Author: Theo Lawrence
Series: Mystic City #1
Rating: 2.5 / 5 stars
Just another paranormal romance trilogy, it seems. I love novels where the narrator is as clueless as the read, typically due to memory loss or amnesia, etc. It really adds interest and mystery to the story. But it only works if you have a well thought out plot as well. Here, we have Aria, who wakes up with very few memories. She's told she ODs on drugs, and wakes up to find that she's engaged to a guy she doesn't even remember. They apparently have been having a secret romance, since they are a regular Romeo and Juliet from opposite sides of the city with two very powerful, very opposed families. But Aria doesn't remember anything about Thomas or their whirlwind romance.
That right there is a sign that this novel is not going to be a home run with me. After all, there is a lot of turmoil in the city, with a Mystic running for office, opposed to the two families that want to keep them oppressed. But all Aria can seem to focus on is Thomas, and then Hunter, the mysterious boy she meets in the seedy underworld of Manhattan, where the derelicts and homeless and the rebel mystics live. There is a war brewing on the horizon between those with magical powers and those without, but for the most part this novel is just a sappy love triangle romance.
The plot has potential, I will say that. There are some interesting twists and surprises, and then others that were rather predictable and eye roll worthy. The writing itself is rather weak, everywhere from the dialogue to the behavior of the bubbly teenage socialites. And then the heavy dose of romance didn't help either. So in the end, all the potential and lack of delivery just wash out to be just another run of the mill YA novel. There is nothing wholly remarkable or unique about this novel, but it doesn't make you want to gouge your eyes out either.
The ending to the novel is just intriguing enough to garner interest in picking up the next novel in the series from the library, but I won't be salivating over it. Hopefully we can get away a little bit from the romantic aspect of things and really delve into the rich dystopian society that has a world of potentials.