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The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths & Magic

(The Rules #1)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  1,590 ratings  ·  340 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 290 pages
Published September 7th 2017 by Duet Books, the YA imprint of Interlude Press
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☆ Todd
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: boy-babble, jocks

I must admit that I was a bit hesitant to read this story at first. Lukens was a new-to-me author, but the cute cover and blurb pulled me in. This time, though, taking a chance paid off big time. : )

I loved how quirky and flat out odd this journey was, as 17 y.o. awkward high school student, Bridger, embarked on a new job, which turned out to be an entirely new life. And a very happy, eventful one at that.

The prevailing dry humor, as Bridger is thrown into one bizarre supernatural situation afte
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
*3.5 stars*

Fun, entertaining YA paranormal romance from a new-to-me author.

I was really impressed by The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths & Magic. I'm usually SO hesitant to try a new author because I've been burned time and time again by crappy stories from newbie writers, but this one was worth the chance! If you like your stories a little quirky, then this one is for you.

The world building-elements were super interesting. It reminded me a little of Clean Sweep, but a more rudimentar
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mm-romance, paranormal, ya, arc
4.5 Stars. First off, let me say that what really intrigued me about this book was its glorious cover and intriguing title. I was hoping that the writing and story within would capture my attention as surely as the cover had. It did!

Here we have a paranormal/fantasy YA book in which magic, including myths and legends live hidden amongst the human world. Our trepidatious MC, Bridger, desperate to leave small town Michigan via college, answers a job ad on Craigslist for an assistant. Some high fly
Cute and well-written and charming. Except... it's just too damned cute for me. Ugh. I made it to 32%, but the pixies did me in. I feel like a grouchy old curmudgeon shouting, "Get those damn pixies off my lawn!"

Recommended to people who aren't me.
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya
This was a lot of fun and I enjoyed it.
Not quite silly enough to be a romp, but close -- nice balance of action, fantasy, humor, romance, with strong character building.

There were a few things I thought were weaker, mostly the parts that drove plot conflict, which felt contrived for that purpose. For instance, how many times can you have the sound of the compact be an issue before you just, you know, alter how that works? (Why can't Pavel use a phone, anyway? Was that explained?)

I really liked t
C.B. Lee
RULES & REGULATIONS is a smart, fast-paced, high-stakes adventure that draws you in and takes you for a delightful ride into the world of myth and magic. Alongside worrying about AP classes and his crush, Bridger falls headfirst into the chaotic world of being an Intermediary’s assistant. With an awkward mentor and pixies as his guide, he has to learn how to be that bridge between the magical and mundane world (and escape a rampaging unicorn!).

Bridger’s sharp wit, sarcasm and resourcefulness ab
Dec 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, urban-fantasy
Really adorable YA story, something I rarely read let alone like. Lukens pairs up skinny, snarky, pretty, and closeted Bridger with charming, sweet, football star Leo. Amidst paranormal creatures of myth, they battle with friends to save their town while they navigate their fledgling relationship. I would have liked better/bigger world building and more backstory on the intermediator and his friends. Regardless, I still enjoyed the story and am smiling as I write this brief review. More, please, ...more
Julian Winters
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's quite easy to see why so many people are raving over The Rules and Regulations For Mediating Myths & Magic ... from page to page, I was simply delighted with the humor, the charm, and the exciting adventures unfolding in Bridger's life. As a fan of wonderful comedy-fantasies like The Princess Bride and Stardust, F.T. Lukens captures all of the things I love about interweaving the worlds of magic, myths, and fantasy with tender, budding romance from a YA perspective. Lukens takes what makes ...more
A hectic life of a teenager, a senior and a geek who has a crush on jock. He is ready to come out, but is petrified of the consequences. A life, packed with magical creatures running amok on top of all non-magical problems. You bet it's a fun read! :)

Chris, thanks for lending the book. EmilieSA, thank you for the rec!
I really enjoyed this one :)

4.5 stars
Simply brilliant.

Can't believe I'm adding a YA book to my Favorites shelf, but there you have it.
Leah Rachel von Essen
While coming to terms with his bisexuality, Bridger Whitt is trying to raise enough money for college somewhere far away from Midden, Michigan. He takes an unconventional assistant job and ends up helping Pavel, the intermediary between myths and the regular world, contain unicorns, werewolves, and more, all while trying to keep his friendship with Astrid alive and learn how to ask out Leo, the hot new guy on the football team. By all rights, The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths and Mag ...more
Main points to this review:
1) The characters were cool and the plot development was was fine but...
2) I was not a fan of the way the 3rd person narrative was written.
3) I found the extra “voice” (I imagine an announcer not a narrator the majority of the time) to be annoyingly and unnecessarily distracting and turned me off.
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Myths are unpredictable. Magic is troublesome.

* * * *
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
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
THIS BOOK IS SO CUTE! Major fantastic beasts and where to find them vibes. IT was such a fun little journey of discovery and I’m glad I picked this up. Also I’ve been looking for diversity In my readings, characters that aren’t blonde, blue eyes, white. I ADORED that the love interest was a POC and it was embraced so warmly. Cute ass book. To the author, go you.
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was hilarious and heartwarming and like, solid urban fantasy.
Kristel (hungryandhappy)
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*ARC received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I will check the quotes after publication as requested*

He walked out of the bathroom not at all ready to face whatever was waiting for him, but totally ready to fake it.

I’m so happy I found this book. This book, THIS BOOK, made me so happy; it filled me with lots of giggles. Never underestimate a spontaneous giggle. I laughed so much out loud I freaked out my dog a little bit: he got worried about my safeness and came by my side to se
Nov 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
Bridger Whitt is on a mission to get into college, away from his town, and to reinvent himself, particularly because, well, he’s bisexual. Let’s stop here.

BISEXUAL YOU SAY?! A MALE!? Yes, and it’s all to exciting to see this, especially in a young adult book. Society and American culture specifically has deemed bisexuality between females acceptable, and many straight men, well… dig it. However, the gay community and straight community share a common thread, and that is that ‘Oh, you are just c
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: september-2017
FT Lukens has got to be one of my all time favorite authors in paranormal LGBT YA. I've loved all the books this author has published. When this one came across my interwebs my immediate reaction was, "Wow, this reminds me of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy." But this book is all the creative wonders FT Lukens conjurs from that brilliant brain.

There's some bizarre moments and strange elements in this story for sure. The MC is the awkward Bridger who is 17 years old and has a new job. This job c
Chris, the Dalek King
First off...great cover. It pretty much sold me on buying this book. Even though it is an ebook, and I won't be seeing it all that often. I'm just a real sucker for good covers, i guess.

As to the story itself...I really liked it. Even if YA isn't normally my thing. I appreciated how normal Bridger felt, and that this wasn't a Chosen One story-line. Bridger is just a normal dude who ended up in some really weird situations. And it was pretty consistently funny for the whole story.

My one gripe is
Nicki Markus
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-lgbt
I loved The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths and Magic. Right from the first page, I found myself caught up in Bridger's life and the strange new occurrences that take place when he starts his new job. The world building was good--sufficient to answer questions but not so much that it felt like an info dump--and Bridger was a relatable and delightful character. I read it over three nights and I was always eager to turn the page and see what would happen next. If you are looking for a fa ...more
Ije the Devourer of Books
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it

This is a well written and fun YA story.

Bridger knows that he is bisexual but he doesn't really want to tell anybody about this. He wants to wait until the end of his senior year and then start a new life in a university across the country in Florida where no one knows him and he can be himself, but in order to get to Florida he is going to need a job.

His luck turns up when he spots a job advert on Craigslist and he decides to apply but the job has some rather odd criteria and even getting to t
This gets two stars for decent bisexual boy representation (although I was a bit puzzled by the complete lack of bi/homophobia, especially in the context of a high school football team in Michigan??), but tbh the rest is kinda bad: flat characters, mediocre writing, uninspired use of fantasy tropes, predictable and boring plot. Some teens will probably really like this, but it was a chore for me to get through.
May 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
This was such a cute, quick read.. and when I say quick, I mean "finished it in one day" quick.

The story was very cute, different from what I have ever read before and really funny. The ending was a little anticlimactic but I was still satisfied with it.

Closer to 2.5 than 3.5 though, still good enough for a solid 3 stars.

I feel like Lukens has a very good standing with me, as I quite enjoyed her Star Host series as well.

Despite the rating I do recommend this book.
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this was so lovely, exactly what I needed to cheer me up <3 gave me lots of Simon VS meets In Other Lands feels, which I adored! the conclusion was a bit anticlimatic, but I still loved so many things about it i'll give it full 5 stars ...more
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 0000-sh-recs, fantasy
4.5 stars
Apr 03, 2022 rated it it was amazing
this was so good!! i loved all the creatures and the characters.
Aug 29, 2022 rated it liked it
Good! But underwhelming
Abi (The Knights Who Say Book)
(3.5 stars) *I received an advance reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

One day, Bridger’s worst problems were surviving high school and his massive crush on the new boy in school. The next, his new job turns out to be assisting a supernatural creature-wrangler. This is a book that asks the timeless question: which is scarier, facing down a charging unicorn or coming out to your mom?

The first part of this book reads like wattpad fanfiction, and not in a good way. That’s not
Rike Random
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Originally published on RikeRandom - find the full review and others there.

Content notes for The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths & Magic and Monster of the Week by F.T. Lukens: homophobia, panic attacks

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Joyfully Jay
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: elizabeth
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.5 stars

Bridger is… kind of adorable. He’s clumsy, earnest, too clever for his own good, and so wrapped up in himself he’s blind to much of the world around him. Self-involved and shallow, it’s easy to see why he and Astrid had their fight, and I found myself feeling more for Astrid than Bridger. It’s a testament to the author that Bridger can be such an unreliable and completely relatable narrator.

With Bridger as the narrator, we see Leo only through his eyes. Leo is sho
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F.T. Lukens is a New York Times bestselling author of YA speculative fiction including the novels So This Is Ever After, In Deeper Waters, and the forthcoming Spell Bound as well as other science-fiction and fantasy works. Their contemporary fantasy novel The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths & Magic was a 2017 Cybils Award finalist in YA Speculative Fiction, the Foreword INDIES Book of th ...more

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