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Dancing on the Ceiling lRy compassionate and polite and a total gentleman He first meets Darren when Darren is going to Tabitha the witch Vladives with for herbal remedies 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 rather see the real 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 recognises that referring 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 regarding the physical aspects of his gender Darren says he s relatively happy with his body right 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 The Wee Free Men (Discworld, lil boi that he is tells Darren that whether or not he has one shouldn t matterVlad develops an obvious crush on Darrenong before Darren starts crushing on Vlad And the vampire Kidnapped 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 theoopiness that comes with the herbal painkillers and even puts 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 All Quiet on the Western Front 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 being fae in springtime makes basically being horny prominent and Vlad asks Your fae side is making you want to have sex with birdsOne super tropey romantic thing Iike is when Character A is just História do Rei Transparente lovingife in their element joyful and happy and Character B just watches and falls in Best Mechanic Ever love with them Such as on page 96 when Darren is PSYCHED for this thunderstorm and goes outside to frolic in it and Vlad just watchesike some kind of Dinosaur Dinners lovestruck fool Not that Darren notices he sovestruck but we KNOW D Along the same vein it s funny because VAMPIRES Darren is ranting about something at some point and Vlad is just watching him with that dopey In His Blood look on his face when he interrupts and asks to kiss Darrenike the gentleman he is I had to pause to awAnyway predictably Vlad s past 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 point of intrigue since chapter 1 it became clear he was turned against his will and suffered a ot 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 s parents They believe he is dead and Vlad says that it s probably better
This Way Better To Think way better to think s dead than know they have a vampire for a know they have a vampire for a You see they aren t terribly accepting of differences as was proven when Vlad kissed a boy and his parents did NOT react well However some of the heavy emotions were cut really short by how short the book was The short aftermath of the Big Bad scenes didn t give Vlad a ot of time to experience the feelings he d no doubt be feeling Plenty of time passed of course but because we are
in Darren s head all of the time and because these scenes just flew by it feels Darren s head all of the time and because these scenes just flew by it feels Vlad s experiences aren t really addressed or explored Particularly near the end with An Officer and a Spy less than 50 pages to go without the climax I just knew things would be rushed And I was right Iteft me really disappointed The author spent a Exposed (Annika Bengtzon, long timeovingly developing the friendship between Vlad and Darren first fleshing them out as characters then Ooko leading them into their romance only to just hurry through the action and the parts that would show the characters in a differentight Not only that the characters dealing with what happened is rushed tooI really Naked liked this book but the fact that it s so short and the climaxes are so rushed isikepbtbtbtbtbt I m upset I was really Shadow Scale (Seraphina, looking forward to a ueer vampire romance but theast third of the book Claim The Crown 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 that point 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 aot of the experiences of trans guys Even despite the fact that Darren is half supernatural creature and he eats flowersGood book Would have Nerds 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 aittle 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 In the Shadow of the Crown (Queens of England, liked how uniue thisittle world is The fae stuff especially was delightful I would Bark love to read in this universe because Ioved all the On Such a Full Sea little glimpses into some other supernatural creatures Darrenthe main characteris incrediblyikeable I was in Hello, Hippo! Goodbye, Bird! love with him from page 1 basically I don t want to make false assumptions about the au. T But while he coaxes Vlad out of his shell Darren ends upearning 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 ov. 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 real Mastered (The Enforcers, lifeShower Flowers and Fangs isovely 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 Man, Son of Man 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 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 reveal 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 rest of their 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 to put 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 Iiked this so muchThe worldbuilding was so much fun the relationship was really cute and the two main characters were amazing and interesting and Alter Ego 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 Ioved how it related to the worldbuilding reminded me of certain things I ve written haha so I obviously iked it There isn t a whole ot of plot but I honestly didn t care at all because the characters and their relationship were so Uncommon Wisdom lovely It was just aovely read 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 romantic relationship 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 rocky start but I enjoyed watching their relationship 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 romantic feelings evolved making their transition from friends to boyfriends natural and authentic I really enjoyed the cast of characters present here Darren in particular was a great YA Unseen City lead His personality was highly entertaining often saying and doing things that had me chuckling in delight I also appreciated how candid and relatable he was particularly in relation to being a trans teenager dealing with real world issuesike puberty and self image as well as the fantastical elements of his development Art like the progression of his fae abilities and the impact they had on his everydayifeAlthough I oved 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 probably 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 take on many of traits we commonly relate to various magicalmythical beings Everything about this story traits we commonly relate to various magicalmythical beings Everything about this story 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 ittle 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 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 Attracting Songbirds to Your Backyard lost all of my enthusiasm for the rest of the book I borrowed this from theibrary 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 in passing as a wonderful way to start a relationship though he s talking about an almost boyfriend from when he was thirteen Darren is a The Matriarchs (The Family little oblivious and Vlad is aittle 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 meets a chance and is willing to forgive most slights so Notes for the Everlost 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 with people 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 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 the plight that is period week I mean thank you This was 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. Verything 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 aot to give It has the understanding a non When I Moan (Vassi and Seri 1: Russian Stepbrother Romance) lecturing exploration of transife as a teenager and a really beautiful romance and self discovery plot that No Biggy! leave you with the warm and fuzzy feeling that says this was so good Il read it again It had real 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 Crush It! 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 honest to God awkward teenage conversations It wasike 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 plenty 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 plot is really original I ve never seen vampires explored in this way before With a teen vampire recently turned trying and floundering through Attracting Birds to Your Backyard learning how to be a vampire Making mistakes Nearly killing himself with those mistakes It was really cleverly conceived and well written Ioved that it didn t inger 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 personalities 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 ovely to see To watch the chemistry build over time while they battled other issues Bird-by-Bird Gardening learned about their magic and began to trust each other Ioved 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 ooking 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 romantic and thoughtful Darren was FTM was strong adventurous and sometimes dramatic Vlad was male but nervous female but romantic and thoughtful Darren was FTM yet strong adventurous and sometimes dramatic Vlad was male but nervous 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 l 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 Unbuttoning the CEO (The Suits Undone like you But you doike me Vlad smiled at him stepping closer I suppose Right Darren said My Teacher Is a Robot leaning in Because I m delightful 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 reallyove 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 Supper Club laugh but then Darren befriends Vlad because he seemsonely this vampireThis is a delightful and wonderful read I LOVED Darren so much I Moanas New Friend (Disney Moana) loved his positivity Ioved the way Darren approached Vlad and slowly coax I started reading this on the Kindle app and I approached Vlad and slowly coax I started reading this on the Kindle app and I 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 Professional Capital length of the story and therefore the pacingeft 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 problems and regular human problems both and deal with some brief terrifying experiences together There are Seven Dwarfs Find a House (Disney Classic) lots ofaughs 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 ve. Darren is always one to give somebody a second chance though and as they become friends he realizes Vlad is just Berlioz, Vol. 2 lonely and struggling with his new powers That’s something Darren can definitely relate to and he’s happy toend his suppor.