This book leaves me with a lot to unpack and I hope you will bear with me as I unpack it. I would like to give trigger warnings for this book since it contains molestation.
I would like to start out with the fact I absolutely love this book. After finishing it at 11pm last night I had to just sleep on it. But there is some similarities I can see from myself in this book. I was a grandchild baby and my mother saw my LGBTQ+ tendancies early on and so I took to my gay uncles better than most family members. I also struggle with childhood/adulthood trauma that I wasn’t expecting to face in this book. The chapter on Boys Will Be Boys really struck home and when I finished this chapter I stopped reading to break down in tears. I mean ugly tears with snot and all.
I am younger than the author and would like to comment the differences as well since he was finishing college to my starting High School and figuring out my own journey. Plus a lot of the kids that were figuring out there own LGBTQ+ in a very christian south during my high school experience. I had a lot more role models, which could come from the fact that I had an uncle who was shunned from his family for being gay and marrying my uncle. I think he took me under his wing to shield me a little better and I wish G.M. Johnson had had that. I will say even with the differences I wish I had had this book in High School when I was trying to figure it all out. I hope that any child or adult trying to figure it out and needs that connection finds this book.
Five out of five stars.
Another Pride Month draws to an end. This month has been something else and we have really seen a lot of history begin to happen. I hope you remember that Black Lives Matter and that we begin to see the problems that Native Americans face daily with the rise of their protests and voices. Being Native American myself I hope you all back both with a fierceness that any racist should fear.
Here are the books I read for June 2020!
Those who compare this book to the Six of Crows is a fool. This book is definitely better. I will say the beginning was a little tough to start out with but once I got hooked I was done for. I liked the characters and I wanted to know what happens so bad I read the last chapter while I was in the middle of the book. I hardly ever do that.
I made a bad mistake with reading the end like I did because it just made the rest of the book more heightened. I enjoyed the mystery and intrigue in this book and cannot wait for the sequel. I will say the last chapter is curious and makes me wonder what that will reveal in the second book. I wonder if Séverin is a part of a different line so to speak and if his friend was another line. That is as much as I can say on that without spoiling the book.
Otherwise I do like how each character solves things in their own ways and that they seem to be equally smart. They each have their own strengths but can solve things on their own fairly easy. It is shown when they can solve one of the puzzles without the “ringleader”, Séverin. I also don’t understand why they think this is a Six of Crows remake when the two books are only similar by the fact a team of people solve something and are one the “wrong” side of the law. There is a lot of other things different. Maybe it is because they do not see themselves in the characters? I will say if the two went against each other The Gilded Wolves would win in my book.
I also like how the author put bits of history in the book that you don’t realize until after. You go through the book thinking certain things are just macabre. Then the author tells you the story behind them with her notes at the end. I learned something new that I didn’t even know. If you are curious pick the book up and give it a read. 🙂
Five out of Five Stars!
This book is heart-wrenching and you just can’t help but feel it all. The author did a really good job writing this book. I will definitely say to step back and take a break from this book regularly. It does take a toll when you read it. I had to stop every 50 pages or so with some of the topics that are brought up in the book. Some of it was triggering for me which made this book hit a little harder than usual.
Let me also give you a heads up to the tears that will fall towards the end of this book. The rest of the story is sad but the ending hits a little differently and tears will spring forward a little quicker than you anticipate. Also, do yourself a service and read the author’s note. I usually just skim these but something made me actually read this one and I loved it. It was a nice come down from the book for me.
I will say this book was a nice read for Mental Health Awareness month. It is May and the hashtag is #breakthestigma. Find something to enjoy or someone to share with and enjoy life to its fullest. Be kind to yourself and others and remember to always practice self care.
Five out of five stars. Cheers.