Monday, August 28, 2017

ARC Review: The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths and Magic by F.T. Lukens

The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths & MagicFrom the blurb:

Desperate to pay for college, Bridger Whitt is willing to overlook the peculiarities of his new job—entering via the roof, the weird stacks of old books and even older scrolls, the seemingly incorporeal voices he hears from time to time—but it’s pretty hard to ignore being pulled under Lake Michigan by… mermaids? Worse yet, this happens in front of his new crush, Leo, the dreamy football star who just moved to town. 
When he discovers his eccentric employer Pavel Chudinov is an intermediary between the human world and its myths, Bridger is plunged into a world of pixies, werewolves, and Sasquatch. The realm of myths and magic is growing increasingly unstable, and it is up to Bridger to ascertain the cause of the chaos, eliminate the problem, and help his boss keep the real world from finding the world of myths.

Heather's rating:

Fun, entertaining YA paranormal romance from a new-to-me author.

I was really impressed by The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths & Magic. I'm usually SO hesitant to try a new author because I've been burned time and time again by crappy stories from newbie writers, but this one was worth the chance! If you like your stories a little quirky, then this one is for you.

The world building-elements were super interesting. It reminded me a little of Clean Sweep, but a more rudimentary version with some different concepts. I think if the author had just done a little more developing with the world it would have been amazing, but it was still very impressive.

The author tried to do a lot with this story and often succeeded. The romance was there, though it felt like a side element to the larger story, IMO, but I still liked the two guys together. I'm a sucker for a jock in YA romance, and I liked that we got one here. The story is totally steam-free, BTW, for those who are interested. This would be an appropriate story for actual YA readers, which sometimes isn't the case with a high school romance.

It was a fun story with some great dialogue and interesting relationships between the MC and many side characters. It was overall really well done, but again, I think that with a little something deeper (and a less anticlimactic ending), it would have knocked my socks off. Still, F.T. Lukens should be proud of this one, and I'll be looking for more from this author in the future.

*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*

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