Book Review: The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths & Magic

35830593.jpgThe Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths & Magic by F.T. Lukens
Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published 7th September 2017 by Duet, the YA imprint of Interlude Press
Genre: young adult, fantasy, romance, mm romance, contemporary
Sources: Goodreads
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Synopsis: 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.

Fantastic.

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.

Overview: I’d never heard of this book until I came across it while browsing Amazon. And because this is such an amazing read, I’m annoyed on so many levels. Seriously, MORE PEOPLE NEED TO READ AND KNOW ABOUT THIS!!!

What I loved about the book: Even though I read the synopsis, I wasn’t sure what to expect, which made me think, “Oh, maybe it’s something like The Magician by Lev Grossman (y’know, urban fantasy and all that),” which only made me lower my expectations. I really didn’t like that book, okay. But here’s the thing: The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths & Magic is a hundred times better.

It’s still not to common to find books in which characters are open about their sexuality and everyone around them is supportive. In a lot of coming-of-age books like that, there’s always drama and bullying surrounding their coming-out-of-the-closet. While this is a problem that continues to happen in modern society, sometimes I just want to read  young adult books about such characters who don’t have to deal with unnecessary bullying just because of their identity. This book gives me exactly that.

I’m not saying that Bridger doesn’t have his fair share of problems, because he certainly does and this book also begins with him not being open about his sexuality yet. Although he was oblivious to it in the beginning, I just loved that everyone around him was so supportive and good at heart. It was such a sweet coming-of-age story with a twist of magic. It was hopelessly endearing. The writing was also so witty that I ended up chuckling to myself often. Reading this book gave me so much warm fuzzy feelings. It’s a great feels-good book!

Favourite passage: Bridger was skinny and weak, and the only exercise he did other than running during soccer season was lifting food to his mouth.

What didn’t work for me: I felt the ending was a tiny bit rushed. (Highlight to read spoilers in the rest of the paragraph.) I don’t really get what made them decide they wanted to tell Leo about the world of myths and magic. Was it because he was a hero? But they also implied he wasn’t a hero anymore, so I’m somewhat confused by it. I mean, I love that they told him about it, and I love that Bridger gets to work with his best friend and boyfriend too, but I just want to know why Leo was roped into being Pavel’s assistant as well. *internal screaming* I know it’s not that important, but I need to know!

Also, I’m desperately curious to know what happens next in Bridger’s story. There’s so much about the intermediary world to explore (along side myths, of course), and I want just that. I’m hoping Bridger becomes an intermediary in the future, with Leo and Astrid tagging along in his adventures!

And there was one glaring typo, which got quite a bit of a laugh out of me.

Conclusion: What are you waiting for? Go pick this up already! (Also if the author ever happens upon this, I sincerely hope there’s a sequel in the future, even if I have to wait ten years for it. It’d be so worth it.)

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