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July 10, 2010

Review: Manifest by Artist Arthur

Title: Manifest
Serie: Mystyx, #1
Author: Artist Arthur
Release Date: August 1st 2010
Publisher: Kimani Tru
Pages: 256
ISBN: 978-0-373-83196-8
Age: Young Adult
Summary from author's website:
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 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 Misfits. 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?
Krystal is a young girl that just moved to Lincoln because her parents got divorced. Her mother re-married and she can't stand her or her new husband. Oh, and she can hear and see ghost. They have been bothering forever, but now it's more than ever.

Krystal is adjusting to her new life, but she has a bad attitude. She is rude with everyone, and when Ricky starts asking for Krystal's help, she can't take it. He is good-looking, and sweet, but he is a ghost. Krystal is freaked out because of this, she doesn't want to see or hear him, or any ghost.

As the protagonist, she was OK. I couldn't like her at first because she was so angry and unhappy with herself, and for me she was just spoiled. But she begins to change when Jake and Sasha start talking to her. They are very different, but at the same time, they are alike. All of them have some power, and soon their friendship begins while they are trying to discover more about them. Greek mythology is involved, also climate change...everything goes in this explanation!.

I felt like there was a lot of things going on at the same time. Her family, helping Ricky (and liking him), her powers. And there is some guy texting her to take some pictures of her...creepy!.

I enjoyed reading it, specially because the writing was great. It was easy to read, it felt light, and it caught me from the beginning. Maybe the end was rushed, I really wanted to know more about Krystal, Jake and Sasha's powers!.

I am glad to know it's the first book of a serie (Mystyx), because there are many questions unanswered. Like, why they have these powers? Are they the only ones?


More about this book at

You can also read the fist chapter and watch the trailer over here.

I received this book through NetGalley.

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