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For Alex McKenna, high school is just a distraction from the love of his life, Margaret, with whom he can't wait to spend more time once they get to college.

In many respects, Alex is just an average seventeen-year-old boy...except for the fact he's a transgender medium born from a long line of Strega witches, possessing the ability to communicate with ghosts.

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Published September 30th 2019 by The Parliament House (first published September 24th 2019)
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Lauren Stoolfire
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Alex McKenna & The Geranium Deaths by Vicki-Ann Bush is a hidden gem. I honestly have no idea why this isn't more love. It's everything I never really knew how much I needed in my life. If you're looking for a unique YA LGBT+ Urban Fantasy featuring a medium who can communicate with ghosts who comes from a long line of Strega witches and also happens to be trans guy. The dead need Alex's help to resolve past issues, his grandmothe
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Sandra
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Alex Mckenna & The Geranium Deaths is a story packed with adventure, mystery, the occult, and love. Alex is the teenage boy eager to finish his senior year in high school and be free to follow the path of his choosing. But a series of gruesome murders in his neighborhood, disrupts his ordinary existence bringing forth a hidden power that makes Alex unique: he is an empath and can see and talk to the dead- a power passed on for generation through his mother’s side of the family. But Alex's unique ...more
S. Barker
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
A fun read, despite some small dissapointments.

The most interesting part is the way the main character, Alex, and the fact that he is a trans boy, is handled, in a natural and almost casual way. It is not explicitly mentioned, which is good. It is what it is.

The thing that struck me as the least realistic (and yes, I mean it despiste the fact that Alex and his family have paranormal habilities) is that being a fourth generation Italian he still uses the language casually. Americans are a bit cra
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Becky Price
Jul 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks, lgtbq
I personally love books, shows, etc., about people who can see, talk to, and help the dead. I couldn't wait to read this book. While I really connected with our MC, Alex, and was super intrigued by the plot and subplots of this book I could only identify one giant flaw. The audio narrator. I know if I would have physically read this book I would have loved it a lot more, thus why I am bumping up my original 3.5 rating to a 4. On Audible I will be giving this book 3 stars. While I enjoyed his ton ...more
S.C. Alban
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There is so much I like about this book. I love the paranormal aspect. Ghosts, witches (and they're Strega!!), demon spirits, I love them all, so I was really into the whole premise of this book; a psychic teen with witchy powers communicates with the dead and saves lives. How can you go wrong?

But what really sets this book apart is the main character, Alex. Alex is a teen, but he's also a trans male, and I do believe this is the first time I've read a YA book in which the trans aspect of the MC
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KateMarie
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ms. Bush takes on more than just ghosts, murder, and mystery in this book. The well written story reminds everyone that the one thing we want out of life, no matter our personal journey, is to be loved and accepted. By focusing on the action and emotional impact, she helps the reader transition into Alex's world. Life isn't perfect for any of us, but keeping secrets really doesn't help. It's better to have the courage to be true to yourself and support others than worry about an image. In the en ...more
Lauren Jones
Jul 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Having the gift of sight would probably be helpful, but would it be scary? Imagine you are sleeping and you suddenly wake up to find a ghost sitting on your bed or standing over you, just waiting for you to open your eyes. That would be pretty terrifying for some. For others, it might be entertaining. Who knows. In this world filled with paranormal activity, Alex McKenna is the lead character and Bush has added a little bit of spice to his character. He sees ghosts! Who doesn’t love that?

Alex li
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Susan
This was a fun YA urban fantasy. Alex and Margaret were fun main characters to follow around. I really liked Alex. He’s well grounded and comfortable with his witchy skills that let him communicate with the dead. For a YA novel, this story did an amazing job of avoiding teen angst (something that usually turns me off YA). I loved that Alex and Margaret have regular teen challenges, like school and a little bullying, but then they also have this passion to help spirits move on and protect the liv ...more
Teresa
Jul 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Alex McKenna is a transgender teen with the gift of being able to see and interact with ghosts. He is also a member of a family of Strega witches. Alex and his family try to cross over deceased spirits who are causing problems in the living world. This time the case hits very close to home. His own house. People are dying of no apperant reason but the weird part is when they are found their head is frozen. it is up to Alex, his family, and his best friend Margaret to figure out who the spirit is ...more
Angela
Jul 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received this as an audiobook to read for free in exchange for my honest review. Thank you to The Parliament House for giving me access.

A transgender medium?! Yes please!! I went into this not thinking I would enjoy it (I am a total "judge a book by its cover" person). Vicki-Ann Bush created a story that I definitely need more of. Having a character that is transgender and going through treatment for change, all while in a fantasy world, this is something more authors need to incorporate into
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Mike
Feb 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Neither YA nor supernatural books are typically my thing, rare exceptions aside, but I wanted to read this due to the trans lead character. Alex is a compelling character, and his trans identity is rendered with integrity and subtlety. The story itself did not suspend my disbelief, but it nonetheless had depth and was skillfully executed. I think fans of otherworldly and LGBT YA books will be well-served here.
Wren Handman
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a great read! It's so nice to see a young adult book where the protagonist isn't hiding their identity from everyone in their life. Having it all out in the open really changes the nature of the supernatural and how the main character interacts with his friends and family, and that was great to see.

Plot really carries you along, and I loved the end.
 Reading Reindeer
A really enjoyable and fascinating YA Paranormal Mystery, strongly grounded in family, tradition, heritage, and Italian culture (and cuisine). The story also interweaves local heritage and family ties, and some terribly spooky and horrifying elements--both paranormal and human evil. Quite a compelling and fascinating read, eliciting empathy for the characters throughout.
Temple Kinyon
Sep 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an incredible story! I dove into Alex McKenna's story because I know Vicki-Ann Bush is a talented writer. But once I started, I was sucked into the multi-layered story. I enjoy paranormal, so she hits it out of the ballpark in that aspect. This is the first time I read YA featuring a trans main character. I loved how Alex's character evolved, but it wasn't overpowering. It was a completely enjoyable and believable way to tell Alex's story. I recommend this book to anyone YA and older to rea ...more
Stevie Aubuchon-mendoza
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As someone from Italian culture and also part of the LGBTQ community, this book is an utter delight. It’s genuinely a great YA read with all the elements of the paranormal and family history that I crave. With a subtle but poignant nod to character’s transgender life, it breeds awareness without otherness and while it’s part of the story, it’s not THE story. I couldn’t recommend it enough.
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Originally from New York, I currently reside in Nevada. Writing Young Adult paranormal, I find my inspiration from events that have been in my life for as long as I can remember. Inheriting my sensitivity to the supernatural from my family, they continue to be an endless source of vision.

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