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Get Real

(Get Real #1)

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  77 ratings  ·  53 reviews
Magic and Mayhem in Manhattan

Francesca Bellafiore comes from a nice Jewish family -- one that happens to have magical powers. Underneath her good-girl exterior, though, she’s a wannabe badass with dreams of becoming a paranormal detective.

Party boy Rafael Muñoz does everything possible to publicly disappoint his high profile father. Privately, it's a different story. His c
Paperback, 358 pages
Published September 26th 2015 by Te Da Media
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Elle aka Leftie aka Shoebelle
Sep 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
*ARC received from author via blog tour*

3.5 ★

Awww, so cute, and that was fun!

This is a first Tellulah read for me. Lucky for me, a friend here put this on my radar and piqued my curiosity. What a delightful read!

This is like Harry Potter meet X-Men mildly with an NA twist.

We have Francesca and Rafael (and their friends) who each have their own form of magic. In the meantime, there’s someone with her own form of magic which caused a disturbance in Francesca and Rafael’s world and led them to wo
Sybil aka Lala
This was my first book by Tellulah Darling and WOW, I was completely blown away.

“Words? Tricky bastards right now.”

Frankie and Rafa are both Cadabras, humans with magical abilities. Each with their own unique gift, they are forced through both this ability and tradition to follow a certain path, but each of them wish for a different choice.

Frankie is the good girl wanting to be a bad-ass and Rafa is the bad boy forced into solo missions while longing to be part of a team. The two couldn't be
Swoony? Yep
Cute? Uh-huh
Fun? Oh yes!
Cheeky? It's Darling...
Must read? Defo!

A cute & fluffy must read!!


Straight up: the book delivers exactly what it promised.
It's got loads of action, sassy characters and swoony romance. And if you loved Darlings previous books, you going to adore this one.

My first coherent thought when I finished: I want more...My second: I think this is Darling's best novel to date. ( I did totally fangirl all over my Goodreads review before I actually coul
Amber .:★Wild Heart Reviews★:.
Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series
Get Real is the first book I’ve ever read by Tellulah Darling. It also happens to be the first book in the Get Real series. It is told in alternating first person POV’s between the main characters with the exception of one chapter. It does have an HEA, but be warned, it doesn’t exactly have a conclusion, and HEA for the couple yes, but an over arcing conclusion? No.

I’m a bit on the fence with this book, and in fact, it took me a good week to decide on a rating for it. The book is marked as new a
Reading this thanks to Netgalley...and this only influences my opinion regarding Netgalley being awesome and not with regards to the book itself. ;)

Going to have to go with a reluctant 2.5 on this one.

I wanted to like this so much more than I did. So much more. The blurb is great, the author a plus, and the cover is cute, fun, and sexy.

But then there was just so much trying to fit into the pages of the book that it eclipsed the story. What do I mean by "too much"?

- Multiple languages in one se
Aug 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
I have love all of Darling's other books, but this NA transition didn't work for me. The storyline never engaged me, and I had trouble grasping the new world and its concepts as written in the novel. Overall 2/5 stars; I would recommend Darling's Goddess series, but this book just didn't meet the high standard I set for her.
Tellulah always writes the best swoony boys and snarky girls, so I was pretty excited to get my greedy hands on this book.

I loved the dynamic between Francesca and Rafael. Their banter and arguments made for an excellent build up and some serious UST. The dual POV is fantastic as well.

My only real complaint would be the use of another language without context. I mean, sure, I could mostly gauge the tone of what was said, but there were a few sentences that I had no idea what it meant. For me,
Christine Alibutud
Note: An ARC was provided by the author in exchange for an honest book review.

[Review as of 24 September 2015]

Pausing this read due to certain reasons.
Nicole Hewitt
Jun 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction

Get Real is a New Adult paranormal romantic comedy with a fun and sassy cast of characters. The book takes place in an alternate version of the world where a small subset of the population has powers. There are four different types of "Cadabras" (people with powers) - Bruisers, who either have super strength or super speed, Bios, who can manipulate organic materials, Moody's, who can read or manipulate people's feeling
Moon Love
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
First and foremost I'd like to say how much I love the cover. That being said, it's deceptive because while it totally conveys Francesca and Rafael's chemistry, it doesn't come close to encompassing the rest of the story. Another truth I'd like to share is that I'd forgotten this book had a paranormal/fantasy twist to it, so when it first made an appearance I was like, "Wha..? Oh, okay." Frankly speaking the magical element was a great way to tie everyone together and make the story work.

I liked
Eileen (BookCatPin)
Aug 21, 2015 rated it liked it
What to say about Get Real. I struggled to love the book but I did enjoy it overall. It was an amusing story with a complete cast of quirky and charming characters.

The summary sums up the story perfectly so I won't reiterate it. The concept of having two different types of people: Cadabras (humans with powers) and Sapiens (normal humans), was fun. Within the Cads people were categorized according to their power. Each is unique and interesting though admittedly I was confused by some. It didn't h
Gokce ~Muslin Myst~
At the risk of sounding shallow-but really, what are covers, if not reader magnets?- I solemnly swear that I picked up this book based first and foremost on its awesome cover. Just looking at it made me quite the happy gal. That coloring, that pose with the cover models, that potential bad girl making an appearance from behind the good girl façade of the heroine, and the ever so trouble bad boy of course. All was in that gorgeous cover and after skimming through the plot, I was a goner.

I gotta s
Yana Polishko
Jul 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

4+ stars

After The Blooming Goddess Trilogy I feel compelled to say that Tellulah Darling has become a must-read author for me, so when she asked me to review the first book in her new series, how could I refuse?

It isn't surprising I loved Get Real, but since you may think I'm a little biased after the statement above I'll give you my reasons.

In this series, Tellulah introduces us to an alternative reality where magic is not a secret to anyone. Here, we have two races: the Sapiens, or normal pe

Sep 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Meet Francesca Bellafiore, she is extremely attractive young girl. She has two mothers and ability to healing people. Yes, she has powers, as other people who she knows including her mothers. She went to special school for kids with abilities as no other, ordinary people. Rafael has ability too, he is an illusionist. They are different as fire and water, but when they meet each other that will be different kind of disaster. She want to be herself and helping people , but without exposing so much ...more
Laura Thomas
Oct 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sure, there’s a lot going on in this book. Covert ops, a wanna be paranormal detective. Supernatural shenanigans. But that’s only part of it.

I’m huge on character driven stories and Get Real has some fun ones.

I fell for Francesca immediately. She’s snarky, sexy, and so ready to become a paranormal detective and kick some supernatural butt.

Enter bad boy Rafael. Ooh, he’s swoon worthy to look at, has the under the lashes come hither look down pat, and a mouth begging to be kissed.

When Francesca an
Debbie Hughes
Aug 05, 2015 rated it liked it
I was given this book to read for an honest review.

I really love Francesca and Rafael. I love their magic....this is a wonderful story. At the beginning I had difficulty following all the characters, I plan on re-reading the book to help me clear up my own mind. This is truly a wonderful story, with a great finish.

This is such a great use of imagination and hope that maybe we really could be a healer and change form and space. I look forward to reading again and then reading the next books as
*Be ready for a long negative review featuring Infinite reaction GIFs*

Let me just start by saying I love Tellulah Darling! I have read all her books and I have loved all of them! In fact The Blooming Goddess trilogy is one of my all-time favorite book series ever and I'm even planning on rereading it after I finish rereading The Mediator series. I love Tellulah Darling's witty writing and amazing characters! And she herself is such a nice person! So when I got Get Real from NetGalley I was ecsta
Aug 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
This review is also available at Daydreamer Review

It's more of a 3.5, but let's round it to 4.

Well, I was given this book to read for an honest review. The synopsis of this story is very promising. At first I thought it was just a NA book, turns out it has some magic sparks too. And I am a big fan of her previous series. Moreover, there's a sexy guy called Rafael in this book.

Cue girly screams.

Get Real is a sassy New Adult book about this world whereas there are peeps called Cadabras (Cads for

So, I won this book via BookLikes. It took me so long to read due to school/college obligations so, I apologize for that. I wanted to get this up SO much sooner than I did.

Get Real 's world is both magical and un-magical. Unlike Harry Potter, where the worlds are mostly separate, here everyone knows about each other(that doesn't mean they like each other though). The story focuses on Francesca (a girl who wants to be a boiler/cop but her family wants her go into the family business of healing),
Francesca Bellafiore is a good Jewish girl, living up to family expectations that she use her magic to heal others. Underneath, she’s a wannabe badass with her heart set on becoming a detective and solving magical crimes. But nice girls don't disappoint their moms. Party boy Rafael Muñoz does everything possible to publicly disappoint his high profile father. Privately, it's a different story. His carefully crafted bad boy reputation masks the fact he’s a master illusionist, forced into solo cov ...more
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-august-2015
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:**

I love Tellulah Darling so much. I am such a big fan of her mythology series, the Blooming Goddess series. But sometimes you never know what to expect when you read something totally different from an author. Get Real is a new adult urban fantasy romance and I am here to was SO. FREAKIN'. GOOD!! This is on my list of top 2015 reads. Get Real is one of those books that made me totally unsociable and rude. I fl
Erin Arkin
Aug 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, new-adult
Get Real by Tellulah Darling is the first in a series and combines a bit of the paranormal with the sassy girls and swoony boys she is known for. As you may (or may not) know I have loved Darling’s other books so it was a no brainer for me to dive right into this book.

First things first…I love this cover. With that said, I’m not entirely sure it links me back to the story I read. With that in mind, definitely read the blurb because the story is set in a world where humans have magical powers an
Eleanor (The Book Hammock)
I’ve been patiently waiting for Ms. Darling to release what she’s been working on. Because, you know, no biggie, but her books make me squeal while laughing, getting pissed off and swooning to no end.

And then came Get Real.

And I’m writing this review with a smiling face remembering all I’ve read.

Alternating point of views style normally confuses me. But when the story is told from two extremely different characters, the two voices are very distinct.

The story is set to most people in the real wor
Katherine Paschal
3.5 Stars
Francesca is an amazing healer just like one of her moms, and even though she really wants to be a supernatural police officer, she is being pushed into the family business of healing. Rafael has his public image of being a useless playboy, yet secretly does undercover police work for his father, but will never get the opportunity to tell anyone about it. The two of them are being forced by well-meaning parents into futures that make them unhappy. When their graduation ceremony is attac
Sep 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: new-adult, reviewed
Having really enjoyed Tellulah's Blooming Goddess trilogy because of its snarky humor, I knew that I would give Get Real a try because I was sure it would provide much of the same. While Frankie wasn't quite as snarky as Sophie, I did enjoy her badass attitude. She could hold her own, especially when it came to Rafa, but she also has a vulnerable side to her too- a side that doesn't want to disappoint the ones she loves.

I am always up for urban fantasy, so I liked this idea that there were a gr
Rae Sontheyon
Nov 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For Real Hotie vs. Real Smartie, Let the Games Begin! . . .

Oh this book is definitely explosive, great action moments but even better moments between the two leads. When an Italian meets a Latino things are always hot, but add magic to the mix and it's volcanic. The chemistry in this book is steamy, so much so I'd suggest not reading this book amongst family. (Trust me it'll be awkward.)

Set in a world where you are either a Sapien, regular human, or a Cadabras, person born with magic. Francesc
Tabitha (Bows & Bullets Reviews)
This review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews

Though they don’t realize it initially, Francesca and Rafa have a great deal in common. They are both being pushed into a role that they don’t want by their family. For both situations, I felt sympathy for the character. Francesca doesn’t want to disapoint her family, but she desperately doesn’t want to be a healer either. That’s not where her heart lies, even though she knows it is what her family wants for her. Right from the
Aug 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Rating: 4.5 stars

*Disclaimer: I received an eARC from Te Da Media and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

It's no secret that I love Tellulah Darling's books. So it should not surprise anyone that I adored Get Real.

Francesca was such a funny heroine. I loved her sense of duty. I was so sad for her because she was willing to give up her dreams to keep her family traditions alive, but in a way I also understood her and her reasons. I loved her relationship with her friends. I can't wait to
Kristen Jett
GET REAL is easily one of my favorites books of 2015. I've been in a book rut, and I was SO pleased when this turned out to be a winner. My first response when I was a few pages into GET REAL was literally "Wait, say whattttt?". In a good way.

Told by three narrators, we're thrown into a alternative version of today's world where magic is well known and magic users (Cads) don't even try to blend in with the normals (Saps). Frankie is a spunky Italian, used to being the good girl. She secretly dre
Ginny Lurcock
Darling's done it again.

What, you ask? Invented a unique magical world full of sassy, swoony, relatable characters. We might not all have fantastic powers and affluent parents (no matter how much we may have daydreamed) but I think we can all understand the desire not to disappoint our parents.

And at the heart of it, that's what Get Real is. A bunch of not quite kids and who aren't really adults trying to find their way in the world. Seeking to achieve that perfect balance of staying true to th
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Tellulah Darling
1) YA & New Adult romantic comedy author because her first kiss sucked and she's compensating.
2) Firm believer that some of the best stories happen when love meets comedy and awkwardness ensues.
3) Sassy minx.

Both a hopeless romantic and total cynic, Tellulah Darling is all about the happily-ever-after, with a huge dose of hilarity along the way. Her romcoms come in a variet