The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths & Magic, F. Lukens

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Myths are unpredictable. Magic is troublesome.

Desperate to pay for college, Bridger Whitt is willing to overlook the peculiarities of his new job. 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.

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4 / 5

Myths & Magic is a simple, Skulduggery Pleasant-esque tale of a boy who answers a weird job offer (Craigslist, am I right?) and is dragged into a world of myths and magic. Add in a hefty dollop of teenage angst and a bisexual coming-out story and you’ve got a pleasant, easy read.

“Family isn’t about blood, Bridger. It’s about who is there for you and who makes you happy”

Bridger Whitt is an ordinary boy applying to out-of-state universities so he can run away from his loving mum and best friend Astrid so that he doesn’t have to come out as bisexual. He applies to a weird job offer on Craigslist and ends up as assistant to a weird bloke called Pavel who won’t tell Bridger what he does. We’ve all been there. Turns out Pavel is an intermediary between the human world and the world of myths and magic, but through a series of freak events (including Bridger being savaged by a mermaid) they seem to be drawing devastatingly closer together. Bridger is also very busy crushing on hot neighbour Leo.

Myths and Magic reminded me heftily of one of my favourite ever book series, Skulduggery Pleasant; in both you have a young teen diving eagerly into a world of magic and wonder, trying to keep their lives separate and their parents in the dark. Unlike Valkyrie Cain, Bridger actually has friends (okay, one) and a hot crush. We’ve got the weird mentor figure – Pavel is grumpy but also quite sweet with a heart of gold – and the bizarre monsters – a unicorn that will only interact with virgins, an enchanting werewolf.

Bridger is easy to like and the story is simple to follow. It’s got a cute gay romance, some predictable twists, a bit of angst, and all the highs and lows of teenage drama. What more could you want?

My thanks to Netgalley for an ARC of this book.

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