Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Mystify by Artist Arthur

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Sasha Carrington has grown up feeling like an outsider, and her parents are too concerned with scaling the Lincoln, Connecticut, social ladder to even notice her. They’d be really horrified to know about the supernatural abilities Sasha and her friends Krystal and Jake possess. But as part of the Mystyx, Sasha has found her place.

Now her parents have suddenly taken an interest in everything she does, and their timing couldn’t be worse. Sasha’s father wants her to become BFFs with snooty Alyssa Turner, who hates Krystal for stealing her boyfriend. Then there’s Antoine Watson, the boy Sasha has liked forever, the boy her parents would never approve of. But with the dark side getting more dangerous by the day, and the Mystyx’s own powers growing in unexpected ways, Sasha is facing choices that could affect her friends, her love life—and even her destiny. (Publisher's summary from Goodreads)

In Arthur Artist’s second Mystyx novel, Mystify we follow Sasha and her Mystyx buddies, Jake and Krystal as they try to unravel and adjust to their supernatural abilities and attempt to find out more about The Darkness that is haunting them.

Unlike the first book in the series, which was told from Kyrstal’s POV, Mystify is narrated by Sasha and provides much insight into her life as a “Richie” and the problems that creates for her friendships and love life.

I am fascinated by these teens’ supernatural powers and remain more than a little curious as to exactly what The Darkness is. Unfortunately, Artist only teases us with a few more hints and an ancient curse. There is a connection between the Goddess Styx and it is clear that the Mystyx are the forces meant to battle The Darkness, but exactly how this will play out is still a mystery.

I did enjoy Sasha’s story and admired her ability to stand up to her father’s rich man mentality. She came across as an independent thinker who did not hold with her parents’ beliefs. The budding romance between Sasha and Antoine, a boy who her parents feel is way below Sasha’s station in life, dominated much of the story. However, Sasha does takes the lead in trying to figure out how the Mystyx are going to fight The Darkness and manages to keep the group from breaking apart.

If this review seems more than a little cryptic, that is because, the story left me confused. There are way too many unanswered questions, vague leads, and a new addition to the group, whose role is unclear. Guess I will just have to wait for the next book and see where it leads me and the Mystyx. 

Source: Received ARC copy from Publisher
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