Saturday, July 9, 2011

Mayhem - Artist Arthur - Blog Tour Review

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…
Synopsis taken from goodreads.

Title: Mayhem (Mystyx #3)
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Publisher: Kimani Tru
Publication Date: July 26, 2011
Format: E-ARC
Source: Received from Netgalley and Teen Book Scene. Many thanks goes to Netgalley for sending me a copy of this book for review. I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.
Tour: Teen Book Scene blog tour. You can follow along with the tour here
Look for it: Amazon, Book Depository
My rating: 4/5

Jake is one of the Mystyx, and he is still finding out the full extent of what that means for him. His powers are manifesting in unpredictable ways and his mood is volatile. It doesn't help that the darkness is beckoning, and trying to seduce him to fight on the behalf of evil. With several students bullying him at school, life is starting to become unbearable for Jake. Especially since he can't use his powers to defend himself for fear of being found out. 
This is quite easily the strongest book in the series yet and it is my favourite by far. I connected with Jake almost instantaneously. He's a credible character going through a tough time, and he's suffering at the hands of some bullies. I know what that's like, and can commiserate with all of the feelings he was expressing. He is questioning himself and his powers, as well as his connection to both the dark and good in the world. 
We are starting to get some more answers, even though there are still quite a few questions left unanswered. I found that the incidents that happened in the second book were followed up more in this installment in the series. The reader may have a better appreciation for book two if they were to read book three immediately afterwards as I found that the events in the second book were resolved in the third book, or had more light shed on them
This installment in the series brings more characters to light. Krystal, Sasha, Jake and Lindsay are joined by Antoine, and some previously known characters bring about surprising twists. I dare say that this book has made the rest of the series a must read for me. Things are really starting to heat up and I can't wait to read the next installment as I really want to know what is going on with certain characters. With the twists that Arthur has employed in Mayhem, I am really looking forward to reading what she comes up with next. 
All in all, this is a read that I think is the turning point for the Mystyx series. Leading up to Mayhem we haven't gotten a lot of answers, and things have been a little frustrating because of that, for both the readers and the characters. With Mayhem we get some answers and find worlds opened up to us in unexpected ways, so much so that the reader will be clamoring for the next book to find out what is going to happen next. 

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