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Mystic City by Theo Lawrence

Mystic City
by Theo Lawrence

Mystic City

By: Theo Lawrence

Release Date: October 9, 2012

Rating: 2 stars

Summary: 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.

 

Review: This book had such an interesting premise, and I was really looking forward to it, but overall, it was disappointingly just okay. 

Predictable – Sadly, I was able to guess what was going to happen after reading the first couple of chapters. I mean, yes, I had an idea from the summary, but this book did not have any twists or turns or any surprises with one exception – the kiss did make me think “WTH,” but that was it. I guessed what was really going on, the whole romance thing, who was related to who, and whose side each character was on (so no, the revealing of the spies did not surprise me either).

Fuzzy World Building – I really liked that Lawrence started to establish a concept of the world of mystics, the magic and the levels of sociology and even where the lived. BUT it was just the initial set up. The world was sci-fi-ish, but I had a really hard time picturing everything – how the world was set up, how people got around other than walk, what Aeries looks like, what the Mystics’ underground or whatever looked like.

Lack of Building on Magic – Lawrence had so much he could have done on with the concept of magic, but it he never really built on it. It was just thrown in and accepted like it was always a part of history, and other than the little anecdote about Hunter’s grandfather and mother, there wasn’t much on how mystics contributed to the world and why they were not accepted into society other than people were afraid of their power. And the powers themselves? They were pretty lame, and their users did not do much with them – other than the ultimate traitor.

Unimpressive characters – The characters in this book were just okay, and honestly, they’re very forgettable. Aria was kind of bland. I’m sure she was meant to be a rebellious, feisty character, but she really didn’t do much other than show a little fight near the end. Hunter was kind of sappy, and I’m disappointed he wasn’t built to be more of a swoony-worthy character.

I was unattached to any of the side characters. I really wanted to know more about Kyle, who was supposed to be such a good brother; or Kiki and Bennie, who was supposedly Aria’s really good friends; or even Turk, who would have been a really fun character to get to know. Lawrence did show us a glimpse of Davida, but it was so quick, and I think she would have been a really, really strong supporting character.

Overall, I don’t think this book was a bad book, per se. It’s just that for a 416-paged book, I just felt a lot of it was a brief gloss-over, and I had just expected it to be more attached to the story, the characters and the world.

Go to Katy’s review on Goodreads.

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  1. October 12, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    It had me at “sworn enemies”. Red flags flared for me. LOL. You are very brave. 😛

    • Katy
      October 12, 2012 at 1:57 pm

      Well, I thought the story outside the romance may be cool, you know?

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