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Sparkles and Lightning

Hello all! I'm Annabelle, a (currently inactive but soon to be back) book blogger with a thing for red roses and rain and fictional boys.

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Mystic City - Theo Lawrence **FINAL RATING: 2.00 STARS**CATCHALLSo, despite all the mixed reviews I saw this book getting, I was reasonably certain that I'd love it. I was so, so wrong. Obviously I need to stop being shallow and being drawn in by tempting blurbs and shiny, shiny covers that look like tiny pieces of heaven. I even read the first fifty pages in the bookstore and really enjoyed it. Unfortunately, that was pretty much the best part of the book. Unfortunately, it was downhill from there.THE HEROINEARIAAria has got to be one of the most irritating heroines in the history of YA. She's constantly doing stupid things even though she knows she shouldn't, and she's possibly one of the densest people ever. She doesn't notice all these obvious clues around her, and when she does she completely misinterprets them. She just doesn't go about things in a smart way at all and she also seems to have split personality, sometimes the perfect daughter and others the daring rebel. No in between. It's really not charming.THE LOVE INTERESTHUNTERI don't hate Hunter, but that's probably because there's nothing to hate. He's a very flat character who lacks substance and there just isn't much to him at all. He's a rebel. He has a ton of secrets. Other than that, he basically just exists. It's fascinating stuff.THE PLOTNow, don't get me wrong: I liked Mystic City. However, I also like rainbows and colorful butterflies. "Like" isn't a word I apply a ton of value to. It could have been interesting, but the execution was just embarrassing.It's so predictable. From almost the very beginning, I could tell you exactly where the story was going. Sure, I didn't get every detail. But the main plot? Way. Too. Predictable. I don't want to know the ending before I even get halfway through the book. It's annoying.There are lots of "subtle hints" dropped throughout the book that–you guessed it–are in fact not subtle at all. It was a huge disappointment, and I seriously did not understand how anyone could have thought that they weren't glaringly obvious.Plot holes. Oh my god, plot holes everywhere. And please don't get me started on Aria's stupid decisions. I swear at least half of the book is Hunter saving her from her own idiocy. That's all right to a point but it quickly became old.The story was, however, entertaining. I'm not a liar, and that's a fact. But that doesn't change the fact that it was still faulty in too many areas to overlook.THE ROMANCEThe romance in this book depended waaay too much on a past that Aria has no memory of and Hunter never mentions. Then near the end of the novel it suddenly implodes and everything is revealed at once and I just felt totally and utterly confused. You can't just do things like that. It throws people off!THE WRITINGThis is probably what saved the novel from getting a single rating. Theo's writing is actually really gorgeous, and even if Aria's voice was annoying, I cannot deny his talent. His words actually kind of flow off the page, and though his world-building is weak you can see his effort and that he really tried. His descriptions of Manhattan are gorgeous as well, and I really enjoyed the way he used his words.THE ENDINGWell, see, this really wasn't a surprise at all, though something tells me it was supposed to be. It was also probably supposed to be a cliffhanger, but since I didn't care for this book all that much I found myself really only mildly interested in what was going to happen next. It wasn't an awful ending, but the fact that I'd known what it was for so long really ruined it.WRAPUPI will be reading the next book, although I have no idea why. Don't ask. As to would I recommend this? Honestly, no. Some people I know did love this, and I have no doubt that some of you will love it, but it just was not for me.FINE.Find more of my reviews on Sparkles and Lightning!