Mystify (Mystyx, #2)

Mystify (Mystyx, #2) Reason for Reading next in the series.I really enjoyed book one of this series but wasn t too taken with the angsty attitude of the main character and narrator, Krystal My favourite character had been Sasha, who had an attitude but the fun, take no nonsense from anyone kind of tude Imagine my delight to see that this book was written from Sasha s point of view.Unfortunately, the change in character views really changed the plot of the story and it took me a while to get into this book Sasha is not only the narrator, but the main character of the book, Krystal has a minor part But the fun Sasha I loved from the first book is changed in this book, because the girl s rich, never present parents have returned with a new project for the community and they want Sasha to play a vital role This is all about the Richies and Sasha is vehemently told off by her overbearing father about her choice of questionable friends and told she will do what she has been told to do This causes a riff between her and the other members of Mystyx who think that Sasha has become uppity about her social status when a hated rich girl starts hanging onto Sasha through her father s doing.This is absolutely not the time for this to be happening to Sasha as her powers are becoming stronger and she is gaining new ones, learning much about who they are and what their purpose is The strained relationships make it hard for them to work together when the Darkness returns and bodies of missing teenagers start turning up.Not as strong a story as Manifest I didn t enjoy it as much even though I like Sasha as a character I missed the ghosts from book one and the book just had a totally different feel I liked it but it wasn t a page turner for me at all at Hoping that the next book will be exciting and wondering whose point of view it will be from now that a 4th member has joined there team, another girl.Added I just saw the cover of the third book and, yeah , it has Jake on the front and thus, I m assuming will be from Jake s point of view Looking forward to it now I m having a giveaway for this one on my blog, open till February 7th Click here to enter.In the previous book you had Krystal as the MC Admittedly, she was a bit of a whiny brat at first, but she redeemed herself in the end in my opinion and I could sympathize with her I thought it was interesting that they discovered their powers and was looking forward to knowing about them and seeing them developing said powers In this one, we focus on Sasha, who seems somewhat clueless Her parents are forcing her to team up with a girl she doesn t like at all for something that s not that important and she doesn t know how to say no, even though she is completely against it She doesn t know how to really stand up for herself to them and is slowly realizing that not making up your mind can be a decision as well And that it does have consequences Like Krystal, she redeems herself and becomes a stronger character because of it.One thing I noticed in both books these kids have some seriously messed up parents I already had issues with Krystal s mom and dad, but Sasha s are equally strange Makes me feel even grateful for the family I have myself I mean, it s pretty harsh for your parents to force you into a friendship with someone you absolutely do not like because they want to get ahead in business Her dad especially is not a warm, cuddly sort of person In the town, there s a lot of focus on social status based on where you live and how much money you make and Sasha s parents are among the elitists Their viewpoints make me sad and angry, it reflects such ignorance There is a lot of teen angst in the book and the Darkness is not to be ignored There s actual evil laughter involved and this time it s actively trying to mess up their lives I won t give away what happens, but this thing person power I really want to find out what it is exactly is seriously disturbed and needs to be beaten I enjoyed learning about their powers and where they came from And Sasha s powers expand in a very logical way, which I liked There s not a really great amount of action in the book, it feels as a build up towards the real thing that s bound to come in the next book fingers crossed And I just have to say I m still rooting for Jake this will make sense if you ve read the book He seems like a really great guy.My rating 3,5 stars So far I m liking it I m just getting to the good part Mystify is the second book in Artist Arthur s Mystyx series I enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed Manifest, the first in the series Mystify is told from Sasha s viewpoint and continues to take us on the adventure that this little group of teens, the Mystyx have been thrown in Neither of them is certain of their purpose yet, but they do recognize that they have at least two things in common a birthmark in the shape of an M and the second being that they each have a power.In Mystify, Sasha learns that her power is the ability to astral project She figures this out haphazardly one night while she s in bed thinking about Antoine, a black boy who lives across the tracks, and finds herself at a dance club with him but somehow she s left her body at home in bed Sasha, is a supposed Richie, so someone her parents demand that she hang out with the right kind of people, do the right kind of activities, not someone who wants to date Antoine and who s best friend since elementary has been Jake, a Trackie By trying to keep her parents demands in check she finds herself alienating her friends and Antoine However, the Darkness brings the four friends together and now the Mystyx needs to learn about the Darkness, what is it, and how are they going to stop it and why Artist Arthur has done a wonderful job bringing to light or rather keeping the issues of discrimination in the forefront of a great story dealing with Good and Evil I love it The Good vs Evil battle has a different twist than most out there today so definitely worth a read Mystify by Artist Auther Early Review.Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews.Sometimes being an outsider is the best way to fit in 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 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 Book synopsis provided by goodreads.com In the second Mystyx book, we get to know a bit about our friends I wasn t a huge fan of the first book, but I gave this one a try I found it to be much better The narrator voice seemed much stronger in this one.One thing I really liked was how much growth we can see in the world from one book to the next The author s voice is growing and it seemed to me to be much stronger then in the first one Which is always a great thing to see I love seeing an author s voice get stronger from one book to the next It shows me as a reader that their world and characters have a lot to offer that we have not seen yet.Sasha s relationships with her fellow Mystyx seemed real in this one then the Mystyx relationships in the previous book I enjoyed the story line of her love interest and it was a believable one It reminded me of a friend s relationship in high school.I do wish that there had to the story I felt it was a bit on the short side and I felt that I was left with questions then I had answers, which is a letdown for me I found myself frustrated with the ending, because it was short But I know that no book will ever answer all the questions fans have I would recommend reading this book, even if you didn t like the first one, this was miles better.Over all rating 3 out of 5 stars Go out and get a copy in a legal way of course and read it Cover art I found the cover art to be like the book a fun airy feel.Obtained I obtained an ARC through the publisher via Netgalley Thank you This book will be available January 18 2011 Source Received from Netgalley Many thanks goes to the Netgalley team for sending me a copy of this book for review I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review My rating 3 5As the daughter of one of the wealthiest couples in Lincoln, Sasha has her share of woes Her parents only pay attention to her when they want her to do something for them, and they don t understand her relationship with her friends Sasha has a lot to handle when her parents force her to buddy up with one of the meanest and cattiest girls at school to help draw attention to her father s new exclusive club all on top of her emerging powers in the Mystyx Sasha must juggle the needs of her family as well as her own budding talents, and the attention of her longtime crush Will she be able to find out what is going on, before things take a turn for the worse Mystify picks up a few short weeks after the end of Manifest Sasha comes to the forefront and we see how she reacts as she, Krystal and Jake learn about their budding powers and the entity they must face Sasha is a believable character, however her penchant for saying me and Krystal had me grinding my teeth She is an exceptional student and ends up going on a class trip as a volunteer to watch and help out the other students with their projects I had a hard time picturing her as saying me and Krystal It just didn t ring true for her personality Krystal s character has improved from Manifest and we get to see a calmer, relaxed side of her Jake s powers are running him through a gamut of emotions making him moodier, but also stronger This installment in the Mystyx series seems to be about finding out how their powers are evolving and there isn t really any closure to an event that happened earlier in the book The ending is anti climatic but I think it s building for the next installment, Mayhem It was an enjoyable read, and I liked the romance between Antonio and Sasha All in all, a solid sequel to Manifest, which will leave you wanting to know if they will be able to win the upcoming battle Some secrets are revealed while others continue to linger on as characters and twists are added to the plot. I reviewed this book from an Advance Reader Copy from Netgalley.This is quite a short, quick, fun read and just like the previous book Manifest, reads a lot like a collection of journal entries.Our narrator this time is Sasha Carrington, who we first met in Manifest through Krystals eyes Sasha is another teenager who gets pretty much whatever she wants but I found her instantly likeable and less whiny than Krystal Sasha has a good sense of fairness and is willing to stand up for what she believes in, in the end.Sasha has a lot on her plate distant parents, bitchy girls at school and her first teenage crush is something of a starcrossed lovers scenario a boy from the wrong side of the tracks Then there are her growing powers and the small matter of the darkness that is coming for her and her friends.There are lots of interesting ideas throughout the book, but I think it was perhaps a little too short and had a feel of being something to set the scene ready for the third book There s just enough to keep you interested and by the end of the book the scene is well and truly set for an epic battle between light and dark but this particular book seemed to be missing a real, central storyline with any action of it s own We do meet the mysterious darkness which continues to threaten the Mystyx, but where Manifest had a story and mystery centred around a serial killer who is caught and brought to justice by our young heroes there is nothing really defining that happens in this book The book is very much a young adult book and I would place it firmly in the 14 16 year old category As an adult reading this book I felt a little bit out of place but I can imagine that teenagers would identify strongly with the main characters It does tackle some pretty serious issues for teenagers like race, segregation, cultural and social differences and peer pressure and these are handled well throughout.Overall I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars because although there are a lot of loose ends I enjoyed reading it I think it is a great book for the teenage audience it is intended for and I am excited for the third book which I hope ties most of those loose ends up. If you were on the fence about the first book, then rest assured that this entry will put you solidly in the crazy about Mystyx camp Sometimes being an outsider is the best way to fit in 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 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 I liked the first book in the series, but I have to admit that I enjoyed this book than the first one Sasha s a pretty tough cookie a little assertive at times than Krystal was in the first book Although I do have to say that Krystal seems to be coming into her own in this book as well It also helps that the chemistry between Sasha her crush Antoine is really well written comes across nicely Readers will really find themselves rooting for these two.The book still has a bit of the growing pains that the first volume did, but Author is getting comfortable with the characters the plot, which comes across in her style You can really tell that she had a lot of fun writing this entry I just really wish that there were questions answered in this volume I found myself really getting frustrated along with the characters that there weren t any real answers to their questions just yet Even so, I really do recommend checking this book out it s well worth reading ARC provided by NetGalley Sometimes being an outsider is the best way to fit in 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 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 One of the main things I enjoyed about this book was the main character, Sasha, she was a feisty kick ass girl who despite pressure from family and so called friends, did not give in to the I m rich so therefore I m better than you train of thought She was so much refreshing than the whiny Krystal I like that though tested, the friendship of the Mystyxs held firm When you perceive yourself as odd and an outsider, it s comforting to have the unconditional support of friends While this book did move along the storyline a lot , I was a bit disappointed in the abrupt ending Yes, it s a series so there s got to be a cliff hanger, but I guess I ve been conditioned by series books to expect at least one bad guy per book to get his just desserts while the storyline moves on to the next character I was pleased to see that Mayham , can t help but have the wonderful Allstate commercials flash through my mind, lol book 3 centers around Jake and is due out on July 19th WooHoo my birthday so I can t wait to tune back in for my Mystyx fix.Mystyx1 Manifest 2010 2 Mystify 2011 3 Mayhem 7 19 2011 I just loved how well Ms Arthur combines paranormal with real life drama Not with over dramatic stuff, but everyday real stuff that people go through every single day.We meet Sasha who s life is nothing but what is seems She is drenched in a world that she totally dislikes and wants nothing part of it Sasha meets Antoine and is having an extremely hard time fighting the attraction to him Things get complicated and she must face the question, what really matters What really matters when it comes to a relationship I know now and days people are much lenient when it comes to dating people of other races But some people are extremely old fashioned and don t think its is right to stray outside of your race, your class, your people, etc Sasha is faced with this situation time and time again in this book She wants to go with her heart but faces trouble when her parents questions why she is hanging out with that thug.I loved that Sasha is strong and fierce She knows what she wants, keeps herself out of trouble, and makes good grade And even though she is a richie, she does not degrade everyone who is not She is all around friendly Sasha sticks up for her friends, and her love, fighting her parents all the way.The paranormal part was awesome I love the whole aspect of Gods and Goddesses in a big war This book also made for great entrainment with all the researching and seeking out secrets Ms Arthur certainly knew how to draw me into her wonderful world of Mystyx The characters were strong yet fresh Each of them, finding themselves in this world as well as fighting a war with their powers I can t wait to read her next book Sometimes Being An Outsider Is The Best Way To Fit In 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 PlaceNow 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 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

I am the first born and only girl in my family, and six and nine years separate me and my two brothers Needless to say, I was alone quite a bit But being alone gave me plenty of time to indulge my imagination in the world of books One of the first novels I read was a young adult series that traced the lives of two teenagers in high school, Sweet Valley High Reading those novels I thought I cou

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