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The Fascinators

Narrated by: Michael Crouch
Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
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Summary

A magic-infused YA novel about friendship, first love, and feeling out of place that will bewitch fans of Rainbow Rowell and Maggie Stiefvater. 

Living in a small town where magic is frowned upon, Sam needs his friends James and Delia - and their time together in their school's magic club - to see him through to graduation. But as soon as senior year starts, little cracks in their group begin to show. Sam may or may not be in love with James. Delia is growing more frustrated with their amateur magic club. And James reveals that he got mixed up with some sketchy magickers over the summer, putting a target on all their backs.

With so many fault lines threatening to derail his hopes for the year, Sam is forced to face the fact that the very love of magic that brought his group together is now tearing them apart - and there are some problems that no amount of magic can fix. 

©2020 Andrew Eliopulos (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Ben
  • 19-08-20

A little Frustrating

Suspense shouldn't come from delaying action through expositional fluff. It's clear the author was trying to write for teens as there was hardly any room for nuance. People really should give teenagers more credit. As for the story flow, it felt off. Maybe more character developement could help too. Overall, I think the concept is interesting, but the delivery needs a bit of work.

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  • Davides
  • 25-07-20

So so

As a magical teen lgbt fantasy romance this had so much potential. Unfortunately, I found most of the characters thoroughly unlikable or difficult to empathize with or understand. So many disappointing twists and underwhelming scenarios. Probably wouldn't recommend it.

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  • Robert Jason
  • 15-05-20

A different kind of story about magic

Beautifully written story of love, friendship, acceptance, and magic. Eliopulos handles familiar themes adeptly and makes them feel fresh and brand new. He's created a "fascinating" world of magic that I wanted to linger in well past the story's conclusion. Comparisons to another series of books dealing with magic are inevitable, any story that deals with magic these days will be compared to the HP world, but I think what Eliopulos did here is quite remarkable: he made us care more about the characters and their plights than the magic itself. Because, really, underneath it all, that's what it's always been about—friendship. Also, Michael Crouch proves, yet again, that he is one of the best audiobook narrators working today. Spot on, as always.

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  • David Scotto
  • 13-10-20

magicaly gay

Ever listen to a book and all you wanted to do was be right there slinging spells with the characters? good case this book had me wanting to learn every drop of magic in this world. next big magical world right here.

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  • alsimvilla
  • 02-07-20

Decent YA Story

This was a Decent YA LGBTQ supernatural story. I liked the world building and the could this story possible continuing because I am curious where and how these characters grow.

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  • Joshua White
  • 23-06-20

I do not often write reviews

I do not often say this, I certainly rarely write reviews, but as I grew closer and closer toward the end I was sad because I knew I would want more despite the fact that this story was going to have a definite conclusion. I was not wrong. It was amazing and I will be looking for more by this author soon.