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[Book Review] I’m A Gay Wizard by V. S. Santoni

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Genre: LGBTQIA+ Fiction, Young Adult Fantasy
Series: Gay Wizard #1
Rating: 3 out of 5
Recommend to Others?: Maybe

 

ABOUT: You try magic once and it sticks to you like glitter glue . . .

When Johnny and his best friend, Alison, pass their summer holidays dabbling in magic, they never expect it to have consequences. Sure, it’d be great if they could banish bullies or change their lives for the better, and what harm could come from lighting a few candles and chanting a few spells? When they cause an earthquake that shakes Chicago to its core, they draw the attention of the Marduk Institute, an age-old organization dedicated to fostering the talents of young wizards.

Once there, Johnny and Alison are told they can never return to their previous lives, and must quickly adapt to a new world shimmering with monsters, fraternities, and cute boys like Hunter and Blake. But when they’re pulled into an epic, supernatural fight that could cost them both their lives, Johnny and Alison find strength they never knew they had as they battle for love, acceptance, and their own happy ending—all with the help of a little magic.

 

My Review:
I’m A Gay Wizard by was a good story but something felt off the entire time I was reading. It was as if there was something missing but I still don’t know what. Not a hole in the plot but a missing piece of a puzzle or the dots just not connecting.

It’s a decent story with lots of potential. the story gave off similar haunting vibes from such books as The GiverDivergentThe Hunger Games, and The Maze Runner.Perhaps that’s why I couldn’t figure out what was missing? The author has a talent for words and description – there were many great lines and passages.

Scenes before Johnny is at the institute were difficult to read. What’s sad and scary is that this is still happening to LGBTQ+ people in real life. Just heartbreaking.

I only felt a connection with Johnny. Everyone else was fine but rather stagnant in development. Johnny is an adorable awkward turtle who  I would love to be friends with.

There was plenty of danger and tension the characters had to face. Yet certain situations seemed irrelevant(?) to the overall story. For example, the sand monster – what was the point of this creature? In the synopsis, it says Johnny and Alison cause an earthquake (that was mentioned maybe once). Minor though it was the best friends focus more on the spell they did than the effects to the city the spell caused. It’s brushed under the rug, so I don’t get why put in an earthquake to begin with?

Another thing was Johnny and Alison’s desire to escape. It was high then quickly turned lackluster as soon as other characters appeared. They seemed to care more about the instant attraction to Blake and Hunter; escaping was secondary.

So I don’t know what to think about this series. I don’t dislike it but I also don’t really like it. Either way I don’t think I’ll continue this series.