Review: Mayhem

Jul 9, 2011 | Book Reviews | 0 comments

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Review: MayhemMayhem by Artist Arthur
Also by this author: Manifest
Series: Mystyx #3
Also in this series: Manifest
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Published by Harlequin, Kimani Tru on July 26 2011
Pages: 256
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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A lot can change in a few months. Jake Palmer is living proof of that. In a short time, the once-shy loner has discovered his incredible supernatural abilities and forged a tight bond with his fellow Mystyx. What’s more—he’s fallen for his best friend, Krystal. And fallen hard.

Still, some things remain the same—like the jocks who keep bullying him. Even though they have no idea how powerful Jake has become. And while he tries to follow Krystal’s advice, he may not be able to keep his cool much longer. But there are bigger problems ahead, because the darkness that’s been hovering nearby is about to descend on the town of Lincoln, Connecticut. And when it does, the Mystyx will learn who to trust, who to fear and just how much is at stake…

Literary's Views

First Thoughts

I’ve enjoyed the past books of the Mystyx series and in reading the synopsis of Mayhem by Artist Arthur I really wanted to read Jake’s story and see the world through his eyes and the struggles that he would face. Jake having to deal with the ultimate choice of darkness vs. light, and the journey that he went through to find the answer while dealing with real life is what drew me into the story.

What Worked

The struggle that Jake went through in finding the answers to who he really was and what his true role would be.

The omniscient dark presence of the raven following Jake. It really set the tone for the danger that Jake was in.

The mini romance between Jake and Krystal. I liked seeing their relations slowly develop to another level

The mysteriousness of the story with all the questions yet to be answered. It had me turning to pages to find out more.

Could Have Been Better

While there was enough drama and mystery within the story I could have done with more action.

Though I did enjoy the mysterious element, I felt there were a lot of unanswered questions as to what Jake and the Mystyx was really suppose to do. ( I agreed with Jake’s frustration and anger on this point)


Jake: He was a good character, though at times he would confuse me with his thoughts and the decisions he made. It was that some of the answers were staring him in the face and he would see it. He had a stubborn streak a mile long, wanting to take things on by himself without any help (typical male) when the help and support was there.

Krystal: Liked her in her fist story and even more now. She was the voice of reason, putting things in perspective and being there for Jake the best way she could.

Sasha: Enjoyed her feisty attitude. She kept things real and told it like she saw it.

Lindsey: She was an interesting person with an interesting power. She was a bit mysterious throughout the story and I look forward to read more about her story.


Mayhem was an interesting story that I enjoyed reading. The story was a nice twist in the paranormal genre with the Mystics. I enjoyed reading about Jake’s journey and his struggle in finding who he was and what side he would ultimately be on, good or evil. Though there were some things that bugged me, it didn’t totally ruin the story for me. I felt Ms. Arthur did a great job capturing the voice of a teenage male, with all his assets and short comings which made the story believable. In the end, I am interested to see what is in store for these Mystyx.

3 Stars


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