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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Manifest

By:  Artist Arthur

Goodreads Summary:  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?

First off that summary is rather misleading, but that's summary on every website including the author's.  I don't think Krystal is really desperate to hang on to Ricky, I don't think she's very close to him at all.  Secondly, it leads you to believe there are a bunch of people with powers and that's not really true either. 

Secondly, I really did NOT like Krystal the main character.  She was a hardcore snotty brat for about 3/4 of the book.  Some of it wasn't her fault, but her attitude was her fault and I really didn't like her attitude.  I hated the way she reacted to people she didn't even know.  In the end it did turn around, she calmed down and got a little happier and I expect that in the subsequent books I expect her disposition won't be quite so bad.

Putting those two things aside, I did find myself interested in the story and in finding out whodunit.  The ending was interesting enough that I would probably pick up the next book in the series, Mystify, which is coming out February of next year.

**I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review which I have done.  I was in no other way compensated.**

2 comments:

Tina Peterson said...

This one does sound kind of interesting even though I don't much care for brats or snobs. =0(

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vvb32 reads said...

i'm curious too about book two as it will focus on the other characters, i think.