Tuesday, 27 May 2014
Review: Toxic Heart by Theo Lawrence
I have been looking forward to find out out what happens with Aria and Hunter since I finished reading Mystic City. When Toxic Heart was coming up to publication I knew I had to request a copy for review, and after finishing my current read at the time, I jumped straight into the world Theo has created.
Toxic Heart picks up after the events in Mystic City, with Aria hiding amongst the Mystics, away from her family and trying to find a way to live in her new world. But all is not as safe as she thought it would be, and her family are relentless in their attempts to get her back, whilst Hunter is relentless in his journey to follow in his mother's footsteps and try to save Mystics and find a way to get rid of the enemy.
Reading Toxic Heart it was surprising and shocking to see how much the characters have changed, and not necessarily in a good way. While Aria really comes unto her own in this book, we see her fight for what is right, and not following the cause. She fights for what she believes in, what she thinks will be better for all involved and not just for a group of people, Hunter is changing into a more grimmer, less sensitive person, and I don't like who he is becoming. He is not seeing what is going on around him, and his sight is blinded by the end result he wants, whether it is good or bad for all. Turk however is someone I grew to admire, he helps Aria in times of need and is a constant source of friendship and support when she wants to go out, even if she is meant to stay hidden inside the house.
Throughout Toxic Heart we get to see more Mystic powers in action, and I have to say some of them come in very handy indeed in life or death situations, and I like how descriptive the writing is about these, to ensure we get the full effect of what is happening. The twists and turns in Toxic Heart were some I never expected in a lot of ways, the course that Aria takes, the mission she takes herself on, and the relationship between herself and Hunter. All of these were both good and bad, and they were not something I expected to see at all.
I really liked how Theo has managed to keep you guessing right to the last page over what would happen in Toxic Heart, the build up towards this climatic end was a tense, nervous journey for all involved, even I was on the edge of my seat wondering over what was going to happen, and as it slowly unravelled I was shocked, angry, sad, and happy, emotion after emotion hit me right to the last word. How Toxic Heart ends leaves it open for another instalment in this series, and I really hope we do get to see one soon.