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Mayhem (A Mystyx Novel) Paperback – July 19, 2011

4.4 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
Book 3 of 4 in the Mystyx Series

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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: A Mystyx Novel (Book 4)
  • 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,243,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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I borrowed this book from library, because I wasn't sure if I would like or not. Also, I read this as a stand-alone and have never glanced at the other two and a half books that take place before this section of the story arc begins. Even though I was not familiar with the previous events, I was able to catch up on what was going on fairly quickly, which adds an extra plus to the writer's skill to create a convincing and enjoyable tale. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was well-written and filled with a nice balance of suspense and romance. It also touched on subjects of bullying, the sense of longing to belong, and to find a special kind of love that an adolescent from a one-parent home may feel.

The story was entertaining enough that I would definitely buy it the next time I feel like splurging on a book. My only critique is that this is written in the first-person POV. I didn't mind that style very much for Jake's story...It fit very well with describing a boy who is not only struggling to understand and control his new-found mystical powers, but also struggling to deal with annoying peers and also experiencing the first hints of falling in love. Although this POV worked for this story, I think it will prove difficult to continue using once the author brings all these characters together in their final confrontation with the darkness that is trying to destroy them and their world. The author experiments with this interwoven writing style at the end (presents four characters at once, each thinking from the "I" perspective) and I think that actually pulled away from what would have been an otherwise perfect ending. Overall, it was a good book and I hope the author decides to do another book where Jake and Krystal will be featured again. I love their romance and would like to read more about it.

PS~ I bought it! Now my review is officially the real deal!
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