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Toxic Heart
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Toxic Heart
A Mystic City Novel
The second MYSTIC CITY novel . . . it's Romeo & Juliet in a dystopic Manhattan.

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.

"Recommended for dystopian fans."--School Library Journal
The second MYSTIC CITY novel . . . it's Romeo & Juliet in a dystopic Manhattan.

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.

"Recommended for dystopian fans."--School Library Journal
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About the Author-
  • Theo Lawrence is a graduate of Columbia University, the Juilliard School, and Fordham University, where he recently completed his master's degree in English literature. A Presidential Scholar in the Arts, he has performed at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, as well as Off-Broadway and at 54 Below.

    Mystic City--which Kirkus Reviews called "a gripping Romeo-and-Juliet exploration of deception, espionage, revolution, the greater good and love conquering all"--has been translated into over ten languages and was an ALA-YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults nominee. Theo splits his time between Manhattan and Rhinebeck, New York.

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  • Kirkus

    February 1, 2014
    Averting the vindictive intent of a greedy family while longing for the affection of an absent paramour can give a revolutionary girl heartburn. In this sequel to Mystic City (2012), Aria Rose continues her evolution from clueless debutante to political activist. Bombs, kidnapping and torture are par for the course as the battle for power wages between wealthy denizens of the Aeries and mystic rebels in Manhattan's decrepit Depths. Aria has renounced her lush life in order to help the mystics and their leader (her dreamy boyfriend, Hunter) establish equality. Though far-removed from dinner parties and servants, Aria remains a media darling, with allies and adversaries alike watching her every broadcasted move. When she discovers that Hunter has manipulated their private online conversations for propaganda purposes, Aria realizes she is merely a pawn that opposing sides are grappling to possess and resolves to find a solution herself. Aria has traded her confusion from Book 1 for determined self-empowerment this round, intensifying the narrative. Resilient though she may be, she has a fair amount of fumbles and self-doubts, maintaining her character's plausibility. Intense action and kick-ass characters will thrill fantasy and action fans. And the aerobic pace endures to an ending that will have readers clamoring to know what becomes of Aria and the revolution she has unwittingly fueled. An electric, futuristic fantasy with loads of action, heartbreak and one delicious gold-lame cat suit. (Urban fantasy/science fiction. 14 & up)

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  • School Library Journal

    May 1, 2014

    Gr 9 Up-Aria Rose is still on the run. Considered a fugitive by her immediate family and her ex-fiance, Thomas Foster, she has been taken in by a group of mystics loyal to her boyfriend Hunter. She has also become a figurehead to the poor and disenfranchised trapped in the Depths of what used to be Manhattan. Meanwhile, Hunter has been broadcasting edited footage of their intimate, private conversations. As he continually becomes distant and harder to reach, Aria grows closer to his best friend, the lithe, motorcycle riding Turk, who is charged with keeping her safe. Despite the threats to her safety and well-being, Aria learns that her former servant and best friend Davida may hold the key to end the war, even in death. Davida's mystic heart has lived on, brimming with power, and promising untold majesty to the one that is able to locate and harness its energies. As Aria and a reluctant Turk seek the heart, Hunter engages in peace talks with respectable, powerful families of the Aeries. In this sequel to Mystic City (Delacorte, 2012), the protagonist is continuously fighting, often in nonphysical ways. She attempts to combat the growing perception that those in the Depths have of her as a savior, struggles to hang on to her feelings for Hunter despite his behavior, and tries to resist her burgeoning attraction for Turk. While Aria's romantic conflicts take up a good portion of the narrative, there's enough here to push the story's momentum. Recommended for dystopian fans.-Ryan P. Donovan, New York Public Library

    Copyright 2014 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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