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Grant Beagan isn't looking for trouble.He's just an ordinary teenager who likes astronomy, video games, and keeping his mom happy... or at least, happy enough. But everything changes for Grant when, by a twist of fate, he stumbles into a magical world very different from his own, a world filled with breathtaking wonders and amazing abilities, known as the World of the Lit. Grant Beagan isn't looking for trouble.He's just an ordinary teenager who likes astronomy, video games, and keeping his mom happy... or at least, happy enough. But everything changes for Grant when, by a twist of fate, he stumbles into a magical world very different from his own, a world filled with breathtaking wonders and amazing abilities, known as the World of the Lit. It is a world hidden in plain view, right in front of the rest of us (aka “the Unlit”), but most of us only catch fleeting glimpses of the magic it contains. Overnight, Grant finds himself standing face to face with bizarre creatures, becoming a member of a complex magical society, and best of all, having his own dormant channeling abilities “lit” by a very special recruiter, called a Flame.As Grant begins to experience his new life as a member of the Lit—becoming a student of magic, exploring mind-bending new locations, and meeting extraordinary new mages of different nationalities (and species!)—he can’t imagine ever going back to his old life in the Unlit world. That is, until he learns of a dangerous conflict arising in his midst. Before long, Grant finds himself embroiled in a battle between the Finder, a powerful type of mage that hasn’t been seen in five hundred years, and the Controller, a dangerous being with the power to exert control over the minds of others. To emerge unscathed, Grant will need to hone his channeling skills, build upon the powers he’s gained, face his deepest fears, solve a series of unusual mysteries, and apply the wisdom of the Mage Code, a set of seven principles left behind by the previous Finder centuries ago.Featuring memorable characters, fun and imaginative locations, uplifting themes, and a rich set of magical abilities, the first book in the Grant Beagan series unveils the extraordinary world of the Lit, a society of mages that is concealed from—yet intricately intertwined within—the everyday lives we lead.


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Grant Beagan isn't looking for trouble.He's just an ordinary teenager who likes astronomy, video games, and keeping his mom happy... or at least, happy enough. But everything changes for Grant when, by a twist of fate, he stumbles into a magical world very different from his own, a world filled with breathtaking wonders and amazing abilities, known as the World of the Lit. Grant Beagan isn't looking for trouble.He's just an ordinary teenager who likes astronomy, video games, and keeping his mom happy... or at least, happy enough. But everything changes for Grant when, by a twist of fate, he stumbles into a magical world very different from his own, a world filled with breathtaking wonders and amazing abilities, known as the World of the Lit. It is a world hidden in plain view, right in front of the rest of us (aka “the Unlit”), but most of us only catch fleeting glimpses of the magic it contains. Overnight, Grant finds himself standing face to face with bizarre creatures, becoming a member of a complex magical society, and best of all, having his own dormant channeling abilities “lit” by a very special recruiter, called a Flame.As Grant begins to experience his new life as a member of the Lit—becoming a student of magic, exploring mind-bending new locations, and meeting extraordinary new mages of different nationalities (and species!)—he can’t imagine ever going back to his old life in the Unlit world. That is, until he learns of a dangerous conflict arising in his midst. Before long, Grant finds himself embroiled in a battle between the Finder, a powerful type of mage that hasn’t been seen in five hundred years, and the Controller, a dangerous being with the power to exert control over the minds of others. To emerge unscathed, Grant will need to hone his channeling skills, build upon the powers he’s gained, face his deepest fears, solve a series of unusual mysteries, and apply the wisdom of the Mage Code, a set of seven principles left behind by the previous Finder centuries ago.Featuring memorable characters, fun and imaginative locations, uplifting themes, and a rich set of magical abilities, the first book in the Grant Beagan series unveils the extraordinary world of the Lit, a society of mages that is concealed from—yet intricately intertwined within—the everyday lives we lead.

30 review for Grant Beagan: The Finder's Code (Grant Beagan, #1)

  1. 4 out of 5

    angie

    Actual rating: 4.25🌟 This is the story of how Grant Beagan's life changed when it was discovered that he has the potential for magic. The authors were able to create a very magical and complex world of the Lit. In here, a person is tested for what branch of magic his/her potential leans to. It's like you were born with a preference on a certain field of magic and majority of the time, it will be the basis on how your educational path will be planned. I'm not explaining it well, lol. Anyway, world b Actual rating: 4.25🌟 This is the story of how Grant Beagan's life changed when it was discovered that he has the potential for magic. The authors were able to create a very magical and complex world of the Lit. In here, a person is tested for what branch of magic his/her potential leans to. It's like you were born with a preference on a certain field of magic and majority of the time, it will be the basis on how your educational path will be planned. I'm not explaining it well, lol. Anyway, world building is amazing. I love the different concepts and creatures presented in the book. I also love the characters. The story was very engaging and it was action packed. From start up to 90%-ish of the book, I thought it was a 5 star read for me. But then things kinda stagnated on the latter part for me. The build up on the earlier parts of the book made me expect a bit for the grand finale and it kinda fell flat for me. Also, one of my ridiculous prediction came true.😅 But all in all, it was a very magical read. Good for fans of middle grade fantasy.👍❤ ***Thanks to Smith Publicity for granting me access of this book via Netgalley for an honest review.***

  2. 5 out of 5

    kenna

    Fantastic read! The world of Lit is so immersive and realistic with loads of character development of Grant Beagan, his mentor, and friends. If you like Harry Potter style books, this book is the right one for you. Jonathan Miller is an excellent writer that encapsulates the teen mind and life, details the World of the Lit so you can clearly picture every scene, and creates such a plausible story that you may even ponder if the Lit World actually exists. Tom Anderson invented such a wonderful wo Fantastic read! The world of Lit is so immersive and realistic with loads of character development of Grant Beagan, his mentor, and friends. If you like Harry Potter style books, this book is the right one for you. Jonathan Miller is an excellent writer that encapsulates the teen mind and life, details the World of the Lit so you can clearly picture every scene, and creates such a plausible story that you may even ponder if the Lit World actually exists. Tom Anderson invented such a wonderful world with imagination that you will want to visit the world yourself. I would highly recommend this for anyone craving fiction, adventure, magic, suspense, or you a book with such epic plot twists you won’t want to put it down.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Vidhi

    “Without change, something sleeps inside of us and seldom awakens.” I have a lot of thoughts on this book, but let me start out by saying there’s nothing I love more than a good old fashioned urban fantasy novel delving into magic — this was right up my alley. Yet because I’ve dived deep into this genre in the past, it’s easy to compare this book to its companions and highlight its flaws. Overall, the writing felt childish, not amateur, but focusing on the unimportant details and glossing over th “Without change, something sleeps inside of us and seldom awakens.” I have a lot of thoughts on this book, but let me start out by saying there’s nothing I love more than a good old fashioned urban fantasy novel delving into magic — this was right up my alley. Yet because I’ve dived deep into this genre in the past, it’s easy to compare this book to its companions and highlight its flaws. Overall, the writing felt childish, not amateur, but focusing on the unimportant details and glossing over the imperative narrative. From dated jokes like “Your Mom” to a weak & cowardly main character, these 476 pages feel vastly short of my expectations. Furthermore, my greatest annoyance in fantasy novels is a too-heavy reliance on magic, where rules are created out of convenience to the characters’ perils moreso than a natural order of things. It often felt the authors were taking the easy way out of conflict rather than taking the proper time and effort to solve the issue. Nonetheless, despite its flaws, this novel did prove entertaining, eking out a 3 star review in my mind.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Srishti B.

    This was my second goodreads giveaway win. Here is the thing about this book. I understand that when a book is independently published the writing may not be quite as edited as one published through a more traditional route, but I have read many independently published books and not had a problem with the writing. This however, was a different story. Or should I say a... different story. Just like the last sentence, there were so many oddly placed ellipses and emphasized words that it really affe This was my second goodreads giveaway win. Here is the thing about this book. I understand that when a book is independently published the writing may not be quite as edited as one published through a more traditional route, but I have read many independently published books and not had a problem with the writing. This however, was a different story. Or should I say a... different story. Just like the last sentence, there were so many oddly placed ellipses and emphasized words that it really affected my reading experience. I feel a bit harsh saying that, and I'm not claiming that the writing process is easy, but I feel like it is not possible that I was the only one who was bothered by this. It was so unnatural and did not really seem to make sense for what the characters were trying to say. Speaking of which, the characters really bothered me as well. I never really got a sense for who they were and the way they acted seemed very inconsistent. For example, at one point in the story, Alina agrees with a statement saying that there is no point studying Biology "When you can just be alive." However, just a little later on, she is completely engrossed in what seems to be something resembling a Biology lecture. In similar ways, William Warrick was very formal at times and at others not at all. Grant's character bothered me the most out of everyone's, however. Not even because of the inconsistencies, but because of how genuinely rude and arrogant he was as a person. This would be alright if it was addressed, but anytime Grant said or did anything that seemed wrong, it was completely brushed aside, and in fact treated as if it was him growing up and becoming a "strong character." Having convictions is all well and good, but there is a difference between confidence and arrogance. Grant leaves home and joins a secret society, completely ignoring the fact that his mother would be worried about him after he disappears for over 24 hours. When he does return home, he doesn't honestly seem that remorseful, and the problem is, his mother isn't even all that upset about it. Yes, she is halfheartedly feigns disappointment for about 5 minutes, but she soon is happy to go with her son to the park, mall, or wherever else, no questions asked. She also automatically believes Grant's allegations about where he was the day before because a stranger told her to "mother to mother," despite the fact that she had no intention of doing so just a few minutes earlier. And the part that bothered me the most was that when she refused, in no uncertain terms, her son's request to live in Cent, but after Grant callously stated that he was doing what he wanted and she "needed to respect his decision," his mother just cried and told him how proud she was of him. I don't know how anyone could possibly justify the amount of disrespect it takes for a son to ignore his mother, who has raised him alone, and is telling you that you can't move out (a fairly reasonable response at 16), that you don't care. I am 16, so I feel justified to say this is just wrong. Even more than that, this wasn't condemned, but rather celebrated, and I simply could not understand why. While Grant's relationship with his mother was awful, I was also appalled by the way that he acted towards William Warrick and the other authority figures. On his first day in a secret society at the center of the earth, he just wanders down a hallway despite repeatedly being told not to and isn't reprimanded for it all? He isn't even doing it secretly, but openly disobeying as he is being told not to wander off. That doesn't make sense to me. That also leads into the implausibly of the whole thing. Is it really possible that in the over 100 years that William Warrick has lived he has never bothered to walk around and realize that one of the most important monuments in his society is just a replica, and the real one is kept in a building where he works all the time? And it isn't exactly "safely hidden" there if anyone can just walk in is it? Also, the fact that the city is very literally inside the center of the earth is barely explained except to say that it is spinning fast, which hardly accounts for the lethal temperature and pressure differences. These are small things but they add up to a highly confusing narrative. There are other things here, but I do not want to keep nitpicking because I know that nothing is perfect. Despite the fact that I didn't personally enjoy this book there seem to be a lot of people who did. Thank you to the author for the free copy through goodreads giveaways.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Finley

    I received a free copy of this novel through a giveaway hosted on GoodReads. Grant Beagan: The Finder's Code is a great introduction to what is sure to be a fascinating new magical universe. The protagonist, Grant, begin the story as an average teen. He lives in an apartment with his mother, playing video game in his free time, and visiting his father who was imprisoned for doing what was right in his heart but not in the eyes of the law. All that changes, however, when he visits his cousin in or I received a free copy of this novel through a giveaway hosted on GoodReads. Grant Beagan: The Finder's Code is a great introduction to what is sure to be a fascinating new magical universe. The protagonist, Grant, begin the story as an average teen. He lives in an apartment with his mother, playing video game in his free time, and visiting his father who was imprisoned for doing what was right in his heart but not in the eyes of the law. All that changes, however, when he visits his cousin in order to attend a hot air balloon and he crosses the path of William Warrick, a mage in search of young people with latent magic powers in need of being brought to the surface. After his abilities have been 'lit', Grant is taken to the city of Cent to learn to use his new abilities, while also trying to hide the fact he is a Finder, a powerful breed of mage who has not been seen for 500 years and whose existence is accompanied by another rare but dangerous mage called the Controller. With the help of William, as well as the unique and powerful friends he makes over the course of his time in the Lit world, Grant learns much about himself as well as his own abilities, all while danger lurks much closer than he or his companions realized. In addition to just being an interesting magical world, the world created by Anderson and brought to life by Miller is like an idealized society, and one which I would love to live in. It is a world where a person's basic needs are met and where jobs are done in order to assist others and provide the things which, while not necessary, make life more enjoyable. If it were not for the social unrest between the Unionists and general mage society, the Lit world would be a utopia, and this novel very much shows that utopian societies are just as fun to tell about as the dystopias of recent popularity, when in the right hands. This was a fun and interesting read, and in between chances to read it, I was on the edge of my seat waiting for another free moment to read another chapter or two. The Lit world was obviously crafted with care and love, as was every unique character that we meet within the novel's pages. I love the world this novel created, and I hope that there are many many more books to come that allows readers to explore it alongside our protagonist. And without giving too much away, the way the authors chose to close its final chapter makes that need even more urgent, as it is the perfect example of a cliffhanger. If you can handle the knowledge that you will be left wanting more, then I definitely recommend reading it immediately. Even if you want to hold off until there are a couple more books, though, this is still a book that any lover of fantasy and magic should place on their Want To Read list for the future. I know I will be doing so with the other books in this series as soon as they are added to GoodReads, as I have followed the authors in the meantime so I know the moment the second book is announced.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Udisha Jain (bookstacks_literature)

    Title- Grant beagan : The finder’ s code My rating-3.5/5 Suggested reading age- 10-17 Think of this as Percy Jackson meets Artemis fowl. We meet grant beagan our protagonist, his very loving family and his mentor Mr. William. A very realistic style of writing, at times the description about things lost me but then it really supports the story while imagining it. Although the plot was very promising and definitely screen material. Yes, you must have guessed by now like every other child, grant things Title- Grant beagan : The finder’ s code My rating-3.5/5 Suggested reading age- 10-17 Think of this as Percy Jackson meets Artemis fowl. We meet grant beagan our protagonist, his very loving family and his mentor Mr. William. A very realistic style of writing, at times the description about things lost me but then it really supports the story while imagining it. Although the plot was very promising and definitely screen material. Yes, you must have guessed by now like every other child, grant things that he is normal, but is he? The book does not fail to tell us that he is the most powerful of what he is. There were very quotable family and to be particular “mom” moments. The dad messes it all up, spoils the childhood portion was something I didn’t enjoy reading as in every other book, why do the parents have to be at fault? It was a 400+ page read, I would have liked it even more if it was a little bit more crisp, precise, to the point and I feel it would have made a very strong 300-350 pg. read. I must add a little bit about the cover, it is a paperback book yes, but the cover was very mysterious and I wanted to know constantly what was it about.  The power discovery and the connection of the powers was very elaborately written but the reader can actually connect with it which was the best part of the story. The new friends of Grant and their adventures were crafted in such a way that the element of mystery remained throughout, the end was a mystery discovered together by the lit crew. Who do I recommend this to? - I recommend this to preteens and teens wanting to escape the world and find their own peace and adventure in the lit universe.    

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kea4

    Grant Beagan: The Finder’s Code (Grant Beagan, #1) by Jonathan R. Miller and Tom G. Anderson (Story Creator/World Builder) A book about magic is always a lot of fun. The opening of ‘the finders code’ is great. The character of Devi really pops so I have to admit I was a little disappointed that Devi wasn’t the main character we would be following for the rest of the story. Instead, we follow a young boy named Grant who’s an ok character. His father is in jail and his Mom is trying to do good by him Grant Beagan: The Finder’s Code (Grant Beagan, #1) by Jonathan R. Miller and Tom G. Anderson (Story Creator/World Builder) A book about magic is always a lot of fun. The opening of ‘the finders code’ is great. The character of Devi really pops so I have to admit I was a little disappointed that Devi wasn’t the main character we would be following for the rest of the story. Instead, we follow a young boy named Grant who’s an ok character. His father is in jail and his Mom is trying to do good by him. He’s normal until the world of magic is open to him. Sadly this is where the book starts to drag. ‘The finders code’ starts to focus on ALL the rules of magic in this world. It throws so much at the reader its overwhelming and doesn’t seem to progress the story at all. For example, when Grant’s powers are Lit I as a reader do not need to read about every level that is activated. I don’t need all these details that explain what is happening/how he’s doing so well/feeling so great. It’s too much detail that does not move the story forward at all. There is just too much detail. I know the author is trying to create a world with new rules but these explanations of magic and the world we live in just didn’t feel natural. If this could be worked a little better it would be a stronger book. One other very big issue I had was how Grant is missing for a long period of time and his mother plays it off. This book is supposed to be in our world. Don’t tell me his mother would not have called the police. This was very off-putting and felt extremely fake. Neither Grant nor the grown-up he was with consulted the clock. That did not work for me. Now I did like the character of Alina and her friendship with Grant. They go to magic school and I’m sure by now there will be comparisons to Harry Potter if you’ve gotten this far into the review. I don’t like to compare books. Let each stand on its own. Now I will say I don’t know if I would read more of this series had it not been for that nice twist at the end. That was well done and I will admit it makes me want to check out the next book (however I’m not sure how many more books after this could be written about these characters). https://theworldisabookandiamitsreade...

  8. 4 out of 5

    Evan

    Grant Beagan: The Finder's Code is a fantastic YA book. I got huge Harry Potter vibes from this one. The story started off a bit slow, but really picked up as the story progressed and we learned more about the Lit world. I also liked that there was a bit of cheesy humor sprinkled in. I've been reading some darker books lately, so the writing in The Finder's Code was refreshing to read. I did have a few minor quirks. There was a lot of exposition toward the beginning of the story as Grant and the Grant Beagan: The Finder's Code is a fantastic YA book. I got huge Harry Potter vibes from this one. The story started off a bit slow, but really picked up as the story progressed and we learned more about the Lit world. I also liked that there was a bit of cheesy humor sprinkled in. I've been reading some darker books lately, so the writing in The Finder's Code was refreshing to read. I did have a few minor quirks. There was a lot of exposition toward the beginning of the story as Grant and the reader get introduced to the world, and though I'm sure Grant felt the same way, from a reader's standpoint, it was a LOT to take in at once. I also really didn't develop a close emotional connection to the characters. For many of them, I really didn't get to know much about their background. And I also didn't get much of a sense for their personal goals or, including Grant, their flaws or any internal conflict either. Even though Grant was close to some of these characters, I didn't feel like I knew them. I hope these characters will be explored more in-depth in the next book. Overall though, this was a very fun read that I'd recommend for all ages. I'll be keeping my eye out for the next one. Huge thanks to the author for an early copy! This is my honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Aimee Shaffer

    I received this book from a Goodreads Giveaway and was anxious to start reading it. Honestly, I was hoping to find a new series for my daughter to read. The first few chapters were fairly intriguing. But then, for me, it rapidly went downhill from there. Let me preface my review by saying the writing is pretty good and the character development above average for a "young adult" series. However, speaking as an adult, I could not get past all of the similarities to the Harry Potter series. I won't I received this book from a Goodreads Giveaway and was anxious to start reading it. Honestly, I was hoping to find a new series for my daughter to read. The first few chapters were fairly intriguing. But then, for me, it rapidly went downhill from there. Let me preface my review by saying the writing is pretty good and the character development above average for a "young adult" series. However, speaking as an adult, I could not get past all of the similarities to the Harry Potter series. I won't go in to any further detail because I don't want to ruin anything for those who may not have read either this book or any of the Harry Potter books, but I really wish the author would have gone in a different direction with his overall plot. Just my humble opinion.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Bryan Van Den Berg

    This book contains some of the best world building I have ever had the pleasure to experience. I couldn't possibly imagine some of these places myself, but with the well-detailed descriptions I could easily picture the beautiful and extraordinary scenery. The characters are lovable, witty and relatable, and the plot has a nice, steady pace without any lulls. I found myself having a hard time putting it down. This book contains some of the best world building I have ever had the pleasure to experience. I couldn't possibly imagine some of these places myself, but with the well-detailed descriptions I could easily picture the beautiful and extraordinary scenery. The characters are lovable, witty and relatable, and the plot has a nice, steady pace without any lulls. I found myself having a hard time putting it down.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Connie

    This is an AWESOME read!! I just loved all the different things done in it that connect to magic! Grant is starting his life, at 16, with an adventure to last a lifetime! He meets people and creatures, makes friends, and learns a lot in a short amount of time. Someone dangerous schemes to have Grant killed! You'll find out who, why, and so much more, when you read it! The ending to the book is so crazy! I can't wait to read the next in the series! Enjoy! This is an AWESOME read!! I just loved all the different things done in it that connect to magic! Grant is starting his life, at 16, with an adventure to last a lifetime! He meets people and creatures, makes friends, and learns a lot in a short amount of time. Someone dangerous schemes to have Grant killed! You'll find out who, why, and so much more, when you read it! The ending to the book is so crazy! I can't wait to read the next in the series! Enjoy!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Shanna

    Rich characters and a fast-paced plot with surprising twists and turns. I was captivated by the complex and fascinating Lit Universe. This YA book will really appeal to teens who enjoyed middle-grade fantasy/magical thrillers as younger children, as well as adults wishing to experience a profound, magical new world.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Laila

    I received a copy of the book from Netgalley to review. Thank you for the opportunity. An interesting fantasy story with good writing and quirky characters. Great for young readers who enjoy fantasy. A good read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Darlene Kosakowski

    If you like Harry Potter, you should like this one. It was a page turner to the end for me. the chapters seemed a bit long, but the story line kept me riveted.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Mccoy

    Interesting concept and book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    Thank you for the giveaway! Not my genre, but gave it to my husband (who isn’t an avid reader). He finished it in 5 days! He said it was a really good story with a twist at the end!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jace

    This was an amazing book to read, it was a bit long for me but I am glade I enjoyed it. The author captivated the genre of magic, adventure, and fantasy in this book very well, it was also nice to have the focus of the book on Grant Beagan and him discovering the World of the Lit and his own abilities. I also really liked the ending and would like to read the next book in the series. Thank you for this book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Cheresnick

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Blanchard

  20. 4 out of 5

    jennet wheatstonelllsl

  21. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

  22. 4 out of 5

    Leyda

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kari GetSidetracked

  24. 5 out of 5

    JA

  25. 5 out of 5

    Zoe Giles

  26. 5 out of 5

    Suganya

  27. 5 out of 5

    addigator

  28. 5 out of 5

    Eliza

  29. 5 out of 5

    Eric Collins

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dana

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