The Fascinators by Andrew Eliopulos

How I Read It: Print

Dates Read: 10/10/20-10/11/20

How I Found It: Amazon

So the premise is a little weird to me, so bear with me if I describe this kinda badly. So I think that everyone has the ability to do magic, but few people take advantage (which like, why would you not use magic? I have wanted the Harry Potter windshield wiper glasses for YEARS), but there are magic conventions where high school teams compete in different categories. We focus on the magic team, called The Fascinators, as they enter into their senior year.

Now, we focus on Sam, a queer senior who is trying to understand what is going on between himself and his best friend James. Part of their group is Delia, who is incredibly talented as a magicker and is the most driven member of the group. And we have James, who is destructive and impulsive, causing the events that lead to this story. Oh, and Denver who is the new kid and who truly has the biggest crush on Sam, and who deserves SO MUCH MORE!

Anyway, James went to a party over the summer where he ended up taking part in a ritual to steal other people’s magic, as one does, and ended up stealing their big book of spells, again as one does. This group that threw the party is called True Light, and they are essentially a cult that believes their powers come directly from an angel. Now, they end up giving the book back, and Ture Light was like, alright, let’s take a bunch of people’s powers now. And throughout this whole thing, stuff gets complicated between The Fascinators, causing huge division within the group.

A lot happens, and it kinda feels like an assault of all senses, but in the best possible way. I devoured this book, but there were a lot of times where it felt like there were a million moving pieces that it was hard to keep track. I truly did enjoy this book, and I can’t wait to read anything else Eliopulos writes! I would give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars!

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

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