Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Mystic City Review

416 pages

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.

This is a dystopian novel with an alternate reality type twist. Aria lives in a Manhattan that has slowly been overtaken by water and other disasters creating a huge divide in the rich, the poor, and the mystics. I liked Aria as a character because she was determined to figure out things for herself despite all of the odd occurrences around her. Hunter is an absolutely amazing love interest who you can tell wants nothing more than the best for Aria. There are quite a few villains in this novel who shocked me with their callous behavior. There were also some great twists and some of them were so unexpected it threw me for a loop. I love the incorporation of magic in this dystopian novel, I was just a little surprised that the mystics didn't overcome the human population with their powers yet. However, this novel was full of danger, secret meetings and adventure which all culminated into an explosive ending. I can't wait to get my hands on the next novel in this series. I definitely recommend you read this if you love dystopian novels that include magic.


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