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Toxic Heart

Toxic Heart
Theo Lawrence
Delacorte Press, 2014
Audience: All Teens
Source: E-Galley

From Goodreads:
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.


This is one I was dying to get my hands on! Unfortunately, I’m categorizing it as “DNF” (do not finish.) It had too many elements similar to other popular dystopian books. For example, the main character and her boyfriend don’t have a very good relationship. It was similar to Tris and Four’s. They seemed to fight more than they got along, they hardly got to see each other, and they had trust issues. The book had an original idea - the mystics concept was intriguing and the world that Lawrence built was beautiful to imagine. I loved the first one. If you like dystopian, you’ll love this book. I just am not feeling it right now.

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