Hardcover: 416 Pages
Published: October 9, 2012
2. Toxic Heart
Aria Rose, youngest scion of one of
's two ruling rival
families, finds herself betrothed to Thomas Foster, the son of her parents'
sworn enemies. The union of the two will end the generations-long political
feud - and unite all those living in the Aeries, the privileged upper reaches
of the city, against the banished mystics who dwell below in the Depths. Mystic
But Aria doesn't remember falling in love with Thomas; in fact, she wakes one day with huge gaps in her memory. And she can't conceive why her parents would have agreed to unite with the Fosters in the first place.
Only when Aria meets Hunter, a gorgeous rebel mystic from the Depths, does she start to have glimmers of recollection - and to understand that he holds the key to unlocking her past. The choices she makes can save or doom the city - including herself.
What I enjoyed most were the characters. Aria is the main girl who has been through a lot. She is suffering from memory loss not caused by natural causes. *gasp* She spends half the book trying to figure out why she has memory loss, which kind of got annoying. I mean hurry up and get to the point already. But overall, her character never gave up and this gave her strength. Aria is obligated to marry her families rival Thomas in order to create political peace between the two families. However, she can't marry Thomas because she loves another. In comes Hunter...oh my. He's charming, sweet, and can knock a girl right off her feet. He protects Aria by staying away from her. He thinks he's doing the right thing, but we all know he's not. The romance wasn't over exaggerated in this book, but it still had it's moments where I couldn't help but swoon.
With that said, all in all, I enjoyed this story. It was a fascinating read, the writing was good and the characters were likable. The plot was original in its own way, but it could have used a little bit more of a oomph!
brought something bright and new into the world of dystopian. Lawrence