- Publisher: Kimani Press
- Format: Paperback | 248 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 198mm x 18mm | 181g
- Publication date: 17 September 2010
- Publication City/Country: Buffalo
- ISBN 10: 037383196X
- ISBN 13: 9780373831968
- Edition statement: Original
- Sales rank: 738,982
When fifteen-year-old Krystal Bentley moves to Lincoln, Connecticut, her mom's hometown, she assumes her biggest drama will be adjusting to the burbs after living in New York City. But Lincoln is nothing like Krystal imagined. The weirdness begins when Ricky Watson starts confiding in her. He's cute, funny, a good listener--and everything she'd ever want--except that he was "killed" nearly a year ago. Krystal's ghost-whispering talents soon lead other "freaks" to her door--Sasha, a rich girl who can literally disappear, and Jake, who moves objects with his mind. All three share a distinctive birthmark in the shape of an "M" and, fittingly, call themselves the Mystyx. They set out to learn what really happened to Ricky, only to realize that they aren't the only ones with mysterious powers. But if Krystal succeeds in finding out the truth about Ricky's death, will she lose him for good?
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By Jessica M A Lopes Nunes 30 Nov 2010
After watching the book trailer and reading the synopsis I was really interested in Manifest's premise, while I usually read Paranormal Romance books instead of just Paranormal ones, I was really curious with the whole teens getting strange powers due to freaky occurrences thing going on in Manifest. In the beginning of this book we meet Krystal, a girl who has a complicated relationship with her mother and her stepfather, who I thought was a complete idiot most of the time but in the end I kind of started to like him especially when compared to her father. But family issues aren?t everything that is wrong with Krystal?s life, now she also sees the ghost of a teen boy, Ricky, who asks her to help him find out who killed him so he can cross-over.
At first Krystal thinks she?s going crazy but then she?s approached at school by a boy and girl, Jake and Sasha, who share the same birthmark she has and like her ability to see and talk to ghosts, they also possess some special abilities. Krystal doesn?t know how to deal with this new aspect of her life and still manage to survive her family crisis and help Ricky when she thinks she may have a crush on him, and off course that a crush on a ghost can?t be a good thing especially when he has a girlfriend who also happens to be a ghost but just won?t tell who killed her and Krystal doesn?t understand why but then she finds out that both Ricky and his girlfriend?s deaths may have something to do with someone that is taking photos of naked girls and harassing Krystal.
Manifest was an enjoyable read, I liked the main character but she really annoyed me in the beginning because she was kind of in denial about seeing ghosts and having freaky powers and it also took forever until she gave Jake and Sasha a chance to be her friends. I really didn?t know where the story was going with the whole Krystal having confusing feelings towards Ricky thing, because well...he was a ghost and he was MIA most of the book, but then she got a boyfriend, Franklin, who I didn?t like very much and kept having this feeling that he wasn?t as nice as everyone thought?but I guess I?ll have to read the next book in the series to find out. While I liked Krystal and Sasha, the Mystix girls, my favorite character in this book was definitely Jake. He is kind of a loner but really protective of the people he cares about, the way he took care of is grandpa was really sweet and in the end it looked like Krystal was starting to notice him in a different way, Jake not is grandpa xD, so I was left wondering if something will happen between those two in the sequel. Overall this was an interesting read, kind of slow-paced at some moments but still entertaining and I?ll be definitely reading the sequel =)
By Nicola Mansfield 27 Jul 2010
Reason for Reading: The sounds of a Paranormal YA Ghost Whisperer with an added twist plot was enough to make me want to read it.
This is a book that I enjoyed more the further I got into it. I find that while I'm reading I often rate a book as I go along. This was a two at the beginning, a solid three by the middle and pushing a four and a half by the end so to sum it all off I've gone with an overall four. Krystal can see dead people, hear them, have conversations with them and now they are asking her for help. Ricky Watson, a very cute boy, for a ghost, wants Krystal to find out who killed him and he won't stop pestering her until she agrees to help him. Two other kids at school are trying to corner Krystal into meeting them somewhere secret when they find out Krystal has the mysterious 'M' birthmark that both of them also have. This may all be very exciting to some but not Krystal as she is in the middle of glooming over her parents divorce, her mother's moving her from NYC to hicktown Connecticut and her subsequent marriage to Gerald who seems to hate Krystal almost as much as she hates him.
When I first started reading I really did not like the character of Krystal. She was full of angst, self-importance, rude to her mother and everyone else for that matter, whiny and basically a grating narrative voice to have to read. Krystal's attitude remains the same for a good part of the book but fortunately the plot was exciting enough to keep me reading. There is a mystery to solve and the three teens set out to solve who killed Ricky; popular belief is that the crew he hung with had something to do with it but Ricky wants their names cleared and the real killer found. The story becomes more involved when Krystal meets another ghost in the boiler room, a crying girl who has had her head bashed in and thinks there may be a connection to Ricky's death.
The plot was a fun read and I ended up reading the book in an afternoon. Little bits of information are leaked as the book progresses though I knew who the culprit was early on. This plot line is closed by the end of the book. In amongst the solving of the mystery, is a plot line where the teens found out about their birthmarks and powers, this, again, is an intriguing story arc and one that will continue through the series. They learn enough in this volume but there are many more questions to ask and so much more to know. The dynamics of the group of three who are from very different backgrounds is also explored and grows.
Krystal's home life is an ongoing issue through the book and it just plain annoyed me. I'm not cold-hearted. I appreciate the drama of the situation, but it is one of those things where if everybody had just told the truth at the beginning there would not have been all this hatred and misery for so long. Toward the end there is some kind of resolution, and Krystal seems to lose her angst and bad attitude but we'll have to wait until book two to find out for sure. Because Krystal aside I really liked all the other characters, especially Sasha and I'm quite excited to find out what the next ghost will want Krystal to help with.