The Powers

Aug 10, 2010 | Book Reviews | 0 comments

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The PowersManifest by Artist Arthur
Also by this author: Mayhem
Series: Mystyx #1
Also in this series: Mayhem
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Published by Kimani Tru on August 1, 2010
Pages: 256
Format: Paperback
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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?

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Cover Thoughts
This is a great cover. I love the color and the text style with the smoke making it mysterious like the story. I like how the showcased her tattoo which is important to the story and with it glowing it adds supernatural flare.  Looking at the cover after reading the story I realized there was a reason for how it was designed. It all ties back to the story.

Everyone goes through struggles throughout their lives and its how we deal during those struggles that show us who we are. In Manifest we are introduced to Krystal Bentley who is not your average teenage girl. She has to deal with one of the hardest situations that could happen to a teenager, the separation of her parents and having to deal with their partners. On top of all that family drama she has to deal with a sexy Ricky Watson who, unfortunate for her, is dead and is recruiting her to find out who killed him. Krystal was a very straight forward girl not afraid to say what she felt except to her mother. Though Krystal was angry and in denial at what was going on in her life, I could surprisingly understand where she was coming from. Dealing with the breakup with no real explanation, ghosts, a new home, school & stepfather would make anyone angry. The plot was interesting and I liked how there was multiple situations going on with the story. With everything going on I was glad that she wasn’t going through it alone, though reluctantly Krystal made friends with two unlikely kids at her school. Jake, the loner and Sasha the popular rich girl who surprisingly has powers of their own. Bringing them together in this mysterious journey that started way before they were born as well as unleashing an unknown evil.  I enjoyed the added romance woven into all the supernatural, family drama and danger.  I absolutely loved the diversity with the characters and how Arthur created a strong, realistic African American heroine who had faults but was able and willing to grow and mature into a better understanding person. I would have like going into more of the origins of the powers and more intensity within Krystal’s romance. I would loved to have known more about Sacha and Jake’s characters and can’t wait for the continuation of the series.  I felt that the story was a good read with lots of room to grow into a great series.

3 Stars


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