Friday, July 15, 2016

The V Girl by Mya Robarts - Book Tour & Review + Giveaway

The V Girl: Second Edition
Mya Robarts
Publication date: July 1st 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
In post-apocalyptic North America, sexual slavery is legal. Lila Velez desperately wants to lose her virginity before the troops visit her town and take it away by force. She makes plans to seduce her only friend. 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 for love. 

Lila’s coping mechanism to cope with her mother’s loss is her secret. A secret that will bring her closer to Aleksey Fürst, a foreign, broody man who she distrusts because of his links to the troops and his rough, yet irresistible appearance. He offers Lila an alternative to her plans, a possibility that terrifies her…and tempts her in spite of herself. 

With threats looming at every turn and no way to escape, Lila fears that falling in love will only lead to more heartache. The consequences of laying down her arms for Aleksey and welcoming hope might destroy more than her heart. They might force her to face the worst of her nightmares becoming a reality. Is love possible in a world that has forgotten what the human touch is?

My Review (may contain a spoiler or two)
**I give The V Girl a rating of 3.5 stars**

The V Girl is one of those books that sound unique and intriguing, but also dark and triggering. You don't really know where it's going to go, or how you'll react to it after you start reading it. For me, it was one of those books that I really don't know how I feel about it. I enjoyed it, but I was also slightly bothered by it. 

Lila is a virgin, a V girl, and that makes her desperate. Rape is legal, and the men who come to town to recruit members are vicious, brutal, and unrelenting when they discover someone so pure, if you will. Unwilling to have her body defiled, Lila hatches a plan to sleep with her best friend just so she can be safe. Before she can go through with her plan, though, Lila meets Aleksey Fürst. From that moment on, Lila's life will never be the same.

Ok, so when I first started the book, I found Lila to be a bit annoying and repetitive. She had something like OCD when it came to losing her virginity. Understandable, of course, but also sort of grating. However, she did become better and less annoying as a character as the book went on.

As for Aleksey, I was a bit indifferent towards him at first, but then he started to grow on me. By the end of the book, he had become my favorite character. I was glad he ended up being a decent man.

There were other characters, whose names I have drawn a blank on (I apologize! I tend to read so many books back-to-back that I forget details on occasion), that I also liked. Lila's siblings, for example. Especially her sister. I liked her a lot. 

The troops, of course, are the worst characters in the book. They're pure evil, and some of the things they do to other characters, which are described, are sickeningly awful. I couldn't even imagine living in a world where such things were legal and accepted, even if the citizens of each town didn't want to accept them.

The V Girl is a harsh, disturbing read, but it's also a love story in a way. It's ballsy in its approach of difficult subject matter, relentless in its storytelling, and makes you so glad you live in the world you do. Things could be a lot worse.

Overall, I did like The V Girl, but it's hard to describe my actual feelings about it. There were scenes that made my heart hurt, scenes that made me rage, and scenes that gave me hope. The book definitely did its job in eliciting emotions, which is always a good thing, but also makes it hard for me to describe at the same time.

As stated above, I give The V Girl a rating of 3.5 stars. If you can handle the subject matter, check it out and see what you think. If nothing else, I can guarantee you'll come to love Aleksey the most.

 

Author Bio:
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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4 comments:

  1. Great review! This sounds dark and gritty - def thought provoking! Thanks for hosting today! :)

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    1. Thank you! It is a dark book, but there is a small light at the end of the tunnel.

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  2. "The book definitely did its job in eliciting emotions, which is always a good thing, but also makes it hard for me to describe at the same time."

    Hi Jasmine B! Thanks for your honest review and for taking part of the tour. From the beginning I aimed to disturb the readers and at the same time convey that hope and love can prevail even during the darkest times. Your review is fantastic and keeps me motivated to keep writing more books in this world. Thank you.

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    1. You're welcome. :) I do think the book has the disturbing elements, as well as a hopeful sense about it, as well. I'm glad you liked my review, and I do look forward to reading more books that are set in this world.

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