YA-book review: The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths & Magic by F.T. Lukens

F.T. Lukens is a new to me author, but one I’m very glad to have discovered. I got this book on a whim through Netgalley because I loved the title even though I did’n’t know what to expect. Fortunately for me I wasn’t disappointed. It surprised me how much I loved this book. Curious? Let me tell you why.

The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths & Magic is a cute, intriguing, funny young adult story that is just not like all the rest of those young adult romance. That’s partly to do with the main character Bridger who is looking for a part-time job and finds more than he bargained for. The other part has to do with the way it was written. This is not a long story, but a lot happens, yet there is a balance between the main plot, the humour and the teen angst. All with out of the ordinary characters acting rather ordinary.

The writing was solid and has some good dialogue that fit both the characters and the story itself. Because it was a shorter story it missed that deeper development that you’d get if it was longer, but that is all I can really say that nagged me about the story.

The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths & Magic is a story I can definitely recommend, both for young adult readers and adult readers.

The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths & Magic Book Cover The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths & Magic
F.T. Lukens
Young Adult, Romance, urban fantasy
Duet Books, the YA imprint of Interlude Press
September 17, 2017
A copy was provided through Netgalley

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.

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