As I am behind on reviewing books, I have decided to go for mini reviews this month, except for books who would rock my world LOL.
So here you go for these two YA.
Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
Mini Audiobook Review
“I’m not flaunting anything. I’m just existing. This is me. I can’t hide myself. I can’t disappear. And even if I could, I don’t fucking want to. I have the same right to be here. I have the same right to exist.”
I won’t lie: in the beginning of the story, I had a hard time falling into it and loving Felix.
Maybe it’s the narrator’s voice that took me some time to get used to (not my favorite voice)?
Or maybe it was because I felt felix was angry and provocative. He dared people to look at him funny. He dared people to make a comment about his gender, about his sexuality.
And he was really aggressive with Declan too.
Ezra did not fare better in my eyes, getting stoned and partying all the time.
While I am writing these words, I realize that I was exactly like these judgemental people in the book. And maybe that’s what the author wanted me to feel like.
But slowly, I realized that Felix’s “attitude” was of course because he was fed up with people telling him who he was or what he was. He was also hurt by his mother’s rejection.
And above all else, he had doubts. So many doubts.
If there is one thing that book excelled at it was really throwing all preconceived ideas I could have had about transgenders to the trash.
I believed (naively) that once they decided their physical gender was not their real gender, trans went through of course a very hard process but I never thought that once they changed, they could still have doubts!
As Felix said nearing the end of the book, he felt like a boy most of the time but sometimes, he felt like a girl. And that’s where I learned a new term: demiboy (or demigirl).
That was very eye opening!
I was also touched by what a big mess Felix ended up making of his love life and friendship. He made mistakes and regretted them. That part was what won me to the book.
Because he stopped being aggressive and he became fragile.
To sum it up: this book is a huge success and if it didn’t amaze me like I expected based on the hype, it certainly taught me a lot about transgenders.
The Ravens by Kass Morgan and Danielle Paige
I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book!
I didn’t have expectations and maybe that helped but I just knew that I wanted to read about witches in college, in a sorority!
You have two point of views.
One from Vivi, friendly, kind, clueless and eager.
One from Scarlett, very competitive , quite bitchy sometimes because she wants to be strong and flawless. Hence she ends up giving Vivi a hard time more often than not.
Kind of like good cop and bad cop.
Except the bad cop is not totally bad, just under a lot of pressure and will end up redeeming herself.
I loved reading about the recruiting of witches. The trope of “discover you have unknown magical powers” is one of my favorites (probably because I dream that could be me one day, even if I am fifty 😉 ) so I was in heaven when Vivi discovered with wonder that she was a witch! Imagine that one day you discover that you have magical power and that you might be a very strong witch at that! Cool right?
Having a killer on the lose targeting the witches added a tension throughout the book, one more layer to the story. But I confess that at some point I had my suspicions about said killer.
This story around found family, discovered power and the strength of having friends helping you was really easy to read and perfect to have a nice, uncomplicated reading afternoon.
Have you read any of these?
Thanks for reading!