The Fascinators
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.

The Fascinators Details

TitleThe Fascinators
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 12th, 2020
PublisherHarperTeen
Rating
GenreFantasy, LGBT, Young Adult, GLBT, Queer

The Fascinators Review

  • Kai
    January 1, 1970
    A bitch cried when it said Love, Simon meets The Raven BoysA bitch is me, Im the bitch A bitch cried when it said Love, Simon meets The Raven BoysA bitch is me, I’m the bitch
  • Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
    January 1, 1970
    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*
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  • Miranda Reads
    January 1, 1970
    I need this more in my life than air. Publication cannot come soon enough. YouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Snapchat @miranda.reads
  • Cassie
    January 1, 1970
    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 Im convinced there will be a sequel. Too many questions that didnt get answered in this book.---------- Actual Review: I'm actually giving this a 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 more 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 more 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 more 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
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  • Hamad
    January 1, 1970
    This Review ✍ Blog 📖 Twitter 🐦 Instagram 📷 If you believe it, you can achieve it, Denver said, ridiculously. Thats like the number-one rule of magic. ★ Every 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 This Review ✍️ Blog 📖 Twitter 🐦 Instagram 📷 “If you believe it, you can achieve it,” Denver said, ridiculously. “That’s like the number-one rule of magic.” ★ Every 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 disappointment. “Sometimes, Sam, we fight with people because we care about them too much to give up on them.” ★ The 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 more 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 more like a contemporary with fantasy elements or maybe I am just saying that because I am used to more complicated and well-established magic systems and complicated fantasy books! ‘You don’t judge your friends by what they do one time’? I guess that only applies to boys you think are cute.” ★ Summary: 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 more books from Book Depository
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  • Iris
    January 1, 1970
    I heard gay and I was here for it, and then I heard dark magic and now I'm even more here for it.
  • tappkalina
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Mara YA Mood Reader
    January 1, 1970
    I read The Raven Boys meets....and didnt even need to read the rest before my thumb slapped that Want TO Read button I read The Raven Boys meets....and didn’t even need to read the rest before my thumb slapped that Want TO Read button
  • anna (½ of readsrainbow)
    January 1, 1970
    gays just really get the best covers and it's exactly what we deserve
  • Rach
    January 1, 1970
    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 doesnt 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 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.
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  • Andrea Valeska
    January 1, 1970
    Okay, so.... The Raven Cycle meets Simons vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda??? This is everything I never knew I needed.
  • Benjamin (The Maniac)
    January 1, 1970
    Pray for my soul because all the excitement for all these upcoming queer books is killing me slowly (and my wallet)!
  • Sara ❀
    January 1, 1970
    "The Raven Boys meets Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda" i will hibernate until this books comes out
  • rachel ☾
    January 1, 1970
    ◯ Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Blog Goodreads Twitter Instagram The Book Depository ◯ Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Blog • Goodreads • Twitter • Instagram • The Book Depository
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  • Lance
    January 1, 1970
    Well, fuck. Guess I have a new highly most anticipated release. Small town magic, best friends to lovers, and a tight friend group? Take my money already.
  • Mari
    January 1, 1970
    The Raven Cycle meets Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens AgendaWhat a time to be gay (bi, whatever). “The Raven Cycle meets Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda”What a time to be gay (bi, whatever).
  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    ~ Thank you to Edelweiss and HarperTeen for providing me with an early copy for review! Release date: May 12 ~ I went into this with some pretty average expectations, and I can honestly say I was pleasantly surprised. While I was expecting a light story of high school kids with a little magic, The Fascinators actually provided valuable commentary on prejudice in a way I've never seen done before. I'm not sure if this is an entirely original idea, but it is my first time reading a story that ~ Thank you to Edelweiss and HarperTeen for providing me with an early copy for review! Release date: May 12 ~ I went into this with some pretty average expectations, and I can honestly say I was pleasantly surprised. While I was expecting a light story of high school kids with a little magic, The Fascinators actually provided valuable commentary on prejudice in a way I've never seen done before. I'm not sure if this is an entirely original idea, but it is my first time reading a story that takes place in the modern world where magic is considered another attribute that one can be discriminated against for. While of course this book also discussed homophobia and how it effects people across the world, specifically in the U.S. South, the idea to use magic as a greater representation of this was very clever. It provided an additional layer to the already compelling story.I was also very surprised, yet pleased by some of the directions that this story went in. Some choices made in creating this story really elevated it past where I was expecting it to be. (view spoiler)[ 1. Delia's betrayal was truly interesting. Initially, I was indifferent to it, given the fact that it was heavily foreshadowed. However, her ending was truly not what I was expecting. In most books like this the original friend group suffers some sort of falling out, realizing they've changed, but they always end up back together, even if it's with a different sort of dynamic. That is not what happened here, and Delia ends up facing the consequences for her actions, completely alone and on a new path. I really appreciated that bold decision by the author. 2. Sam and Denver ending up together was exactly what I thought should have happened, but was 100% not what I expected to. Again, in books like this, the OG love interest, the one with the complicated history, is always endgame. Hell, that's even why Greta Gerwig changed the order of introduction of love interests in her take on Little Women. Yet, Andrew Eliopulos really pulled the rug out from under us with this one. But, we still regained our balance. Honestly, I was shocked by how great this decision was! Literally no books I've read make it! I give him so much credit for this. (hide spoiler)]Regarding the writing, I have conflicting feelings. On one hand, the diction in here was genuinely quite advanced at times, and I found myself frequently looking up the insanely specific words used. Eliopulos does comment about this in the acknowledgements, which I appreciated lol. However, amidst all of the advanced vocabulary were some very juvenile passages. This isn't something I usually mind because I do mainly read YA, but I just wanted to note that there are evident tonal shifts in the writing style. Especially the prologue compared to the rest of the book. I was nervous after reading it because I did not like the voice it conveyed, but I was very happy to find that the writing style only improved throughout the novel. You could almost see the growth in the author. For that, I think the beginning could have used just a bit more editing. I'm very glad that I found this hidden gem, and I'm excited for others to get to read this soon! I will definitely be keeping tabs on Andrew Eliopulos' releases in the future!
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  • Rach
    January 1, 1970
    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 doesnt 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 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 and a few questions still left opened so maybe the author is planning a second book in the future. I received a DRC from Edelweiss for an objection review.
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  • Celia McMahon
    January 1, 1970
    The explosive opening to THE FASCINATORS propelled me into a world of magic, friendship, and betrayals. Welcome to The Fascinators, a group of close-knit friends who practice magic at their high school. I'm not talking magic tricks. I'm talking REAL magic. It's a thing in their world and a pretty cool one at that. Things in their quiet Georgia town spin into chaos when James, our protagonist's best friend, steals a magical book from a group of dark magic users.his book deals with some heavy The explosive opening to THE FASCINATORS propelled me into a world of magic, friendship, and betrayals. Welcome to The Fascinators, a group of close-knit friends who practice magic at their high school. I'm not talking magic tricks. I'm talking REAL magic. It's a thing in their world and a pretty cool one at that. Things in their quiet Georgia town spin into chaos when James, our protagonist's best friend, steals a magical book from a group of dark magic users.his book deals with some heavy topics like abuse, and bullying. Sam has a thing for James who, as far as I know, is straight in the book, but that topic that takes us the main body of the book gets glossed over when new kid Denver arrives. he author's writing was fluid and the pace was easy and eventful. I did not find myself growing bored. Overall, I loved the magic, although I could have used a bit more background into it. The opening chapter showed a girl named Liz, a runaway who gets picked up by the dark magic cult, TRUE LIGHT, but nothing really comes of her. I could have used a bit more of Liz. I'm thinking she'll be a bigger character in book two.I was left a bit disappointed in the end. I just wished there was a bigger execution, better-fleshed characters, and a bit more conflict. Thank you to Edelweiss for the e-arc.
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  • Starr ❇✌❇
    January 1, 1970
    I recieved an ARC from Edelweiss TW: Homophobia, hate speech, cults, parental abuse4.6Sam's senior year is already looking more precarious than he'd planned- his friendship with James, best friend and long term crush, crossed a line during the summer they haven't been able to talk about, and the latter is now acting completely strange, and The Fascinators, the magic club that's always consisted of just the three of them, suddenly has a new member. And still all of that begins to shrink when I recieved an ARC from Edelweiss TW: Homophobia, hate speech, cults, parental abuse4.6Sam's senior year is already looking more precarious than he'd planned- his friendship with James, best friend and long term crush, crossed a line during the summer they haven't been able to talk about, and the latter is now acting completely strange, and The Fascinators, the magic club that's always consisted of just the three of them, suddenly has a new member. And still all of that begins to shrink when compared to what James has been hiding- a brush with a cult like group with big plans, and their hearts set on revenge.I have to start this by saying that calling this a gay(er) TRC definitely caught my attention, but in reality it far closer to the truth to say this book is basically what would have happened if Rainbow Rowell wrote Reverie (though that doesn't sound quite as snappy on the dust jacket).If you like messy friendships, misfits, dark cults, and lots of magic, I think you're really going to like this book. This is a world where magic exists, and doesn't even exactly seem to be rare to have some quantity of, but using it still marks you more or less as a freak. It's a book about a misfit being a misfit no matter the world, being true to yourself whether or not it feels good to do, and not comparing yourself to other people. And, frankly, I'm here for it!I love the spiraling quality of this book. You never quite know where you're going, or what layer you're on. You have to deal with school, personal life, and getting out of a cult's bad graces, and life is too messy to keep those things in organized pockets. The focus is changed back and forth exceptionally well, unlike in books where the romance takes center stage throughout or where a mundane vein of the story drowns out the fantastic.It's hard to talk too much about characters without getting into spoilerish details, but I love Sam a lot, and the quality of his friendships really punches me in the gut. Most of the characters in this book have a strange, almost emanating way to them, so that even if they aren't well rounded or super dynamic, you feel the pull of them, and you understand their role not just in the story but in the world. (I'll talk about the exception to this rule in a little bit).The magic, the magic, I loved the magic. I loved the idea of magic as a lame-ish school competition. I loved how the magic was kind of like the weird, theoretic magic in Sarah Gailey's Magic For Liars (I'm a sucker for magic that actually needs a lot of thought and studying and is hard to conceptualize). The magic used in a social way was really striking to me as well- the fact that most people clearly do have magic, but it's considered weird, or dangerous, or unchristian to use it. Oh, also, the conversation about religion was stellar in this book. This isn't a book where people do flashy spells for fun, but it's also not a book where people pull out their hair and seek out offerings for some uncontrollable supernatural force, it's perfectly in the middle, and it makes it so, so easy to love.When it comes down to the things I didn't like in this book, or that disappointed me, I can separate it into two major things. The first is Denver. Denver is, hypothetically, cute and charming and perfect, but man I never felt like he was an actual character. He was the only one without a thing and oomph-quality that made him impactful and feel real. I wasn't rooting for him, I basically forgot he existed until he came back onto the page.The other issue, is that there are places where the circuit just isn't connected. You don't feel true closure at the end, because there seems to be some missing pieces. We need more time with Denver and Sam having chemistry, we need Sam coming to terms with things for a longer period of time, or at least some space between a revelation and an ending, we need more conversations about the fact that Sam was initially trying to remember his dreams if you want that to be some big, meaningful call back at the end. (Or make dreaming a bigger theme). And, a small spoiler rant: (view spoiler)[you need to make that "getting over James" montage clearer. You can't say they felt safe together and James wanted to kiss him and then jump directly to Sam understanding they'll never be together. I was hoping for a conversation, or an organic loss of romantic feelings, or, honestly, I would have been happy with the fact that James only kissed him out of spite and really didn't care acting as the revelation if that other stuff had just never been included. Also, while we're on the topic, it's implied they were seeing the same memories, so were they hearing each other's thoughts? Feeling each other's emotions? Was James also thinking about how he kissed Sam? Because that's not a good "getting over him" ending! Again, god, they should have had a conversation. (hide spoiler)]This book is a lot of fun, and has a whole lot of emotions involved. It's just a little devastating while also never failing to feel real and teenaged and fantastic. I'm definitely shoving this into some people's hands when it come out.original comments belowListen- I don't know what The Raven Boys meets Simon Vs. the Homosapien Agenda is supposed to mean, but sign me up.*Update*Oh no they added a cover and I kind of love it
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  • Liz
    January 1, 1970
    TAKE MY MONEY!
  • Jo
    January 1, 1970
    Gay and love and MAGIC!!!Never did I ever add a book this fast into my "want-to-read" list!!Can I read this book, already....
  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    wow, this cover is everything!gay dark magicThe Raven Boys meets Love, Simonand you're telling me I have to wait MONTHS?!
  • Līga Sproģe
    January 1, 1970
    14/01/20"pitched as The Raven Boys meets Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda"y'all trying to kill me??
  • Bookevin
    January 1, 1970
    GIVE THIS TO ME NOW.
  • j.chestnut
    January 1, 1970
    I haven't read the Raven Boys yet, I know, but I heard Simon vs. the Homosapiens Agenda and I am HERE!
  • K Roma
    January 1, 1970
    The Raven Bo....SAY NO MORE!
  • Megan Lyons
    January 1, 1970
    2 1/2 starsThis was one of those books that I feel had the potential to be better. I think it could have used a bit more tinkering and editing. It did have some good ideas and set up, but it never really all came together. I found myself enjoying it at times, both the high school drama elements, and the magic plot, but it lacked details and polish. I did like the way that the towns bigoted views on magic acted as a metaphor for their beliefs about LBGTQ rights, and there were some good moments. 2 1/2 starsThis was one of those books that I feel had the potential to be better. I think it could have used a bit more tinkering and editing. It did have some good ideas and set up, but it never really all came together. I found myself enjoying it at times, both the high school drama elements, and the magic plot, but it lacked details and polish. I did like the way that the town’s bigoted views on magic acted as a metaphor for their beliefs about LBGTQ rights, and there were some good moments. However, I found some of the dialogue kind of stilted and the world building needed to be stronger. The grand climax was kind of anti climactic. It was still alright, but I feel like it could have been stronger.*I received an advance reader copy of this book from Indigo Books and Music Inc. in exchange for an honest review*
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  • Vi ✨ being infinite
    January 1, 1970
    I mean ,who isn't pumped for gay romance? Not me. Also is it only me who thinks the guy in the cover looks hella like Troye Sivan?
  • Veronika
    January 1, 1970
    I hit Want To Read as soon as I read "The Raven Boys meets Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda" :D
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