Showers Flowers and Fangs E–book/E–pub
Showers Flowers and Fangs E–book/E–pub
Darren is a half human half fae transgender teen and when we first meet him on the first page Darren is suffering from menstruation cramps I don t know why but I eally 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 ead I LOVED Darren so much I loved his positivity 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 eading 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 people and I thought it added to a fun time near the end Especially because it also showed a new aspect of Darren s power as half human half faeI love Aidan Wayne s stories that I have ead 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 of fair and honest eview No high ating is euired for any ARC eceived I started eading this on the Kindle app and I liked it so much that I had to buy a physical copy Then the physical copy arrived and it was so tiny just over 170 pages and I already knew I was gonna be disappointed What was good was VERY good but the length of the story and therefore the pacing left me eally 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 unning from something They become friends develop crushes on each other help each other through the trials of being supernatural teenagers supernatural problems and egular human problems 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 person and often than not he s talking so much to try to make Vlad feel comfortable He s a total teenager At some point in my notes I described him as bubbly and honestVlad is troubled due to the trauma of his past and his constant fear that it is going to catch up with him However he s very compassionate and polite and a total gentleman He first meets Darren when Darren is going to Tabitha the witch Vlad lives with for herbal emedies for his severe period pains He s 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 ather see the eal youAt one point Vlad compares Darren s ability to summon forest animals to being a Disney princess but he uickly amends himself to say prince instead because he ecognises that eferring to Darren as female in any context could potentially be unpleasant for DarrenNear the halfway point Darren and Vlad have a conversation about what Darren s options are for his future egarding the physical aspects of his gender Darren says he s elatively happy with his body ight now and it would only be a problem if he tried to date anyone which it has been in the past He makes a comment that he can t glamour up a 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 his period 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 painkillers and even puts a uined 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 elationships start with chocolate brings over flowers and then dandelions because he knows Darren loves them and even orders ic 45 stars I have one word for this adorableThis was such an enjoyable ead 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 eally liked how uniue this little world is The fae stuff especially was delightful I would love to ead 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 page 1 basically I don t want to make false assumptions 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.
Bout 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 It plays a big ole because you have 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 eally 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 a perfect fit then The friendship between them is super cute and the budding omancealbeit 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 people characters who would make amazing friends in eal lifeShower Flowers and Fangs is lovely There is diversity inclusion and a truly heartwarming sense of belonging The MCs feel youthful and their burgeoning omance is all sorts of sweetness and adorableness Throw in some creative world building and some suspense and this is a fun eadRecommend 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 ules that added a sense of mystery and enabled me to discover its secrets as events unfolded The main character Darren is trans half human and half fae but his special power only emerges slowly and the eveal is very well done The plot focuses on Darren discovering the truth about vampires dealing with challenges in school and figuring out 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 est of their problems until everything comes to head and there is an epic confrontation a fight a etreat 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 have ever eadPlease find my full eview of the second edition on Rainbow Book Reviews Ah I liked this so muchThe worldbuilding was so much fun the elationship was eally cute and the two main characters were amazing and interesting and lovely teenage characters It was just a soft ead and I ead it so fast and enjoyed it so much The trans ep was incredible and I loved how it elated to the worldbuilding eminded me of certain things I ve written haha so I obviously liked it There isn t a whole lot of plot but I honestly didn t care at all because the characters and their elationship were so lovely It was just a lovely ead honestly 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 omantic elationship with Vlad a moody and mysterious newly turned vampire teen who moves in down the street and is haunted by his pastThe two magical teens get off to a ocky start but I enjoyed watching their elationship unfold First they became friends and allies supporting each other in times of personal 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 omantic feelings evolved making their transition from friends to boyfriends natural and authentic I eally enjoyed the cast of characters present here Darren in particular was a great YA lead His personality was highly entertaining often saying and doing things that had me chuckling in delight I also appreciated how candid and elatable he was particularly in elation to being a trans teenager dealing with eal world issues like puberty and self image as well as the fantastical elements of his development like the progression of his fae abilities and the impact they had on his everyday lifeAlthough I loved many elements of this story fro DNF at the end of Chapter 1Although I am sure the story did turned out to be as cute as the other eviewers 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 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 est of the book I borrowed this from the library A Joyfully Jay eview 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 in passing as a wonderful way to start a elationship 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 person He s willing to give everyone he. Darren is always one to give somebody a second chance though and as they become friends he ealizes Vlad is just lonely and struggling with his new powers That’s something Darren can definitely elate to and he’s happy to lend his suppor.
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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 oom and make friends with people When Darren ealizes he has feelings for Vlad he s eluctant 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 eview in its entirety here I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK FOR MY READING PLEASURE Reviewed for Divine MagazineShowers Flowers and FangsAidan Wayne 190 PagesPOV 3rd person one characterWould I ead 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 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 story has a lot to give It has the understanding a non lecturing exploration of trans life as a teenager and a eally beautiful omance and self discovery plot that leave you with the warm and fuzzy feeling that says this was so good I ll ead it again It had eal 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 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 elating to Darren as a main character Some of his struggles are universally teenager and high school while some were specifically trans elated 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 ight 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 euire stopping for info dumps and it had eal honest to God awkward teenage conversations It was like being taken straight back to high school all over again and emembering 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 plenty too about Darren s transition Vlad s background ace orientation Just in that eally 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 plot is eally original I ve never seen vampires explored in this way before With a teen vampire ecently turned trying and floundering through learning how to be a vampire Making mistakes Nearly killing himself with those mistakes It was eally 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 eal sense of their personalities as well as their connection and friendshipDarren s friendship with Vlad in a similar way was eally 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 eally 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 emain too eckless 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 omantic 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 ealAnd 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 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 past 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 planned on falling in lov.
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