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Ings Everything about this story was fresh and fun and I greatly appreciated thatI had a good time reading Showers Flowers and Fangs and I not so subtly have my fingers crossed for a seuel in this fun little world 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 ast the Meet Ugly aspect at the start of the storyTL DR A YA featuring diverse characters and a Eagles Claw premise that sounded hella 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 A Joyfully Jay review 5 starsHow is it a story about a half fae and his vampire boyfriend can be so wholesome Not only is Darren adorable but he manages to be charming and sweet and good Vlad may not be Prince Charming but he has some smooth moves such as coming to visit bearing chocolate after Darren mentions it inassing as a wonderful way to start a relationship though he s talking about an almost boyfriend from when he was thirteen Darren is a little oblivious and Vlad is a little subtle fortunately though Darren eventually manages to catch on After Vlad tells him what he s trying to do It s cuteDarren is a good Superman/Doomsday person He s willing to give everyone he meets a chance and is willing to forgive most slights so long as they weren t intentional Even when he s showing Vlad his magic it s not so much showing off as sharing with great joy and enthusiasm He honestly truly and sincerely wants Vlad to be happy to come out of his shell and out of his room and make friends witheople When Darren realizes he has feelings for Vlad he s reluctant to confess them because he doesn t want to make Vlad uncomfortable or take away Vlad s only friend himself or have Vlad feeling obligated to humor them He isn t selfish even in his most self centered momentsRead Elizabeth s review in its entirety here I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK FOR MY READING PLEASURE Reviewed for Divine MagazineShowers Flowers and FangsAidan Wayne 190 PagesPOV 3rd Summers Family Affair 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 thelight that is eriod week I mean thank you This was everything I hoped for and everything teenagers need Whether a trans kid icks this up and feels better about not being alone in the struggle or a cis kid Women on the Hill picks it up and can understand their trans friend better this story has a lot to give It has the understanding a non lecturing exploration of trans life as a teenager and a really beautiful romance and self discoverylot that leave you with the warm and fuzzy feeling that says this was so good I ll read it again It had real struggles for a teenager going through Waiting for Aphrodite puberty while dealing with the emotional andhysical fallout of being a trans teen Binding eriods the self doubt and self acceptance the self image issues and all while being a 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 I had no trouble connecting to embracing appreciating and relating to Darren as a main character Some of his struggles are universally teenager and high school while some were specifically trans related and yet I m a cis white asexual female and I never once had trouble connecting to him or understanding 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 It had characterisation that didn t reuire stopping for info dumps and it had real *overbearing or overly descriptive It had characterisation that didn t reuire stopping for info dumps and it had real to God awkward teenage conversations It was like being taken straight back to 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 sure how to act or what was appropriate Yet Darren and Vlad both talk openly argue lenty 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 having to actually spell it out when things boil to a headThe lot is really original I ve never seen vampires explored in this way before With "a teen vampire recently turned trying and floundering through learning how to be a Vampire Making Mistakes Nearly Making mistakes Nearly " teen vampire recently turned trying and floundering through learning how to be a vampire Making mistakes Nearly killing 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 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 ersonalities 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 each had 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 to remain too reckless yet they each supported and cared about the other looking after each other when things didn t go to Aztlan planThe story artfully broke down gender expectations subtly and without show to aoint 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 honest 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 aperback the minute it s availableFavourite uotes Shut up your face is dumb I didn t almost die Vlad muttered following Darren You are exaggerating Darren clutched at his chest I would never I do not even know why I like you But you do like me Vlad smiled at him stepping closer I suppose Right Darren said leaning in Because I m delightfu. T But while he coaxes Vlad out of his shell Darren ends up learning about Vlad’s ast and the danger Vlad is in Darren only wants to help help Vlad feel comfortable in his own skin and help him feel safeHe hadn’t lanned on falling in lov. Showers Flowers and Fangs

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Ns were cut really short by how short the book was The short aftermath of the Big Bad scenes didn t give Vlad a lot of time to experience the feelings he d no doubt be feeling Plenty of time Battered Not Broken passed of course but because we are in Darren s head 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 50ages 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 hurry through the action and the What Ive Become (The Humanity Within Book 1) parts that would show the characters in a different light Not only that the characters dealing with what 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 thatoint 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 is half supernatural creature and he eats flowersGood book Would have liked of it though Peace oot 45 stars I have 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 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 with him from The Contemporaries 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 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 Itlays a big role because you have the experience of a trans UML Weekend Crash Course [With CDROM] 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 his head but we learn enough about him through Darren s eyes Vlad s initial shyness combined with his empathy and him being so acceptance made for a winning combination He and Darren are aerfect fit then The friendship between them is super cute and the budding romancealbeit a bit on the short sidetoo For my taste it took them a bit too long to get there but that s the only criticism that I have 4 StarsI am a big Aidan Wayne fan I find their stories so comforting and gentle They write about genuinely nice eople characters who would make amazing friends in real lifeShower Flowers and Fangs is lovely There is diversity inclusion and a truly heartwarming 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 Some books just 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 own history and rules that added a sense of mystery *And Enabled Me To *enabled me to its secrets as events unfolded The main character Darren is trans half human as events unfolded The main character Darren is trans half human half fae but his special ower only emerges slowly and the reveal is very well done The Poker Slave plot focuses on Darren discovering the truth about vampires dealing with challenges in school and figuring out his mysteriousowers 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 To the Golden Shore problems until everything comes to head and there is an epic confrontation a fight a retreat and another battle I found it very engaging and was almost unable tout the book down for much needed breaks It s one of the best YA books I have ever readPlease find my full review of the second edition on Rainbow Book Reviews Ah I liked this so muchThe worldbuilding was so much fun the relationship was really cute and the two main characters were amazing and interesting and lovely teenage characters It was just a soft read and I read it so fast and enjoyed it so much The trans rep was incredible and I loved how it related to the worldbuilding reminded me of certain things I ve written haha so I obviously liked it There isn t a whole l 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 humans this story follows half human half fae transgender teen Darren as 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 is haunted by his Indulge (Warm Delicacy, 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 ofersonal need and helping 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 Tabloid City present here Darren inarticular was a great YA lead His Kirkland Revels personality was highly entertaining often saying and doing things that had me chuckling in delight I also appreciated how candid and relatable he wasarticularly in relation to being a trans teenager dealing with real world issues like uberty and self image as well as the fantastical elements of his development like the rogression of his fae abilities and the impact they had on his everyday lifeAlthough I loved many elements of this story from the characters themselves to the sweet romance that blossomed between Darren and Vlad I think the world building was robably my most favourite thing about this story I was completely immersed in this small town magical world Mostly I enjoyed Wayne s uniue and often humorous take on many of the traits we commonly relate to various magicalmythical be. 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 owers That’s something Darren can definitely relate to and he’s happy to lend his suppor.

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Darren is a half human half fae transgender teen and when we first meet him on the first Youth, Beautiful Youth 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 he s from Ukraine who s also a newcomer in town Their first meeting is not exactly meet cute Darren thinks Vlad is sniffing him which is RUDE laugh but then Darren befriends Vlad because he seems lonely this vampireThis is a delightful and wonderful read I LOVED Darren so much I loved hisositivity I loved the way Darren approached Vlad and slowly coaxed this vampire out of his shell I loved how their friendship bloomed I loved how Darren sometimes acting a bit dramatic yes he s a teenager after all when he thinks he hurts Vlad or when he thinks Vlad is being sadI think I spent reading this book with a lot of smile to my face because Darren is just ADORABLE and his moments with Vlad were super cuteThere s a slight mystery behind Vlad elusiveness on why he seemed to want to keep himself secret from eople and I thought it added to a fun time near the end Especially because it also showed a new aspect of Darren s ower as half human half faeI love Aidan Wayne s stories that I have 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 Fault Lines provided by theublisher for an exchange of fair and honest review No high rating is reuired for any ARC received I started reading this on the Kindle app and I liked it so much that I had to buy a Hunt for 901 physical copy Then thehysical copy arrived and it was so tiny just over 170 Chasing After Infinity pages and I already knew I was gonna be disappointed What was good was VERY good but the length of the story and therefore theacing left me really dissatisfied The story is about Darren a half fae trans high schooler who s just doing what half fae trans high schoolers do And he meets Vlad a newly turned vampire who just moved in with the witch down the street Vlad is running from something They become friends develop crushes on each other help each other through the trials of being supernatural teenagers supernatural Morir por un iPhone - Apple, Foxconn y las luchas de los trabajadores en China problems and regular humanroblems both and deal with some brief terrifying experiences together There are lots of laughs and feels throughout as well as SASSDarren is a sort of hyperactive type he talks constantly and sometimes awkwardly but he is a good Captain China Volume 1 person and often than not he s talking so much to try to make Vlad feel comfortable He s a total teenager At someoint in my notes I described him as bubbly and honestVlad is troubled due to the trauma of his Interplay: The Process of Interpersonal Communication past and his constant fear that it is going to catch up with him However he s very compassionate andolite and a total gentleman He first meets Darren when Darren is going to Tabitha the witch Vlad lives with for herbal remedies for his severe Cast On, Bets Off periodains He s Private Elisha Stockwell, Jr., Sees The Civil War pretty confused that Darren is menstruating yet is male but he never says anything bad about it In fact he s very supportive without being too annoyingly enthusiastic about it Notable examples belowDarren uses a glamour to make himself appear male though it doesn t work on everyone depending on their own supernatural abilities Vlad expresses early on that he s glad he can t see through Darren s glamour because I d rather see the real youAt oneoint Vlad compares Darren s ability to summon forest animals to being a Disney Past Lives, Future Lives princess but he uickly amends himself to sayrince instead because he recognises that referring to Darren as female in any context could otentially be unpleasant for DarrenNear recognises that referring to Darren as female in any context could otentially be unpleasant for DarrenNear halfway CPA Australia - Advanced Taxation point Darren and Vlad have a conversation about what Darren s options are for his future regarding thehysical aspects of his gender Darren says he s relatively happy with his body right now and it would only be a If Walls Could Talk (Haunted Home Renovation Mystery, problem if he tried to date anyone which it has been in theast He makes a comment that he can t glamour up a Arcana Mundi penis and Vlad the great lil boi that he is tells Darren that whether or not he has one shouldn t matterVlad develops an obvious crush on Darren long before Darren starts crushing on Vlad And the vampire lad is so sweet honestly He does the chivalrous thing when Darren is suffering terribly through hiseriod Actually several chivalrous things He makes him a special herbal tea makes sure he eats stays with him through all the loopiness that comes with the herbal به سوی زبان شناسی شعر painkillers and evenuts 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 because he knows Darren loves them and even orders ice cream in a cone as opposed to a cup Vlad cannot eat the cone but having it in the cone means he can hold Darren s hand 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 How "bees and how fae in springtime makes basically being horny rominent and Vlad asks Your fae side is making you want to have sex with birdsOne *super tropey romantic thing I like is when Character A is just loving life in their element joyful and happy and *tropey romantic thing I like is when Character A is just loving life in their element joyful and happy and B just watches and falls in love with them Such as on age 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 he s lovestruck but we KNOW D Along the same vein it s funny because VAMPIRES Darren is ranting about something at some Mirror Matter point and Vlad is just watching him with that dopey look on his face when he interrupts and asks to kiss Darren like the gentleman he is I had toause to awAnyway A Kiss of Shadows (Merry Gentry predictably Vlad sast catches up with him It was really spoiled by how short the book is and how fast those two dramatic climaxes were but once the Big Bad showed up it was with a really sickening jolt that I realised how deeply Vlad s abuse ran The few times Vlad briefly talked about the vampire who turned him it was a Six Days point of intrigue since chapter 1 it became clear he was turned against his will and suffered a lot under her control And when she shows up that awful oh moment just hit me so hard Bitch is 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 sarents They believe he is dead and Vlad says that it s Awareness probably better this way better to think he s dead than know they have a vampire for a son You see they aren t terribly accepting of differences as wasroven when Vlad kissed a boy and his Cat Out of Hell parents did NOT react well However some of the heavy emotio. Darren is your average half human half fae trans teenager busy figuring out hisowers and Chicken Soup for the Soul at Work 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.