As La Vista Turns by Kris Ripper
Series: Queers of La Vista, Book 5
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: February, 27 2017
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Zane Jaffe has almost lost track of what conception cycle she’s in. (That’s a lie: this is cycle thirteen.) She’s fake-dating her pal Mildred to get her best friend off her back, but judging by how hot it was when they accidentally kissed, her feelings might be somewhat less platonic than she’d thought.
And she’s decided that healing the fractured local queer community can only be accomplished through a party. Or maybe it’s actually a wake. Whatever it is, it’ll take place at Club Fred’s, and there will be alcohol.
Trying to conceive is an unholy rollercoaster of emotions, and Mildred won’t let them kiss again until Zane figures out how she feels. Between the wake (exhausting as hell, and that’s just the fun stuff), the constant up-down cycle of trying to get pregnant, and saving the world in the meantime, Zane has no idea. Fall in love with Mildred isn’t on her list, but maybe it’s time to let go of that rigid future she’s been working toward, and instead embrace the accidents that can lead to something better.
Gay best friends
The book started off with one of the greatest opening scenes I’ve ever read. We’re introduced to main character Zane (or Z) after she fake-kisses her fake-girlfriend, Mildred. Only she wants it for real. Who hasn’t been there?
Despite that scene, I admit I was a little confused as I began reading the book. I suppose I was expecting more of an introduction to the characters than what was written, but I didn’t realize it was part of a series – and the last part at that – until I looked it up online. Do your research, friends.
After I, well, did my research, I found myself drawn to the characters and their adventures – even if I wanted to yell at Zane and her love of lists while I was reading. One of the many things I liked about the book is how normal it seemed, in a sense. Ripper wrote about zir characters and didn’t make their stories about their identities. As a queer adult who used YA books to help her come out, I really appreciated that.
I also liked the variety among Ripper’s characters in the book, specifically with Zane. Zane has her heart set on getting pregnant and having a child of her own despite her sister suggesting otherwise. There’s also a polyamorous relationship in the book, which I loved. You don’t see that very often, and I hope more authors follow suit.
I admit, I got mad at Zane several times in the book when she had several chances to tell Mildred (aka Dred) how she felt and went back to her always-handy lists instead. (Maybe that’s because I use lists too…) Their relationship took an interesting turn throughout the book, in part because of both people’s pasts. We learn Dred had a baby, the adorable James, with her now-ex named Brian, and no one bats an eye at her bi/pansexuality. Dred’s housemates Obie and Emerson just want to see her happy.
While trying to distract herself from yet another negative pregnancy test (or BFN), Zane decides to plan a wake at local bar Club Fred’s. I liked Zane’s determination during her planning process, and how she helped bring the community together after a tragedy.
And of course, I loved the romantic scenes in the book, especially when Zane finally kissed Dred for real. I’m a big fan of books where the girl gets the girl, and this one was no exception. (The sex scenes weren’t bad, either.)
All in all, As La Vista Turns is a great read in a unique setting with so much love in many different forms. The characters are stubborn at times, but I couldn’t help but fall in love with them. The book can be read without reading the rest of the series, but I’m gonna catch up.
Kris Ripper lives in the great state of California and hails from the San Francisco Bay Area. Kris shares a converted garage with a toddler, can do two pull-ups in a row, and can write backwards. (No, really.) Kris is genderqueer and has no pronoun preference, but the z-based pronouns are freaking sweet. Ze has been writing fiction since ze learned how to write and boring zir stuffed animals with stories long before that.
You can purchase As La Vista Turns (Queers of La Vista #5) from:
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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.