Mystique by Shari Arnold


byShari Arnold

Kobo ebook | November 16, 2015

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Only Bauer Grant can pull off gorgeous while dead. But staying dead is another thing entirely. When he wakes up at his own funeral, the town of Mystique calls it a miracle, until it happens again. Something is bringing the residents of Mystique back to life, but what? Presley Caine finds herself caught up in the mystery when Bauer asks her to visit him. Presley can’t figure out why the most popular guy in school is so drawn to her. And when Bauer is kidnapped soon after, she looks to Bauer’s brooding best friend Sam, whose dad works for the powerful Mystique military base, for answers. In her quest to discover the truth, Presley’s relationship with Sam deepens, her feelings for Bauer are tested, and it becomes clear that her own mysterious past is somehow connected to these strange events. But is she strong enough to handle the truth when it is finally revealed?

Title:MystiqueFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:November 16, 2015Publisher:Shari ArnoldLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:131032915X

ISBN - 13:9781310329159

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a Great Novel! Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review Actual Rating: 4.5* I really enjoyed this one. I liked the mystery and the intrigue. It felt like an episode of X-Files and I love that show. I think the plot, the characters, and everything really meshed well together. I just wasn't a fan of the pacing at some points and I thought some of the supporting characters were a little over the top. I really liked Presley. I think she had the right amount of suspended belief and questioning. I also really liked that as much as she was confused and scared, she never let that deter her from helping out those in need. She was really relateable and easily one of the best main characters in a sci-fi story I have read in a while. I also think the relationships she had with the other characters felt real and weren't too forced. I especially liked how she handled the whole Bauer relationship (although I feel like she was a little too accepting of him and Sam in her life at the beginning) because she was like "well this hot guy likes me, so I guess I'll hang out with him even though he just came back from the dead" but she wasn't (view spoiler). I liked that she was curious about the other town and everything but I did think that route ended up being a little convenient, but I didn't mind that too much. For a standalone, I was really pleased with the plot of this one. I thought that it had a natural progression and didn't make the reader wait too long to hook you in but also took it's time explaining things and made it plausible to have happened. I did think that time progressed a little awkwardly at some points but it didn't really deter my reading enjoyment. The writing was easy to follow and easy to read which made the actual process of reading fun. I thought some of the secondary characters were a little underdeveloped. I think a bit more time could have been spent on Maryanne and Royce because while Royce was a tad creepy, I didn't get the full creep factor from him which made his arc fall a little flat for me. I think if they had been introduced a couple chapters before, it would have given them just that bit more time to develop. I feel the same way about Alex, although I kinda had his story pinpointed from the time he was introduced. However, I really enjoyed this one. If you want to read a good sci-fi paranormal book, this is the one for you. Presley was a great main character and I loved trying to figure out Mystique's secrets alongside her. This one comes with a recommendation from me!
Date published: 2016-04-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A stunning otherworldly piece of fiction that kick me right in the feels ( I received a copy of this book free from The Author though ChapterxChapter in exchange for my honest and unbiassed review ) I was quite surprised by this book,why? Well it's goes like this, I was sure that this short read was going to be a mind numbing excursion about how the hot guy suddenly likes the new girl who in turn, never spoke before he came back from the dead. I was sicken by that turn of events, and in truth, I wanted to stop reading. But the whole coming back from the dead thing kept me reading. I'm glad I didn't DNF this book, it took a different turn and for the better. I can't say why, because common, that would ruin the whole story, but I will say that there's a reason for why the hot guy is so interest in Presley, and, he isn't the only one. Presley, she's okay, not great but okay. The real star was Sam. He's the guy you always root for, and this time all that cheering pays off. I don't know what it is latly but, I'm all for the male leads. I wonder what this story would've been like if told from Sam's POV or even split POV. I feel like so much more could have happen, explained or blew up if we heard his thoughts, or the fights with his dad. Sam always seemed to know more. He's calculated, perceptive, and cool headed. He stole the show for me and made this story. The twist a turns were mushed at the end, and I felt that these events could have taken place earlier in the story. The first half of the story was a little too drawn out for me; too much filler not enough to action. As for action, it was all at the end. The last 40% of the book was fast, heart racing and bittersweet. The ending was great, it answered all questions, but it wasn't your typical happy ever after, so much was left open, almost for a second book or a spin off... Fingers crossed. In all this is a original work of fiction and is worth your time to read. Once I was passed the initial boy meets girl.. Yada yada yada, the story was captivating, heart pounding, and frightening. The writing was done beautifully. The tone was light but shrouded in darkness to match the mystery surrounding the town and the sudden resurrection of the dead. I felt on edge reading, and that unease stayed with me till the bittersweet ending, even now it's still lingers because of how the "problem"was solved. It's a matter of do I agree, or should I agree. To stir such feelings is the reason I read. I highly recommend this read, It has touched my heart and I want the world to know what an phenomenal book Shari Arnold has created. I thank you for fabricated this stunning otherworldly piece of fiction that kick me right in the feels. I do hope there is more, I really want to know how Presley makes out. Happy Reading -E.A. Walsh
Date published: 2016-04-21