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 she'd ever want—except that he was killed nearly a year ago. Krystal's ghost-whispering talents soon lead other "freaks" to her door—Sasha, a rich girl who can literally disappear, and Jake, who moves objects with his mind. All three share a distinctive birthmark in the shape of an M and, fittingly, call themselves the Mystyx. They set out to learn what really happened to Ricky, only to realize that they aren't the only ones with mysterious powers. But if Krystal succeeds in finding out the truth about Ricky's death, will she lose him for good?
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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 Mystyx's are Paranormals I would love to add to my list of loves.
This books is based around Krystal a girl who has been put through a lot, you would think it would get better... You guessed it just gets worse. Krystal's a teen who's parents were recently divorced (she blames this on her mother) they moved from New York back to her moms small home town of Lincoln. Oh wait it gets better Krystal's mom re-married a man named Gerald, a man Krystal really dislikes. Ever since the divorce Krystal takes everything out on her mom Janet she barely talks to her and when she does shes a brat, she is on first name basis with her mom talk about disrespectful. You think thats bad out of nowhere ghosts start approaching her, especially a very cute one named Ricky. This is when the story gets juicy Krystal then meets other teens that also have weird things happening to them. The three of them embark on a mysterious hunt to help Ricky solve his death. One thing I really disliked about Krystal was that she was so terribly rude to her mother. I come from a very European family so if I was ever this rude to my mother all hell would break lose, no matter what she could have possibly have done. I have to say I don't know what Krystal could possibly be feeling, but my roommate and best friend has also gone through very similar situation and they did not act at all like Krystal did. Once you start seeing the softer side to Krystal I liked her, and sometimes was able to relate to her. Sasha and Jake are total opposites but fun and very easy to like.
Well back on track this book was an awesome roller coaster ride which I did not regret getting on. This book was a fast read but was detailed enough for its pace. Artist brought a new look into paranormals and I think she's here to stay. This books ending had you wanting more, but not necessarily a cliffhanger. One thing I must say before I end this long review is that the ending was definitely very unpredictable, but I totally loved it.
My Blurb for this novel: "A great add to Teen Paranormal Genre. A roller coaster ride that I did not regret at all. Can't wait for more novels from Artist Arthur"
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3. Mayhem (Out Aug. 2011)
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