Thursday, 11 October 2012

TEEN: The Mystic City - Theo Lawrence

Release Date: 11/10/12

Book Blurb: 
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 was a bit of a weird book to be honest as it wasn’t really one genre or another but an amalgam that utilised aspects from several to help make a world that was not only believable for the characters but to help prop up the flaws (and there were many) within the logic of the setting which whilst interesting did leave me gasping at the huge problems when the author introduced new elements that simply weren’t feesable or possible given the situation.

That said, if you skip over that you do get a romance story that it not only interesting but one that helps give the world a little sparkle as our lead principle seeks to (oh so slowly) figure out a lot of the mysteries beneath the surface.  It is definitely something different and whilst the author has done a reasonable job of pace, the lead characters intelligence is often drawn into question as the reader is going to be way quicker at finding answers than she. 

All in it is a reasonable book and one that I’m pleased I took the time to read but I hope that in future outings the author tries to do a bit more sleight of hand as I hate solving things so quickly which ruins the beauty alongside carefully thought out plot for me.


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