Author: Theo Lawrence
Release Date: October 9, 2012
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.
The cover of this book is beautiful and I’ll just shamefully admit that’s why I read it. I had no idea what this book was about and the only piece of information I had was that the cover was awesome. Not knowing what I was going to read was pretty exciting, though, so I was anxious to get started.
Oh my goodness… Mystic City was awesome. I loved it! I loved all the characters. Hunter and Aria, especially. Aria was a great female protagonist, she stayed true to what she believed in and put love above all else. Her love interest, Hunter was one of the best male protagonists that I’ve read about in a while. He’s definitely in my list of top favorite book boys. Hunter was a great guy, he was sweet and devoted to Aria.
The whole book worked for me. I don’t think there’s anything that I didn’t like about it. I loved the plot and how it was sort of like a dystopian Romeo & Juliet. The world-building in Mystic City was fantastic. I could just imagine every detail of the city and the descriptions made it seem so vivid.
I’ll keep this review short, since I don’t have much else to say. I loved it. It was an absolute delight to read and I can’t wait for the sequel. I loved it so much! I highly recommend it.