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Review: Maggie and the Mercury Retrograde

by Anya Monroe

Maggie and the Mercury Retrograde

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Thank you to the author for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Published : 8th October 2015

Title: Maggie and the Mercury Retrograde
Author: Anya Monroe
Publisher: The Lovely Messy
Book: #1 of Love and Star Stuff
Genre: Contemporary/teen/romance
Found: via author
Rating: 3.5 Voodoos

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.


First off, I hated Maggie – I feel I need to get that out of the way right away. Also, there’s not a love triangle, but a square! possibly a hexagon…
I know, I know, not my usual type of book at all, but I did warn the author that I don’t do well with love triangles and if there was one I probably wasn’t the right one to ask to review their book. They sent it to me anyway….because there wasn’t a love triangle. Get what she did there? haha, anyway…

So now I need to say – in the end I ended up enjoying this more than I thought I would – a few pages in I thought I wasn’t going to get on with it at all, but I gave it a chance and I’m glad I did. Yes it was, ridiculous and silly and out there, but the writing was good, the characters had development – or at least some of them did, the rest may do in the sequel(s) – and though it was late in the game Maggie came clean (which is a pretty good message for a teen book to be carrying about). There was also a fair amount of HEA too.

I found Maggie hard to deal with though, she just had no clue. And yes, you shouldn’t change yourself just for someone to like you, but if no one likes you, then it’s possibly a good time to assess yourself. If you’re kind and considerate, then they’re the ones with the issues. If you only ever talk of yourself and do what YOU want, then you might be the problem. Luckily Maggie realised this and attempted to fix things which was very big of her. I’m sure she’s much better now and she’ll be far more likeable in the sequel(s).

A good book about realising that the world is both bigger and smaller than you think. Perfect for teenagers.



2 comments on “Review: Maggie and the Mercury Retrograde

  1. Rachel @ Isytria

    I’m sorry you weren’t able to enjoy this one as much as me! I liked the writing a lot, but I agree the romance was what dragged it down. No one likes a love triangle. Sorry, I mean hexagon? I have high hopes for the sequel.

    1. Paein

      Aww, I’m sorry that it seemed like I didn’t enjoy it – unless you simply meant you enjoyed it lots! What I had an issue with most was Maggies attitude. But she sorted herself out in the end!

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