The V Girl [Review, Tour & Giveaway!]

The  V Girl [Review, Tour & Giveaway!]
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Title: The V Girl
Author: Mya Robarts
Publisher: Self-published
Publishing Date: 20th June 2014
Rating: 4 Stars
*Thank you to Xpress BookTours for the review copy*
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Synopsis: 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.

Due to mature content, this book is intended for
+18 readers.


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Review: The
V Girl
by Mya Robarts was a book that took me completely by surprise. I’d
read reviews of the book before. I knew what it was going to be about. But I
wasn’t quite prepared for the avalanche of emotions and strong opinions that
were going to hit me. And by strong opinions, I don’t mean the right or wrong
opinion of the author. But the author explores the ideas of sex and rape in
positive and negative ways alike.
You can tell that this book is set in the future, but it
shares some relations to the world we know as well. This combination makes it
possible for us to really understand the situation, but the author also
includes some ideas that are entirely foreign to us as well. All of it is well
described so that it was easy to understand without it becoming info-dumpy in
the process.
I really liked the main character, Lila. I might not have
agreed with everything she was doing, but I could see things from her point of
view and understood her reasoning. Which was all that mattered, really. Lila is
a character who is strong, independent and sassy sometimes. She wants to find
love, but at the same time she wants to be safe and doesn’t want to compromise
one for the other. Besides her goals in life, it’s also evident that she truly
values her family. She is always watching out for her cynical younger sister,
Azzy, and her younger brother Olmo who has fibrosis. On top of all that, her
father is disabled as his legs have been crushed through abuse. She really
takes on the role as the head of the family.
The book is incredibly graphic when it comes to
descriptions of torture, rape and also any violence people have to experience
in this book. The author writes in the synopsis that this is one for eighteen
year old readers and above, and I have to agree. It clearly shows the true
horrors behind the violation of rape and the abuse that some people experience
just for being born the way they were. Other themes such as racism, friendship
and also religious viewpoints are discussed in this book.
Despite this one being so heavily focused on the idea of
civil war and rape, there is also making love in a positive matter mentioned
too. That’s the kind of thing Lila is looking for in this novel, with the right
person. She has two main options open for her – so yes, there is a little bit of
a love triangle in this one. Both men are stark opposites of the spectrum and
because it isn’t Lila trying to lead them on – she clearly states what she
wants from both and gives them the chance to give it to her – I didn’t mind it
too much. A little bit at the end I did, but otherwise I was fine with the love
triangle.
And let me just say – when making love was mentioned or
described in a positive manner, the tension between the couple was palpable. It
was incredibly steamy >.> That’s all I am going to say about that 😀
There was a little bit of banter between Alesky and her
(one of the love interests) and this novel – despite covering all those themes –
is really about coming of age. Virginity can be related to that, but this novel
also really relates it to her personal growth as a person, as she realises when
she cares about and what she is willing to risk her life for.
The novel is also centered on the human touch. In a world
where rape is legal and everyone is poverty stricken, is there such a thing as
human love and kindness anymore? The author cleverly poses this question and we
see the theme develop and unfold throughout the novel.
I really enjoyed reading this. It was a bit much to
center an entire novel on, but I raced through it in the matter of a few days.
I appreciated the way the author slowly revealed the main themes of this novel
and more and more about the situations in the story as well. Well written!
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