Mystic City had all the ideas to make for a really good read, it just seemed to fall short everywhere.
I found all the characters pretty bland and one dimensional and I just couldn't develop any great interest in what happened to them. It didn't help that the main character's best friend is called Kiki and every time I hear that name I picture a parrot. But that's more a personal gripe than a writing issue.
The story is set in a futuristic earth, but the problem was much of the descriptions and the blurb on the back cover made you think alien world, so when they start talking about Manhattan and the Hudson River it just felt odd and out of place.
Written in the first person, the author seems to have fallen into the common trap of making the book sound like a juvenile school girls diary, with a few too many I this, I that, I the other. It doesn't make for particularly appealing reading and tends to become very distracting very quickly.
A good idea, spoiled by poor writing habits it's less of a good read and more a case of do I have to?