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The Fantastic Fluke

(The Fantastic Fluke #1)

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A lost fox. A gorgeous ghost. And an unlikely partnership to stop a murderer.

Since his mother's murder, Sage McKinley doesn’t live, he exists. His weak magic has made him an outcast, shadowing his life with self-doubt. All that changes when the spirit of a gunslinger appears in his bookstore with a message that will flip Sage’s world upside down. According to the mesmerizi
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Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 288 pages
Published August 6th 2020 by Independently Published
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
I enjoyed The Fantastic Fluke by Sam Burns, though I wasn't quite as enthusiastic about it as many of my friends.

I have a real love of magic and paranormal books, and my bar is set quite high due to my rabid consumption of series like "The Dresden Files" by Jim Butcher and the "Hidden Legacy" series by Ilona Andrews. I expect a lot from my paranormal romances, and though I thought The Fantastic Fluke was charming, and the fox was so fantastic, I also struggled a lot with plot holes and the roma
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Cadiva
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I'm in a sulk with Sam Burns because I'm not going to get book two in this series until next year! 😱

Which means, as you can probably guess, that this book was utterly brilliant.

It ticked every single box I have for what constitutes a first class urban fantasy/paranormal romance and then added a few more tricks besides.

First up, a novel way to use magic, not hugely different to others that have gone before, but enough that it intrigued me and I needed to know more.

It gave me Fluke, a perfectly
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Linda ~ they got the mustard out! ~
DNF @ 72%

I tried to finish. I really did. But absolutely nothing was happening. Well, other than Sage trying to figure out how to bone a ghost, which was just weird. The fox was cute, but not enough to keep me invested. Add in inconsistencies with the timeline and not knowing when words should be capitalized, and this could use improvement. It's a great idea, and an interesting world of magic, but there was just too much setup and not enough payoff.
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Santy
Where do I even begin? This book was as fantastic as the name suggests. It's going straight to my favourites for this year because there wasn't a thing I disliked about it.

The world building was fascinating. In this world Sam Burns created, we had many branches of magic; some familiar like elemental magic(water,air,fire,earth) and others not so much all unique in their own ways.

It also had great characters. Our MCs were Sage who was the kind of person who constantly doubted himself but in realit
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Joyfully Jay
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jay
Updated for audio review.
Read Jovan’s audio review in its entirety here.

A Joyfully Jay review.

4.75 stars


Oh, I enjoyed this book so much, I could barely put it down. The Fantastic Fluke was a story that I wanted to read from beginning to end, without pause. I found myself completely captivated and think Sam Burns has created something really fabulous with this book. This story is so layered and, as it develops, more and more is revealed about the magic, the killers, and what specifically is happ
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Barbara➰
I have mixed feelings about this one. If you follow my reviews you will know I am a romance reader at heart. I hardly ever get into books where there's little to no romance. And this one had little (insert no here) romance. But I loved Sage and foxy. They were the reason I kept reading. Sage's history and the idea of the magic kept me interested. I actually enjoyed all of that. Even Sage's asshole dead father. No, I didn't like him, in fact, I hated him and how he treated Sage, but he added some ...more
Jacquie Stewart
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Foxy familiar

I love foxes so Sage having a fox familiar had me sold. Add to that an absorbing plot and great world building, and it's 5 stars for sure.
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Dan
Jun 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I love me a magic system that's well thought through! This is one of those books that leave me tongue tied. I love it. I absolutely recommend it. I can't find the words in me to say how much I love it. The cute couple, the properly built world, the exciting events, the cute fox antics.... a definitive must read! ...more
gimmethosebooks
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is so so so wonderful. I devoured it much like Fluke devours breads.

Gideon is a dream, and watching Sage begin to dream that Gideon could be his is such a lovely adventure.

Great world building. Stellar characters. Absolutely charming.

I am hopeful that the next book might give us Gideon’s POV. And I’m ready for that book right now.
Lilia Ford
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 I really needed something easy and light to take my mind off world events and this fit the bill perfectly. It's good-natured, with enough world-building, likeable characters and cute fox moments to keep you reading but nothing that exacerbates misery or stress. Now if I can find about 30 more books just like this to get me through the election.... ...more
k reads
Aug 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: queer, read-2020

2.5 stars
This started out really promising with an interesting mystery but lost its way in the telling.
Despite promising elements, the details were vague, and the pacing turned pokey for a good chunk of the book.

Fluke was super cute but… what does he do besides eat treats and growl at bad guys? I’m unclear about what familiars do in this world.
Also, Sage refusing to believe that Fluke is his familiar went on for frigging ever.

I thought the romance was rushed. With so many life altering events
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Angie
Aug 05, 2020 rated it liked it
3 stars!

I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this book but it goes live August 6!

This is the first book in a new paranormal/urban fantasy type series. I liked the world and the characters but at some points I was bored.

I found the romance to be a little weird but I liked that it was fairly unique. I liked that the drama was realistic and that the storyline had a whodunnit style mystery with a few curveballs. I think what really dropped it to a 3 star was just the pacing, it definitely needed a p
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~nikki the recovering book addict
2.5 stars?

I don’t know... I didn’t like this very much. The characters kinda felt two-dimensional to me. As in, they were flat and there wasn’t much character progression. The thing about Sage’s insecurities really grated on my nerves. We get that he’s humble! But it’s mentioned so many times it went from humble to whiny and/or in denial. And that’s just...gah 🙈

I was hoping for another hit from this author but gah...I’m sorry I didn’t like it 😖 things just felt really predictable and flat 😔
julia ☆ [owls reads]
The Fantastic Fluke was a pretty sweet and fun read! Sage's POV was so easy to get into and the world-building through his eyes was very well developed and explained. I do have to say that Foxy totally stole the show as the best and cutest familiar to ever exists. I love him.

The plot development did lack a bit. There was very little build up when it came to some of the twists at the end. The little foreshadowing that I think Burns tried to add to the story only made it incredibly obvious to me w
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VVivacious
Sep 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was bloody brilliant. It made me feel things that I had forgotten I could feel while reading a book.

Gideon is a wet dream. He is just so perfect, it should be annoying, but it is anything but. He just melted my heart.

Sage was an amazing character. He instantly had my attention. Also, the fact that he is a book lover who owns a book store definitely helped. He is a total sweetheart though he pretends to be a grump.

There is a lot happening in this book and the plot never lets you down a
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PaperMoon
Mar 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
A thoroughly engaging story-line with delightful MCs Sage and Gideon, situated in an interesting urban paranormal world featuring various streams of users and casters of magic. I especially like that the amount of bedroom action being significantly curtailed due to the limitations of being attracted to a non-corporeal entity. Fluke the fox steals every scene as Sage's familiar. I'm looking forward to the next title in the series - 3.5 stars rounded up to 4. ...more
Kaity B
Jul 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
4 stars

Great start to a series, I LOVED FLUKE and i want a pet fox haha

I have seen this book on my Kindle forever but just listened to the negative reviews that it wouldn't be good, but thank god i decided to try it out for myself and read it.

I will say having Joel Leslie narrate this made it that much better, i don't think it would have been as high of a rating if he wasn't the narrator.

Can't wait for the next book, i will be waiting for the narration, just because it was such a great experien
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Natalia
Nov 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
Shannon
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm, arc, fantasy
This slow burn romance woos you with ghosts and sweet men.
I enjoyed this book a lot. It was my first Sam Burns.
Sage and Gideon are sweet as the emotions begin to tie them together. I wondered how they would be able to be together and the author kept me guessing until the end.
The mystery and the action kept me drawn to the page.
It does end on a cliffhanger. So.. beware?

If you like witches, uncertainty and ghosts, this is the book for you.

I received a copy for an honest review
Lillian Francis
Aug 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: filed
Great start to a new series. Poor Sam. His world was just turned upside down so many times he didn't know which way was up.
An interesting premise that sounds like the start of a bad joke: A low level mage, a fox familiar, and a gunslinger ghost walk into a bookshop...
Great worldbuilding, a lovely familiar and a gorgeous ghost, with quite a poignant relationship. Why not 5 stars? I'd have liked a smidgen more UST and a little less of Gideon stomping off and maybe a heightened sense of danger run
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Sherry
Aug 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Insta-lust, but that's ok. It seems to be setting the stage for a good series. ...more
Jenn "Awww Yeaaahhh"
Sep 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.
Devoted❤️Reader
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Sage way

Wow, what a phenomenal way to start a series! I just finished and already need/want the next one. It left me speechless and I fell so hard for the entire cast of characters, especially clever Sage and his sexy, smoldering gunslinger. I wish I had one of my own. “Not just any feeling, the right feeling.” Their connection, the emotion between them and the tension that built throughout was both intense and soothing. They turned my life upside down and I wouldn’t want it any other way. I
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Ariana Nash
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lovely. Review to come. <3
Jodi
Jun 13, 2021 rated it liked it
This book started out slow for me. I struggled to put all the players into place, who knew who and the storyline. I enjoyed friend Beez and Grandmother Iris. Ghost Gideon was clearly very sexy and it was definitely sexy and funny as Sage tried to make Gideon real. Overall the story was ok, just not something I normally read. I gave it a try based on a friends recommendation.
Dolorianne
Jun 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Loved, loved, loved this book. I was charmed with Sage from the very beginning. The story just got better with every new addition to his life. This premise could have gotten very dark in the hands of another author, but was instead so uplifting and magical. I'm looking forward to reading more in the series. ...more
Karolina Cebula
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sage has the ability to see ghosts, which means that death of his abusive parent is not the end of his torment. The man works in a bookstore belonging to his late father and this is the place his father's ghost chooses to haunt. But that's just the beginning of Sage's problems. He was brought up with the belief that his magical abilities are minimal. However, when in the man's life a cute fox and the spirit of a gunslinger who claims that Sage has great magical potential appear, everything turns ...more
French_fry
Aug 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this and think the series is going to be fun. The fox is cute, the characters are likable. I should have written my review right after I finished it but neglected to do so and can't remember all the reasons I enjoyed it. ...more
Levi
Jul 01, 2021 added it
DNF at 36% ...nope!
Xanthe
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A really great start to a new series!
Sage has had a hard, lonely life so far. He's just had his father's funeral and been left to run the bookstore, one thing he can now actually enjoy. He's not lonely through as his one gift is that he can see ghosts so of course his father is still around, and then Gideon arrives, looking like a sexy cowboy. He informs Sage that he has a great power even though he's never felt it before.
I enjoyed how the plot unfolded and how things work out for Sage. He deser
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