Mystique by Shari Arnold
Publication Date: November 17, 2015
Genre: YA Paranormal
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?
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Presley Caine had taken a job at the local funeral home because of the increase in pay over her pizza delivery job. What she didn’t expect was to have to work the funeral of the boy she had a crush on since moving to the town of Mystique. But as the service wrapped up and everyone was leaving Bauer Grant suddenly begins to move in his coffin and comes back to life.
Bauer had never noticed Presley before his untimely death but when he awakens he stares right at her and asks for her when they rush him back to the hospital. Shortly after Bauer’s return more people begin to cheat death causing a massive rush of those that are sick to rush to the town of Mystique hoping for their own miracles. For some reason though those that are being resurrected seem to be all attracted to Presley in some way.
Mystique is a young adult paranormal thriller that somewhat had a Stephan King’ish vibe to it for me other than being written for young adults. Maybe that’s partly because of it taking place in a town in Maine but the idea of those that had died coming back to life seemed to be something right up his alley too.
The plot reminded me a bit of other TV shows and books I’d heard of but I still found myself caught up in it fairly quickly. The pace was pretty good other than a bit in the middle seemed to slow down for me waiting for more of the explanation to be given but otherwise it was a pretty good read throughout with the ending giving answers but leaving a reader wondering if it may continue on.
I would warn readers that this book comes with a bit of a love triangle to it. Presley is the type of girl that is pretty much a loner due to the way she’s been raised she shies away from getting attached to anyone but after Bauer’s return he is immediately drawn to her. Presley however is also spending a lot time with Bauer’s best friend Sam which of course raises feelings there too. This dynamic didn’t bother me but it may to some readers so just a bit of a head’s up.
Overall, a well written, intriguing YA paranormal thriller with a definite creepy vibe.
I received an advance copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
My rating: 4/5 stars
About the author:
Shari Arnold grew up in California and Utah but now resides in Connecticut, with her husband and two kids, where she finds it difficult to trust a beach without waves. She writes Young Adult fiction because it’s her favorite. And occasionally she takes photographs.
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