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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 occasional unicorn. Life is awesome. But as graduation draws near, Bridger's perfect life begins to unravel. Uncertainties about his future surface, his estranged dad shows up out of nowhere, and, perhaps worst of all, a monster-hunting television show arrives in town to investigate the series of strange events from last fall. The show's intrepid host will not be deterred, and Bridger finds himself trapped in a game of cat and mouse that could very well put the myth world at risk. Again.
About the Author
F.T. Lukens is an award-winning author of young adult fiction who holds degrees in Psychology and English Literature. A cryptid enthusiast, F.T. loves folklore and myths—specifically the weird and wonderful creatures of North America. She also enjoys sci-fi and fantasy television shows, superhero movies, and writing. Her novel, The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths & Magic, won several awards including the 2017 Foreword INDIES Gold Award for Young Adult Fiction and the 2017 IPBA Benjamin Franklin Gold Award for Best Teen Fiction.
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Monster of the Week based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
F. T. Lukens keeps writing books that speak to where I am in life at the exact time I’m reading them! It's weird but she can keep using my life as inspiration as long as she’s writing great books I guess. Monster of the Week, like its previous book, definitely has rough spots in terms of writing. The beginning is stilted and kinda awkward, made infinitely worse by the over-explanation of pop culture references. Like, I get that you want to explain the references for anyone who doesn’t watch, for example, The Good Place — but people don’t talk like this: “[Good Place reference]” “Haha, I appreciate your Good Place reference!” So that’s kind of annoying. But it’s a trade off, because in other ways this book really gets how teens talk, and there’s a lot of fun banter. There’s mostly the same cast of characters as the first book, but even better, because Leo gets more personality now that he’s on-page more, and Bridger is now friends with some of the creatures he was running away from in the first book! The character dynamics are great. Also I maybe cried at some point but you’ll never prove it. So while I don’t know why this publisher can’t seem to edit the awkwardness out of the first 20% of these books, overall, they’re really fantastic.
After finishing "The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths and 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. As the second in the series, I expected (hoped) that "Monster" would take us deeper into the world of myths and find us a conflict with higher stakes now that all the characters have been established. After all, it had been the synopsis for "Monster", not "Rules," that had originally brought my attention to the series, and made me want to request it on Netgalley so badly . Unfortunately, I’m no genie (or rather, I don’t have one at my disposal), and my wish did not come true. If anything we get less magic and mythology than we did in the first book and the stakes are the same, if not less tense. Let’s break this down... A quarter of the time in this book is spent catching us up on what happened in the first book, including details that we didn’t necessarily need to know. Although helpful for those who, unlike me, had to wait the full year to get back to Midden, it seemed a waste of page time. Between these moments, half of the story focused on demonstrating how dang cute Leo and Bridger are together. Look at them be cutesy! Look at them snuggle! Look at them smooch! I for sure ship Leo and Bridger, don’t get me wrong, but it got a bit too mushy for my taste, and although I love to see a happy and healthy relationship (and some messages about communication in relationships that would be great for YA readers!) I wished that there was something that was bringing tension or excitement to the story in these sections. I almost wished they would fight just for a little drama. The last quarter is the actual guts of the novel. Just like in "The Rules" there are two conflicts, and just like the first, I found the secondary conflict much more interesting and tense than the main one. Summer Lore, the host of the ‘Monster of the Week’ show is too much of a dedicated-journalist caricature to feel like a real villain. I could never take her dialogue very seriously, partly because of her too-stereotypical mannerisms, and partly because her dialogue just sounded way younger (and whinier) than what I thought would fit her supposed age. Also...can I just point out that the host of a monster show would probably not be an actual journalist, but an actress? And that whatever moral code she follows and skills she has are anything but what they teach in journalism school (trust me, I went!). A small aspect, sure, but one that consistently peeved me. Even if I had thought of Lore as more of a threat, we end up having to wait for any type of real excitement and action until around Chapter 15, and by then we’re pretty close to the end. But to be honest, none of this would have mattered that much to me if I still could have had the narration I liked so much in the first book. At times I got glimpses of that self-hating, sarcastic Bridger voice in between the cheesy God-I-love-Leo stuff, but there wasn’t nearly enough. His narration takes a backseat to a writing style that becomes much more summarizing than it was in "The Rules," a choice that ended up being the deciding factor in me really not enjoying this one as much as I wanted or expected to (or as much as "The Rules"). And I’m pretty sad about it! I rated "Monster of the Week" 3 out of 5 stars. Thank you to Netgalley and Duet Books for the opportunity to read an early copy!