We start off the book with three friends Sam, James and Delia who are seniors and part of the Friedman High Fascinators club which is a club for magic Each have the their own problems in life, James has a abusive dad, Delia family has no money and Sam doesn t know where he stands with James Their magic club is still working for now and even gets a new member Denver who may have a crush on Sam James steals a book from a group who are practicing dark magic which leads to trouble for our group I love a book with magic in it I did find the overall magic system in this book a bit confusing We could of done with a explanation regarding the overall magic system in this book Even though the book was mainly about magic there was realistic issues in the book e.g Delia families problem with money, the abuse James receives from his father, fear of who you are The relationship between Sam and James was left unclear to me at the end of the book and Sam s new relationship felt a bit rushed.The ending felt a bit rushed as well nd a few questions still left opened so maybe the author is planning a second book in the future I received a ARC from Edelweiss for an objection review. This Review Blog Twitter InstagramIf you believe it, you can achieve it, Denver said, ridiculously That s like the number one rule of magicEvery year there is a YA LGBT book that many readers anticipate and this year it is going to be this one I was excited when I was approved for an E ARC of this in exchange of an honest review I had high expectations for this one I mean look at the fascinating cover because it is pitched as The Raven Boys meets Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda and I think that is not very accurate I know some readers will be disappointed or will have lukewarm feelings for this book and this review is for you Let me start with the writing which was good I did not think it was lyrical or very special but it flowed easily I am not going to talk much about the writing because there is not much to say Let s jump to the important parts The characters were not very memorable, I am pretty sure I will have forgotten them by the time the book is released The characters in my opinion also did not bring anything new to the YA world I believe that they were characters I already read before with the same cliches and tropes that are always used and that was my first disappointmentSometimes, Sam, we fight with people because we care about them too much to give up on themThe world building was also vague in my opinion, there was some magic but I can t understand what are the limitations and rules The system was not explained very well, comparing it to the HP series Just because it is the most known wizard series I knew it had potential but it never reached it That was my second disappointment The third disappointment was the plot because it was slow at first and very rushed at the end When I had few pages left, I started questioning if it was a series and if I missed this info by mistake But I did not miss anything, it is a standalone and it is rushed What really happened is that I read the ending and flipped the page to see the next page only to realize the story has ended We have the same tropes in every LGBT book which are daddy issues, fights and misunderstandings And the characters insist on not talking to solve the most basic of stuff and other tropes I guess it reads like a contemporary with fantasy elements or maybe I am just saying that because I am used to complicated and well established magic systems and complicated fantasy booksYou don t judge your friends by what they do one time I guess that only applies to boys you think are cuteSummary I had high hopes for this book and they were unfortunately not met The writing is good but the characters, plot, and world building were all average I guess it will still be a successful book and I will be happy if it is ARC provided by the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange of an honest reviewYou can get books from Book Depository A Magic Infused YA Novel About Friendship, First Love, And Feeling Out Of Place That Will Bewitch Fans Of Rainbow Rowell And Maggie StiefvaterLiving 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 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 BacksWith 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 I HEARD SIMON VS THE RAVEN BOYS AND CAME RUNNING update 1 4 2020 the ONLY good thing to come out of today, is Edelweiss approving me for an e ARC of this ksnvjdnfvjdfdf thank you, edelweiss, you are my true savior today Initial Thoughts This very much reminded me of The Raven Boys, but it still is its own thing The ending was cute, but I m convinced there will be a sequel Too many questions that didn t get answered in this book Actual Review I m actually giving this a 3.5 star rating Which, for the record, is not a bad rating. I still very much enjoyed this book and absolutely adored the friendships I fell in love with the writing, it was addicting to read and I could easily get lost in this story because of the delectable writing While the plot was intriguing, I feel as if it was underwhelming The ending was a bit anticlimactic in my opinion Here I was waiting for the big battle scene, and maybe I just hyped it up in my head too much, but the way Andrew wrote about this group of people who have access to some pretty dark magic because of this book they possess, when it came time for them to face off with Sam and his friends, I just thought, idk, that maybe it would have bigger consequences than it did And don t get me wrong, the consequences were pretty big for what happened, I guess I expected something out of it It doesn t help that by the time I got to the 70% mark things still hadn t happened There were little things still happening that were still leading up to the big thing I was just a little underwhelmed with the ending It was cute and while, yes, part of me thinks hopes there s going to be a sequel, I also feel as if this could be a standalone I still have a lot of questions I can t list them here because of spoilers that I feel as if a sequel would help with answering them, but maybe I m being greedy and just want from this world and these characters.I also feel like, with the world the author has created, he could do so much with it Especially with the way he left things at the end The magic is pretty cool and I feel as if our main characters haven t even begun to scratch the surface with what they re capable of I also appreciated the fact that everyone in this world is capable of some sort of magic, and no one has to hide the fact that magic exists It was nice to read a story set in a world where everyone knows the existence of magic So, after all of this, I am still very glad that I got to experience this story and go on this journey with Sam and his friends While I selfishly hope that there s going to be to this world and that I ll be able to reunite with Sam Co., if this happens to just be a standalone, then I m okay with that, too Andrew is very talented with his writing and storytelling, so I ll for sure pick up anything else he writes in the future Thank you very much to Edelweiss for providing me with a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review The Fascinators is set to release May 2020 Simon vs my all time favorite book meets The Raven Cycle Ronan Lynch is everything It must me good, because the only time I was this excited for a book was before the release of Red, White Royal Blue, and that is my 2nd all time favourite book now Also, look at that cover It s so beautiful I m literally tearing up May 12th is an eternity away, I can t wait that long I mean I don t have a choice, but it will be sooo hard I already set the cover as a wallpaper on my phone. I heard gay and I was here for it, and then I heard dark magic and now I m even here for it. I read The Raven Boys meets.and didn t even need to read the rest before my thumb slapped that Want TO Read button gays just really get the best covers and it s exactly what we deserve How am I supposed to keep my fingers away from this when they have the audacity to mention The Raven Boys and Simon vs in one sentence The answer is I m not supposed to lol This book goes straight to my TBR and I really hope that it will be able to keep its promise This sounds exactly like a book I d love to read and I m so here for it Give it to me baby sings and walks away I need this in my life than air Publication cannot come soon enough.