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Ever since Meg Connolly’s fiancé left her for Helen Vencor, a fantasy novelist with a cult-like following, Meg has despised all things wizard-adjacent. She’s doubled down on the real world, making her father proud by working overtime as a corporate lawyer at the family firm. So it’s a truly terrible night when a blind date dumps Meg into the heart of Helen’s nerd empire. Ever since Meg Connolly’s fiancé left her for Helen Vencor, a fantasy novelist with a cult-like following, Meg has despised all things wizard-adjacent. She’s doubled down on the real world, making her father proud by working overtime as a corporate lawyer at the family firm. So it’s a truly terrible night when a blind date dumps Meg into the heart of Helen’s nerd empire. Duty and common sense tell her to run from the mesmerized fans, but an undeniable chemistry with Helen’s ex-husband casts a spell over her, and Meg decides one evening in the land of fandom won’t lead her astray from reality. But Nicholas seems as genuine as he is handsome, and Helen’s latest book hooks Meg on the first page. The wizard protagonist bears a striking resemblance to her, and the character’s quest to regain her confidence and defy convention inspires Meg to look at her own life and do the same. Except standing up to the powers-that-be means challenging the father she’s spent her life trying to please, a man who’s also the most feared lawyer in the city. Meg must decide if answering the call to adventure is worth the risk of never going home again


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Ever since Meg Connolly’s fiancé left her for Helen Vencor, a fantasy novelist with a cult-like following, Meg has despised all things wizard-adjacent. She’s doubled down on the real world, making her father proud by working overtime as a corporate lawyer at the family firm. So it’s a truly terrible night when a blind date dumps Meg into the heart of Helen’s nerd empire. Ever since Meg Connolly’s fiancé left her for Helen Vencor, a fantasy novelist with a cult-like following, Meg has despised all things wizard-adjacent. She’s doubled down on the real world, making her father proud by working overtime as a corporate lawyer at the family firm. So it’s a truly terrible night when a blind date dumps Meg into the heart of Helen’s nerd empire. Duty and common sense tell her to run from the mesmerized fans, but an undeniable chemistry with Helen’s ex-husband casts a spell over her, and Meg decides one evening in the land of fandom won’t lead her astray from reality. But Nicholas seems as genuine as he is handsome, and Helen’s latest book hooks Meg on the first page. The wizard protagonist bears a striking resemblance to her, and the character’s quest to regain her confidence and defy convention inspires Meg to look at her own life and do the same. Except standing up to the powers-that-be means challenging the father she’s spent her life trying to please, a man who’s also the most feared lawyer in the city. Meg must decide if answering the call to adventure is worth the risk of never going home again

37 review for The Good Girl’s Guide to Fantasy and Adventure

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mary Ann Marlowe

    Evi Kline’s The Good Girl’s Guide to Fantasy and Adventure mixes reality with a dash of fantasy as straight-laced, family-pleasing corporate lawyer Meg lowers her emotional drawbridge to a company of nerdy LARPers--including her ex-fiancé and the woman who stole him. By opening herself to their world, Meg’s journey leads her to find new romance, discover her inner heroine, and confront the demons of expectation and complacency and regret. Evi Kline’s stunning voice and rich cast of characters wi Evi Kline’s The Good Girl’s Guide to Fantasy and Adventure mixes reality with a dash of fantasy as straight-laced, family-pleasing corporate lawyer Meg lowers her emotional drawbridge to a company of nerdy LARPers--including her ex-fiancé and the woman who stole him. By opening herself to their world, Meg’s journey leads her to find new romance, discover her inner heroine, and confront the demons of expectation and complacency and regret. Evi Kline’s stunning voice and rich cast of characters will leave readers spellbound.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    What I liked: I loved the relationship between Meg and Helen. Helen was my favorite character and I was always looking forward to her scenes. She bounced off the page, and her endless chatter and huge emotions made her bounce off the pages. I was really invested in the conversations about fantasy and fiction, and how they effect reality or reality effects them and the perception and fandom culture and how fans speculate about creators. All of the characters provided a slightly different view of th What I liked: I loved the relationship between Meg and Helen. Helen was my favorite character and I was always looking forward to her scenes. She bounced off the page, and her endless chatter and huge emotions made her bounce off the pages. I was really invested in the conversations about fantasy and fiction, and how they effect reality or reality effects them and the perception and fandom culture and how fans speculate about creators. All of the characters provided a slightly different view of these topics and created some fantastic conversations about intent and boundaries with fans and authors. I enjoyed the conflict Meg had, between wanting to break free from her family and their expectations, while still staying close with them. The tension and the love between them all was well balanced and I understood the perspectives of all the characters, even if I didn't agree with them. I loved that Dmitri wasn't an easy kid, a lot of the kids in the romance novels I've read are sweet little angels and lack complexity, where as Dmitri had complicated relationships with his parents and felt well developed. The last hundred pages flew by. I loved the end and the decisions made by the characters and it was a very satisfying ending. I have lately been complaining about books not having enough falling action but this book was filled with lots of time to process the events of the book, without feeling like it dragged on. What I didn't like: Meg's narrative voice often grated on me. While she grew as a character and by the end I liked her quite a bit, it took a while for me to like her as she let other people influence her life more than her own intentions. And I did like the development of her and Nicholas’ relationship, I never felt invested in it. I wasn’t rooting for them or against them. I much preferred her scenes with Helen and her sisters. For such an important character to Meg’s motivation, we saw very little of Angel/Griffin. I kept expecting to get more scenes with him and not about him. I know there are any people who enjoy when books are set in areas they are familiar with, but all the New England landmarks were distracting to me and kept pulling me out of the story. There were so many characters, at the end, I had a hard time keeping track of some of the minor characters. I also love fantasy so I found myself really wishing I could read Wren. I also wanted more scenes interacting with the fandom, I loved all those scenes a lot. (side note: Unfortunately, the main character had the same name as my sister, and that led to some jarring moments, seeing her name constantly on the page, and affected my enjoyment of the book (clearly a me problem)) I would recommend this book to people who enjoy both romance and fantasy novels.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Bri Lamb

    A wonderful read. I usually don't read romance but this book was so much more than that. The voice was superb and I loved the witty banter. I was really rooting for Meg and the end was pleasantly surprising, not what I expected and very much centered on self-love and identity. And the inclusion of fantasy and LARPing elements was done very well, giving a good introduction to it for those who aren't familiar. A refreshing blend of genres which also tackles real world problems, this was a wholesom A wonderful read. I usually don't read romance but this book was so much more than that. The voice was superb and I loved the witty banter. I was really rooting for Meg and the end was pleasantly surprising, not what I expected and very much centered on self-love and identity. And the inclusion of fantasy and LARPing elements was done very well, giving a good introduction to it for those who aren't familiar. A refreshing blend of genres which also tackles real world problems, this was a wholesome read and I will definitely be looking forward to more from Evi Kline.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I'm absolutely blown away to think that this Evi Kline's first novel, and simultaneously bummed that she has no backlist that I can glom onto. Meg has always done exactly what was expected of her by her father, a high-powered corporate lawyer. She's attended the "right" schools, attained the grades, and degrees, specialized in the area her father wanted (real estate law), and joined the family law firm where her older sister also works. She's done all this and never questioned the path that was I'm absolutely blown away to think that this Evi Kline's first novel, and simultaneously bummed that she has no backlist that I can glom onto. Meg has always done exactly what was expected of her by her father, a high-powered corporate lawyer. She's attended the "right" schools, attained the grades, and degrees, specialized in the area her father wanted (real estate law), and joined the family law firm where her older sister also works. She's done all this and never questioned the path that was laid out for her, but now, her life is falling apart at the seams. Two years ago, she was ditched by her fiance, who threw her over for a fantasy author who created a well-known fantasy world that has inspired legions of fandom. She works 70+ hour weeks at the law firm, and although she's their highest billing junior associate, her father and sister don't respect her work or her judgement and continue to treat her like a child. When one night, she accidentally attends a fan event at a bookstore that features Helen, the author who "stole" her fiancé, she finds herself launched unexpectedly in a new direction, questioning everything about her life. The journey of self-discovery that Meg embarks upon was so realistic and so well-done. I was riveted and could hardly bear to put the book down. Almost against her will, Meg finds herself falling for Helen's ex-husband (the man whom Helen divorced in order to be with Meg's ex) and consequently drawn into Helen's orbit. The best thing about this book wasn't actually the romance between Meg and Nicholas, although their chemistry was immediate and hot. No, the best relationship in the book was the friendship that reluctantly develops between Meg and Helen. All of the relationships in the book were messy and imperfectly perfect, just like in real life, and the ending, although a bit open ended, left me with a happy sigh, knowing that Meg was well on her way to a better life.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Aaron Gouveia

    Fantasy and romance are two genres that I usually skip over, but I'll have to rethink that after reading this Evi Kline novel. The dialogue is crisp, witty, and fun and the characters are wonderfully defined and relatable. As someone who knows nothing about LARPing and LARPers I wondered if I'd be able to connect with this community, but Kline's deftness eliminates the need to know anything about this realm, as she's adept at making sure novices and seasoned participants will enjoy themselves. I Fantasy and romance are two genres that I usually skip over, but I'll have to rethink that after reading this Evi Kline novel. The dialogue is crisp, witty, and fun and the characters are wonderfully defined and relatable. As someone who knows nothing about LARPing and LARPers I wondered if I'd be able to connect with this community, but Kline's deftness eliminates the need to know anything about this realm, as she's adept at making sure novices and seasoned participants will enjoy themselves. I was so unexpectedly hooked I finished it in a day. Terrific book from a skilled writer and can't wait for more!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    The Good Girl’s Guide to Fantasy and Adventure is an engaging read about the quest for belonging and self-actualization with a healthy dose of romance to keep things interesting. I was immediately drawn in to Evi Kline’s fast-paced plot and well-developed, multi-dimensional and easily relatable characters. The dialogue is smart and witty and had me hooked from the outset. This book left me wanting more of Evi Kline’s masterful writing. Highly recommended- even (especially?) if romance and fantas The Good Girl’s Guide to Fantasy and Adventure is an engaging read about the quest for belonging and self-actualization with a healthy dose of romance to keep things interesting. I was immediately drawn in to Evi Kline’s fast-paced plot and well-developed, multi-dimensional and easily relatable characters. The dialogue is smart and witty and had me hooked from the outset. This book left me wanting more of Evi Kline’s masterful writing. Highly recommended- even (especially?) if romance and fantasy are not your typical genres.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ari

    My only complaint is that I didn’t want the story to end. I would love to have gone deeper into the Thornvaal world with Meg as my muggle-esque guide. I enjoyed how invested I was in Meg on her own. She has familial relationships and love interests; however, this is her story. It’s refreshing to read a book where a female identifying main character is not completely defined by her relationship to the love interest. I look forward to seeing what else Kline has in store for us.

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