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Reviewed by Ankita Shukla for Readers' Favorite
Alex McKenna & The Geranium Deaths by Vicki-Ann Bush is a young adult paranormal story. Alex, a 17-year-old, shared his mom's ability to see the dead. Although his ability caused him grief with the bullies at his school, he learned to ignore the unnecessary noise. This was not the only reason for the bullies to target him, though. Since the day they realized that Alex was transgender, they figured out creative names to torment him. In addition to these problems, a series of ruthless murders in his town perplexed him. If he didn't have his amazing spidey sense, he would have considered these bodies with frozen heads as a case involving a serial killer. However, his gut told him otherwise. The more research he put into the cases with his best friend, Margaret, the firmer his suspicions grew about the involvement of a dark spirit.
The plot beautifully switches from the past to the present. Bishop's family from the past is just as intriguing as the paranormal activities in the present. The audience enjoys the easygoing chemistry of Margaret and Alex, the love of his Italian family, and his interactions with a few souls. But, as the plot takes a dark turn, not only Alex but readers also get goosebumps. The tone of the narration is in perfect sync with the scenes. On the one hand, Margaret and Alex's bantering provide a lightness to the story, but on the other hand, the entrance of the malevolent spirit brings about fear and tension. The exceptional narration of Vicki-Ann Bush ties readers to the story with the promise of an unimaginable twist. And the sensitivity with which the plot presents the concerns of a transgender teenager is praiseworthy. Alex McKenna & The Geranium Deaths by Vicki-Ann Bush has just the right blend of paranormal activities, family love, complicated romance, and realistic characters.