Mesmerize – By Artist Arthur

Picture and summary from goodreads.com

Title: Mesmerize

Author: Artist Arthur

Genre/Pages: Paranormal Fantasy/248

Rating: ★★★☆ (3.5 of 5)

Summary: You can’t move forward until you deal with the past… Starting over is nothing new to diplomat’s daughter Lindsey Yi. She’s grown up changing schools the way other girls change clothes. Still, moving to Lincoln, Connecticut, is different. Although she’s still reeling from the loss of her parents in an accident, Lindsey is finally in a place that feels like home. Because here, Lindsey’s ability to read other people’s thoughts doesn’t make her weird. It makes her one of the Mystyx. When Dylan Murphy—hot, popular and a senior—starts to notice her, things get serious, fast. But even as she’s figuring out how she really feels, the Mystyx realize that they’re not the only supernaturals in town. There are other gifted teens who have different motives. And they are hoping to get close enough to the Mystyx to convert them—and the world—to Darkness.…

My Review: When Lindsey Yi’s parents are killed in a mysterious train crash, she’s moves to Lincoln, Conneticut. There she makes friends she never expected, and discovers she is one of them. Lindsey is a Mystyx. A mortal being with paranormal abilities, hers being reading other’s thoughts. She finally feels like she’s found a home…but are the strangely aggressive new cheerleaders really just that, or something more? Something fighting on the other side?

I picked this book up at a book sale, and, of course, checked to make sure it was the first book in the series; however, I could find nothing but “A Mystyx Novel”, so I assumed it was the first book. I was 3 books off.  But, I didn’t figure that out until the last page, when I saw an ad for “Mystyx #1 Manifest”. So, I would suggest reading the first three books BEFORE you read this one. I bet it would’ve made a lot more sense that way!

Anyway, even reading it without even knowing that it was the 4th book in a 5 book series, I loved it! It was a great book, though at the beginning it was very choppy and confusing…probably once more because I hadn’t read the first 3; even then, though, Arthur is very thorough in her writing, explaining things in such a way, that I never suspected it was a 4th book.

I really enjoyed Artist Arthur’s writing style, and how she created her characters; the whole concept of this book was very intriguing, and made me keep reading, even when I was a bit confused. It’s a beautifully written book.

To Sum it up: I would NOT give this to anyone under the age of 11. There is some passionate kissing, some mentions of “getting physical” and one scene where, in the author’s own words, they “practically have sex on the football court”. It is a short scene, but still. Other than that, this book was great, and I would recommend it for 11-12 +

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