Ever since the witch cursed Babs, she turns invisible sometimes. She has her mum and her dog, but teachers and classmates barely notice her. Then, one day, Iris can see her. And Iris likes what they see. Babs is made of fire.
Iris grew from a seed in the ground. They have friends, but not human ones. Not until they meet Babs. The two of them have a lot in common: they speak to dryads and faeries, and they’re connected to the magic that’s all around them.
There’s a new boy at school, a boy who’s like them and who hasn’t found his real name. Soon the three of them are hanging out and trying spellwork together. Magic can be dangerous, though. Witches and fae can be cruel. Something is happening in the other realm, and despite being warned to stay away, the three friends have to figure out how to deal with it on their own terms.
I wasn’t sure what to really expect when I picked this up as I had on;y read Highway Bodies and a short story in Kindred by Alison Evans before. And while I loved Highway Bodies and their story in Kindred they were both very different and then the blurb of this seemed equally different. I won’t lie It took me a while to get into this book, the style was such that I just wasn’t vibing with when I started this. Part of this honestly was because I was slumping hard.
But then I go into it and couldn’t put it down! Oh sweet Babs who can’t be seen except occasionally by Iris or The Boy. So often did I want to wrap my arms around her and just give her a hug and tell her it’s all going to be okay! Iris was interesting as they start the book knowing their gender identity but are still figuring things out a bit. Finally The Boy, is at the very start of his journey and thus hasn’t found his name yet.
Each of these characters are fascinating and fun, although I would have liked a fe chapters from The Boy’s perspective. It was such a light and sweet book with only Iris being misgendered as the real downer in it. But even that is dealt with in such a positive manner. Along with this all we have the very aptly named Faerie Saltkin and Dryads and a Trans Woman Witch. This book has so much positive representation, Single mothers, Depression Rep, Lesbians, Single Fathers, Muslim Transpeople, Anxiety Rep, Disability rep… and more that I can’t think of right now.
I loved every bit of this light Diana Wynne – Jones meets Weetzie Bat and then made trans story, and highly recommend EVERYONE read it!
I give Euphoria Kids:
Euphoria Kids by Alison Evans was published on 2nd February 2020 from Echo Publishing. You can purchase your own copy at Mighty Ape, Booktopia, Unity Books, Echo Publishing, or wherever you like to purchase books.