Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Review of Mystify (Mystyx #2) by Artist Arthur

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I reviewed this book from an Advance Reader Copy from Netgalley.

This is quite a short, quick, fun read and just like the previous book Manifest, reads a lot like a collection of journal entries.

Our narrator this time is Sasha Carrington, who we first met in Manifest through Krystals eyes. Sasha is another teenager who gets pretty much whatever she wants but I found her more instantly likeable and less whiny than Krystal. Sasha has a good sense of fairness and is willing to stand up for what she believes in, in the end.

Sasha has a lot on her plate- distant parents, bitchy girls at school and her first teenage crush is something of a 'starcrossed lovers' scenario- a boy from the wrong side of the tracks. Then there are her growing 'powers' and the small matter of the darkness that is coming for her and her friends.

There are lots of interesting ideas throughout the book, but I think it was perhaps a little too short and had a feel of being something to set the scene ready for the third book.

There's just enough to keep you interested and by the end of the book the scene is well and truly set for an epic battle between light and dark but this particular book seemed to be missing a real, central storyline with any action of it's own.

We do meet the mysterious darkness which continues to threaten the Mystyx, but where Manifest had a story and mystery centred around a serial killer who is caught and brought to justice by our young heroes there is nothing really defining that happens in this book.

The book is very much a young adult book and I would place it firmly in the 14-16 year old category. As an adult reading this book I felt a little bit out of place but I can imagine that teenagers would identify strongly with the main characters. It does tackle some pretty serious issues for teenagers like race, segregation, cultural and social differences and peer pressure and these are handled well throughout.

Overall I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars because although there are a lot of loose ends I enjoyed reading it. I think it is a great book for the teenage audience it is intended for and I am excited for the third book which I hope ties most of those loose ends up.

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