the mediator books


While coming to terms with his bisexuality, Bridger Whitt is trying to raise enough money for college somewhere far away from Midden, Michigan. He takes an unconventional assistant job and ends up helping Pavel, the intermediary between myths and the regular world, contain unicorns, werewolves, and more, all while trying to keep his friendship with Astrid alive and learn how to ask out Leo, the hot new guy on the football team. By all rights, The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths and Magic should be too corny to work. But F.T. Lukens pulls it off.

She does so with a rich and funny tone that doesn’t take itself too seriously, and with good, well-developed characters that fill the space that could be left by the cornier plot points. Our main character, Bridger Whitt, is sarcastic and introverted; his best friend, Astrid, is a field hockey star; his mother is over-worked but does his best; and Leo is a hot cinnamon roll. Pavel is almost the typical, grumpy mentor, but he has a heart of gold and a desire to please. Lukens’s magical world is so simple that it becomes almost meta—it is wholly aware of itself, and as a result, it really is as hilarious as it seems. The story is entertaining, because you sympathize with its characters and because the plot is genuinely fun. Mermaids try to drown Bridger just as he’s having a good time with his crush; their plan for getting Bigfoot to go back up North is to ask nicely; the pixies who assist Pavel have a weakness for sugar and butter. The “teen boy just trying to get his crush but the magical world keeps getting in the way” actually really does work here. 

The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths and Magic is fluffy, fun, and flat-out well-written. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. It comes out on September 7—preorder it now for well-written teenage friendship, a coming out story, A+ bisexual rep, fluffy romance, a rampaging unicorn, and other magical creature fun.


The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths and Magic Mini-Review! ★★★★☆

While the writing was sometimes unpolished and the ending was a bit of a letdown, this book won me over with a snarky main character, spot on humor, magical excitement, cute romance, and relatable bisexual representation. Bridger’s struggles with finding himself and handling his bizarre new job are wonderful to read.

The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths and Magic by F. T. Lukens comes out September 7th 2017!

Because there are, like, nine hundred applicants with way more experience than people my age for every job that comes available. We all have to work for free just to get some experience so we can put it on our resumes so we can maybe get a paying job someday, but there’s no guarantee that we will. Oh right. I forgot that they don’t mention this in high school.
—  Suze Simons, Remembrance by Meg Cabot
Review: “The Rules and Regulations of Mediating Myths & Magic” by L.T. Lukens

Do you like “The Magicians” or Ben Aaronovitch’s Peter Grant series? Than this book is perfect for you. It combines all the wonders of fantasy with modern teenage problems and tops them off with some sassy, cheeky narration and LGBT+ themes. Just take a look at that cover…

Bridger (my only problem with this novel - the protagonist’s name) just wanted a job to earn money for college far away from his home town to figure out his sexual identity there. He did not count on this job involving magical beings and a bit of danger, and neither did he count on his positively perfect neighbor Leo (short for Leonidas - now, that is a name!).

I loved the broad definition and the wide scope of what was considered supernatural, myth and magic in this novel. It made for nice variety. The side characters (magical or not) were interesting and fleshed out. Our protagonist is allowed to be vulnerable and confused, which I applaud. He is closeted and questioning his sexual identity, eventually coming out as bi. But I loved that his coming out was not instant and neither super positive nor hatefully received. It was messy, awkward, took place in different stages and was emotional - much more realistic. There were many funny moments, but plenty of emotion as well. The pop culture references were nice - anyone else spot that hint towards “American Gods” by Neil Gaiman?

Overall, this is an amazing book: good pacing, well thought-out plot, fantastic characters. Can we please have a sequel?

[I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book and all opinions expressed above are my own.]

“TRaRoMM&M” will be published September 7th, 2017.

BEST YA BOOKS: The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths & Magic by F.T. Lukens

🦄 Myths and magic and cryptids and cute, new boy in town … Oh my! 🦄

“Desperate to pay for college, Bridger Whitt is willing to overlook the peculiarities of his new job—entering via the roof, the weird stacks of old books and even older scrolls, the seemingly incorporeal voices he hears from time to time—but it’s pretty hard to ignore being pulled under Lake Michigan by… mermaids? Worse yet, this happens in front of his new crush, Leo, the dreamy football star who just moved to town.


When he discovers his eccentric employer Pavel Chudinov is an intermediary between the human world and its myths, Bridger is plunged into a world of pixies, werewolves, and Sasquatch. The realm of myths and magic is growing increasingly unstable, and it is up to Bridger to ascertain the cause of the chaos, eliminate the problem, and help his boss keep the real world from finding the world of myths.”

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Without stopping to think — huge mistake — I pulled my cell phone from the back pocket of my jeans and angrily punched in one of the numbers Paul had listed. It rang only once before I heard his voice — deeper than I remembered — intone smoothly, “This is Paul Slater.”

“What the hell is your problem?”

“Why, Susannah Simon,” he said, sounding pleased. “How nice to hear from you. You haven’t changed a bit. Still so ladylike and refined.”

“Shut the hell up.”

I’d like to point out that I didn’t say hell either time. There’s a swear jar on my desk — Father Dominic put it there due to my tendency to curse. I’m supposed to stick a dollar in it for every four-letter word I utter, five dollars for every F-bomb I drop.

But since there was no one in the office to overhear me, I let the strongest weapons in my verbal arsenal fly freely. Part of my duties in the administrative offices of the Junípero Serra Mission Academy (grades K–12) — where I’m currently trying to earn some of the practicum credits I need to get my certification as a school counselor — are to answer the phone and check emails while all of my supervisors are at lunch.

What do my duties not include? Swearing. Or making personal phone calls to my enemies.

“I just wanted to find out where you are,” I said, “so I can drive to that location and then slowly dismember you, something I obviously should have done the day we met.”

—  Remembrance by Meg Cabot

The Mediator By Meg Cabot

Book One: Shadowland (The Mediator, #1) 

Pages: 287

Synopsis: Suze is a mediator – a liaison between the living and the dead. In other words, she sees dead people. And they won’t leave her alone until she helps them resolve their unfinished business with the living. But Jesse, the hot ghost haunting her bedroom, doesn’t seem to need her help. Which is a relief, because Suze has just moved to sunny California and plans to start fresh, with trips to the mall instead of the cemetery, and surfing instead of spectral visitations.

But the very first day at her new school, Suze realizes it’s not that easy. There’s a ghost with revenge on her mind … and Suze happens to be in the way.

Book Two: Ninth Key (The Mediator, #2)

Book Three: Reunion (The Mediator, #3)

Book Four: Darkest Hour (The Mediator, #4)

Book Five: Haunted (The Mediator, #5)

Book Six: Twilight (The Mediator, #6)

Book Seven: Remembrance (The Mediator, #7)

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zodiacboo  asked:

What's some advice or instructions you'd have for me trying to ground myself ?

The easy answer is going to be meditation. There are a lot of benefits to meditation both physically and mentally, and one of them is grounding! If you’re like me and have a short attention span, meditation can be a little bit difficult. Luckily there are many types of meditation and you just need to find the one that works best for you!

Some include:

Candlelight meditation: concentrating on a candle’s flame. This one is particularly great if you have an affinity towards fire, but still fantastic if you don’t feel that way. If you are unable to use candles where you live, a little electronic tea candle is also great to use!

Nature/ Walking Meditation: Even if you don’t live in a forest-y area, there is a lot of flora and fauna in your own neighborhood that usually goes unnoticed. The best part is that area is so personal to you, and it helps you develop a relationship with the spirit of the land you live on!

Druidry and Mediation: This books is from the perspective of Druidry, so it has a great spiritual and natural aspect to it. It’s only 4$ for kindle, so you can read it on your phone or computer if you don’t have an electronic reading device. I found it to be really helpful and well written. There are even some small activities inside that act as “homework: to help you practice!

23 different types of Meditation: Here’s a nice list of different types of meditation you can look through and find one you like in particular to research more of/try out.

I also like to perform an activity I am passionate about. I personally love to knit and crochet, so sometimes I will prepare some extra time when I know I’m going to perform a ritual or something. I find a nice space that I’m comfortable in, and start my work. I usually make things for other people, so I fill my head and heart with warmth, love, happiness, etc. The repetitive and familiar movement of my hands is sort of like a chant, and that helps me remember who I am and puts my mind at ease.

I know some people who like to soak in warm water, and usually add some soothing scents, bath salts, etc. They say they can feel the negativity and physical/emotional dirt leave their body, and bring them back to themselves.

When it comes down to it, grounding is usually a very personal and individual activity. You just have to play around a bit and find out what is best for you!