Happy Monday, bibliophiles!
Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme created by Lauren’s Page Turners. All you have to do to participate is pick a book from your Goodreads TBR, and explain why you want to read it.
This one was a more recent addition to my TBR–not only for its fascinating-sounding plot, but the representation in it. It looks like such a unique book, so I hope it lives up to my expectation!
Let’s begin, shall we?
GOODREADS MONDAY (5/11/20)–SHOWERS, FLOWERS, AND FANGS by Aidan Wayne
Darren is your average half-human, half-fae trans teenager, busy figuring out his powers and puberty while trying to survive finals. When Vlad, a newly turned vampire, moves in with the witch down the street, he and Darren get off on the wrong foot. Darren is always one to give somebody a second chance, though, and as they become friends, he realizes Vlad is just lonely and struggling with his new powers. That’s something Darren can definitely relate to, and he’s happy to lend his support. But while he coaxes Vlad out of his shell, Darren ends up learning about Vlad’s past… and the danger Vlad is in. Darren only wants to help—help Vlad feel comfortable in his own skin and help him feel safe.
He hadn’t planned on falling in love.
So why do I want to read this?
Firstly, this representation! Though we’ve certainly been getting a lot more ground in terms of trans characters/stories in YA lately, I haven’t read as many that feature trans boys, so this is such a good sight to see. That, and the fact that there’s potentially an mlm romance. A+!
Additionally, the fantasy setting sounds absolutely wonderful. From the description, it sounds like a combination of a fantasy and a rom-com–a combination that I’ve rarely seen, and sounds SUPER adorable. If it’s well-executed, I think this could be a stellar, LGBTQ+ fantasy romance. I saw that it was $4.99 on the Kindle store the other day (it might have changed since then, but I hope not), so I might have to buy it soonish…
Reading The Soul of an Octopus reminded me of this song…
That’s it for this week’s Goodreads Monday! Have a wonderful day, and take care of yourselves!