Mystic City by Theo Lawrence on goodreads:
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 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. 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. 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. (
Mystic City draws you in with an incredible cover and the promise of a colorful blend of genres. However, the initial promise of Matched, Hunger Games, X Men and Blade Runner is misleading! I would rather say: Dystopia, Romeo & Juliet and Harry Potter! .. Hu you say? Wait and see…
Colorful Blend of genres!
The story is set in a Dystopia world long in the future when see level is about to raise and destroy cities. Together with SciFi and magic elements with have a mix that will appeal to many different readers! Even more, instead of shouting out “Matched and Hunger Games” I would point out that this story absolutely have strong elements from Romeo and Julie and the magic from Harry Potter!
Living for the powerful and rich is way above the city of New York in the so called Aeries and this is where Aria grew up, oblivious to the danger and poorness surrounding her deep down below in the old remains of the city. This is where the rebellion takes place and this is where the magically blessed or cursed have to life.
She’s our typical dystopia heroine, oblivious to the real world around her, since she’s grown up having everything she always wished. But, slowly her mind awakes and she begins to see more clearly what is wrong with their world and she slowly begins to questions her fathers actions. Falling in love with a boy from the Rebellion and a magic user isn’t helping her conflicted state.
Mysteries, Magic, Politics and Love!
The mystery behind Aria’s lost of memory was something intriguingly fascinating, especially combined with the politics and exploring this world and basics! The love story between Aria and Hunter perfectly reminded of Romeo and Juliet – a forbidden love with between 2 strong families to different in their political views that there is no way for them to be ever together. There is even a balcony involved! I would even go so far in saying that this could easily be a retelling (and I hope I do not insult the author as I genuinely enjoyed this a lot)!
I absolutely adored the way the magic was handled here and I found it a wonderfully and surprising addition to this plot. Some of the spells reminded of Harry Potter spells and there was even a flying bike! I had to smile at this! Truly, the magic was … well, magical!
Love letters that ….felt off…
While Aria tries to regain her memories she found love letters, yet she has no idea who wrote that! The letters were very romantic and full of love and passion! However, when we realize who those letters wrote it immediately felt off… The way the lover speaks in real is nothing like those letters! It just didn’t fit at all!!! It was very confusing and felt totally wrong!
Mystic City is a powerful debut with a delightful blend of genres and in my opinion a creative re-telling of Romeo and Juliet! Love, Politics, Magic, SciFI and Dystopia everything your genre heart desires is easily found in this great debut into a new series! I am excited to find out more and await eagerly the new book!
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