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June 25, 2014

Review: Toxic Heart by Theo Lawrence

Title: Toxic Heart (Mystic City #2)
Author: Theo Lawrence
 RandomHouse CA
Publication date: April 8th, 2014
Genre(s): Young Adult (Sci-Fi/Dystopia)
Source: Publisher
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 368

A city in flames. A trust betrayed. A perfect love destroyed.

Has Aria lost Hunter, her one true love?

Ever since rebellion broke out in Mystic City, pitting the ruling elite against the magic-wielding mystics, Aria has barely seen her boyfriend. Not surprising, since Hunter is the leader of the mystic uprising, and he'll do whatever it takes to win freedom for his people—even if that means using Aria.

But Aria is no one's pawn. She believes she can bring the two warring sides together, save the city, and win back the Hunter she fell in love with.

Before she can play peacemaker, though, Aria will need to find the missing heart of a dead mystic. The heart gives untold powers to whoever possesses it, but finding it means seeking out a fierce enemy whose deepest desire is for Aria to be gone—forever.
 *includes spoilers if have not read Mystic City*
Toxic Heart, the sequel to Mystic City, was such an awesome read for me. Mystic City was a book that I read last year, and I remember how I never expected it to be as good as it turned out to be. Click HERE if you would like to read my review of it. As much as I was scared to pick up Toxic Heart, scared that it would disappoint as most sequels do, I was happy with the book. Toxic Heart continues on where Mystic City left off. Aria, the main protagonist, no longer lives in the Aires with her parents, but in the depths with all of the Mystics and rebels. Now that the elite and the magic-weilding mystics are on fire, Aria has no other choice but to train herself for the war that is most likely to happen sooner or later. What also worries Aria is how she never sees her boyfriend, Hunter, now that he has taken his mothers place in ruling the rebellion. (oh oh) Which as you might already assume, definitely lead to bigger problems.
Thinking about it now, I might say that the book started off a bit slow. That was also something I noticed whilst reading Mystic City. It didn't really bother me while reading it, but looking back now, the book was definitely much more exciting in the second half. There is more action, more character interactions, and just more of everything. I really loved all of the characters in this book, except for one annoying little brat who I sometimes wanted to murder. Aria really grew throughout the book, and I liked how she made her own decisions and didn't let anyone make them for her. She also really stood up for what she believed in, no matter who disagreed. (high five for kick-butt characters!) Also, a few shocking things happen in this book, so just be prepared at all times.
Overall, this book wasn't a disappointment at all. It lived up to Mystic City, and was a beautiful sequel. The plot never gets boring, and there's always something exciting to look forward to. The characters are amazing, and so is the friendships between them. I am really looking forward to the third and final book in the trilogy. With an ending like that, I really need to find out what happens next. Fans of dystopia and sci-fi should really pick this series up. 


  1. In all honesty I skimmed your review since I plan on reading Mystic City later this summer.Basically i got the gist that this one did not disappoint and that it lived up to the first book....THANK now i'm pretty excited to give the books a shot :)

  2. Ooooh! I can't wait to read this one :) I remember reading mystic city and enjoying it so i need to get to this soon. So glad you liked it!

  3. Great review I can't wait to start this series. I have heard some good things about Mystic City. Do you know how many books are planned?
    Happy Reading!

  4. I am so excited to hear that Toxic Heart did not disappoint and that it is so good! Mystic City was one of the few first physical ARCs I ever received, and I really, really enjoyed it! I am going to have to pick this one up very soon :) Yay!