Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Review: Manifest by Artist Athur

Author: Artist Arthur
Publication: Kimani; Original edition (August 1, 2010)

Description: 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?

My Thoughts: This was an interesting paranormal mystery. Krystal was taken by her mother away from New York City when she divorced his father and remarried. Krystal is very resentful and is determined to make her mother and step-father as unhappy as she is. She doesn't try to fit in at school. She also sees ghosts. When a ghost named Ricky comes to her and asks her to try to find out who killed him she is very unwilling. She joins up with two other students - one from the rich part of town and one from the poor part of town - because they were all born at about the same time, have similar birthmarks and all have psychic powers. 

The teens try to learn about their powers, solve Ricky's murder and prevent another student from being killed. The book was filled with exciting situations. Krystal seems very young for 15. Her mother, especially, treats her as a much younger child. She does send Krystal to a psychiatrist to help her work out her resentment and unhappiness but does not give her any information about why she divorced her father. This lack of information caused most of the conflict between mother and daughter and seems an unreasonable way to treat someone 15. 

The book did include some contemporary issues like sexting and sharing pornographic pictures over cell phones too. 

I recommend this book to younger YAs who want to read a mystery romance with ghosts.

Challenges: 2010 YA Reading Challenge, Paranormal Reading Challenge, E-Book Reading Challenge, 2010 YA Debut Author Challenge

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