Monday, July 26, 2010

Manifest by Artist Arthur


Krystal Bentley is an outsider at her new high school, having just moved to a small Connecticut town. Lately she's been hearing the voice of a teenage boy in her head, and he has become her friend and confidant. The only problem is, he's dead...

Ricky Watson was killed a year ago in the alley behind Krystal's new school. The rumor mill is filled with stories of Ricky and his untimely death. Unfortunately, as a ghost, Ricky is unable to investigate his own murder, so Ricky needs Krystal to find the truth and she needs someone to listen. When Krystal befriends Sasha and Jake, both outcasts at her high school, the threesome soon discover that they have more in common than their outsider status. Each has a unique paranormal ability and an unusual birthmark in the shape of an "M." Jake announces that the M must stand for misfits, and so the three form an unusual clique. They soon realize that solving Ricky's murder can help them understand the mystery behind their powers and may reveal whether there are others like them.

The aspect I most liked about Manifest was that it was multi-racial and not just black or white which I relate to, being Puerto Rican.

Krystal was funny and relatable character.  The only complain about her is that she was sometimes annoying and dramatic.

Ricky as fine, I suppose. He's not my type (I much prefer Jake) and he didn't help much but he was okay.

I was waiting for the book to finally pick up and I was happy when it did near the end.

I don't know if it's me or done on purpse but there seemed to be this big plot hole that confused me. I hope they fix this in the final copy. At one point, it is said Jake's power is super-strong (like Hulk) and then it totally changes to telekinesis.

I also liked the mythology aspect and I hope there is more on the next book.

Overall, I liked the book and I can tell Artist's writing has a way to go because in Manifest it seemed a bit ameteur.

In one sentence:
"An entertaining new novel with great potential."

Plot: 4
Characters: 3
Writing: 3
Cover: 4
Overall Feeling: 4
Average: 3.6 stars

ARC copy provided by publisher.

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