Book Review: The Fascinators by Andrew Eliopulos [Audiobook]

Sam lives in a small, religious town where most people think magic shouldn't be used, and he and his two best friends are the only ones in their school's magic club. But then they accidentally get mixed up in trouble with dangerous magickers, and between that, feelings, and the pressures of life, their friendships will be tested.

Book Cover - The Fascinators by Andrew Eliopulos
Title: The Fascinators
Pages: 320
My Rating: 4 Stars
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Awww, these teens! I especially just wanted to give Sam a hug and maybe some life advice.

This was so cute. There was magic and danger, but this book was just as much about the difficulties of being a teen, having feelings, navigating friendships/relationships, not always having control over your life, and figuring things out. Sam, James, and Delia each had their own difficulties, whether it was college or family or queerness. This book made me say, “Awwww,” quite a few times, both from squishy cuteness and from sympathy. I enjoy books that capture bits of realism, especially in terms of emotion and relationships.

My only issue was that the ending didn’t quite clear everything up. There was one thing I felt like was such an important part of the story, and then the reader didn’t get satisfying closure. *SPOILER* Apparently Sam decided to move on, but did he and James ever actually talk? Did Sam just decide to process his feelings on his own and move on? What’s going on with their friendship? *END SPOILER*

The audiobook narration by Michael Crouch was good. It wasn’t the most 100% natural style of speaking, but it was still enjoyable. I assume his southern accent suited the small town in Georgia setting. Voices didn’t sound too different, but I didn’t have any trouble keeping track of who was speaking.

Overall, this was a sweet story about teens with magic but also regular teen struggles. I was invested in the characters and story, and I really enjoyed this!

*Rating: 4 Stars // Read Date: 2021 // Format: Audiobook*


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  1. Greg

    I don’t think we ever outgrow stories that examine what it’s like to grow up. Realism plus magic can be so good together if done well. Bummer about the ending though- I usually do like closure but we don’t always get it lol!

    1. Kit (Metaphors and Moonlight)

      I feel like, “I usually do like closure but we don’t always get it,” is relevant to both books and life lol. But yeah, I’m going through a phase where I’m really enjoying stories about teens growing up again, maybe kind of just remembering what it was like! And I’ve definitely gotten into the realism + magic combo.