Monday, September 17, 2012

ARC SPOT: Mystic City

Mystic City
Theo Lawrence
Isbn: 9780385741606

Blurb From The Publisher:

For fans of Matched, The Hunger Games, X-Men, and Blade Runner comes a tale of a magical city divided, a political rebellion ignited, and a love that was meant to last forever. Book One of the Mystic City Novels.
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.

Our Thoughts On Mystic City:

                The book captivates you with an eye catching story and keeps readers riveting with a spectacularly riveting plot filled with intense dynamic characters. In a world divided between two controlling families and two separate groups of people, you have a war brewing. Whenever there is suffrage and oppression there will be great wealth, power, and corruption and there is revolt in the air. The world of the Mystic City hold two separate kinds of people; the humans and the mystics, people with magic.  Reigning supreme with a swift power of their own justice are two controlling families; the Rose, and the Foster each with their own devoted following and their own war against each other. Caught in the middle of an election and a beginning of an uprising of the oppressed mystics are the children of the Foster and Rose families all choosing to lead different paths in life whether running for office or a marriage to join the families and the ruling powers together against their opposing force, the mystics. One child of the Rose family is destined for a different path and her unfolding memories may be the very thing to tear their world, and their ideas apart.

                Aria Rose seems to have forgotten something dear and important to her in life, there is some memory evading her that holds the very key to her recent past and her passion. Suffering from a drug overdose and finding that she is now fiancé to the youngest Foster son, Thomas Foster, Aria Rose is the shinning image of a happy marriage between the two rival families of the Mystic City that can be the appeal that citizens are looking for during the vote for the next ruler between a Foster or a Mystic named Violet Brooks . Aria’s world is divided between the upper echelon of people who have no magical powers, or have registered and had their powers sucked dry from them on a schedule but they are very few, and this world is that of the Aeries; versus the Depths, the underground world existing in Manhattan where the dangerous rebel and magic users struggle to survive. Aria may soon become a political turning point for either Aeries or the Depths but unknown to her is where that connect may be coming from. When memory soon turns to be an enemy for Aria and she knows not where to turn to unlock her past, she may soon realize that who she thought was her enemies may be looking out for her best interest the most.

                Theo Lawrence has created a breathtaking assault of world building this future divided Manhattan with a griping history that propels the reader through the story. With entrancing characters struggling to fight for their freedom and their hearts and running to survive their adversaries, Aria Rose and her mystic Hunter fulfill our needs with a great compassionately driven team. Mystic City will leave you with that coveted book hangover while also leaving you pinning for more from the series in the next installment. What really stuck out from this book was the developed world and plot that had enough backstory to believe this future was possible and enough heart wrenching suffering for the mystic community that created a compelling need for their people to fight back against their oppressors.

                Theo Lawrence breaks out with this year’s release of the Mystic City that will capture reader’s hearts with a fast action plot rich in a captivating story of love and power in a city broken and divided. With magic underfoot the wealthy live in spires of lies and deceit oblivious to the genocide of the very magical community that build the foundation of their money and power. With twists and turns Mystic City fills us into the world of Aria Rose, the young daughter of one of the most powerful families above and below ground, and her fight to remember a past that is being stolen from her with every breath she takes. Ripped from something she cannot define yet, as her story and memory unfold we watch as a strong heroine is born from the ashes of her family’s lies that may cost her everything she loves in this world. Is love powerful enough to fight for what is right in this world and the next? Can people remember the past as it really was and forget the lies that are driving the future? Find out in Mystic City, a new read not to be missed.

+ received a copy of this book from the publisher for review. 

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