DNF: Mystic City by Theo Lawrence

Posted February 25, 2014 by Bee in Reviews / 1 Comment

DNF: Mystic City by Theo Lawrence

Mystic City

by Theo Lawrence
Series: Mystic City #1
Pages: 282
Published on October 9th 2012
by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Genres: Dystopian, Romance, Young Adult
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Amazon | Goodreads

Also by this author: Toxic Heart: a Mystic City Novel

<p><strong>For fans of <em>Matched, The Hunger Games, X-Men, </em>and <em>Blade Runner </em>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.</strong></p>
<p>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 union of the two will end the generations-long political feud - and unite all those living in the Aeries, the privileged upper reaches of the city, against the banished mystics who dwell below in the Depths.</p>
<p>But Aria doesn't remember falling in love with Thomas; in fact, she wakes one day with huge gaps in her memory. And she can't conceive why her parents would have agreed to unite with the Fosters in the first place.</p>
<p>Only when Aria meets Hunter, a gorgeous rebel mystic from the Depths, does she start to have glimmers of recollection - and to understand that he holds the key to unlocking her past. The choices she makes can save or doom the city - including herself.</p>

Okay, I normally don’t write reviews on books I DNF, but I feel like I had too. I have a couple of things to say as to why I didn’t finish it.

Mystic City is sort of like X-men meets Romeo and Juliet. And that sounds pretty good, right? I thought so anyway. So I started reading it because I love X-men and that superpower stuff. And at first, I liked it okay. But by the I read 70% I was so bored. This book is really a futuristic X-men mixed with Romeo and Juliet. And I think that second one is what bothers me.

Romeo and Juliet is a love story about star-crossed lovers. Their families hate each others guts and all that. It doesn’t have a happy ending for the love-birds. And the thing is… I don’t give a rats ass about all the political stuff. And there’s so much here in this book! Aria’s parents are insane! And they alone are a reason for me to put the book down. I can’t take any more of it. Seriously not!

The second reason is that this is SO predictable. I knew what was going to happen from the moment I read the prologue. And I really hate that because it ruins the story for me. So when I got to part 3, I just didn’t feel like reading any more.  The last reason is the world-building. It’s very vague and I have absolutely no clue as to what happened in this world to make it the way it is. When does this story take place? I don’t like not knowing that stuff.

I love the Mystics and all that, but the rest… not so much. If you’re a fan of these kinds of stories, please give it a try! It’s just not for me.


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One response to “DNF: Mystic City by Theo Lawrence

  1. I’ve always thought this book looked so cool because of the cover and the concept. I’ve seen a few people now who couldn’t finish it though. Even if the idea is fantabulous, I need more fast paced books you know? Thank you for sharing though! Amazing review. 🙂

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