Sunday, August 1, 2010
by Artist Arthur
# of Pages: 256
Age Range: 13+
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 her "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 saw the cover for Manifest I was so excited to review it, it looked great! And, the plot sounded awesome too. Who was I to pass up a paranormal debut?
Though the story held promise, the beginning failed to keep me hooked. It was not for a lack of suspense but rather that the main character, Krystal, had such a bad attitude. I tried to give her credit, understanding what she had to recently deal with; a divorced family, a new school, etc. Yet I still just could not connect with her or get over her negativity. Had Krystal been less of a sour lemon, I probably would have enjoyed the book a lot more.
That being said, about half way through the book, the story picked up and Krystal developed a lot more - loosing some of her negative edge. By the end of the book I was actually really enjoying the story and found myself intrigued to find out more.
The characters in this book were very ethnically diverse which was great because that is not always common in most books, and I liked how the characters had other real problems outside of dealing with their new found powers.
Despite Krystal's bad attitude, and a lack of direct focus within the plot (or multiple plots...), the writing was still good and the creativity was there. I have great hope that the following book in this series will be much better and some of the problems in the first book will be cleared up. I will definitely pick up the sequel!
Manifest is a fun debut none-the-less with romance, mystery, and "mystyx" powers!
If you liked this book be sure to check out:
Marked: A House of Night Novel (House of Night Novels)
Evermore: The Immortals
Wake (Wake Series, Book 1)
Deadly Little Secret (A Touch Novel)
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