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Manifest (Mystyx #1)

3.46 of 5 stars 3.46  ·  rating details  ·  388 ratings  ·  114 reviews
Krystal just met the perfect boy. Trouble is, he's dead.

When fifteen-year-old Krystal Bentley moves to Lincoln, Connecticut, her mom's hometown, she assumes her biggest drama will be adjusting to the burbs after living in New York City.

But Lincoln is nothing like Krystal imagined. The weirdness begins when Ricky Watson starts confiding in her. He's cute, funny, a good list...more
ebook, 256 pages
Published August 1st 2010 by Harlequin Presents (first published January 1st 2010)
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There was a point in Manifest that things sort of clicked for me and I saw the potential for something pretty gripping and distrubing (without giving too much away, there is a serious creep (in the real world sense) preying on the girls of Lincoln, and MC Krystal may be the next on his list. There was a dark, gritty and realistic edge to this side of the story that I didn't see coming, and it added much needed authenticity and danger. But this one almost-stellar aspect aside, Manifest fell f...more
Transitions. That is the number one thing that sticks out in my mind as to why I didn't like this novel. There were no smooth transitions throughout this novel, the chapters jumped from one thing to another. For example, chapter one ends with Krystal meeting Ricky. Chapter two opens up with Krystal talking about how bad her mom's cooking is. I felt like I missed something so I flipped back to check, but it was no mistake. It was so frustrating! In addition to that, Krystal is annoying. I had a r...more
Krystal hears dead people. The voices had stopped until she and her mom moved out of their home and left Krystal's dad. Krystal meets Ricky, a ghost who needs her help. Ricky's brother and his friends are accused of Ricky's murder. Ricky knows it's not true but needs Krystal's help to find out who really killed him. In the meanwhile, Krystal finds Sasha and Jake, who share her talent for talking to ghosts.

I was expecting a dreamier, more fantasy-like story, based on the cover, but this book is r...more
★★★ Worth a read

Manifest is a coming of age (and powers) story. It was easy to read and easy to walk away from. The story didn't stay in my mind whenever I left it, so I had to push my attention away from other things so that I could finish it. Manifest wasn't a bad story, it just wasn't exciting enough. I did have a few problems with it too. First there was too much over-explanation. e.g. Detailing every storm in 1932 - there's 11 of them. I just skipped over these. Second was the cutting short...more
First off that summary is rather misleading, but that's summary on every website including the author's. I don't think Krystal is really desperate to hang on to Ricky, I don't think she's very close to him at all. Secondly, it leads you to believe there are a bunch of people with powers and that's not really true either.

Secondly, I really did NOT like Krystal the main character. She was a hardcore snotty brat for about 3/4 of the book. Some of it wasn't her fault, but her attitude was her fault...more
Literary Cravings
Everyone goes through struggles throughout their lives and its how we deal during those struggles that show us who we are. In Manifest we are introduced to Krystal Bentley who is not your average teenage girl. She has to deal with one of the hardest situations that could happen to a teenager, the separation of her parents and having to deal with their partners. On top of all that family drama she has to deal with a sexy Ricky Watson who, unfortunate for her, is dead and is recruiting her to find...more
Why I read this: It sounded like an interesting book. I love the cover and the main character's name is Krystal (spelled different than mine), which is not a name that is used often, I could not resist.

How is the novel driven: Character though events play a main role too, but this is all about Krystal really learning about herself and her power and being introduced to Sasha and Jake as well.

My thoughts: I really enjoyed this book. I liked the weather aspect affecting the main characters' powers...more
Poor Krystal, uprooted from NYC and dragged away from her beloved father to go live in some small Connecticut town. Then, to make matters worse, she's stuck with an annoying (but cute) dead guy who keeps hounding her to help him resolve unfinished business so he can move on. But she doesn't want to leave the comforts of her room, much less track down a killer.

I liked Krystal and bits of my students in her (lots of my kids are military and move a lot and/or come from divorced homes). She's pissed...more
Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: The sounds of a Paranormal YA Ghost Whisperer with an added twist plot was enough to make me want to read it.

This is a book that I enjoyed more the further I got into it. I find that while I'm reading I often rate a book as I go along. This was a two at the beginning, a solid three by the middle and pushing a four and a half by the end so to sum it all off I've gone with an overall four. Krystal can see dead people, hear them, have conversations with them and now they are ask...more
When I first heard about Manifest, I was quite excited because the cover was pretty and the summary sounded intriguing. Sadly enough, when I finally did read Manifest I found out it wasn't nearly as fantastic as thought it would be because of a lackluster main character and plot holes.

One of my main reasons for me not being to found of this novel was Krystal. I couldn't relate to her and didn't find her to be all that likable for most of the book, because of how badly she treated her mom to her...more
Kelly Hager
Krystal is not at all happy--her parents split up and her mom remarried a guy that she doesn't really get along with. AND they now live in her mom's hometown in Connecticut instead of in New York, where Krystal grew up. As an added bonus, she's getting visits from a ghost.

When she sees two other teens that have the same birthmark she does (it's in the shape of an M) and learns that they have weird powers, too, things only get weirder.

You know how there are young adult novels that transcend the Y...more
I really wanted to like this book. I really did. The fact that there’s so few characters of color in the YA paranormal genre made me pick this book up with no hesitation.

After I finished it, I felt Manifest didn't.

I never thought I’d ever read another heroine more annoying than Bella Swann of Twilight. Well Bella, meet Krystal Bentley. Whiny, self-absorbed and major bad attitude bar none doesn’t even begin to describe this guest to her own personal pity party. I’m sorry that sounds harsh, but I...more
Heather Tisdale
It got a little better, but the main character was so annoying that it was hard to get into the story. I was happy to finally get a story where the main character isn't your typical "white" teen. However, there's finally a book with some diversity and I'm afraid everyone is just going to think the character is fulfilling the stereotype of angry black woman because the main character is so pissed off at everyone, but I think the stereotype more accurately falls with your regular angry, disgruntle...more
Why I read this: I thought it looked fantastic and I love stories lately that have ghosts in it.

Plot: Here is where the book fell a little short for me. It felt a little cliche personally and I guess I really don't understand how you can fall in love with a ghost. But teens are teens and overall, it had a great supernatural feel to it, with a decent balance of growing friendships and a mystery to solve.

Characters: Probably the best part of the book were the characters. There was such diversity,...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Krystal is a very cool person, someone I can easily relate too. She doesn’t obsess about boys, especially not an unrealistically beautiful love interest. There is a touch of romance, and Krystal does have emotions to get through in terms of terms of romance, but that’s not what this story is about. (Which I like.)

Artist sets a very good mood in this book. There are some very spooky scenes, and very exciting ones, as well. I loved her characters, they were very dee...more
Stephanie Tang
couldn't finish this one. Krystal annoyed me way too much and the story had gaping plot holes.
Peace Love and Reviews
Rate 3.5

Krystal moved to Lincoln as soon as her parents got divorced. She can hear and see ghost. I understand how freak out she is, it is only natural that you don't want to do anything at first. I can only imagine the horrors of seeing one knowing that they are asking for your help. After much convincing from a ghost named Ricky and two other teenagers at her school, who possess other abilities. Jake has inhuman strength and Sasha can teleport.

I honestly wanted to smack Krystal for a good half...more
Jessica B

I was pleasantly surprised by Manifest. For some reason I wasn't expecting much out of it, but it definitely surpassed my expectations.

Let me start with my main problem with Manifest: the writing. When the author tried to be hip and use slang and all, it felt way too forced and fell flat for me.

But now that that's out of the way, I can continue.

Krystal starts out as annoying as they come. Sure she has somewhat of a reason to be, with her parents splitting up with...more
With a continuously expanding young adult book market it’s easy to get lost in the nearly hundreds of titles that are published monthly. I came across Manifest via and the synopsis immediately caught my interest. Now having read the story, I’m pleased to say that Manifest delivers.

Krystal Bentley is a fifteen year old teenager adjusting to the divorce of her parents and relocation from New York City to her mother’s hometown, Lincoln, Connecticut. In addition to dealing with the iss...more
Kelly Peres
I must say some books surprise me. This book is definitely one of them. I was kind of nervous when I agreed to review this book. The reason is I have never heard of the author (sorry Ms. Arthur). I have to say what a hit this book was. For Artist's first teen novel she did an awesome job the story line did have a slow start, but once it did get going I just couldn't put this book down. The concept of the book was new and exciting, even if I love my vampires and other paranormal character the Mys...more
Becky R.
Manifest is an interesting blend of the new and popular mystery and paranormal story that so many readers have come to crave. In this particular story, the paranormal element comes in the form of a group of teens who find they have matching "tattoos" or marks in the shape of the letter "M." Krystal's power seems to be the ability to speak to the dead, and although this might be cool in most cases, when you're a teen dealing with moving to a new school and the break up of your parent's marriage,...more
Wendy Hines
Krystal Bentley is a very unhappy fifteen year old. Her parent's recently divorced, with her moving with her mom to a new small town. Then, her mom remarries, and nothing is making Krystal happy. She goes to school, sleeps, and stays in her room. She does not socialize or talk to anyone.

But then, she starts hearing a voice, and before long, an apparition of a teenage boy, Ricky, who was killed. He wants Krystal to find out who killed him and why. She ignores Ricky for the most part, although she...more
rystal’s parents have divorced, and her mom moved her to a small town in Connecticut while her dad remains in the city. She also remarried a guy that Krystal doesn’t really like. As if that isn’t enough she has a dead guy following her around. His name is Ricky, and he needs her help solving his murder. Seeing dead people isn’t a new thing for Krystal, but usually she is able to ignore them. Ricky’s persistence makes that impossible. During the course of the book she teams up with two other kids...more

Krystal is a young girl that just moved to Lincoln because her parents got divorced. Her mother re-married and she can't stand her or her new husband. Oh, and she can hear and see ghost. They have been bothering forever, but now it's more than ever.

Krystal is adjusting to her new life, but she has a bad attitude. She is rude with everyone, and when Ricky starts asking for Krystal's help, she can't take it. He is good-looking, and sweet, but he is a ghost. Krystal is freaked out because of thi...more
Mishel Zabala
My Rating: 3.25/5 stars

Krystal is understandably filled with teenage angst. For starters, her mother divorced her father with no explanation and then remarried to a butthead with control issues. She's forced to move to nowhere, Connecticut and attend a new school. Oh, and she hears and sees dead people. Even though she hasn't heard one for quite a while, hitting fifteen has brought the ghosts back. Ricky has been murdered and he's relentless in his pursuit of Krystal's help. Of course, Krystal i...more
Raenice Weakly
Author: Artist Arthur
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Release: August, 2010
Source: Bought
Rating: 3/5

Description: Sometimes it’s the smallest things that make the biggest difference. . . .

When fifteen-year-old Krystal Bentley moves to Lincoln, Connecticut, her mom's hometown, she assumes her biggest drama will be adjusting to the burbs after living in New York City.

But Lincoln is nothing like Krystal imagined. The weirdness begins when Ricky Watson starts confiding in her. He's cut...more
Lisa Richards
I don’t like a book where most of the teen’s angst is due to a parent not telling them the whole story or keeping it from them for the teen’s sake. In fact I don’t like it in an adult book either. That said, I did enjoy the storyline. It’s nice to see a paranormal that deals with other traits than those of a vamp or shifter.
I didn’t like the character of Krystal in the beginning as she was the “typical” 15 year old, moody, whiny and a brat. However, as she settled more into her new school and ma...more
Manifest is the first in what will be a four book paranormal series. It tells the story of Krystal Bentley who has recently moved with her mum to Lincoln, Connecticut. Krystal is not happy about the move. She is angry with her mother for divorcing her father and ripping her away from the life she loved. She doesn't understand the reasons behind her mother's decision. Krystal is enrolled at Settlemans High and does her best to avoid making any friends or even speaking to another human being. She...more
I got Manifest by Artist Arthur through Netgalley. I found the description to be very interesting and requested the book. Here’s the plot summary from Amazon:

“When fifteen-year-old Krystal Bentley moves to Lincoln, Connecticut, her mom's hometown, she assumes her biggest drama will be adjusting to the burbs after living in New York City.
But Lincoln is nothing like Krystal imagined. The weirdness begins when Ricky Watson starts confiding in her. He's cute, funny, a good listener—and everything sh...more
Manifest is the first in a new series by Artist Arthur. We are introduced to Krystal who has moved from New York to Lincoln, Connecticut with her mother following her parents divorce. She’s angry at her mother for the divorce and is unhappy with her new life in Lincoln. At the beginning, Krystal has closed herself to everyone. She has a daily routine of going to school and coming home and its not until she meets Jake and Sasha that she starts to open up and accept her abilities.

Krystal can see a...more
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