Monday, December 21, 2015

BLOG TOUR: The V Girl by Mya Robarts


Thanks to Bewitching Book Tours for hosting this blog tour. I'm sharing my review of Mya Robarts's The V Girl today. Happy reading!

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Summary:

In post-apocalyptic North America, rape and sexual slavery are legal. Lila Velez, desperately wants to lose her virginity before the troops visit her town and can take it away by force. She makes plans to seduce her only friend, Rey, the most attractive man in her town. Lila does not love him but he is the only man who has shown her true affection, an affection she is willing to take as a substitute of love.

Lila’s coping mechanism to her mother’s rape and kidnapping is her secret. A secret that will bring her closer to Aleksey, a foreign, broody man. Lila does not trust him because his links to the troops and his rough, yet irresistible appearance. Aleksey offers Lila an alternative to her plans, a possibility that terrifies her…and tempts her in spite of herself.

All the while Lila will have to find a way to live in the constant company of death, slavery, starvation, sexual abuse and the danger of losing the people she loves the most.

Title:  The V Girl
Series:  N/A
Book #: N/A
Author:  Mya Robarts
Approximate Book Length:  373 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Explicit

Thoughts:

This book reminded me a lot of The Hunger Games, but it's much darker and has a BIG focus on sex. It's a dystopian world and there's a war going on. Soldiers are genetically modified and due to that are basically large humans with monstrous tendencies. They come through towns to "recruit". If you go voluntarily, ok. If they have to sort through your people aged 18-23, they pretty much rape the crap out of you right there in front of your family and townsfolk. Recruitment is literally another word for rape in this book and just about everything in this society revolves around sex due to it.

I never fully understood the societal focus on sex and why recruitment was the way it was other than painting a world full of excessive cruelty. I guess I just have issues with the world building. I mostly dug the characters though. I felt they were pretty strong and I understood why they were the way they were. Aleksey is probably my favorite character, with Azzy in second. It's because of the characters that this was a rather engrossing read despite the despair the book seems saturated with. It includes a lot of taboo topics such as rape, consensual non-consent, prostitution, exhibitionism, voyeurism, and the stigma of being a virgin.

The romance part of the story was well handled. Very realistic under the circumstances and builds right from the start so that it falls somewhere in between instant and slow. There are some heartbreaking moments both in the romance and the story itself, but *mild spoiler alert* the story ends happily enough and leaves you with hope.

Bottom Line:

The V Girl is a somewhat dark and twisted story with an unlikely romance that stays with you long after you read the last page. Don't miss this one that tackles sexuality from a multitude of angles!

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About the Author
Mya Robarts is a bookaholic who regrets nothing.

She spent years trying to become a contemporary dance choreographer. Eventually she realized that she enjoyed writing her stories rather than dancing to them.

Robarts is obsessed with books that present damaged characters, swoon-worthy guys, controversial topics and happy endings.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for hosting the tour. I just recently updated the amazon version to include a discussion guide. Since you received an amazon copy you can update any time.
    Have a merry, merry Christmas.

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