Book Review: Maggie and the Mercury Retrograde


Blurb: 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.

I skipped this book as I scrolled down for books to read on Amazon. I am not into gaming, and the from the blurb I knew that I would be dealing with a self-centered teenager and I just couldn’t take it. So, imagine after scrolling for fifteen minutes only to return to that book you’d sworn not to buy- and then buying it.

The story revolves around Maggie a.k.a Magz, a seventeen year old who spends her time online playing Asteromine galaxy, and it doesn’t help that her middle name is Nova which gives her a sense of belonging in the galaxy. When she gets the chance she’s been working for, to beat the two year champion, “spaceballz” Magz takes it- looking forward to a win, only to have her galaxy wiped out. She is furious and that’s when thing’s start going downhill and it starts with her boyfriend, Orion, breaking up with her and her mom announcing that she is getting married to a man she’s been dating for a few weeks, and yeah, she’s getting a step brother too.

I could not stand Magz most of the time because of how self-centered she was, and the fact that it was hurting those around her even made it worse. I almost gave up on the book, but before I put it down I realized that it was exactly what advanced the plot. Maggie wanted everyone to be concerned about making her happy and giving her what she wanted, yet she never did the same for her family and friends.

PS: If you are into the gamer geek books, this might not be the Loki to your Thor.

Perks of reading this book: When things start to go downhill for Magz, they just tumble real fast. It’s like life is hitting her on every end and she cannot stop to take in everything.

Secondly, the author creates not just the world according to teens, but it is as real as being a teenager is for there’s the struggle with coming to terms that you are growing up and adults expect you to pull your weight while a part of you still want them to be worried about you.

Thirdly, who needs a best friend like Tallie. She fires back when she’s put down, but still has her insecurities.

And the fourth reason could be for you to check it out for yourself, because I’m positive you’d not feel the exact same way I did while reading it, and that’s what makes reading a book great! Same words, different perceptions, a whole range of reviews!

Get it on: Amazon

Visit the Author’s site: Anya Monroe


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