Jan 19, 2021LoganLib_Sheridan rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
So the author made the mistake of revealing everything very early. If you are familiar with book tropes, especially YA you will easily guess most of the ending after chapter two. There is a scene that just completely sets the picture.
Having said this the characters are amazing, hilarious and very easy to connect with. There is a lot to love about this book. The relationships too make for a compelling read as Yadriel fights for acceptance from his community and handles a very full-on ghost with the help of his accepting cousin Maritza.
This book has excellent trans and latinx representation using both the culture and the language and how this connects with Yadriels gender identity in a complex relationship. The language is very gendered and the culture dictates different abilities for men and women. It would have been interesting to see it applied to a non-binary person.
I loved the vegan representation as Maritza is a vegan and this affects her ability to do magic but she fights for those who are important to her when it matters in whatever way she needs to. She fully supports Yadriel and is one of his best and only friends.
The book also has other LGBT representation in Yadriel's and Julian's relationship. I love these two together because they are such opposites and yet somehow it just works. I think more input and backsory about Julian's friends would have been interesting. Maybe spin off novels? Julian has a transwoman friend too for a different perspective though I can see why the author might not want to write that story.
There might have been very few surprises but this story was a lovely cute story that was well worth the wait