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Mystic City by Theo Lawrence

November 19th, 2012 by Debbie's World of Books

Mystic City by Theo Lawrence

Source: Picked up at ALA

Publication date: October 9, 2012

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Rating: ★★★½☆

Summary from 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.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book even though it was utterly predictable and there were some things that didn’t make sense hence the 3.5 vs a 4 star rating.  I really enjoyed Aria and Hunter’s characters as well as the romantic developments between the two.  Aria’s father was a piece of work and it was hard to believe how heartless a father he could be.  The story was what kept me engrossed and not wanting to put the book down.  The premise was fascinating and sort of reminded me of the X-Men with this group of people with special powers being persecuted by those without power.

Like I mentioned there were a few things that didn’t make sense to me.  I thought they talked about the flooding and how much of the city was under water and yet the rebellion was headquartered underground.  Were these abandoned subway areas kept clear by the mystics powers?  Were they capable of building dams or something else to keep the waters out?  I also don’t get how they got the mystics to go in for all these drainings in the first place.  It sounds like if they wanted to they could have resisted in the beginning before they were kept so weakened.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this book and will probably pick up the next one hoping to have a few questions answered.

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