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"This story has many of the elements that readers enjoy: three attractive teens, romance and mystery. A quick, rewarding read. MANIFEST is the first in a series and teens will be interested in finding out what happens next." -School Library Journal on MANIFEST

"Smart, well-paced...an auspicious opener...adding a dimension of diversity too rarely seen in the genre." -Kirkus Reviews

"Deeply felt..." -Publishers Weekly on MANIFEST

"This is a fun beginning to the Mystyx series. Teens will easily relate to the feeling of being out of control, with a splash of the paranormal to keep it really interesting." -- RT Book Reviews on MANIFEST

About the Author

Artist C. Arthur was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland where she currently resides with her husband and three children. Determined to bring a new edge to romance, she continues to develop intriguing plots, sensual love scenes, racy characters and fresh dialogue—thus keeping the readers on their toes! Artist loves to hear from her readers and can be reached through her contact form or via email at acarthur22@yahoo.com
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Product Details

  • Series: Harlequin Kimani TRU\A Mystyx Novel
  • Paperback: 245 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin Kimani; Original edition (July 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373229933
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373229932
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,716,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am the first born and only girl in my family, and six and nine years separate me and my two brothers. Needless to say, I was alone quite a bit. But being alone gave me plenty of time to indulge my imagination in the world of books. One of the first novels I read was a young adult series that traced the lives of two teenagers in high school, Sweet Valley High. Reading those novels I thought I could do better, and so my quest to write entertaining stories began.
Being an introvert, it took me a long time to feel comfortable enough to let others read my work. How long? Well, the first person to read a story I wrote was my husband. Since then, I've been writing professionally for almost nine years now. But it was my daughter who encouraged me to write a book for teens--just one of the reasons I love her so dearly.
I live in Maryland with my husband and three children. If you take away the opinionated teenagers, family drama, overflowing bookshelves and DVDs, my life is pretty boring. But don't take those things away, since they're my inspiration.
I love to hear from readers and can be contacted at yabyartist@yahoo.com

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Beverly Jackson VINE VOICE on August 19, 2011
Format: Paperback
Mayhem by Artist Arthur, the third book in the engrossing Mystyx series focuses on the male member of the team, Jack Kramer, and will delight longtime fans and new readers alike. Jake is shy and does not have friends outside of the Mystyx, which is fine with him as his goal is to study hard so he can get into a good college, and leave his hometown, Lincoln. Jake has a lot of anger within him as life has not always been fair to him. His mother died when he was young and no one will tell him why his father would rather spend more time away from home than with him, he is looked down upon by others as he is a "tracker," a person who lives in the low-income area, and the jocks at school pick on him. But, then things begin to quickly change, and Jake becomes more unsettled. His super powers are growing, the bullying against him escalates, and he can no longer deny his affection for Krystal (another Mystyx). Evil forces pick up on these changes and tempt him to fuel his power and anger to get revenge, and help tip the balance in their favor. But the choice will be up to Jake to either take up with the side of evil, or will the love of the Mystyx keep him on the side of good?

Bullying among young people has become more blatant and has received national attention in recent years. In Artist Arthur's capable hands, the subject matter is explored with the seriousness and sincerity it deserves, showing how it affects all parties. The geography of friendship among the Mystyx members is supportive and comforting, and showcases the positive aspects of being part of a group, especially in a town where secrets are as thick as the fog. Once again as in the previous books, the real-life situations are well done without being preachy or naïve, and capture the voice and actions of teenagers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ChibiNeko VINE VOICE on July 24, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book in the series really seemed to strike a chord with me. Maybe it's that I've become a huge fan of this series or perhaps it's because I was bullied in school, albeit not to the extent that Jake was. Maybe it's all of the above, but let me tell you- this was easily the strongest book in the series so far. (No pun on Jake's abilities intended.)

You don't have to have been bullied to appreciate how Arthur approaches it. She doesn't get preachy, nor does she make Jake out to be some frail creature that never reacts or only acts ineffectively. Jake gives as good as he gets. Aside from the obvious addition of supernatural powers & evil forces, this was a pretty honest portrayal of what bullying is & was like for so many of us out there. This part of the book was extremely easy to get into & Jake's emotions were also easy to relate to. I think everyone's been a Jake at some point in their lives.

Now as far as the series as a whole goes, this is literally the turning point in the series for just about everything. We finally get more answers to the questions & although I can't divulge them without spoiling anything for you, this really was fun to read. I just couldn't put it down! We've got about two more books in the series & things are really building up to an explosive finale. I'm more excited to read the finish than ever! (Plus there's awesome Jake/Krystal goodness in this book!)

One thing I do want to note is that while there is cussing in this book, it was censored in my copy via asterisks. This might just be because it's a galley, but it could end up being censored in the final product.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Savannah (Books With Bite) on July 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
I have followed this series but the very beginning and it has been a great read! I loved reading about each character, seeing them from their point of view and of course, watching them grow into their powers. What I adore about Ms. Arthur is the elements she uses in her books. There not just supernatural powers, but real stuff that people deal with everyday. Take bullying for example. It is now getting out there and more people are stepping up, trying to help the victims out. But what happens when you bully a kid too much? I think we all know the answer to that question.

Jake has always been a quiet guy and has taken in everything. He never said a word and let it boil all inside. He lets his anger grow and when his powers start to go the the bad side, we the reader see it all explode. I just loved Jake. He is so selfless in who he is, he didn't want to bother anyone with the bullying. He thought that he can do it on his own, but could not. I loved that this book has a great view of what bullying does to people. It's not cool and it only creates more problems. Jake, already facing more trouble, had to learn to not only control his powers, but learn to control his anger. Anger that he had every right to have.

What really got me hooked, is the fight that Jake fought. He fought bullying for so long, that he turn around and used his powers to get back. This battle was not only emotional, psychical, but also very spiritual. Fighting anger that has been instilled in your heart for so long is hard. Jake had to learn to let things go, to forgive or else it would take over him.

The plot line of the story is very different from the first two books, but still a great read. I can't express to you how much I loved this book and how I loved getting to know Jake more. If you have not pick up this series, you should. It not only has some great supernatural things going on, but a great story mixed with real life issues.
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