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Fangirl Friday – The Town of Superstition

The Town of Superstition is a YA series that is both surprising and a delight. It takes the familiar theme of a young boy discovering family secrets over summer to a whole new level, and introduces us to a YA friendly world of gnomes, fairies, beasts, and family betrayals.

Throughout the series, Thaddeus’ journey inspires a rollercoaster of emotions that is well worth the tears, the tissues, the screaming at the book, and all the heart-pounding nerves.

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Book One: The Midnight Gardener

t fifteen, Thaddeus Cane has moved thirty-two times with his father. Each time he’s displaced without explanation, Thaddeus loses any friends he’s made. The name of their latest town is Superstition, but it seems normal enough, with one exception.

Thaddeus’s bedroom window gives him a view into the beautiful gardens next door. Every night after dark, an attractive guy around Thaddeus’s age appears to tend the plants. When Thaddeus visits his neighbor, he discovers not only how deep his interest in the other man runs, but also that Teofil, the midnight gardener, isn’t human. He’s a garden gnome, a revelation that will lead to more secrets coming to light and an adventure unlike anything Thaddeus ever imagined.

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R. G. Thomas has been reading books from an early age. As a young gay man, however, he found very few characters with whom he could truly identify. Now that he’s an adult—or at least older than he used to be—he likes to write stories that revolve around gay characters. The Town of Superstition is his YA fantasy gay romance series which includes wizards, witches, and other magical creatures.

When he’s not writing, R. G. Thomas loves to read, go to movies, watch some TV, and putter around in the small suburban patch of ground he calls a yard. He visits his mother once a week, not just for the free cookies, and enjoys spending time with close friends drinking wine and making up ridiculous things that sometimes show up in his books. Although he hates the process of travel, he does enjoy experiencing new places. His dream trip is to one day visit the country of Greece, and he is currently saving his nickels and dimes to make that a reality.

Twenty years ago he met a man who understood and encouraged his strange, creative mind, who made him laugh more often and more freely than anyone else. They were officially married in November of 2015 and today they still laugh often as they live in a suburb just north of Detroit with their two cats who act as both muse and distraction to him while he writes.

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Book One: The Midnight Gardener

I’m a big lover of young adult, supernatural stories and the minute I read the blurb for this one, I was desperate to read it. It didn’t disappoint.

Thaddeus is like any other teenager his age – a little awkward, unsure, moody and sure that he’ll be fine, because he’s older now and smarter for it. The trouble that he got into in the story was always believable, realistic and intriguing.

From page one, I wanted to know who the mysterious midnight gardener might be and what he might be. I wanted to know what creature was stalking Thaddeus from the woods and just why there was a feeling of something being different about him, though I didn’t know what.

About halfway through, I got all the answers I could want. They weren’t thrown at me, but handed over gently, a little at a time, as Thaddeus and I learned the truth at the same time. The way the magic was revealed was gentle and considering – nothing being thrown in just for the sake of making it more interesting. Everything had it’s place, it’s meaning and it’s use. While Thaddeus and I sat back and tried to put the pieces together, things began unravelling and it felt like a real journey.

Like I said above, it really felt like I was travelling through this story with Thaddeus, just as confused and unsure of what to believe as he was, when he was. When the few revelations were made, I’d already been set up to somewhat believe them (mostly due to Teofil’s confession) and it made the thought of dragons, gnomes and witches being real that much more believeable.

Personally, I fell in love with both Thaddeus and Teofil early on. They were these sweet, narky, adorable teens that were relatable, but also very much like the teens I remember from high school. Each a little bit weird, a little guarded, a little unsure and yet drawn to each other in a way they couldn’t explain. The chemistry between them was sweet and perfect, from the start. Never over stated, limited often to just a look or a blush, their romance had more of an effect on me and was more natural than some adult romances I’ve read.

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This is an exceptional young adult novel, full of intrigue and mystery, with enough of a dash of romance to keep you smiling. I can’t wait to read the next book and find out what happens next.

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Favourite Quote

“You taste like magic,”

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