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July 30, 2010

Manifest (Mystyx #1)

Title:  Manifest (Mystyx #1)
Author:  Artist Arthur
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: August 1, 2010
Received From:  Publisher in return for an honest review
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 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?

When I first started reading this book I felt like it was very similar to the first book in the Mediator series by Meg Cabot but once the book really started going I was relieved to find out that the story was more original than I originally thought.

This story combines intrigue and paranormal elements to create a fun and different take on the paranormal. I loved Jake and Sasha, who provided much needed relief from Krystal's incessant whining. While I enjoyed the mystery of the book it was resolved and solved very quickly without much trouble.

By the end of the book we are left with the mystery of the Mystixs, but since this is a series I am sure it will be answered in the subsequent novels!


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