Thursday, March 6, 2014

Mystic by Alyson Noel Review

"Since arriving in Enchantment, New Mexico, everything in Daire Santos life has changed. And not all for the better. While she's come to accept and embrace her new powers as a Soul Seeker, Daire struggles with the responsibility she holds navigating between the worlds of the living and the dead. And with the fate of her boyfriend Dace in the balance, Daire must put aside her personal feelings and focus on defeating Cade, whose evil plans threaten everyone she loves and the world as she knows it. 
MYSTIC is the third book in The Soul Seekers, a magnificent new series about a girl who can navigate between the worlds of the living and the dead, by #1 New York Times bestselling author Alyson Noël."

The cover for Mystic is really gorgeous, don't you agree? I really love the mixture of colors. The background is pretty, a total reference to the events in the book. Fated is the first book and sports the color of purple. It's an arrow pointing to fall/autumn. Echo, winter. Mystic points to springtime. It's a time of rebirth and new. Fall dies. Winter freezes. Spring grows. Green means growth and plants. 

Okay, I'll stop ranting.

Let's talk about Dace and Daire. Dace is missing. Daire is dead. From a reader's point of perspective, everything looks quite gloomy. But remember that there's a reason why spring is spring of rebirth. Mystic is mostly about Daire preparing for the final battle. And the final battle is coming very soon.

What I love about The Soul Seekers (series, not the people) is the fact that love doesn't always come first. I know, I know. Love does take a huge role, but it's not as big as The Immortals. In the Immortals, I was nearly passing out because there was a love triangle and then a possible rectangle and a sick number of possible love interests. The basic line is that The Immortals started to spiral downwards and...yeah...out of control. Mystic wasn't out of control. In fact, Noel controlled the book and series better than The Immortals. I liked The Soul Seekers much more than The Immortals. 

I think Mystic is the second best of the series. Fated, the first. Echo, the third. (Echo was a huge weird ride of crazy magic). Fated, the first book, will always be the best. It's the book where nothing is too complicated.

The plot goes crazy. For the major part of the book, Daire spends a lot of time trying to get Dace back. She must really want him back. Oh, well. I don't care. Anyway, the Phyre story arc gets really weird. The Cade arc gets even weirder. The worse arc is perhaps the Daire's grandmother arc. She dies by the end of the book, BTW. What? It wasn't unexpected. The previous two books were practically waving a flag towards her grandmother. She nearly dies. She nearly dies, but is saved. Come on. She is bound to die eventually. Don't be upset at me.

I never tire of listening to Noel's story voice unless she writes six books in a series and nearly gives me the sleeps. 

Let me summarize. Daire is back. Dace is back. Daire's grandmother dies. Cade is kind of weak. Dace is stronger. And that's pretty much it.

Rating: Four out of Five

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