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Handbook for Mortals

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Zade Holder has always been a free-spirited young woman, from a long dynasty of tarot-card readers, fortunetellers, and practitioners of magick. Growing up in a small town and never quite fitting in, Zade is determined to forge her own path. She leaves her home in Tennessee to break free from her overprotective mother Dela, the local resident spellcaster and fortuneteller. ...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published August 15th 2017 by Geeknation Press
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Salieri I read the preview to check if it was at least worth it and hell no. The writing is terrible and the MC is the ultimate Mary Sue/self insert, there's …moreI read the preview to check if it was at least worth it and hell no. The writing is terrible and the MC is the ultimate Mary Sue/self insert, there's no way I'm gonna like it and there are way too many good books out there for me to waste my time and money on shitty ones.

And if I saw her or people wanting to buy her book, I'd do nothing. It's their choice, if they wanna give her money, it's theirs to spend. Though I'd recommend reading the first few pages before actually buying it.(less)
Mmmhhmm At the end of the book, Mac, the love interest, goes, "So is there a book or something?"

Zade, the protag, goes, "A book?"

"Yeah, like a handbook for mo…more
At the end of the book, Mac, the love interest, goes, "So is there a book or something?"

Zade, the protag, goes, "A book?"

"Yeah, like a handbook for mortals [muggles], so I can understand your world better."

That's it.(less)

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Feb 27, 2018 added it
the drama surrounding this book is more interesting than the book itself

Sep 25, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Thoughts while reading here: #snarkformortals

Video review with lots of spoilers and feelings about why this is the worst.

I'm only giving this 1 star because I give everything at least one star. This was without a doubt one of the worst things I've ever read. To give you context, it's less harmful than Fifty Shades, but probably worse in terms of writing. I hated Bella more than Zade, but this has even less plot than Twilight, if you can imagine.

That said, apart from anything you've heard about
Elle (ellexamines)
Aug 24, 2017 marked it as zzzzz-coverporn-etc

oh my god. she bought her way to the top of the NYT list.
Beth Cato
Sep 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2017, fantasy, young-adult
I received this ebook through the publisher via Netgalley. As a published author myself, I am well aware of the way that author Lani Sarem and her team manipulated the New York Times list. I also know that the Goodreads ratings for the book consist of mostly one-star ratings due to the book's reputation and the sample available on Amazon.

I don't rate or review any book unless I finish it. I wanted to judge Handbook with as much fairness as I could, even knowing its history, so I endeavored to re
✨    jami   ✨
Aug 29, 2017 marked it as no-thanks
if I ever die in suspicious circumstances, please get YA book twitter to investigate because they cracked the case concerning this book (IT BOUGHT ITS WAY ONTO THE NYT BEST SELLER LIST LMFAAOO) in under an hour and thats the kind of investigation I deserve

everyone talking about the author & this book

Estance DH
Aug 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: z-dislike
I never review books without reading them. Some extracts of this book have circulated & had this book found its way into my hands, it would have been a hard pass for me.

- White-slim-pretty-privileged-cis-heterosexual-woman describing herself as "different"? This is not different, this is the same, this is not special, this is what we are told over & over we should conform into. I didn't suffer years of abuse at school because of my difference only to end up receiving this message. This is not di
Bentley ★
Aug 24, 2017 marked it as lost-interest

How did this author seriously think no one would notice her quietly buy her way onto the NYT bestseller's list when no one has actually read the book - if it even exists and isn't a clever plot on her part to jumpstart a career in filmmaking in Hollywood. Shady practices as a creator earns a no way from me, which is unfortunate because the plot might have actually interested me, once upon a time.

Twitter thread here: for those out of the loop.
S.K. Gregory
Aug 25, 2017 rated it did not like it
I have read a lot about this book in the last few days, but I'm going to ignore it and base my review on the book itself. I was given a free copy for an honest review. The idea of someone with magic, working on a magic show seemed like an interesting story.
There are many issues with this book. Over looking the issue of copyright infringement through the use of several song lyrics, the main character is quite unremarkable. In fact she seems quite conceited at times, but because she stammers when
Tanya Tate
Aug 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
Edit 4: The fact it is now 50 plus new 5 star fake reviews on this book which we as a community squash the drama of it like 6 months ago is mind blogging. Lani dear LET IT GO!! I hope these people are being paying good to do a fake 5 star reviews..

Edit 3: When the author of "My Immortal" comes out of hiding to clear up the rumors that wrote the book and denounce what Lani did , you know you fucked up!

Edit 2: So I read a couple pages to it thanks to Amazo
Melanie Gillman
Aug 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
Zero stars for trying to cheat Angie Thomas out of her #1 spot on the NYT bestseller list.
I read it so you don't have to.

I read it to talk about on the Worst Bestseller podcast, coming soon.

It's awful.
Aug 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
I haven't read this book, but there's a story going around that you should probably read if you're thinking of buying (if you can even buy it):

Seems like a d!@# move to me, so here's one star.
Aug 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
Edit: I took the time to read some available excerpts of the book and JEEZ. Can I have that time back?
It reads like a first draft. As a YA budding author myself, I recognize the signs of the rough draft where every thought got barfed up onto the page in the heat of artistic pursuit. BUT this thing went straight to print without some very necessary editing. I'm going to try to be optimistic and say that there might be a reasonably okay book buried in there somewhere... but probably not.

OP: I just
Feb 13, 2019 marked it as will-never-ever-read
I have never seen a lower rating. What's the deal with this book? Someone spill the tea ...more
Aug 24, 2017 marked it as the-tea

MY FAVORITE BOOK! BEST OF 2017! No one paid me to say this but don't look at my bank account.
I never finish the book and never will.

The first part is a foreword about Lani (pronounce Annie with an L) as if quite literally I can't pronounce it correctly....

Then chapter zero with the Fool...

And then I realized my time is more worthwhile to move on to another book with much more good plot or have a plot in order to have a satisfactory story. Not to mention, grammatical errors...

It's more of the headache it cause rather than the did not finish, so I'm giving it a 1star rating. If you are no
Aug 25, 2017 marked it as no
I love drama.

So the tldr of it sis that the rating of this book dropped in literally two days because the publisher and/or author obviously bought their way onto the NYT bestseller list. Now a lot of crap ends up on the NYT imo but even though the author denies it, there was clearly some shenanigans going on.

Before getting into that, I just want you all to take a look at this quote from the article:

In an interview with THR, Sarem, an occasional actress (uncredited roles in Jason Bourne and P
J.A. Ironside
Aug 25, 2017 rated it did not like it
DNF at 10%


You know a book is bad when you can't even finish the free sample. Should I then be writing a review about it? Ordinarily I wouldn't but the author/ publisher of this book decided to pull this ;  so that makes it fair game as far as I'm concerned.


"Handbook for Mortals is in development as a motion picture set to debut in 2018."  For reference fellow bibliophiles, ANYONE can say their book is in development as a motion picture. Literally anyone
Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
Aug 25, 2017 marked it as to-read
Wow - the shade of it all.

This author bought her way to the top, STOLE the artwork from a lesser known artist and then tried to backtrack and claim it was an "homeage" to them and bumped off one of the most important books this year (The Hate U Give) from its #1 spot on the New York Times Bestseller List. Now the author is trying to do damage control and say she sold all the books at conventions and she is being "cyberbullied." If this "author" sold 20,000 books at a convetion, I think someone
Susanna Needs a GREAT Book Please
I couldn't help myself, I read the free preview on Amazon.

I don't even know what I just read. How did this trash pile make it to publication? As somebody on twitter said, this sounds like a book you wrote when you were fifteen, hid it from the world, and wrote something better.

This should have stayed hidden from the world.

And how many times did the idiot who wrote the intro have to claim her status as international bestselling romance author? Never heard of her, can't wait to track down some of
Aug 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Aug 24, 2017 marked it as not-for-me
It's actually ironic that I was talking to one of my best friends Katie the other day and was telling her it made NO SENSE that a book with 9 GR ratings was the #1 NYT bestseller for YA. So I'm a little proud of myself for being the first one to this party.

I won't say I'll never read this, because I don't know who I'll be in the future, but I can say that I don't really have a ton of respect for this "author" and wouldn't actively reach out for anything that has her name attached to it.

Here's t
Aug 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
no thanks. I won't support someone who cheats their way to the top. ...more
Autumn Bohn
Aug 24, 2017 added it
Shelves: no-thanks
Worst writing I've seen in a published book from what I've read(unfortunately I read more than I ever wanted to). And clearly most/all of the 5 star reviews are from fake accounts. Not to mention this trash....

*I have read this book, and choose not to rate it*
Sarah (needs a break from reviewing)
Aug 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: anathema
So many problems with this book, even before you get to the plot. Never going to give my money or advertise through my review a book that made its way onto a bestseller list through a scam (see any of the other honest reviews for a link to the whole debacle).
K. Ancrum
Aug 25, 2017 rated it did not like it
In addition to all this NYT chaos, I wanted to point out that the cover of this book was literally plagiarized.
Traced without permission from artwork by Gill De Mace:
Geri Reads
Aug 25, 2017 marked it as not-gonna-happen-nope
What do we say to scammers who try to buy their way into NYT Bestseller's List?

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If you want to know this insane story click on the following links below:
samantha  Bookworm-on-rainydays
Apr 02, 2021 rated it did not like it
So I didn't know all the history of this book before I found it at my favorite used bookstore and read it. I saw the cover and read the back, and it sounded fun and interesting, it was even signed by the author "How awesome!" I thought. Oh, how wrong I was.

This book was none of those things. It wasn't interesting, it wasn't fun, it was the most boring book about the circus I have ever read in my whole 23 years of life. (I've read The Night Circus and The Ladies of the Secret Circus both 100% be
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Lani Sarem basically grew up in the entertainment industry. She began acting at age three and continued to act and perform through her early years. Lani began writing scripts when she was eleven. Over the years she has become a jack-of-all-trades in the entertainment business. She became a rock n’ roll gypsy at fifteen and started touring with bands and working on festivals. She’s toured with ever ...more

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