Love Rampage by Alex Powell: 8/10 Stars

 

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Maira has always wanted a unicorn, but isn’t quite prepared when one shows up on her doorstep and kidnaps her-and proclaims that Maira must confess her feelings to the girl she loves. Maira is definitely reluctant to follow through with that, but everything changes when Carol is kidnapped by a demon…

 

 

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Overall Rating: 8/10 stars

Arthur’s Review: 4/5 Stars

This one is super cute! I’m not really sure what else to say, haha. It’s cute and fairytale-ish and fun and ridiculous. I love how Maira’s being trans is handled in this story – she has her self doubt and her dysphoria but it wasn’t ham fisted, it felt natural and not heavy handed in anyway.

Love Rampage is the story of a girl with a crush and she wishes she could tell her crush and that wish draws a Unicorn to her. The unicorn’s mission is to help her make her wish come true. So the unicorn takes Maira on a journey – through our world and mythical ones – to get ready to go and see her crush and tell her.

The problem is that a serpent is whispering in Maira’s crush’s ear, and it starts whispering in Maira’s, too. Playing on their insecurities. And they have to fight against it, to battle it with their confidence and their truths.

And it’s all just so cute!

Maria’s Review: 4/5 Stars

Wow, this was a ride. Talk about suspension of disbelief. I mean, I enjoyed it. Definitely enjoyed it! But yeeeeah, there was a lot going on.

But it’s not like I hadn’t been warned. Latin Trans girl gets kidnapped by a unicorn in her pyjamas and has to find the girl she loves to make a Big Declaration. First of all, WHAT’S NOT TO LOVE?! It sounds so unbelievable, it has to be good, right? Yep, absolutely. I felt like the writing would’ve been super suited for very young readers, but it also just worked for me because it was simple and just fits with the overall ‘Modern Fairy Tale’ feeling.

I adored Maíra so much and I LOVED the unicorn. Their interactions were hilarious, sweet and adorable. Although their talks about why humans are the way they are – obsessed with gender and sex and money, unhelpful and too complicated – were not only funny at times, but also a little heartbreaking and made me think a couple of deep, thinky thoughts.

There were a couple of loose ends, that didn’t really get touched upon or explained, which yes I know, is the nature of a short story, but it did leave me wondering a tiny bit too much for my taste. And while I enjoyed the story, and even though modern day magic tales need a villain and a big fight, this last bit didn’t work for me 100%. The appearance of the evil was a bit too sudden, the explanation too vague and it all ended a bit soon. I did however love the emotional part of it. In this scene, but as an overall theme of the story too.

In the end, what really counted for me was that the story left me with a smile on my face and the facts I took away from it: Unicorns are made of love, fairies are made of goodwill and villains are made of loathing and hate. Simple but beautiful.

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