Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school. Like anyone else, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is keeping a secret, and she’s determined not to get too close to anyone.
But when she meets sweet, easygoing Grant, Amanda can’t help but start to let him into her life. As they spend more time together, she realizes just how much she is losing by guarding her heart. She finds herself yearning to share with Grant everything about herself, including her past. But Amanda’s terrified that once she tells him the truth, he won’t be able to see past it.
Because the secret that Amanda’s been keeping? It’s that at her old school, she used to be Andrew. Will the truth cost Amanda her new life, and her new love?
I’ve only read a couple of books that involve transgender characters, but this one definitely stands at the top of all of them. It’s beautifully told, with brilliant characters and a perfectly paced storyline. I feel in love with Amanda from the very first chapter and I definitely rooted for her the entire time, wondering how the whole thing was going to go down because you knew it was coming. Every book needs conflict right?
Having known a few transgender people in my real life, I did find some of Amanda’s story a bit surprising, because she seemed younger and to have it more easy than the real life stories I knew. But the author added some notes at the end of the audiobook (and I assume that they’re in the hardcopies as well) which cleared up any confusion about this, and the author’s choices make sense.
All in all, this is a fantastic book, and definitely one that should make the reading list of anyone who is interested in reading diversely. It opened my eyes to some things I would have not otherwise considered as someone who is cisgendered. Definitely one that I can see making school reading lists in the near future.
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Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war.
This is not that world.
Art student and monster’s apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she is—and what she is. But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, and a world suffered for it.
In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Karou must decide how far she’ll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, secrets and impossible choices, Days of Blood & Starlight finds Karou and Akiva on opposing sides as an age-old war stirs back to life.
While Karou and her allies build a monstrous army in a land of dust and starlight, Akiva wages a different sort of battle: a battle for redemption. For hope.
But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream?
After finishing the first book in this series, I was really excited to get into this one. I couldn’t wait to see what was going on with Karou and Akiva and all the others, and what this whole war thing was doing. But when I actually started getting into it, I was honestly, kind of… bored. Especially for the first half of the book.
Don’t get me wrong, there was a lot of stuff going on throughout this book, and I’m sure that all the development that didn’t get figured out in this book will come up in the third. But it just seemed to drag on and on, until the action finally started picking up. I admit that the ending made up for a slow start, because holy macaroni, that was crazy, but it does drive my rating down a bit.
All in all, I did enjoy this book, and I’m really curious to see where Taylor is going to take it for the third book. Things have already been so crazy that I honestly have no idea where this is going to end up.
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