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I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK FOR MY READING PLEASURE Reviewed for Divine MagazineShowers Flowers and FangsAidan Wayne 190 PagesPOV 3rd person one characterWould I read it again Of courseGenre LGBT YA Fae Trans Fantasy MM Paranormal VampirePairings MM Ugh this was justlovely sweet and everything I needed from a bookFirst off kudos to Aidan Wayne for writing a trans FTM main character who is REAL And for understanding the plight that is period week I mean thank you This was everything I Finding Forever hoped for and everything teenagers need Whether a trans kid picks this up and feels better about not being alone in the struggle or a cis kid picks it up and can understand their trans friend better this storyas a lot to give It Rabbit Hole (The Paradox Series, has the understanding a non lecturing exploration of trans life as a teenager and a really beautiful romance and self discovery plot that leave you with the warm and fuzzy feeling that says this was so good I ll read it again Itad real struggles for a teenager going through puberty while dealing with the emotional and physical fallout of being a trans teen Binding periods the self doubt and self acceptance the self image issues and all while being a Painted Doll (Only In Tokyo Mystery, half Fae adding in magical abilities to everything else Darren is going through AND exams This story felt so much like an authentic ownvoice story that Iad no trouble connecting to embracing appreciating and relating to Darren as a main character Some of Ewiger Saatz his struggles are universally teenager andigh school while some were specifically trans related and yet I m a cis white asexual female and I never once Restricted had trouble connecting toim or understanding Bạn Gái his journey That s a sign of good writing right thereThe writing was just my style It gave me what I needed to understand and follow the story without being overbearing or overly descriptive Itad characterisation that didn t reuire stopping for info dumps and it Deep Magic had realonest to God awkward teenage conversations It was like being taken straight back to Her Secret Fantasy (Spice Trilogy high school all over again and remembering the stuttering uncertain way it felt to be a teenager never knowing what to say or do never sureow to act or what was appropriate Yet Darren and Vlad both talk openly argue plenty too about Darren s transition Vlad s background race orientation Just in that really awkward way that teenagers do Through misunderstandings misjudging misinterpreting a conversation and then Glennas Seeds having to actually spell it out when things boil to aeadThe plot is really original I ve never seen vampires explored in this way before With a teen vampire recently turned trying and floundering through learning ow to be a vampire Making mistakes Nearly killing imself with those mistakes It was really cleverly conceived and well written I loved that it didn t linger throughout school classes since Darren and Vlad s interactions all The breaking of the circle happened outside of school And though there were time jumps of a few days at a time uite often it felt natural for the story We got to see enough of Darren s friendship with the girls Trisha and Beth to get a real sense of their personalities as well as their connection and friendshipDarren s friendship with Vlad in a similar way was really nicely explored throughout the book It wasn t until nearly 70% that things became than friends and especially awkward for it Until then we got to watch these two kids drift from total strangers to grudging companionship to best friends and then into boyfriends And it was really lovely to see To watch the chemistry build over time while they battled other issues learned about their magic and began to trust each other I loved that Darren and Vlad were each strong in different ways they eachad their own talents and strengths and they supported each other Darren didn t allow Vlad to get away with false bravado while Vlad Didn T Allow Darren t allow Darren remain too reckless yet they each supported and cared about the other looking after each other when things didn t go to planThe story artfully broke down gender expectations subtly and without show to a point where there was no obvious gender divide Beth was female but a future Alpha figure Trish was female but romantic and thoughtful Darren was FTM yet was strong adventurous and sometimes dramatic Vlad was male but nervous afraid and unsure There was a freedom of voice in both the main and secondary characters that made it onest and realAnd all wrapped up with a beautiful totally fitting cover One that I ll be making space on my bookshelf for so I can buy the paperback the minute it s availableFavourite uotes Shut
up your face is dumb I didn t almost die Vlad muttered following Darren You are exaggerating your face is dumb I didn t almost die Vlad muttered following Darren You are exaggerating clutched at is chest I would never I do not even know why I like you But you do like me Vlad smiled at Kingston City Directory him stepping closer I suppose Right Darren said leaning in Because I m delightful 45 stars Iave one word for this adorableThis was such an enjoyable read Due to the shortness of this book the worlbuilding is a little bit I dunno what word to usemaybe brief but actually not in a bad way we get enough information that we need to understand whatwho the main characters arethe supernatural elements are explained and I really liked Dads Pregnant Too how uniue this little world is The fae stuff especially was delightful I would love to read in this universe because I loved all the little glimpses into some other supernatural creatures Darrenthe main characteris incredibly likeable I was in love withim from page 1 basically I don t want to make false assumptions about the author but judging from the use of theythem in the descriptionthis is an ownvoices story It showed I liked Runaway Pumpkins how Darren being trans wasn t just used as an afterthought this is Darrenhe is trans and then it s never mentioned again or something like that I ve seen that in other books It plays a big role because youave the experience of a trans person combined with the uniue experience of a supernatural being I loved that Vlad is a great character too Naturally we don t really spend a lot of time in Les Miserables (Les Misrables) hisead but we learn enough about Dancing with Words him through Darren s eyes Vlad s initial shyness combined withis empathy and Pooperella (Farty Tales Book 1) him being so acceptance made for a winning combination He and Darren are a perfect fit then The friendship betwe. Darren is your averagealf In Defense of a Liberal Education humanalf fae trans teenager busy figuring out Gender Is Fair Game his powers and puberty while trying to survive finals When Vlad a newly turned vampire moves in with the witch down the streete and Darren get off on the wrong foot.
be a problem if A Foxs Love (American Kitsune he to date anyone which itas been in the past He makes a comment that The Provocateur he can t glamour up a penis and Vlad the great lil boi thate is tells Darren that whether or not Trading Christmas heas one shouldn t matterVlad develops an obvious crush on Darren long before Darren starts crushing on Vlad And the vampire lad is so sweet Never an outbreak honestly He does the chivalrous thing when Darren is suffering terribly throughis period Actually several chivalrous things He makes Pride him a specialerbal tea makes sure Men he eats stays withim through all the loopiness that comes with the Isotopic Carbon herbal painkillers and even puts a ruined bed sheet into some cold water to make the stain easier to get out HE S A KEEPER He also brings Darren a chocolate bar after Darren jokes that all good relationships start with chocolate brings over flowers and then dandelions becausee knows Darren loves them and even orders ice cream in a cone as opposed to a cup Vlad cannot eat the cone but The Robotics Primer (Intelligent Robotics Autonomous Agents) (Intelligent Robotics Autonomous Agents) (Intelligent Robotics Autonomous Agents Series) having it in the cone meanse can Step Out of Your Story hold Darren sand while they re on their date I just contracted DIABEETUS And of course Vlad makes The Jokes sometimes such as when Darren is explaining about the birds and the bees and The Eyes of the Dead how being fae in springtime makes basically beingorny prominent and Vlad asks Your fae side is making you want to Rules for a Lady have sex with birdsOne super tropey romantic thing I like is when Character A is just loving life in their element joyful andappy and Character B just watches and falls in love with them Such as on page 96 when Darren is PSYCHED for this thunderstorm and goes outside to frolic in it and Vlad just watches like some kind of lovestruck fool Not that Darren notices Calebs Tempting Mate (Saber Chronicles he s lovestruck but we KNOW D Along the same vein it s funny because VAMPIRES Darren is ranting about something at some point and Vlad is just watchingim with that dopey look on ABC his face whene interrupts and asks to kiss Darren like the gentleman Odd Man In he is Iad to pause to awAnyway predictably Vlad s past catches up with Palace Intrigue (A Medieval Tale him It was really spoiled byow short the book is and Parking Lot Rules 75 Other Ideas for Raising Amazing Children how fast those two dramatic climaxes were but once the Big Bad showed up it was with a really sickening jolt that I realisedow deeply Vlad s abuse ran The few times Vlad briefly talked about the vampire who turned Carlyle Marney him it was a point of intrigue since chapter 1 it became cleare was turned against Shameful his will and suffered a lot underer control And when she shows up that awful oh #Moment Just Hit Me So Hard Bitch #just it me so ard Bitch messed up tbh Don t want to spoil it to much thoughSome of it was very emotional such as when Darren and Vlad talk about Vlad s parents They believe Sacred Landscapes he is dead and Vlad says that it s probably better this way better to thinke s dead than know they Angel Without Mercy (Agnes Carmichael, have a vampire for Darren is always one to give somebody a second chance though and as they become friendse realizes Vlad is just lonely and struggling with Gold Rush his new powers That’s something Darren can definitely relate to ande’s Girl Reporter happy to lendis suppor.ONLY BE A PROBLEM IF HE
FREE READ î E-book, or Kindle E-pub ó Aidan WayneSon You see they aren t terribly accepting of differences as was proven when Vlad kissed a boy and Hunted his parents did NOT react well However some of theeavy emotions were cut really short by Gingerbread Heart how short the book was The short aftermath of the Big Bad scenes didn t give Vlad a lot of time to experience the feelingse d no doubt be feeling Plenty of time passed of course but because we are in Darren s ead all of the time and because these scenes just flew by it feels like Vlad s experiences aren t really addressed or explored Particularly near the end with less than 50 pages to go without the climax I just knew things would be rushed And I was right It left me really disappointed The author spent a long time lovingly developing the friendship between Vlad and Darren first fleshing them out as characters then leading them into their romance only to just urry through the action and the parts that would show the characters in a different light Not only that the characters dealing with what Biz Talk-2 happened is rushed tooI really liked this book but the fact that it s so short and the climaxes are so rushed is likepbtbtbtbtbt I m upset I was really looking forward to a ueer vampire romance but the last third of the book let it down I keep repeating myself but I M JUST SO DISAPPOINTED BECAUSE IT WAS ALL SO GOOD UP TO THAT POINT And even that point was okay and enjoyable and scary when it needed to be but it WASN T ENOUGHI think that Darren as a character will be super enjoyable for trans guys It s good representation and I think it normalises a lot of the experiences of trans guys Even despite the fact that Darren isalf supernatural creature and Ricky Ricottas Mighty Robot vs the Stupid Stinkbugs from Saturn (Ricky Ricotta, he eats flowersGood book Wouldave liked of it though Peace oot Some books just A Historical Atlas of Tibet have all the elements I love to see when diving into a story and Showers Flowers and Fangs checked all the boxes for me The worldbuilding is excellent with a mix of supernatural species set in a uniue world with its ownistory and rules that added a sense of mystery and enabled me to discover its secrets as events unfolded The main character Darren is trans The Last Awakening (Curse of the Phoenix, halfuman and Italian Warships Of World War II half fae butis special power only emerges slowly and the reveal is very well done The plot focuses on Darren discovering the truth about vampires dealing with challenges in school and figuring out Deep Learning (Adaptive Computation and Machine Learning series) his mysterious powers There is the threat of Vlad s mother but it bubbles along in the background while Darren and Vlad deal with the rest of their problems until everything comes toead and there is an epic confrontation a fight a retreat and another battle I found it very engaging and was almost unable to put the book down for much needed breaks It s one of the best YA books I ave ever readPlease find my full review of the second edition on Rainbow Book Reviews DNF at the end of Chapter 1Although I am sure the story did turned out to be as cute as the other reviewers say it was I couldn t get past the Meet Ugly aspect at the start of the storyTL DR A YA featuring diverse characters and a premise that sounded ella adorable Unfortunately for me I felt such bad secondhand embarrassment at the beginning of the novel that I lost all of my enthusiasm for the rest of the book I borrowed this from the library Darren is a The Traps halfuman Simple Wicca half fae transgender teen and when we first meetim on the first page Darren is suffering from menstruation cramps I don t know why but I really love that the author adds this scene to the book Anyway Darren then meets this newly turned vampire Vlad the Vampire Protect Your Purity he s from Ukraine who s also a newcomer in town Their first meeting is not exactly meet cute Darren thinks Vlad is sniffingim which is RUDE laugh but then Darren befriends Vlad because Theatre Histories he seems lonely this vampireThis is a delightful and wonderful read I LOVED Darren so much I lovedis positivity I loved the way Darren approached Vlad and slowly coaxed this vampire out of Waterloo his shell I lovedow their friendship bloomed I loved Yobo how Darren sometimes acting a bit dramatic yese s a teenager after all when The Last Runaway he thinkse Sanctuary (The New World Series, hurts Vlad or whene thinks Vlad is being sadI think I spent reading this book with a lot of smile to I spent reading this book with a lot of smile to face because Darren is just ADORABLE and is moments with Vlad were super cuteThere s a slight mystery behind Vlad elusiveness on why e seemed to want to keep imself secret from people and
I thought it added to a fun time near the end Especially because it also showed athought it added to a fun time near the end Especially because it also showed a aspect of Darren s power as alf Data Interpretation Questions And Case Histories humanalf faeI love Aidan Wayne s stories that I ave read so far and this one is another winner for mePS This falls into low steam category of Young Adult book only couple of kissesA Guest Review for The Blogger Girls The ARC is provided BY THE PUBLISHER FOR AN EXCHANGE the publisher for an exchange fair and onest review No Imagination According to Humphrey (According to Humphrey high rating is reuired for any ARC received 4 StarsI am a big Aidan Wayne fan I find their stories so comforting and gentle They write about genuinely nice people characters who would make amazing friends in real lifeShower Flowers and Fangs is lovely There is diversity inclusion and a trulyeartwarming sense of belonging The MCs feel youthful and their burgeoning romance is all sorts of sweetness and adorableness Throw in some creative world building and some suspense and this is a fun readRecommend 4 StarsThis was a very sweet witty and wildly imaginative fantasy themed LGBT YA story Set in an alternate universe where magical beings co exist with Sexy Reversed Fairy Tales humans this story followsalf Oh. My. Gods. (Oh. My. Gods., humanalf fae transgender teen Darren as Phoebe’s Fair Valentine (Oh. My. Gods., he meets befriends and eventually forms a romantic relationship with Vlad a moody and mysterious newly turned vampire teen who moves in down the street and isaunted by The Ground beneath her Feet his pastThe two magical teens get off to a rocky start but I enjoyed watching their relationship unfold First they became friends and allies supporting each other in times of personal need andelping one another cultivate and control their magical abilities It was only once these strong bonds of friendship and trust were formed that romantic feelings evolved making their transition from friends to boyfriends natural and authentic I really enjoyed the cast of characters present Killer Pancake / The Cereal Murders here Darren in particular was a great YA lead His personality wasighly entertaining often saying and T But while Lo Que la Reina Quiere (Sexys Cuentos de Hadas Al Revés nº 1) he coaxes Vlad out ofis shell Darren ends up learning about Vlad’s past and the danger Vlad is in Darren only wants to William Gibson helpelp Vlad feel comfortable in Nancy Drake his own skin andelp Bandbox him feel safeHeadn’t planned on falling in lov. ,