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Monster of the Week

(The Rules #2)

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4.22  ·  Rating details ·  159 ratings  ·  50 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 ...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 dangerous
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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
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Joanna
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
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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
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Alison
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: uf-pn, queer, library, lgbtq
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
Kathleen
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.
Micah
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 ?
Courtney M
Oct 14, 2019 rated it liked it
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
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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
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Karyl
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,
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Sara
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
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Louise
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Monster of the Week is the sequel to The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths and Magic.

I’ve been looking forward to this book release since I heard it was coming out: you know I’m excited when I pre-order an ebook! I gave the first book a 5-star rating, and you can check out my review of that book here.

I loved Bridger just as much this time around. He’s an amazing protagonist! I love the way Lukens can combine the sarcastic personality and dry wit — which still reminds me very much of
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iam
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
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Kristel
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
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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 ...more
Devann
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
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Rike @ RikeRandom
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 ...more
Sara
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
...more
Morgan
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
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Grace M
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq, in-my-library
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
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emma
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.
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Gemma
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
I understood ALL of the references in this book. Does that make me a proud nerd? Yes. Yes it does.

This was my favourite book so far. I adore Leo and Bridger and Astrid and their dry dialogue made me laugh out loud more than once. I even got teary at the end.

A perfect read. Thank you FT Lukens!
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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.
Coltostallion
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hadn't read the first book in this series, and though there were hints of previous events that made me want to, it wasn't necessary. Bridger is a relatable, anxiety ridden teen working with a whole host of supernatural creatures. The story was fast paced and fun.
Kay Mcleer
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed reading this, it comes with an interesting premise which doesn't disappoint. The characters are great and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this second book in the series.
Colleen
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2020
Gah, this was such a great book! I didn’t read the first book but I wasn’t lost at all. I loved the characters and the story and the tone.
Necrostevo
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
I did not initially think that I would like this book because I am not the target audience for it. I am happy I stuck with it though. While I initially believed the main character to not share much with me in terms of experience, I really appreciated what he went through and the decisions (and consequences) therein. The fantasy aspect assisted with keeping things interesting without being over bearing towards the day to day grind of high school life.

If you want something a little different (a
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Sheila Loosevelt
He'd become a cautionary tale about the hazards of eating fish tacos from the diner and dating hot baseball players and carrying ancient books around in his backpack.

I was provided this novel (as an advanced reader copy) by NetGalley. All views expressed in this review are my own.

I love this series so fucking much; I will attempt to articulate my feelings further, but that is an important thing to know to start. I picked up the prequel to this novel (The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths
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Susan
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This series (which began with last year's The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths & Magic) reminds me of the original Men in Black movie, in the best possible way. Magic is real, unicorn poop smells like cotton candy, pixies have their own cosmetics line, and oh yeah, the rest of the world absolutely CANNOT find out about any of this. Fortunately we have Intermediaries like Pavel Chudinov to keep the worlds separate and Intermediary assistants like Bridger Whitt to - well, mostly to ...more
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F.T. Lukens is an author of Young Adult fiction who got her start by placing second out of ten thousand entries in a fan community writing contest. A sci fi enthusiast, F.T. loves Star Wars and Star Trek and is a longtime member of her college’s science-fiction club. She holds degrees in Psychology and English Literature and has a love of cheesy television shows, superhero movies, and writing. ...more

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