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Manifest (Mystyx Novels) [Kindle Edition]

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Book Description

Krystal just met the perfect boy. Trouble is, he's dead.

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?

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up–This story has many of the elements that readers enjoy: three attractive teens, romance, and mystery. Best of all, it has two teen ghosts who can't cross over to the other side until a murder is solved. All of this makes for a quick, rewarding read. Krystal, Sasha, and Jake are African-American teens with normal adolescent issues, but with the added burden of having superpowers that they have not yet learned to control. Krystal, around whom the story revolves, can see, hear, and speak to the dead, which is why Ricky Watson, murdered and dead for a year, contacts her. Jake has superhuman strength, and Sasha has the power to disappear. Together, they form the Mystyx. Each character is called upon to fight a menacing evil that grows stronger each day. Manifest is the first in a series, and teens will be interested in finding out what happens next.Carol Jones Collins, Hanover Park High School, East Hanover, NJ
© Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

Fifteen-year-old African American Krystal is angry and wounded after her parents’ recent divorce, which her mother won’t explain: That’s grown folks’ business. After moving from New York City to small Lincoln, Connecticut, Krystal is miserable until she begins to receive visitations from Ricky, the ghost of a murdered teenager who wants Krystal to uncover the truth behind his death. Then two students at school reveal that they share Krystal’s unusual M-shaped birthmark, a sign that they all possess secret powers: Sasha’s is teleportation, and Jake’s is telekinesis. After Krystal reveals Ricky’s story and her own abilities as a medium, the three unlikely friends join forces to expose Ricky’s murderer and discover a potent, shapeless evil force along the way. Some of the scenes and dialogue have a campy, teen-movie feel. Still, this start to the Mystyx series will draw readers who enjoy fast-paced, supernatural mysteries with romantic intrigue, and the IM messages, slang, and culturally diverse characters add contemporary appeal. It’s the realistic tensions between Krystal and her parents, though, that may stay with readers most. Grades 7-11. --Gillian Engberg

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  • File Size: 255 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Kimani TRU; Original edition (August 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003U89S34
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,106,731 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Voices - Friend or Foe July 27, 2010
In Manifest: A Mystyx Novel by Artist Arthur, we are introduced to an unhappy 15 year-old, Krystal Bentley, who is the narrator of the story. Many things are happening in Krystal's life that she has no control over; moving to a small town in Connecticut so unlike her hometown of New York City, starting a new school where she does not seem to fit in, her parent's divorce and her mother's quick remarriage to a man who is out to make her life as miserable as possible. Krystal just does not know how much more she can take, especially now that she is hearing the voices again and the one person she relies on the most, her father, is no longer returning her phone calls. So, just what is she going to do, now that the voice has materialized into a cute boy, only she can see and hear, asking for her help?

Mystyx is a Young Adult paranormal series, and Manifest is the first book in the series. With such a crowded field of paranormal novels, I wondered how this series was going to distinguish itself from this jam-packed genre. I enjoyed the uniqueness of the plot and storyline, and how it combined the supernatural with Mother Nature and mythology. Krystal and the reader will be introduced to additional Mystyx members, each who has a unique power. I was glad to see the diversity of the characters, so this book will have an appeal across a broad audience. The author really captured the voice and action of a teenager. While the story started out a little slow, the pace picked up and moved along quickly resolving the issue at hand, but piquing my interest for the next story. This was a wonderful coming-of-age story where Krystal learns some grown-up lessons about life and to embrace who she is.

I recommend this book to teenagers and adults who like coming-of-age and paranormal stories.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Teen Ghost Whisperer Meets Others with Superpowers July 27, 2010
Reason for Reading: The sounds of a Paranormal YA Ghost Whisperer with an added twist plot was enough to make me want to read it.

This is a book that I enjoyed more the further I got into it. I find that while I'm reading I often rate a book as I go along. This was a two at the beginning, a solid three by the middle and pushing a four and a half by the end so to sum it all off I've gone with an overall four. Krystal can see dead people, hear them, have conversations with them and now they are asking her for help. Ricky Watson, a very cute boy, for a ghost, wants Krystal to find out who killed him and he won't stop pestering her until she agrees to help him. Two other kids at school are trying to corner Krystal into meeting them somewhere secret when they find out Krystal has the mysterious 'M' birthmark that both of them also have. This may all be very exciting to some but not Krystal as she is in the middle of glooming over her parents divorce, her mother's moving her from NYC to hicktown Connecticut and her subsequent marriage to Gerald who seems to hate Krystal almost as much as she hates him.

When I first started reading I really did not like the character of Krystal. She was full of angst, self-importance, rude to her mother and everyone else for that matter, whiny and basically a grating narrative voice to have to read. Krystal's attitude remains the same for a good part of the book but fortunately the plot was exciting enough to keep me reading. There is a mystery to solve and the three teens set out to solve who killed Ricky; popular belief is that the crew he hung with had something to do with it but Ricky wants their names cleared and the real killer found.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bumpy series start, but shows potential. August 6, 2010
Krystal's parents have divorced, and her mom moved her to a small town in Connecticut while her dad remains in the city. She also remarried a guy that Krystal doesn't really like. As if that isn't enough she has a dead guy following her around. His name is Ricky, and he needs her help solving his murder. Seeing dead people isn't a new thing for Krystal, but usually she is able to ignore them. Ricky's persistence makes that impossible. During the course of the book she teams up with two other kids from her high school who just happen to share a unique birthmark Krystal sports on her neck. They will need to use their special powers to help solve the mysteries lurking in Lincoln High.

I have mixed feelings about this book. I enjoyed the racial diversity that it offered. I also think the idea was a good one, but the plot's execution could have been smoother. I had trouble wrapping my head around all the deaths that took place in this small town, and why no one seemed to talk about it. I know so much world building must go into the first book of a new series, and squeezing it all into just a little over 250 pages has to be a laborious task. I'll still give the next book a chance because I liked the characters, and am intrigued by the connection they share. I look forward to getting to know the other Mystyx and Krystal better in the next book of this new series. I'm also interested in seeing how things progress between Krystal and her parents. There was quite a bit of tension, and intense revelations when it came to why their marriage ended.

I feel this series has potential. Fans of books with paranormal themes especially involving ghosts will enjoy this one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A great paranormal YA!!
Krystal Bentley is a very unhappy fifteen year old. Her parent's recently divorced, with her moving with her mom to a new small town. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Wendy L. Hines
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable and suspenseful
Krystal moves from the big city to a suburb after her mom divorces and remarries. Harboring discomfort and dislike towards her mother and stepfather, Krystal has a lot of adjusting... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Sharif
3.0 out of 5 stars I would have loved this book in middle school, but I'm grown so I only...
This book reminded me of a chapter book I read in elementary school called "The Girl With the Silver Eyes. Read more
Published on December 21, 2012 by Nakeesha Seneb
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Too Creepy
It happened when she was five, and then again when she was twelve, and now at age fifteen... Krystal Bentley can see dead people. Read more
Published on May 6, 2012 by Katrina L. Burchett
4.0 out of 5 stars A gripping start to a series
I raced through this book in a matter of a few hours (collectively, over the course of a couple days). Cover to cover. I just couldn't put it down. Read more
Published on March 30, 2012 by Donna C
4.0 out of 5 stars Manifest
Krystal and her mom (Janet) move to Lincoln, Connecticut - her mom's hometown - after the divorce. Janet's now remarried and Krystal resents her mom and hates her step-dad. Read more
Published on March 26, 2012 by Star @ The Bibliophilic Book Blog
3.0 out of 5 stars An okay paranormal novel
Why I read this: I thought it looked fantastic and I love stories lately that have ghosts in it.

Plot: Here is where the book fell a little short for me. Read more
Published on August 3, 2011 by Kristen M. Harvey
4.0 out of 5 stars Review from The Book Monsters
Everything changed for Krystal in the blink of an eye. Gone is the city and the father that she adores. Read more
Published on August 2, 2011 by Kate B.
4.0 out of 5 stars I see dead people!
Krystal, a child of divorce, uprooted from the bustling New York City and planted into the quiet quaint town of Lincoln Connecticut. Read more
Published on May 29, 2011 by Reader's Paradise
3.0 out of 5 stars Oh My Books! Review
Krystal is a young girl that just moved to Lincoln because her parents got divorced. Her mother re-married and she can't stand her or her new husband. Read more
Published on May 28, 2011 by Gaby
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