★ SYNOPSIS ★
Francesca Bellafiore comes from a nice Jewish family — one that happens to have magical powers. Underneath her good-girl exterior, though, she’s a wannabe badass with dreams of becoming a paranormal detective.
Party boy Rafael Muñoz does everything possible to publicly disappoint his high profile father. Privately, it’s a different story. His carefully crafted bad boy reputation masks the fact he’s a master illusionist, forced into solo covert ops. The role is wearing thin and Rafael longs to be part of a team.
When Francesca and Rafael meet, it’s love at first sight… For about five minutes. Rafael is spectacularly attractive—and, Francesca discovers, fully aware of the fact. Rafael knows from experience that girls like Francesca are more trouble than they’re worth.
So it sucks big time when they’re caught in a web of magic, minions, secrets, and enough sexual tension to power NYC. Their only chance to save the city and survive is to team up, trust each other–and maybe even fall in love.
Provided they don’t kill each other first.
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★ MY REVIEW ★
Get Real is the first book I’ve ever read by Tellulah Darling. It also happens to be the first book in the Get Real series. It is told in alternating first person POV’s between the main characters with the exception of one chapter. It does have an HEA, but be warned, it doesn’t exactly have a conclusion, and HEA for the couple yes, but an over arcing conclusion? No.
I’m a bit on the fence with this book, and in fact, it took me a good week to decide on a rating for it. The book is marked as new adult, and it definitely has new adult qualities to it, however there were times that I felt like I was reading a YA novel. There were times in my head that I saw the characters as YA characters more so than NA ones. It can be extremely confusing to the brain when that happens. Aside from that, this book was awesome.
One of the biggest differences for me with Get Real is the vast amount of languages that are used in this book! Because the characters come from all over the world, and zipping around it merely involves hailing a cab (they have a word for it and it’s escaping me), you basically have a melting pot of nationalities. The other difference I found was that the world is completely story rich! Because these characters are magic users, some of the terminology at first was hard to wrap my head around, and then it clicked. After which it completely hooked me in. You can tell the author put a lot of thought into this book, especially when you get the different types of magics explained to you, and the differences in the users of said magic. It’s in-depth.
Moving along to our main characters! Rafe and Frankie. Yes, she goes by Frankie. These characters were fun, cute, engaging, and comical. They have one of those relationships where they like each other, but they hate each other, but yet, they like each other. They fight, they argue, there is drama… they don’t exactly get how to communicate at times either. Misunderstandings abound between them. The chemistry and spark is there, and yet they fight it. All in all, they make for a fun book and that’s before I even go into their group of friends. That is another favorite thing of mine with this book. The cast of co-stars are amazeballs. I want to read their books.
So, all in all, it’s a four star book for me. The synopsis covers the plot extremely well. I also want to mention the book cover! That is what grabbed my attention first off. It’s cute. Anyway! I would recommend it but also tell you to stick with it because yes, all the different terminology and what not can be confusing at first. The plot itself is worth hanging around for though!