Review: Scared Shiftless

  • Title:
    • Scared Shiftless
  • Author:
    • Theophilus Monroe
  • Release:
    • September 28, 2021
  • Format:
    • Audiobook
  • Narrator:
    • Kasey Logan
  • Series:
    • The Legend of Nyx, Book 1
    • Gates of Eden Universe Series 5

I’m new to this literary universe and I’m reading things out of order. I previously listened to The Legacy of a Vampire Witch where Nicky is a character in book 2. I wanted to bring her up in that review because she was one of my flavorite characters in the entire series and even the literary universe so far. I gave up because I didn’t know how to spell her name.

Nicky is a trans water elemental and it’s amazing how much the author gets right about what it’s like being transgender. (I would know.) It was nice to read (listen) to a book that actually got things right and portrayed the character and being transgender in general hot it actually is. That being said, there was a decent chunk of the book that felt more like a lesson/lecture that got old fast for me, having lived all of this first hand.

The thing I dislike most about this book and really most books in this literary universe so far (I’m 4 books in) is how each one seems to feature an overly long introduction. I’m somebody who re-reads and listens to the books I enjoy over and over. I am 100% going to pick up physical copies of this literary universe when I get the chance. But I know it’s going to drive me crazy having to sit through this introduction section of every book.

Complaining aside, this book is wonderful. The thing I just love about this literary universe is the characters. They’re all REAL. They’re all relatable, humans. They have personalities, wants and, desires. They make mistakes and atone for them. They blunder and then have to apologize for it. Characters you think are unredeemable later show their humanity and you realize they weren’t as bad as you initially thought.

I often find myself thinking that characters in interesting literary worlds could carry their own series. Well, this is basically proof of that concept. Nicky appeared in Bloody Mad as a super interesting side character. I cum to find out she’s got her own series and I could not be more excited to follow the rest of her journey.

The narrator is amazing. I’m glad a female narrator was chosen to give Nicky’s voice life. Aside from her saying “onvelope”, which isn’t a word; I enjoyed the narration very much.

NOTE: This copy was provided to me free of charge as a digital review copy. The opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone, I was not paid or requested to give this book a certain rating, suggestion, or approval.

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