Rating: 4/5 stars
Number of Pages: 191
Suitable for Fans of: Fangirl, video games, love triangles
My life is spinning out of control faster than I can say sorry for all the things I’ve done since this whole planetary shift began.
Like apologize for the fact I made out with my soon-to-be stepbrother. And his stepbrother. And that I’m crushing on the one guy I swore I’d never be into…while keeping it all from my BFF.
Mom says I think the world revolves around me, but the truth is, I’m just trying to survive the worst week of my life.
The universe is legit out to get me. It started when my gaming nemesis deleted my AsteroMine galaxy and it’s only gone downhill from there.
It isn’t my fault. I swear.
Somewhere in the galaxy it wasn’t black and white. Somewhere it was stardust and a lunar eclipse. Somewhere it was magic, and somewhere it was mine.
Told from the perspective of titular protagonist Maggie, Maggie and the Mercury Retrograde is set over a few days, and focusses on the vast changes one can experience in such a short time. This is a book definitely supposed for those who love a little bit of fun, an easy read, and love a book that will make you laugh. If you tick those criterea, this may be the new release for you!
Anya Monroe has a really unique way of writing, wherein it is simultaneously fast-paced and exciting, but also not rushed, and not confusing. She manages to keep up suspense and excitement throughout, despite it being a rather fluffy novel. Frankly, Monroe is hilarious, and manages to keep an up-beat, up-tempo, humorous tone in even the novel’s darkest moments. Granted, said moments aren’t very dark, but Monroe definitely has a comedic tone you cannot find in everyone.
Also, Monroe writes this novel as though she is a teenager. Each phrase used wasn’t overdone, nor was it out of date. Honestly, this novel is surprisingly modern, and like a breath of fresh air, for it is very rare – in my opinion – one comes across an author who manages to engage you with your own teenage dialect.
Likewise, Monroe has here crafted a very relateable novel. Common readers of mine will know how richly I despise it when authors try to be relateable, yet – with Monroe – it doesn’t feel as though I’m being forced into relating with what she’s writing. Instead, I feel as though I relate to Maggie, not her story – I should be so lucky!
Furthermore, this story has a rather original plot, in my opinion. On many occasions, it was impossible to predict what was going to come next, which kept me on the edge of my book-ish seat throughout. Also, I haven’t read a book with so many love interests and confusions before! It was really entertaining, and brought a really unprecedented element to the novel.
In terms of characters, all were very believable, and I felt as though elements of people I’ve met were intermingled with their personality, which I really liked.
Maggie is very funny, relateable, and a great perspective to read from. At no point is she boring, nor is she overdone, and I really like the progression her character makes over the course of the book.
We all know a girl like Tallie, and we all want a friend like Tallie. She’s the organised friend with the strict parents, who always knows what she’s doing and where she’s going. Despite this orchestrated personality, Monroe still manages to craft her into a really nice character to read about who is, again, very relateable.
Orion is a dreamboat, and the boy most girls dream of – moody, mysterious, funny, innocent, and totally into you. I really liked his character, and I feel as though Monroe portrayed him well throughout the entirety of the novel.
Avery is the boy the rest of the girls dream about. He has a bad-boy persona that was portrayed really well throughout the book, wherein said bad-boy believes he is larger than life. Monroe managed to make Avery outrageously egotistical, but not so extensively that it’s unbelievable, and I really liked that about him.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and thus awarded it 4/5 stars.
(Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I would like to send a big thank you to Anya Monroe for this book, as well as a big congratulations for such a great novel.)