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Mystic City (Mystic City #1)

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  6,069 ratings  ·  934 reviews
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 u...more
Hardcover, 397 pages
Published October 9th 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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Khanh (Kittens, Rainbows, and Sunshine)
I’m engaged to Thomas and yet I let another boy kiss me. And I kissed him back. The worst part? He’s not even a regular boy—he’s a rebel mystic!
Oh no! Of all the people suffering in the world, all the injustice going on in the Depths of futuristic Manhattan, THIS. IS. THE. WORST. THING. EVER!



That's great. That's wonderful. Good for you, sweetie. I just don't want your sort in a sci-fi/dystopian novel. Get the fuck outta here.

This book has

1. A weak, spoiled, wealthy TSTL socialite heroine whose...more
Lilian
I need to stop being lured in by blurbs that mention The Hunger Games and sparkly covers (though it is one of most enchanting covers I've seen in a while.) A much more accurate blurb would be: a Romeo and Juliet retelling with magical people who are nowhere as cool as X-men. I didn't go into this book with high expectations, but I was expecting a lot more action (that wasn't made up of aimless running around) and a lot less love proclamations. In the end, I couldn't get past the extremely predic...more
oliviasbooks
I would shelve Theo Lawrence’s young adult debut Mystic City as Futuristic Romantasy, if I had to be precise. It takes place in a future, but alternative version of Manhattan. The plot relies heavily on its fantastic elements, namely on the existence of Mystics, who are people who have magic, which is used as energy, as the stuff which makes skyscrapers float high above the flooded landscape with its crumbling, moldy buildings, and as the basic ingredient of a wonder drug called Stic. And the st...more
Bonnie
DNF - No rating

Boring and predictable and I have far better books to be spending my time reading.
Insta-love and love triangles... I've developed a zero tolerance policy and I can't stand for the bullshit.
I tried! But no. Just... sorry, but no.
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: A girl tries to move on with her life after losing her memory, but moving on means being a puppet in a political race with her parents.

Opening Sentence: The party has begun without me.

The Review:

Aria knows she loves Thomas Foster. At least that’s what everyone is telling her. Loving someone with no memory of ever meeting them can be pretty tough, even if she does have flashes of memories — sneaking out late at night, meeting in the ghetto a...more
Katy
This book had such an interesting premise, and I was really looking forward to it, but overall, it was disappointingly just okay.

Predictable - Sadly, I was able to guess what was going to happen after reading the first couple of chapters. I mean, yes, I had an idea from the summary, but this book did not have any twists or turns or any surprises with one exception - the kiss did make me think "WTH," but that was it. I guessed what was really going on, the whole romance thing, who was related...more
Sue (YAHollywood)
Review also posted at Young Adult Hollywood

Mystic City is a futuristic fantasy book. It follows the story of Aria Rose who doesn’t have any recollection of falling in love with her betrothed Thomas Foster, the son of their family’s sworn enemy. Their marriage will reunite the two families and end the generation feud of their clan. While Aria fills the gaps of her “missing memories”, she meets the rebel mystic Hunter from Depths.

I’ve rated Mystic City 3.8 Stars which means I enjoyed it thoroughly...more
~Tina~
3.5 stars

Mystic City has just about everything one would enjoy in an escape. It's has a quaint Romeo and Juliet story line, a political background, a sci-fi flare and magic laced in every page. Add conspiracy, betrayal, true love and tainted memory lost and how could you go wrong?

Theo Lawrence pens a brilliant imaginative and creative world. It's set in a futuristic Manhattan and there are two kinds of people. One are the Mystics who have special powers and forces of energy. They are meant to be...more
Kagama-the Literaturevixen
Was super excited until the other guy was mentioned and that always means a love triangle. Now im less excited.
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
Aria Rose is the daughter of one of the ruling families in Mystic City engaged to Thomas, the son of the rival ruling family. With an upcoming election, their marriage is the perfect way to unite the humans against mystics, humans with magical powers who are drained of their powers. The only problem with the engagement, is that Aria has overdosed on Sic, a mystic-infused drug causing her to forget her entire relationship with Thomas.

As Aria pieces her memory together, she meets Hunter, a handsom...more
R.E. Hunter
4.5 Stars

I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book through NetGalley and I am so glad I requested this title. When I was looking through the available titles from Random House, I was immediately drawn to Mystic City because of the cover art. It is such a gorgeous cover that I immediately wanted to know what the book was about.

Mystic City is the first book in a dystopianesque trilogy set in future Manhattan. The world has been severely affected by global warming and most of Manhattan is...more
Meg Laverick
I hate it when I get sucked in by a pretty cover.

This book hit all of my eye-rolling buttons: Love triangle with a clear winner and loser pretending to be all dramatic, Satan-spawn evil bad guys, ridiculously-good-yet-inexplicably-hated-and-repressed good guys, ruggedly handsome love interest who, no joke, plays guitar and has a propensity for saving damsels when they're attacked by thugs in the slums (because that's how that works, right? Girl goes into bad part of town and is immediately attac...more
Kimba
I was drawn to the gorgeous cover of Mystic City and the synopsis with its promise of a dystopian world. Theo Lawrence has a new fan. I absolutely immersed myself into the world he has created and cannot wait for the next installment in this series. From his phenomenal world building, writing style and likeable characters Lawrence completely drew me in to this fantasy world laced with paranormal elements, hatred, oppression and rebellion.

The tale begins when we meet Ari Rose. She is the youngest...more
Krystle
Isn’t that cover absolutely gorgeous? Gosh, I’m so in love with it. It’s even more beautiful in person! Too bad the story doesn’t live up to it.

Why did no one tell me this was a retelling of Romeo and Juliet? OHMAHGAWD! The characters even call each other Romeo and Juliet in their love letters to each other! I don’t know about you but I never saw that story as the sweeping romance it’s constantly purported to be. I take it as a cautionary tale showing the dangers of an all-consuming infatuation...more
fooloveratook
If the Capulets and the Montagues had been mobsters or thugs, and these mobsters were the political superstars of Manhattan, we would've instead had the Roses, a family to which Aria Rose belongs, and the Fosters, the family of her alleged long-time lover and present fiance, Thomas. The problem with that last bit is that Aria wakes up one day and remembers nothing. She has a giant hole in her memory spanning who knows how long and has been told that she underwent a procedure to save her from ODi...more
Tammie
I was really looking forward to reading this, especially when the description referenced Blade Runner, but unfortunately this book fell flat. I liked the idea behind it and everything, but couldn't help but compare the whole memory wipe scenario to another book I read called Renegade by J.A. Souders that did it better. And back to that Blade Runner reference, I didn't really see anything in this book that resembled Blade Runner.

I think my biggest problem with the book was how infuriatingly stup...more
Jena
This is one of those books that grab your attention right in the first chapter. One of the books that has a heroic protagonist with a sexy love interest and a set of secondary characters that you cannot help but feel something for. Plus, the cover for this book is absolutely stunning... totally does it justice. Overall, Mystic City is a magical and thrilling book that will rouse all of your emotions.

Aria Rose awakens one day and is told that she overdosed on a drug called Stic, which is pulled...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
This review contains spoilers, but trust me, it won't make any difference.

Not so far in the future, New York is a city of underwater streets infested with the malnourished poor - called the Depths - and towering skyscrapers graced by the wealthy elite - the Aeries. The Aeries is divided between two powerful families, the Fosters and the Roses. Aria Rose, seventeen and beautiful, wakes up one day to the news that she is engaged to Thomas Foster, son of her father's rival, and that they're to be m...more
Annabelle Marie Veronica
**FINAL RATING: 2.00 STARS**

CATCHALL
So, despite all the mixed reviews I saw this book getting, I was reasonably certain that I'd love it. I was so, so wrong. Obviously I need to stop being shallow and being drawn in by tempting blurbs and shiny, shiny covers that look like tiny pieces of heaven. I even read the first fifty pages in the bookstore and really enjoyed it. Unfortunately, that was pretty much the best part of the book. Unfortunately, it was downhill from there.

THE HEROINE
ARIA
Aria ha...more
Ceres
Ce livre est une pépite! J'ai vraiment aimé cet univers. Certes le début est un peu lent mais nécessaire à la mise en place de l'histoire. Celle-ci m'a vraiment surprise! Elle est très fouillée et bien menée. Les familles Foster et Rose sont détestables, mon dieu, j'ai failli m'en arracher les cheveux. Aria, elle, est une héroine comme je les aime: elle se fait manipuler, elle est intelligente et cherche les réponses. Elle est très courageuse et je l'ai beaucoup admirée! Quant à Hunter, il m'a f...more
Sub_zero
1.5/5

El comienzo de esta novela hacía presagiar una historia entretenida y emocionante ambientada en una ciudad anegada como consecuencia del cambio climático y dividida por las rivalidades entre familias y clases sociales. Lástima que un punto de partida tan prometedor degenere tan rápidamente por culpa de su infumable protagonista, una serie de personajes cada cual más prescindible que el anterior y la banalidad en general que se extiende por todos los rincones de la trama.
Niva (Paula Navarro)
2,5
ENORME decepción y eso que no tenía ningún tipo de expectativas. Hace aguas por todas partes y aunque la historia en sí no es mala y la ambientación es atractiva, el worldbuilding no se sostiene y los personajes no son atractivos. Pronto reseña.
Sharon
I'm not sure how to rate this book, probably a 3 for the beginning and a 4 for the ending so will settle on a 3 1/2 :)

Review: Mystic City is the first book in the Mystic City series by Theo Lawrence and was kindly provided to me by Netgalley for Random House Children’s Books.

I was initially drawn to Mystic City from the beautiful cover and really intriguing synopsis, it is a story which follows the Rose and Foster families who have been embroiled in a political feud for generations but have form...more
Soumi
There have been many books published in recent days as a blend of X-Men in dystopian world. But in case of Mystic City, it was unexpectedly gorgeous. The story was truly gripping and intensely affecting afterwards.

In a distant futuristic tale, where most of the Manhattan resides underwater and the upper city is run by energy drawn from mystics. Aria Rose, daughter of one of the two most powerful family of city, doesn't remember a thing about her past before she overdosed on Stic, a drug mad of m...more
Lisbeth Avery {Domus Libri}
Actual Rating: 1.75 stars

Mystic City is a book that I have been waiting for since it appeared on Netgalley/Edelweiss. There were two reasons, as there usually are in my stories. One is because I was under the impression that the main character was black and the cover model was too (they aren't sadly). The second reason is that the book simply sounds good!

Sadly however, it failed to live up to my expectations - by a lot.

Its downfalls are centered around one main cause. Characters. The characters...more
Corrielle
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Lainey
I loved the world-building in this book so much. It takes place in a futuristic Manhattan where the rich live up high in skyscrapers while the poor live down below in the rundown lower levels of the city. Being a Mystic is illegal in this city and you have to be registered and drained of your powers so you aren't a threat in this society. Of course, there are those who aren't following the rules and they are forced into hiding.

Our main heroine, Aria, is a daughter of one of the men that run the...more
Cris Lightwood
Aunque ha habido una cosa del final que ha sido muy previsible, algunas otras cosas de las últimas páginas han conseguido sorprenderme. No ha sido un best seller, eso está claro, pero ha sido una novela bastante entretenida y la verdad es que solo por la ambientación que tiene merece mucho la pena :)
Emilija
Overall, this was a very enjoyable read for me. It was fun, it was unique, the characters were ok and I absolutely LOVED the setting of this story. Who wouldn't? A setting like this is incredibly aesthetically pleasing so turning this into a movie would be great (obviously if it were done right).

Even though I enjoyed reading this book overall, there were some things that irked me. There were quite a number of things that when you read you have to take at face value and move on to save time and...more
Bethany
I received a copy of this novel from Netgalley on behalf of Random House Children's Books.


Mystic City was an incredible book!! It exceeded my expectations.

Aria, our MC, wakes up one day with her memories missing. While she can recall most of her life, recent events seem to be jumbled in her mind. She cannot remember the fiance that she supposedly loves. She can't recall what drove her to overdose of Stik, an incredibly dangerous street drug. All she knows is what people are telling her, but a l...more
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THEO LAWRENCE is a graduate of Columbia University and the Juilliard School. A Presidential Scholar in the Arts for Voice, he has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Off-Broadway.
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“I always knew this story would break my heart” 58 likes
“Your mother stands against everything my parents believe in," I say. "But I'm not my parents."
"Aria," Hunter whispers into my ear.
"Yes?"
"Just kiss me."
We press our lips together gentle, and it's like I am alive, on fire, like I can do anything in the world. I know this because he's a mystic, but there's something more familiar, something safe and sexy and irresistible about the way his lips feel, his tongue brushing lightly against mine. Our passion is like what's described in my love letters: it's like coming home, finally, when I never even knew I'd been away.”
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