Tuesday, October 9, 2012

ARC Review: Mystic City (Mystic City, #1) by Theo Lawrence

For fans of Matched, The Hunger Games, X-Men, and Blade Runner comes a tale of a magical city divided, a political rebellion ignited, and a love that was meant to last forever. Book One of the Mystic City Novels.

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. 

While this book seems to have been tagged recently as close in subject and writing to quite a few other books and movies that have come out in the past I think it deserves some individual credit as well.  Lawrence has created a world that may draw in readers who enjoyed similar plots and dystopian worlds, but this story carves its own path for itself right from the very beginning.

Lawrence's main characters, Aria, Thomas and Hunter are wonderful.  Aria and Hunter completely stand out on their own and will have readers everywhere rooting for them and their causes.  Thomas is another character that had myself and I'm sure other readers trying to pick him apart and trying to figure out where he really stands and what will become of him and his decisions.  Lawrence creates a worlwind ride for his readers that has them on the edges of their seats and wanting to skip to the very end to see what happens on more than one occasion.  It's both frustrating and wonderful to be enjoying a book and it's characters so very much that you can stand to wait a moment longer to see what their fate will be.  Will the author give his readers the ending they're hoping for?  Will the characters make it out of the incredible obstacles and situations they find themselves in?  Only reading from page to page will uncover the answers, and I have to say the wait was well worth it.

This turned out to be a series opener that has me checking online all the time for any hint of news on the future of this series, because while I'm already counting down to the release of the second installment, I need a release date to work with.  So check this one out, it's on the shelves today and be sure to let me know what you think, as well as a release date for the second book as soon as anyone hears anything!

I gave Mystic City (Mystic City, #1) 4 shamrocks!!!!

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