“It’s a doggy-dog world out there.”
I can’t lie, this book was hilarious. I lived for Julian’s personality. It was hilarious, wild and refreshing. But Yadriel. Yadriel had my heart, omg. Yadriel is my baby.
Yadriel is a trans man, he wants to be a brujx but as he was born with female body parts, his family have effectively said he needs to do his ceremony as a bruja or not at all.
I loved this story because it centres around loss, the loss of power, identity, gender, life. Loss of love. You identify with Yadriel because who doesn’t want to be comfortable in their own skin? You love Julian because he reminds you of you. Of someone who would stand up for their friend and do what it takes to make their friend happy.
The best character in this book is Maritza, don’t sleep on her. She is ride or die, baeeee. She does not play, she is the feminist, vegan, bruja who does not give a single f*ck.
The plot? The plot was definitely predictable. It’s short and fun and definitely made me laugh. It’s a typical YA romance fantasy with a slight twist. Julian is dead.
While I did enjoy this book, it was not challenging in any way, it was pure fluff. For the fluff alone, it’s a 5. The writing could be miles better than what was executed.
The plot had so much potential which is why I landed on 3.5 and it felt extremely rushed towards the end. The beginning was quite slow, you don’t really get anywhere until 100 pages into the book.
As a debut novel, Aiden Thomas did really well, his writing will definitely improve over time and I’m excited about this as he has a lot of potential.
With that being said, this book was still wonderful overall. I absolutely loved it as a short fun read.
Bestowed by the ancient goddess of death, Yadriel and the gifted members of his Latinx community can see spirits: women have the power to heal bodies and souls, while men can release lost spirits to the afterlife. But Yadriel, a trans boy, has never been able to perform the tasks of the brujas – because he is a brujo.
When his cousin suddenly dies, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free.
However, the ghost he summons is not his cousin. It’s Julian Diaz, the resident bad boy of his high school, and Julian is not about to go quietly into death. He’s determined to find out what happened and tie off some loose ends before he leaves.
Left with no choice, Yadriel agrees to help Julian, so that they can both get what they want. But the longer Yadriel spends with Julian, the less he wants to let him leave.