Mystic City takes place in a future New York that has been divided into a sort of Verona type territory, a la Romeo and Juliet, with family loyalty serving as the boundary lines that can mean life or death, if you’re not careful. The world building in this book does a lot to create picture of a city with a great divide between the haves and have nots. In fact, the story does bear more than a little resemblance to the plot and structure of Romeo and Juliet, but with a decidedly more futuristic view and, of course, magic. Not only are their two warring families trying to join together through marriage, but there is also an entire class of people that have been banished and are forced to live as almost sub-humans. Aria’s parents are truly scary, almost sociopathic people who are intent on keeping their status and lifestyle at any cost. I thought this story would be a very straightforward futuristic romance, but there were may surprising plot twists that made it feel a lot like a political thriller.
I think what I really liked about Mystic City was the love story. Within all of the political intrigue and class warfare was a story about two people who fell in love, despite the odds being totally against them. No, it’s not a new plot device, certainly, but the twists and turns that make up the romance and the way that it is revealed made it seem very fresh. Aria and Hunter’s romance isn’t just about them and since it pulls in so many people, for better or for worse, it makes the story seem large and important and I was very drawn to the story. I thought that Mystic City was a great start to a series that I am looking forward to reading again.
I received this book as a galley from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
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