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OST BEST FRIEND IS THIS REALLY HAPPENINGUpdate 1116 The new synopsis cleared things up and I am still excited about a ghost book with a trans lead When Dani discovers the ghost of Sarah under his bed he s not scared In fact she becomes his best friend But Sarah hates men having been murdered at the hands of one and Dani is scared to tell her he s trans When the pair discover another ghost in the woods years later the new trio decide to convert the old lobby of Dani s apartment into a ghost sanctuary But seeking out ghosts of violent deaths means running into a few dangerous beings tooTW sexual assault rape murder toxic relationship sexual abuse physical abuse suicide transphobia homophobia dead namingThis book was nothing like what I was expecting The blurb made it seem a bit mysterious a bit high energy But Thomas has written an expressive impactful story about a trans boy who can never seem to escape his own ghosts literally and figuratively Violet Ghosts was a uick read It had a handful of complicated characters characters who have all been traumatized by something either in life or death Readers get the wisps of a thrill a darkness to the book but unfortunately it never feels too fully formed I can t speak on it too much as I am not a victim of trauma in the ways that Sarah Patricia and Dani are and everyone processes their past in their own ways but the book felt almost passive on the atrocities that these characters face It focuses on trying to exorcise evil ghosts than to make any sort of commentary about what our characters are going through Perhaps this was the point All I know is I was left for wantingI think this could have made a really great thriller if Thomas had chosen to take it in that direction As it stands it
a bit for me Leah Thomas has done it again in this supernatural contemporary story that seems to define intersectionality Dani has ust moved to a new town to escape their abusive father And living under their bedis a ghost Sarah the ghost becomes Dani s best and only friend Sarah died over 20 years ago and Dani is afraid if he tells her that he s trans she won t like him any Violet Ghosts tackle many #Hard Topics All While Being #topics all while being fantastic story Words cannot describe how much I loved this book I absolutely adored Dani and his internal thoughts and how he interacted with people We see his ourney with other people and interacting with them I loved his motherson relationship with Patricia and how accepting and loving she was towards him I also loved how he and Seiji interacted and how their relationship was so platonic until the end which was something I found amazing Dani found himself a friend a ueer friend way before a Thank you to NetGalley and Bloomsbury for an e ARC of this book in exchange for a reviewThis is a book that I would only recommend with heavy content warnings and an offer for continued conversationdialogue Mind you I would definitely recommend it to some readers but not without a heads up on the amount of violence in this book Reading this reminded me of my first time reading SPEAK in middle school incredibly important moving and utterly devastating There are moments of fun of lightheartedness but woof This is a heavy readIt s been interesting t trans mc that s afraid of telling his ghost friend that he s trans in case she rejects him MY HEART pitched as The Lovely Bones meets Freaks and Geeks the story of an isolated teen and their best friend the ghost of a young an isolated teen and their best friend the ghost of a young murdered decades earlier as they set out to free other ghosts from the burdens tethering them to this life A supernatural story for the MeToo age a trans teen his ghost best friend that s all i needed to hear Blog Trigger Warning Database Twitter Instagram. Er But when an old rival reenters Dani’s life their unexpected friendship gives Dani a strange new feeling of belonging As Dani starts to find his place in the living world he’ll need to let go of his ghostsWith her signature lyricism Leah Thomas has woven a poignant supernatural story for the #MeToo .felt a bit
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I absolutely adored this story I may have nearly cried at a few points Danny is so incredibly relatable for anyone who was assigned female at birth but identifies as something else My heart absolutely ached for him because I ve felt those feelings too I recommend this story for anyone who likes feel good fantasy It also could be used to help cis women understand what its like for trans masc and nonbinary folk like myself and Danny thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest reviewDani met his best friend Sarah when she d already been dead for 20 years Sarah was murdered by a man and Dani is not allowed to ask anything about it but he is well aware of her hatred for men and that along with the fact that Sarah is from a less progressive time makes Dani fear letting Sarah know his true self he s a trans boyThis book explores topics of abuse sexual abuse murder transphobia suicide and a very large theme of violence against women Dani and Sarah meet their friend Patricia another murder victim in their teens and decide to open
a kind of shelter for wayward ghosts Sarah insists it be all female believing that menkind of shelter for wayward ghosts Sarah insists it be all female believing that men t be victims Dani Sarah and Patricia have a dysfunctional little ghost family and Sarah is frankly uite abusive with reason and it s acknowledged I enjoyed this book it was uniue with great ghost lore and explorations of trauma and trans identity with ust a little dash of ueer romance in there The heavy themes are important to note but it was a great read Violet Ghosts by Leah Thomas EXPECTED RELEASE DATE JUNE 15 2021 I received an ARC from Lark Owl Booksellers in exchange for an honest review I must say this book does have a trigger warning abuse molestation rape transphobia suicide strangulationDescription Dani s best friend trigger warning abuse molestation rape transphobia suicide strangulationDescription Dani s best friend is a ghost But maybe that s normal when you ve spent your childhood running from an abusive parent Dani and Sarah might be than friends though Dani dares not say so Dani is afraid that if he tells Sarah he s trans she won t bother haunting him any Sarah s got good reason to distrust boys having been strangled by one After Sarah and Dani come across another ghost haunted by her own brutal murder they set out to bring peace and safety to spirits like her But when an old rival reenters Dani s life their unexpected friendship gives Dani a strange new feeling of belonging As Dani starts to find his place in the living world he ll need to let go of his ghosts Review This book packs a lot see trigger warning From what I read from the description I went in expecting or less something along the lines of a paranormal romance with LGBT representation Now technically it does include those elements but I would not classify this as a romance With that being said if you re willing to endure all of the heavy topics that are explored in this book then you won t be disappointed in the overall story The way the author tackles the topic of trauma was what made me enjoy this book the most Personally I m not usually interested in books with ghosts as characters So it was definitely a surprise to me that I even committed to reading this book all the way through I think the biggest takeaway for me with this book was the author s way of exploring these very difficult subjects in a way that I could see young readers really identifying with As a teacher it s very easy for me to lean towards cute books with LGBT rep but I understand the importance of young readers needing books that explore these heavy topics that they are unfortunately able to identify with With that being said the execution of those heavy topics is important than Beach Blanket Bad Boys just simply writing a book built with trauma I think Thomas did a wonderfulob of this and I can t Acclaimed author Leah Thomas tells the story of a teen determined to right the wrongs of female ghosts haunted in the afterlifeDani’s best friend Sarah is a ghost But maybe that’s normal when you've spent your childhood running from an abusive parentDani and Sarah might be than friends though Dani dare. Ait to read I received #An ARC From Edelweiss TW #ARC from Edelweiss TW abuse molestation rape suicide mentioned strangulation mentioned violence against a sex worker death of a toddler via cancer transphobiaTERF ideology42By the time Dani met their best friend Sarah she d already been dead for 20 years Living with an out of touch mother hiding from an ABUSIVE FATHER DISLIKED AT SCHOOL SARAH IS THE ONE father disliked at school Sarah is the one that gets Dani through it protecting them against terrible men But Dani s starting to think that maybe man isn t a bad thing and maybe they might even be one As Sarah desperately tries to figure out revenge for every battered female ghost out there and Dani tries to feel like things could ever be as simple as they once were they both throw themselves into a
of safety may never be real Don t ever let someone else especially someone you love decide who you areThis is a super heavy book I mean look at the trigger warnings it s not a light hearted romp it s all about abuse trauma and identity But if that s something you re willing to Kingdom of Souls (Kingdom of Souls, jump into it s definitely worth itThe idea of identity is such a strong thread throughout this whole story Obviously so in Dani s case where he struggles to reconcile his own gender identity with what he s experienced and been taught about men and their monstrousness You get to see Dani take apart the web of fear and accept himself and look beyond that in the case of men in general as well You also get to see Dani move beyond the identity of Sarah s support which is excellent growth and frees him up to change and exploreBeyond Dani there s the idea of Victim being someone s identity and them reclaiming it like in the case of Patricia and you even get some moments of that with Seiji as well as the other ghosts All in all honestly Iust think it s an extremely well done pointTrauma is also a huge part of this narrative The ghosts the ghost torturers it gives a feeling of something sticking along long after the act is done While its not something that defines the entire person in most cases it is still a part of them and the way its dealt with varies with the person and the act I like how varied these characters reactions are and the different ways that trauma is portrayedDani himself is great He s clearly been a victim of abuse and has been shaped into something small by Sarah whether or not that was intentional in their friendship and the way he acts rings true But what s truly great is the anger and explosiveness that bursts out of all that Dani has cracks that create both a really realistic person and a dynamic character I love the messiness of his growth and the nonlinear feeling of itIn a book like this I definitely wasn t expecting a romance and certainly didn t think I d like one if it showed up But I was wrong Seiji is excellent and a great added perspective in the whole story He s coming from an entirely different place than Dani and the ghosts and yet understands the struggle as a struggle anyway and brings both a lightness to the narrative while also keeping his story serious enough to not be arring I loved him as a character and the possibility of a romance there got cute fast and was not to be able to focus on at times where everything else was dark and heavyNot everything in this book is done perfectly I wish the Sarah stuff by the end had gotten looked at with a bit of an apparaising eye instead of Dani brushing it off as Sarah needing someone and being in a bad place because the rising toxicity of her actions was upsetting But mostly I think this book had a lot of important moments in it and characters that worked really well with the story Pre review comments below Wait wait wait stop the presses IS THIS FANTASY WITH A NONBINARY LEAD AND A GH. S not say so Dani is afraid that if he tells Sarah he’s trans she won’t bother haunting him any Sarah’s got good reason to distrust boys having been strangled by oneAfter Sarah and Dani come across another ghost haunted by her own brutal murder they set out to bring peace and safety to spirits likedream of safety