Title: Mystic City
Author: Theo Lawrence
Date of Publication: October 9th, 2012
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.
Aria begins her journey by having lost some of her memory from being told that she overdosed on a drug. She is told that she had a love affair with the son of another family that her family despises. The families have now worked things out, and she now finds herself engaged to Thomas a boy that she is told that she is madly in love and that she risked everything for, but she manages to not feel anything around him.
Aria finds herself running several times into another boy named Hunter who is a Mystic that has supernatural powers and can’t help but finding herself drawn to this boy for reasons she can not explain.
The Mystics are supposed to register themselves and be drained of their abilities on a yearly basis, but there is a rebel group brewing that has gone undetected. As Aria learns more and more about her family and the things they have done she finds herself in a place that may just put her against them.
I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick read although very predictable. My complaints first were that it felt like a second book because in most of the book Aria was without her memories. I also wanted to see how her and Hunter initially met and their real story besides just a few snippets. Also if these people have X-men like powers what is stopping them from attacking?
I did really love the characters. I wanted to see more of Hunter because I really liked him, and I felt Aria was a really strong character by the end. The romance is believable between them especially in the moments they are together. I just wanted more of that back story. As for the other characters Thomas is a douche bag, and I loathe Aria’s entire family.
The end scenes were action packed, and I was engrossed in every single moment of those fight scenes and hope book two has loads more of those. Last but not least being a sucker for a beautiful cover gets me every time!
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