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Monster of the Week

(The Rules #2)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  348 ratings  ·  77 reviews
Spring semester of Bridger Whitt's senior year of high school is looking great. He has the perfect boyfriend, a stellar best friend, and an acceptance letter to college. He also has this incredible job as an assistant to Pavel Chudinov, an intermediary tasked with helping cryptids navigate the modern world. His days are filled with kisses, laughs, pixies, and the occasiona ...more
Kindle Edition, 316 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by Duet Books
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☆ Todd
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it

Okay, it's official, I've ADORED pretty much everything about this quirky AF series. : )

In this second installment, Bridger's life was starting to fall into place, with a boyfriend, a best friend, and a chosen family that he truly cared about, and was equally cared for in return.

Although Bridger still possessed a penchant for not knowing when to shut the hell up, getting himself into sticky situations, with both paranormals and humans, he had begun to mature and think before he took dangero
anna (½ of readsrainbow)
rep: bi mc with anxiety, Latino (half-Puerto Rican) gay li, sapphic side character, Easter European side character
tw: panic attacks, absent parent, homophobia

Review also on my blog. ARC provided by the publisher.

First of all, I have to admit I was not aware this is a second part of series, but even so - it was a pleasant read & I don’t feel like my lack of knowledge diminished it in any way. I probably will read the first book, though, because I love those characters now.

Monster of the Week tick
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbt, 2019-releases
Very pleased to be the first review for this book!

After receiving this galley at BookCon on Saturday, I knew this was the first ARC I had to dig into. I read Rules and Regulations last summer, so I was very eager to pick up the sequel. Thank you to Interlude/Duet and F.T. Lukens for providing the ARC! This book was excellent! I did not want to finish it. The world of Bridger and co. is so charming. It isn't a perfect world, but it's an interesting take on cryptids. I loved the theme of found fa
Naomi Waters
Jul 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
This book was even better than the first one!
The references were better, the romance was cuter, and the plot was, well, awesome!
I squealed out loud when I saw the Yuri On Ice reference, which is my favorite anime by the way. I loved the Archive of Our Own reference, and the "this is fine" meme reference. I think the adorable scenes between Leo and Bridger almost made my heart give out because they were just so damn adorable. I cried tears of joy every time Leo showed up.
I found the relationshi
Joyfully Jay
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sammy
A Joyfully Jay review.

5 stars

Let me begin by saying that if you have not read F.T. Lukens’ first novel, The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths and Magics, then this second book in The Rules series, Monster of the Week, will not make a great deal of sense to you as it evolves naturally from the first installment. Also, my review may contain spoilers about the first story in the series, so please be forewarned.

Bridger, Leo, Astrid, Pavel, Elena, Nia, and Bran are all back and I couldn’t be
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, uf-pn, queer, library
Very enjoyable, just like the first one. Bridger's a great character. This one is a bit different, in that it's more about Bridger figuring out his life and freaking out than it is an urban fantasy adventure. Pavel is back and is awesome again. Family is a big theme here and it's awesome when Bridger realises he can choose who his family is and he knows who *really* cares about him. I found this to be a quick, easy YA read. Another kickass cover in this series. There is a bit of mild homophobic ...more
Courtney M
Oct 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
After finishing The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths & Magic with a smile on my face, I dove right into "Monster of the Week," looking forward to just as much cuteness and humor this time around. 

"Monster" returns us to Bridger’s world when the ‘Monster of the Week’ TV show comes to film in Midden, putting the local myths and cryptids in danger of being outed. Meanwhile, another less-than-pleasant guest has returned to Bridger’s life...because of course things can’t go right, can they?,
Jan 08, 2020 rated it liked it
3.25 stars

Rather a disappointment after the first book. I loved the first one; truly a fun urban fantasy tale. This second one? Less urban fantasy and far more coming of age romcom. Far too much teenage angst for this reader. No interest being being trapped in a teenager’s mind.
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I stopped reading young adult books because I found them cheesy but this book made me excited about the genre again. Doesn’t take itself too seriously. Doesn’t try too hard to do anything another than tell an adorable ass tale. This is a witty, romantic, and exceedingly fun look at discovering one’s place in the world. Moral of this review: I had a really fun ass time reading this book. I usually have a lot of complaints but weirdly enough, I don’t ?
Emily Burr
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m gonna say it, and I don’t say it lightly: This is my new favorite series. And I haven’t said that since I was 10 and reading the Percy Jackson Books.

I’ll go one step further: this is my new favorite sequel. And I haven’t said that since what, Toy Story? Back to the Future? Dear god, I don’t even know.

I never leave long, full reviews like this but this is the first ARC I’ve had the pleasure of getting my hands on and finishing before the release date. Not to mention I met F. T. Lukens at Bo
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020
Okay so.. I absolutely enjoyed the first book, but I feel like this book didn't needed to be written. The world would have been fine without this book in it, it honestly felt like a filler book of "where are they now.." which I don't think no one really needed.

I loved Bridger and Leo and Astrid and Pavel and everyone else but I think the first book did a great job in tying the story up with a bow by the end of it.

That being said, it was a fairly easy read. So if you liked the characters in the
I received a free copy of this ARC in exchange for my honest review.

Ever read the first book in a series and absolutely love it, and then when the sequel comes out, you are concerned that maybe the second book won’t be nearly as good as the first??

You don’t need to worry about that with Monster of the Week! Everything I loved about the first book is present in this novel too. The fast-paced action, the witty conversation and interior monologues, the adorable awkwardness that is Bridger Whitt, an
Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
This series is lovely. First book: the cryptids were the menace. Second book: it's the humans. For a small bunch trying to protect both sides and keep the fragile equilibrium between species, chaos is bound to happen from time to time. Pavel, Elena, the fairies, Astrid, Leo and Bridger might be underestimating a little bit that snoopy reporter but things can get pretty wild when someone puts their mind into something. Leo and Bridger are couple goals and I wish them the best in College! ...more
Dane CC
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was such a fun and satisfying sequel! I love the author's humor and all the characters are so fun and relatable. ...more
Dec 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
i love this magical found family story so much :(
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received this book in exchange for an honest review, which has not altered my opinion of the book itself.

Well, that was as quick of a read of a sequel as I have seen in a very long while. The book didn't take long for me to get through and I owe it to the fact that this fantastical aspect to our world just appeals to me in so many ways. Not only that but the wit and sarcasm that can be found between the pages is epic in a whole other way. While it may not seem nearly as original as the first b

this duology is completely ridiculous and, god, i am obsessed with it!!

these are absolutely not perfect books - the writing isn’t anything special, sometimes the plot is a little repetitive etc etc but?? these books are so special and fun and lovely and i am so so glad i read them

some things that stood out to me in these books -

the focus on family!! this is a large theme throughout both of these books and i think it does really well at showing both bio family and found family and god!! i l
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Monster of the Week is the sequel to The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths & Magic, and while it was an enjoyable read it didn't really bring much new to the table.

Content warnings include: homophobia, invasion of privacy, break-in and theft, panic attack, absent parent.

I did have a good time reading the book, but to me it didn't really expand the setting or add to the first book. The character development was minimal and the plot felt much lower stake than the first book - w
Kristel (hungryandhappy)
I adored this book and this duology!! Because there's not going to be more, right? After that perfect ending!! Because it was perfect: cheesy, hopeful, simply beautiful.
I loved how there wasn't unnecessary drama. I hate it. And that doesn't mean things didn't happen, because they did, and I had so many feelings!! But the unnecessary drama put there just for the sake of shaking the story?? It wasn't needed so it wasn't there. What happened had a reason and it fit perfectly into the story.
I'm goi
Nicki Markus
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-paranormal
Monster of the Week is a fun continuation of the story started in The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths and Magic. Book Two picks up Bridger's story as he deals with the drama of coming out to his absentee father, graduating high school, and attending prom, all the while also navigating mythological mayhem. Once again Lukens provides plenty of tongue-in-cheek humour without neglecting the emotional side of things. For me, this story doesn't quite have the zing of Book One, but it is stil ...more
I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley

A great follow up to the first book! Still really love all the characters and think they feel very real and liked the sub-plot with Bridger's dad even though it was hard to read sometimes. There are a lot of nerdy jokes and general humor but it doesn't feel forced like it does in a lot of books like this. A good blend of action and romance and the world-building continues to be fun and put a bit of a new take on things. I would definitely recomme
J.D. DeHart
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
F.T. Lukens writes a story with the clever wit and edge that young readers (and older YA connoisseurs) will enjoy. What struck me most about this book was the balance of sharp voice and original, inventive prose. The chapters, at times, lagged a bit but not enough to lessen the overall reading experience.
Rike Random
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had some trouble remembering what happened in the first instalment but once the memories came back, I thoroughly enjoyed Monster of the Week! I loved it <3
Veronica of V's Reads
Bridger Whitt is a high school senior with mere months to graduation. He's dating an almost-hero, Leo, and a fab job helping intermediary Pavel Chudinov to help keep cryptids (think sasquatch), myths and magic folk from being noticed by humans. IN this he's aided by his human bestie Astrid, Elena the werewolf, and a pair of pixies, Nia and Bran, and now his familiar "Marv" (aka Midnight Marvel) who looks like a kitten, but is not. Marv was a gift for his 18th birthday. Though Bridger and Leo hav ...more
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was SO EXCITED when I heard about this book. The first book in the Rules duology was one of my favorites, and remains dear to my heart, so of course I had to read this!

Getting back into Bridger's world was such a delightful experience! I was not disappointed at all. The tone of the book is still so familiar, I felt at home from the first page. 

One thing I deeply enjoy about this series is just how great it is at making this entirely fantastical and magical world seem so realistic. In this book
Yes please! I am so here for this series. Please can I have some more. I just love the humor and the heart in these stories so much. Bridger is such a fun character and I love the way the myths and legends are built into this story as something to keep the public from finding out about. That's a little difficult this time around with a paranormal seeking television show in town determined to figure out all their secrets.

Poor Bridger he's trying so hard and yet everything he does seems to go wro
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Growing up is about gaining experiences so when you encounter a situation a second time, you know what to do. It’s about having good judgment because you’ve made mistakes in the past and you learned from them.”

Listen, I’ll always be a fan of coming-of-age books. Add in sweet, hilarious boys falling in love and some folklore creatures and it’s a perfect recipe for me.

This book is about growing up, falling in love, and learning how to be true to yourself.

The dynamics between Bridger and Leo con
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-my-library, lgbtq
Bridger and company strike again! I loved this new installment—it really held up and didn’t feel like it was shoehorned in to add new content.
Though I love the character interactions, sometimes I felt the conversations went on a little too long. My favorite scenes were the picnic scene with Leo and Bridger, they were so so cute, and the action scene with Summer Lore and the Wolfman, which was really climactic.
The future is still uncertain for Bridger and his family, but for now, this chapter
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
‘“Have Intermediary Chudinov brew the tea and add the honey. Don’t do it yourself. I want you to come back, not scorch the earth. Understand?”
Bridger gulped. “Yes, Grandma Alice.”
“Good boy. Smart boy. Loved boy.”
She stepped around him and went back to her step stool behind the counter.
“Loved boy?”
She sniffed. “Of course. Seeped into your marrow.”’

OKAY I DID CRY A LIL BIT AT THIS ONE DOE. what can I say I love it when gay people are strong and happy and loved and have a fantastic support system.
Ok when is the next book in this series? Please let there be a next book. All the things that I loved about the first book are present in this one. This book also leaned heavily on the fact Pavel and the myths he protects really are becoming a second family for Bridger. His life is even more hectic in this book but it also pulls out the bonds that are forming between all the characters. His dad also brought out a good contrast of what family really means. I adore this series and hope to see more ...more
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F.T. Lukens is an award-winning author of Young Adult fiction. A sci fi enthusiast, F.T. loves Star Wars and Star Trek and is a longtime member of their college’s science-fiction club. F.T. holds degrees in Psychology and English Literature and has a love of cheesy television shows, superhero movies, and writing. F.T. lives in North Carolina with their spouse, three kids, three dogs, and three cat ...more

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