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Mystic City (Mystic City #1)

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  9,191 Ratings  ·  1,238 Reviews
For fans ofMatched, 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 un
Library Binding, 416 pages
Published October 9th 2012 by Delacorte Press
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Khanh (the Grinch)
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
May 31, 2013 Lilian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 06, 2015 Amelie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-bookshelf

Ja, was soll man dazu sagen außer PERFEKT?! Selbst der typisch deutsche Beititel macht wirklich SINN und ich bin einfach nur noch immer total begeistert von diesem Cover mit Aria und Manhatten im Hintergrund.


Meine Erwartungen waren hoch. Eigentlich zu hoch, wenn man bedenkt wie häufig ein schönes Cover und eine schöne Kurzbeschreibung auch das einzig schöne sind, das ein Buch besitzt. Und dieses Buch hier wollte ich von dem Augenblick an haben, als ich Cover und Kurzbeschre
Aug 12, 2012 oliviasbooks rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Awaken (Kacvinsky), Blue Bloods (de la Cruz) and maybe Gossip Girl (von Ziegesar)
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
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.
✍Neyla Kunta ✍
Ich habe dieses Buch verschlungen. Immer wenn ich im Championselect, im Loadingscreen oder sonst wo warten musste & natürlich wenn ich nicht am PC war. Jetzt kann ich endlich Essen :DD
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
Jessica (Goldenfurpro)
This and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd

I've been wanting to read this book for awhile, so I felt like I hit the jackpot when I found this book and it's sequel at my local used bookstore! Overall, this book did not disappoint!

This book take place in a futuristic/dystopian New York City. There are two ruling families, the Roses and the Fosters, and everyone in the city has to choose sides between them. Aria has just 'recovered' after ODing off of Stix (a drug) and is
Jul 02, 2015 Justine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
J'ai trouvé le concept très intéressant et j'ai beaucoup aimé l'univers. Aria est un personnage assez charismatique, assez kick-ass - ce que j'apprécie - et Hunter, même s'il ne m'a pas fait tant d'effet - était pas mal dans son genre.
Simplement, ça manquait cruellement de punch pour moi et c'était long. Si l'histoire avait faire 70 pages de moins, je pense que l'on se serait concentré sur le principal et ça m'aurait sûrement captivée davantage.
Mais ça reste une bonne lecture et la fin du
Oct 07, 2012 Katy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 relat
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
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
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
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
Kagama-the Literaturevixen
Was super excited until the other guy was mentioned and that always means a love triangle. Now im less excited.
LilyCat (Agent of SHIELD)
Ever since I was a little girl, I have wanted to fall in love. The love you see on TV or read about in books, where you find your missing half-- the person you were meant to be with forever-- and suddenly you're complete. That's the sort of love my parents say I share with Thomas. Why, then, when he touches me, does it merely feel like a touch?

I thought true love would sear me.

--Mystic City, p. 15

The Gist: Aria Rose has been told she's been having a secret romance with Thomas, the son of the R
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
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
Candace (Literary Dust)
Pretty predictable but entertaining nonetheless. I just didn't like how long Aria was without her memories and not seeing more of how Aria initially met Hunter, so that was weird and made it feel like a second book vs. first book. I did like the characters, and the fact that Mystics seemed X-men like. Full review on my blog
Moendchens Lesewelt
4,5 Sterne <3
Tuçe Kibar
Kitap boyunca sıkıldım, son 100 sayfasını da atlaya atlaya okudum. Kitap mı kötüydü yoksa ben distopya türünü çok okuduğumdan mı böyle oldu anlamadım, biraz distopyalardan uzak durmam gerekiyor sanırım.
Tina ♥ Bookaholic

Meine Gedanken zum Buch:
Ich habe relative unbefangen mit dem Buch gestartet, da ich gute, wie auch schon schlechtere Rezensionen dazu gelesen habe. Daher war es dann für mich doch überraschend gut und hat mir von der Atmosphäre, sowie den Charakteren und generellen Handlung wirklich gut gefallen.

Aber fangen wir am besten von vorne an, wo wir Aria begleiten, als sie auf ihrer Verlobungsfeier ist. Eigentlich sollte das ein glücklicher Moment für sie sein, do
Oct 12, 2014 Samantha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-my-shelf
This story had a lot of potential, but it got lost on the way.

It had a very interesting premise. Two "mafia" type families. Mysterious memory loss. Star-crossed lovers. Futuristic New York City. What's not to love, right?!

The setting was not properly worked out. It was set sometime in the future when global warming has taken over and people with mystical powers have made themselves known. Everyone can pay for items through their fingerprints, not needing to carry money. But tex
Cait (Paper Fury)
If Romeo and Juliet and superpowers and were involved in political gang wars, yep, it would be MYSTIC CITY.

Top marks for world building. Wow. Just wow. With delicious and subtle details, the world of MYSTIC CITY goes down with a big thumbs-up from me. Techno and lavish, the author used the perfect combo of words to draw me into this crumbling version of America. I saw it. I felt it. The colours, tastes, sights, and explosions. Oh yeah, I was there.

Plus, superpowers. Any book can be improved if
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
Ugh. Where to start ? This book is quite ridiculous. Seriously. It is a rather good distraction for summer, but nothing more. It's crazy how everything is so predictable. The main protagonist is plain and such a stereotype, there is no character development and that bothered me a lot. The author uses in Mystic City devices that are all overly used in literature (especially in YA/dystopias) and there is no surprise whatsoever.

The main idea of the story is rather interesting though: a sort of floo
Oct 12, 2012 Krystle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
I was really looking forward to reading Mystic City, 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 infuriating
Oct 07, 2012 Kimberly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Annabelle Marie Veronica

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.

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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” 77 likes
“Your mother stands against everything my parents believe in," I say. "But I'm not my parents."
"Aria," Hunter whispers into my ear.
"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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