Mystify by Artist Arthur
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 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…
After reading and enjoying the first book in the series I was eager to see what was next for Krystal, Jake, and Sasha. The three friends each have special abilities and have banded together once already to solve a mystery. Mystify was narrated by Sasha and it helped me get to know and understand her character so much better. There was development on the other characters as well and the story was entertaining and creepy. I am excited to see what the third book, narrated by Jake, brings to the table!
To begin with, Sasha was a fun and sassy main character. It may seem like she was the perfect rich girl with the perfect life on the outside, but by reading her story I realized that things were not all fun and games in her house. Sasha had a lot of pressure from her parents to only associate with certain people and to only do what they wanted. Sasha stayed strong throughout and always stood up her what she believed in. The secondary characters were developed as well and I liked how not only did Sasha's peers play a part in the story, but their families as well. I've always liked Krystal and Jake, so it was fun to see them again and hear about them from Sasha's perspective. There were some new characters introduced, including a possible romantic interest for Sasha. Antoine Watson was a sweet and likable "bad boy" and his feelings for Sasha were obvious.
The plot of Mystify was just as fast paced and exciting as Manifest. I loved learning more about the Mystyx's powers and seeing the group work together to figure out the truth behind what was going on. There were a lot of spooky occurrences going on that tied in with the real world. The Mystyx had a lot on their plates not only with the mystery and darkness surrounding them, but with their personal lives as well.
Overall, this was an exciting and entertaining follow up to Manifest. The ending was a killer cliffhanger though and it makes me even more excited to read the third book.
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars
February 1, 2011/Kimani Tru/256 Pages/Young Adult/Book Two
Source: Author (signed ARC)
Other books in the series: Manifest, Mayhem