Saturday, July 23, 2011

Mayhem by Artist Arthur

Mayhem by Artist Arthur
Release Date: July 26, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin

A lot can change in a few months. Jake Palmer is living proof of that. In a short time, the once-shy loner has discovered his incredible supernatural abilities and forged a tight bond with his fellow Mystyx. What’s more—he’s fallen for his best friend, Krystal. And fallen hard.  Still, some things remain the same—like the jocks who keep bullying him. Even though they have no idea how powerful Jake has become. And while he tries to follow Krystal’s advice, he may not be able to keep his cool much longer. But there are bigger problems ahead, because the darkness that’s been hovering nearby is about to descend on the town of Lincoln, Connecticut. And when it does, the Mystyx will learn who to trust, who to fear and just how much is at stake… -

Okay, I have to admit that, like an idiot, I came into this series right in the middle here.  I haven't read the previous two books.  In a way, this put me at a big disadvantage, because there was, of course, history there that I didn't know about.  The characters already know each other and you know there have been things that have happened to them, but despite all of this, I found that I didn't have too much trouble picking it up in the middle, learning pretty quickly what was going on and being able to enjoy the book and the progression of the story that was happening to Jake.

I'm a big fan of books that are written from the male perspective.  Being female, of course, it's always intriguing to hear the inner workings of the male mind, and Artist Arthur did a great job telling this story from Jake's perspective.  You got to see his inner geek, but at the same time, a lot of interesting things were happening to him in that sense that he was fighting an inner battle of good vs. evil as his powers begin to really manifest. He has both sides in him, including evil, and watching him battle that darker side was great because this quiet, shy character began to have a little bad boy emerge.  It gave him a lot of different levels that were really interesting to read.

I do plan now to go back and reread this book after reading the first two.  This one invested me, so I feel like I need to get the history as well.  Although, like I said, the author did a great job juggling the history but also making this a book that could sort of stand on its own if it had to.

A very intesesting, enjoyable series!  I'm a fan now.

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