Thursday, January 31, 2013

Review: Mystic City by Theo Lawrence

Mystic City
by Theo Lawrence
Published: Oct. 9, 2012
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Available: Amazon

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.

I have to admit I chose this book based completely on the cover. I absolutely love the artwork. I just find it so beautiful and what's even better is that the story didn't disappoint.

Mystic City is dystopian fantasy story that manages effortlessly blends the magic of the mystics into a futuristic world. Lawrence jumps right into the story and I have to admit that at first I wondered if this was the second book in the series. However I realized by the end of the first chapter that the main character and narrator, Aria, is also feeling as if she's missed something. By the end of the story I was disappointed only because I knew I was going to have to wait for the sequel.

I really liked Aria. Although her family was one of the elite, she wasn't snobby nor judgmental towards the 'lower class' mystics, or even her overly-privileged friends. Her confusion between her two love interests, Thomas and Hunter, was well played, although the differences between the two boys actually makes it easier to predict what actually happened to Aria.

This was an awesome start to a new series and I look forward to reading more from Lawrence.


  1. I totally loved this book and isn't it awesome when the cover rocks too.

  2. I really loved the cover for this too-so pretty! The story was pretty good too; I really loved Aria's conflict over her duty to her family and what she knows to be right in her heart.