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Manifest (Mystyx #1)

3.52  ·  Rating Details ·  480 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
ebook, 256 pages
Published August 1st 2010 by Harlequin Presents
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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
Apr 21, 2010 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
★★★ 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
Apr 30, 2010 Ari rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 21, 2010 Autumn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nicola Mansfield
Jul 27, 2010 Nicola Mansfield rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Mar 29, 2010 Lauren rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
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
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
Aug 30, 2010 Crystal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Heather T
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,
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
Mar 26, 2010 Rhia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: digi-reads
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
Stephanie Tang
couldn't finish this one. Krystal annoyed me way too much and the story had gaping plot holes.
Going into Manifest I really didn't have that high of expectations. And I was right to expect as much as it turns out. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't horrible . It was just a bit lackluster. There wasn't anything special to Manifest that made it stand out in my mind. While there were some aspects that I really enjoyed, others just rather killed the high points for me.

I have to say that Krystal annoyed the hell out of me. Talk about the epitome of whiny teenager who doesn't appreciate anything in
I raced through this book in a matter of a few hours (collectively, over the course of a couple days). Cover to cover. I just couldn't put it down. The story opens with a really bratty Krystal having to go through her parents divorce by pretty much being dragged through it against her will. Despite the over-the-top brattiness, her voice was just so compelling I couldn't stop reading. She really is self-centered and really tried to make the world revolve around her but I can somewhat sympathize w ...more
Raenice Weakly
Mar 31, 2011 Raenice Weakly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
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
Mishel Zabala
May 08, 2010 Mishel Zabala rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, won
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
Jul 26, 2010 Dwayne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reviewed @ Girls Without a Bookshelf.

Manifest is the first book in the Mystyx series, and it introduces the readers to Krystal Bentley whose story takes us through a whirlpool of mysteries, suspense and a drop of romance.

What I liked best about Manifest is the ease in which Krystal, delivers the narration. I believe Manifest is aimed at the younger teen, and this is heavily reflected in her conversational narrative. At fifteen, Krystal is the epitome of the typical teen (powers aside and all). A
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Let me just say, what a ride!. The plot was something totally out of the ordinary and I devoured it. Krystal is your not so average girl with many problems. With her parents recently divorced and her mother newly re-married, moving to a new town making new friends was not was Krystal wanted. She was angry at the world, always walking around with a bad attitude.

Right after her 15th birthday, Krystal begins to hear a dead person voice. She constantly ignores him hoping that he will go away. It doe
After watching the book trailer and reading the synopsis I was really interested in Manifest's premise, while I usually read Paranormal Romance books instead of just Paranormal ones, I was really curious with the whole teens getting strange powers due to freaky occurrences thing going on in Manifest. In the beginning of this book we meet Krystal, a girl who has a complicated relationship with her mother and her stepfather, who I thought was a complete idiot most of the time but in the end I kind ...more
Jul 30, 2010 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very creepy, but very good. It held my interest throughout the whole book. I read it in one sitting. I LOVE Krystal. Well, except her nasty attitude, although I couldn’t fault her for that. It didn’t bother me all that much, maybe because despite her being rude/disrespectful to the adults in her life, she really wasn’t all that bad. Her inner thoughts, to which we are privy, aren’t as mean or nasty as her behavior toward authority figures. Plus, if I had dead people following me around, HAUNTING ...more
Jun 13, 2010 Chioma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Manifest, the first book in the Mystyx series, was an interesting introduction to a new series as well as a an exciting “who done it'” mystery that just keeps building and building until you have a whole list of who could be the killer.

First off let me say that I had high hopes for this book. And those hopes rested mostly on the characters that I thought would have something that made them stand out from the usually generic personalities of YA characters. Some passed those expectations and some
Aug 09, 2010 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Final Grade: 90/B
256 pages
YA Paranormal
Available now
Review copy provided by Harlequin
Recommend to students: Yes

REVIEW: 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 an
Jun 08, 2010 Becky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-for-review
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
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Review on my blog:

So yeah, Krystal has it BAD, so she says. No one seems to get her, but really, the way she talks about her whole life situation, it's apparent that she hasn't really taken the steps to get to a point where she can allow others to understand her. I think though, because of this, many teens will be able to connect to her situation on some level. But as this novel dictates, everyone has their problems, just different circumstances.

Arthur in
Kelly Peres
Jun 16, 2010 Kelly Peres rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jennifer Jensen (Literally Jen)
When Krystal Bentley is uprooted from her home in New York to Lincoln, Connecticut, she gives her mother and her new stepfather some serious attitude about it. She doesn't like her new school, isn't eating much, and is having a hard time making friends because of all the cliques at her new school.

But then she meets Ricky, the type of guy that makes her heart beat just a little bit faster and someone Krystal thinks she'd like to kiss. The only problem is that Ricky isn't alive anymore--he's a gho
May 16, 2010 Kelsey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, bea10, signed
Going into Manifest I had no idea, at all, what to expect. Luckily, Manifest turned out to be so much more than what I was expecting- it was mysterious, exciting, and creepy. I can't wait for the sequel to be released!

To begin with Krystal was a little annoying and I couldn't really understand the way she was acting. As the novel progressed I began to understand her even more and she turned out to be a really great main character. Krystal can see, hear, and talk to ghosts. A talent that she fear
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