for him. As Aria slowly tries to regain her memories, she consequently uncovers a cover up that her parents painstakingly wove to hide their agenda and the heartbreaking lengths they went through to make her forget. The moment she met Hunter Brooks, renegade Mystic and freedom fighter, is the same moment Aria's world starts to unravel and soon she discovers the true evil the society she lives in is harboring.
The last thing we want is for these mystics to regenerate too quickly and overthrow us all with their weirdo magic.
MYSTIC CITY by Theo Lawrence is a strong debut, the world building was well done and interspersed perfectly with the story. There are no phases where on one chapter we meet the characters and the next we are shown the view, TLawrence does both things simultaneously which made the story very engaging and very easy to read. He effectively gave us the feel of things, the political and social climate, the danger the Mystics presents, the monopoly the Aeries wants to keep and a throbbing conspiracy that keeps you reading until you find the answers to your questions.
But is that what I want? For the Roses and the Fosters to continue ruling the city. for the mystics to continue being enslaved and mistreated?
The characters were well thought out too, Aria is a likable heroine, she's stubborn, tenacious and a rebel albeit a little timid at first. Hunter was more or less just introduced in this but one can tell he'll turn out to be a very good hero in the succeeding books based on his storyline and back story. My heart broke for Davida, Aria's personal maid and friend, I can't tell you too much without giving any spoilers but this person was a martyr and a hero on her own. I call dibs on Turk! Hunter's friend and fellow Mystic, such a badass with his suped-up motorcycle and tatted sleeve! I can't wait to read more of him.
This is a war for our freedom, Aria. It comes at a high price.
Now I love my villains and I truly HATED (loved!) TLawrence's villains! The Capulets are pretty tame compared to the Roses for going above and beyond forbidding when it comes to Aria's love life. The turncoats kept on turning until you develop mild paranoia expecting the worst on those heart pounding moments. Put together I wished Aria copied Juliet to get it over and done with, maybe her parents will feel a little bit of remorse and have a change of heart if she indeed died because of their selfishness.

Overall I love MYSTIC CITY, there are no insta-love, no love triangle, minimum whining from the heroine, deplorable villains and a mystical world so enticing you can probably read it in one sitting.








17 comments:

  1. Man this book was awesome! >.< I loved the mystery, and how the romance didn't take away from the book at all. No insta-love is always welcomed xD lol. *sigh* Must we wait til next year for book two ?? *sobs* >.< Great review Braine, and again thanks for reading it w/ me, I had fun though, though I was slower than you xD lol

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  2. hmmm. I think that I shall add this to my TBR list. Great Review. I love how you said the Capulets are tame compared to them. lol That right there is worth giving it a try. I love me some Hot Villains.

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    1. Oh some of them will really have you thinking murder!

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  3. I'm so glad you enjoyed this one. I've been eying it, but still holding off due to my TBR list that never seems to go down. It's one I've been wanting to grab and it sounds like it held up!

    - Jessica @ Book Sake

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    1. I hope I helped you make a decision... and adding another title to your TBR.

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  4. Great review I love you loved it. I am huge Dystopian fan:D

    Mich

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    1. I think you'll enjoy this Michelle :)

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    2. I have one for you!!! Kiss of Steel by Bec McMaster, I don't think you have read it but I didn't check. London Steampunk # 1, not read much bit LOVE what I have read. Smexi Blade is ...errr... cockney and Smexi and dark and .........:)

      Mich

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  5. I've been hesitant about this book because I wasn't sure I would like it but your review clears any doubt. I loved that there isn't a love triangle or instalove! Great review!

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  6. This one has been sitting in my review pile and your review especially that last paragraph about no insta love and no love triangle sold me into picking it up next. Great review i'm actually excited to read it now.

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    1. Thank you! I thought there would be a love triangle too but it was just a case of mistaken identity.

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  7. Great review, Braine! eek this one is already added to my TBR list and I can't wait to pick up a copy! Def intrigued to see how this all plays out and I'm excited that it's a series ^_^

    Ana♥

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    1. Had so much fun reading this with Neyra, we're planning on adding you to the mix next time. Let's plan a menage a trois! LOL

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  8. I didn't love this one. I really wanted to but I didn't like most of the characters. Except for the bad guys...you're right they are deplorable!!

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    1. Sad to hear you didn't like it. I want my villains as intense and the heroes, good villains add depth to the story.

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