The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths & Magic
Author: F.T. Lukens
Title: The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths & Magic
Pairing: M/M, Bi
Rating: Five Petals
On the Author's Website:
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.
I received this book as an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Bridge's new job starts out odd, what with his having to climb to a door on the roof as part of the application process, but it ends up pretty boring. His job is to organize the library, which is slow and tedious. Then he learns the truth about the magic around him and a whole new world full of mysteries and danger opens up to him.
I admit, I was originally hesitant to request this book. If you follow this blog, you'll know that I don't have a high opinion of YA novels. The characterizations of the main characters are usually more caricature and cliche than anything real. They're whiny about being young, yet often unrealistically wise to the ways of the world because otherwise how can they navigate the plot of the book. I eventually decided to pick up this book because the cover was awesome and I absolutely do not regret it.
The characterizations were perfect. Bridge is a young adult. He's trying to figure out high school, his sexuality, and his future, and it's so well written that I believed in every bit of teenage angst. Then magic is tossed into the mix and Bridge's reaction to it had me smiling and as eager to learn more as he was. If I had one complaint about this book, it's the fact that it ended. I want to know more about the world and the magic, and I want to see Bridge navigating college and more advanced magical events.
I don't often say this about YA novels, but I absolutely recommend this book. The characterizations were so realistic and the plot so engaging that I can't help wishing for a sequel.
Maggie reviews paranormal and fantasy novels and novellas. She also interviews authors and hosts giveaways.