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The V Girl: A Coming Of Age Story

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Author: Mya Robarts

Published: June 20th 2015 by Mya Robarts

Format: Kindle Edition , 340 pages

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Language: English


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ROMANCE SET IN A DYSTOPIAN FUTURE In post-apocalyptic North America two emerging nations are at war and 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 ROMANCE SET IN A DYSTOPIAN FUTURE In post-apocalyptic North America two emerging nations are at war and 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 hides 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? NOTES FROM THE AUTHOR * This is a book full of romance and anti-rape messages. I didn't write this book to romanticize violence against women but to tell the story of a girl who has to come of age under the most terrible circumstances. * This full-length novel is a stand alone. No cliffhanger. * Alpha male hero. No cheating. No slut-shaming. * Includes a discussion guide for bookclubs. * Possible triggers for abuse survivors. * Loosely based on documented evidence of unpunished war crimes.

30 review for The V Girl: A Coming Of Age Story

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ben Alderson

    Literally one of the most unique novels I have ever read. It took me half a month to read because i was savouring every moment of this reading experience. It was intense, romantic, dangerous and touching. A coming of story novel that will knock you side ways.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Vicky

    The V Girl is possibly the most heart-wrenching, stomach wrenching and, if that even makes sense, steamiest panty-wrenching book I read in years, possibly ever. It’s brutal, sexy, addictive and completely unique. Imagine getting a mix of the feelings of despair and love of Hopeless with a brutal future like The Handmaid’s Tale, with a war setting where romance will blossom like The Bronze Horseman with the gut-wrenching angst of The Hunger Games, , with the slow sexual tension of Th The V Girl is possibly the most heart-wrenching, stomach wrenching and, if that even makes sense, steamiest panty-wrenching book I read in years, possibly ever. It’s brutal, sexy, addictive and completely unique. Imagine getting a mix of the feelings of despair and love of Hopeless with a brutal future like The Handmaid’s Tale, with a war setting where romance will blossom like The Bronze Horseman with the gut-wrenching angst of The Hunger Games, , with the slow sexual tension of The Captive Prince series, the feelings of Wait for You, healthy anti-rape messages like , the disgust of a crime novel (and I dare male readers to read certain "Saint Agatha" scene and still tell me that new adult romance is a silly gender) and as a cherry on the top a little bit of Young adult dystopia fun romance in the style of Delirium and Angelfall. . Behold the handsomeness and fierceness of Aleksey FÜrst. Meet Lila, a heroine you might love or hate depending in how you feel you'd act if facing her problems Is it acceptable that a girl takes matter in her own hands to avoid a life of slavery? Should she try with different guys or should she accept Aleksey’s proposal and his “quirks”? Justify your answer. What would you do if it was you the one in danger of being taken by the soldiers if you don’t lose your virginity first? That’s the basic premise. Lila is 18 and wants to lose her virginity and feel at least for once, that she’s safe in the sexual department. There are a lot of events, some violent, some funny, some sweet that all revolve around Lila’s basic need of connecting to another person through sex. This will save her from recruitment A.K.A. rape. I love the romance, the messages, the poems between chapters, the world building. I can explain the Second civil war as well as I can explain the first one. I stayed up late last night to finish this book and I’m captivated. Perhaps it’s because I’ve had my own story with the theme of this book, but I love it. I think that only a handful of new adult authors can handle the topic well and make it heart-wrenching, romantic, entertaining and thought-provoking without making it preachy nor boring. Mya Robarts is one of those authors. She delivers a story that keeps the reader laughing, raging, hating, loving, thinking, cringing applauding, and when it ends you are free to take the messages with you as food for thought, or think about this book as a love story. A brutal love story but romantic nonetheless. The V Girl contains graphic scenes that might shock some readers, but let me assure you that this graphicness is reserved to consensual acts of sex and a horrible depiction of torture. Although rape is a reality in this world we don’t get to witness it. We know it more from backstory and the way the author showed us the feelings of the characters. Lila’s fears became mine as I was reading and that’s to the credit of the world-building and writing. The prose is simple, unadorned, straight to the point, and that makes the situations believable. Even the romance. As far as the dystopian genre goes, this isn’t the typical story where the circumstances are tweaked to make the protagonist the leader. No rebels, no special powers, no arms are handled to the protagonist in a silver plate so she’ll lead the rebel forces against the oppressive government. Lila will find that if she has to lead a rebellion she’ll have to: 1) learn how to drive in a place where this is forbidden for her people 2) stir her gang to become stronger, because they suck. 3) Learn to fight with her own hands because the guns of her resistance gang are primitive. 4) Become a leader herself when she would prefer not to become one. But the current leader of the rebellion sucks at it. This is refreshing. Not every YA dystopia (or more like NA dystopia) character has to be Katniss nor Tris. Katniss struggled to become a leader, but still she got people eager to make her a symbol and Tris didn’t seem to find any difficulty in getting guns. Lila will have to learn how to use everyday objects as guns and will have to do what she can to become stronger. I admire her so much because of this. If it were me, I wouldn’t want to go out of my house ever. I'd live in hiding. Aleksey is fantastic... I could predict from the first chapter that he’d be a love interest, but other than that I couldn’t see where the relationship would go. You'll find what I'd call an I-want-to-use-you triangle here. Lila wants to use her best friend, but she doesn’t want a relationship with Rey, nor anyone. Rey, the best friend, wants to save Lila “from sin” but he wants to be in love with his dead ex-fiancé forever, and Aleksey wants to deflower Lila, but he doesn’t think he’s capable of love and he knows he won’t be around for her. Aleksey doesn’t want to fall in love but he will and that is one of my favorite parts of this book. In terms of steamy scenes, I think that they were well written and sexy. Some are rough, some are sweet, some are graphic but all are realistic and vital to the plot or the overall message of the book. I enjoyed them all! For example this quote Why does it have to hurt only me? It’s true! Why sexuality is always more difficult for women than for men? Not fair. But as I said, the messages are there hidden between the characters actions if you want to see them, but if you don’t, this is still a very compelling story of fighting for love and against love. I recommend this book to 17 plus readers, because some topics here are disturbing, but any reader that can handle the heavy subject will enjoy the book. Read this if you want something different.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Candace

    When I started this book, I knew it would deal with some pretty "heavy" subject matter. After all, the blurb is pretty forthcoming about the fact that rape is commonplace in this futuristic world that Mya Robarts created. While it proved to be every bit as gut-wrenching as I expected, there were also more moments of simplistic beauty than I had anticipated. Given the dark, gritty and downright gloomy existence that the heroine lives, these few exquisite moments provided her with the inspiration When I started this book, I knew it would deal with some pretty "heavy" subject matter. After all, the blurb is pretty forthcoming about the fact that rape is commonplace in this futuristic world that Mya Robarts created. While it proved to be every bit as gut-wrenching as I expected, there were also more moments of simplistic beauty than I had anticipated. Given the dark, gritty and downright gloomy existence that the heroine lives, these few exquisite moments provided her with the inspiration necessary to keep living another day. For the reader, they served to keep the story from becoming so depressing as to not be enjoyable. Even in the darkest of times, there is light to be seen if you look hard enough. Finding that light is the essence of the human drive to survive against all odds. Lila Velez was a girl that managed to find the light in a very dark world. Coming of age in her town meant being eligible for recruitment by the army. While this sounds deceivingly honorable, don't let the fluffy language fool you. "Recruitment" is really a nice way of saying "rape" that is completely legal and sanctioned by the government. There is nothing nice about it or this life that Lila was born into. It is raw, brutal and horrific. If you can picture that, then you can imagine the morose feeling that pervades this book. The vast majority of this book takes place in the months preceding the recruitment ceremony. (Yes, they actually have a big ceremony to celebrate these traumatic, and very public, mass rapes.) There was a strong sense of impending doom and the clock ticked down to the time that Lila would face a certain and brutal rape. Fully aware of what the future holds in store for her, Lila is determined to take control of her own first sexual experience--to the extent that she can when she is faced with an ever-shortening timeline. She sets out to lose her virginity before it can be taken from her. She has no illusions of romance, but refuses to let the soldiers take that part of her. At least she can be sure that her first time will be with someone that she cares about, even if it isn't with someone that she is in love with. When Lila's best friend, Rey, first turns her down, she is disappointed but not deterred. She is certain that she will be able to convince Rey before the troops arrive in their town. If she can't she is sure that she can find somebody. After all, anyone would be better than the soldiers. General Aleksy Furst immediately takes notice of Lila when he arrives in town. An awkward, rather comical, first meeting ensures that he won't soon forget Lila. Despite her initial protests, Lila eventually comes to consider Aleksy's offer to rid her of her virginity. While reading this story, it was easy to draw many parallels between this fictional futuristic dystopian America and factual past and present war crimes of the world. This book forces readers to evaluate their values and sheds light on many unpleasant truths that are not discussed in polite society. From homophopia, rape, government-sanctioned war crimes, genetic modification, gender-specific roles to hypocrisy, this book touches on so many controversial topics that I couldn't begin to list them all. That is really what makes this book so moving and memorable. Of course, I enjoyed the love story that evolved between Lila and Aleksey. However, the beauty of this book was in it's ability to make readers think about these controversial topics. The best books are those that force us to reevaluate our beliefs and behaviors, sculpting us into better, more compassionate, individuals. This is one such book. While this book certainly isn't a feel-good type of story, I highly recommend it. Like '1984' and other dystopian classics, 'The V Girl' is a thought-provoking social commentary. I especially liked the questions for discussion that the author included at the back of the book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    ⋆☆☽ Kriss ☾☆⋆

    Wow, The V-Girl is one hell of a book. What a punch it throws to the heart and soul! There are so many amazing things about this story that this review will be a bit lengthy. But... since I don’t want to make it cover 20 pages like an analytical essay, here’s a quick bullet list of some great things: • Lots of anti-rape messages (yes!) • Pro-consent messages (yes!) • Anti slut-shaming messages (yes!) • Healthy relationship choices/behaviors (such as being honest about expectations/wants, defining bou Wow, The V-Girl is one hell of a book. What a punch it throws to the heart and soul! There are so many amazing things about this story that this review will be a bit lengthy. But... since I don’t want to make it cover 20 pages like an analytical essay, here’s a quick bullet list of some great things: • Lots of anti-rape messages (yes!) • Pro-consent messages (yes!) • Anti slut-shaming messages (yes!) • Healthy relationship choices/behaviors (such as being honest about expectations/wants, defining boundaries, accepting and working with obstacles like PTSD, respecting partner’s wishes, and lots more) • Properly executed alpha male (i.e. is all the thrill and sensuality of power and control without any of the physically or emotionally abusive behavior you so often see with supposed “alpha” characters in books) • Recognition that men can be raped (by either sex) • Healthy, supporting view of sexuality that encourages people to take control of it, know their bodies, explore their desires, and to not be ashamed to be a sexual being and have these types of feelings. • Exploration of these topics in a way that’s deep but easy to connect to and understand • Supportive father figure who wants his daughter to be happy and embrace her sexuality and doesn't demonize her whatsoever (and a supportive brother and sister too though Azzy does have a few moments, but seeing as she’s like 11 this is excusable) • Recognition that virginity is not a legit biological thing (it’s basically just “a person who hasn’t had sex” which doesn’t define anything really essential since a virginal and not virginal body have no real differences outside of the very temporary damage that might be inflicted by penetration) and that the hymen is just a useless piece of tissue that can break even if you’ve never had sex and can stay intact even if you have sex every day. • And probably lots of other stuff I should have taken notes but I was really into reading this so I didn’t think to. I might go back someday to better elaborate and all the specifics that made me go “Yes! Yes! Fuck yes!” This is a powerful story that tells the story of an 18 year old girl working hard to keep living from day to day who is exploring her sexuality and herself in a world where there’s war and the recruitment (which is a showy ceremony of legalized rape) looming above her. She suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder after witnessing many horrible things—and has developed her voyeurism kink from the trauma—yet still yearns to be loved and have a consensual, trusting sexual relationship, especially since recruitment is fast approaching and Lila cannot bear the idea of being raped by soldiers like her mother was and experiencing sexual contact for the first time under such horrible circumstances. She wants to lose her virginity to protect herself and to have a bit of control over her body in a world that doesn’t think anyone has that right—the right of autonomy. It’s very easy to relate to Lila; her fears, her wants, her hopes, her turmoil. She’s everything an 18 year girl is—full of complex feelings and desires, a blend of childishness and maturity that is on the cusp of true confidence and ownership of self—but she is also so much more: a survivor, a fighter, a dreamer, someone who expects the worst but deep down wishes and hopes for the best. I loved Lila. Not once did I feel unsatisfied with her character; I could understand her very well and thought she was a great choice of a heroine. This is where Aleksey comes in; he’s actually super well written too. He embodies the “alpha male” archetype, but in a way that removes him entirely from being abusive. He heavily values consent, is open and forthcoming about his wants with Lila and the constructs of their relationship as it progresses from sexual connection to deep romantic love (so, for example, he doesn’t lie to her about wanting a romantic relationship with her at first and is honest about wanting to be just about a sexual connection and human touch), doesn’t blame Lila for her PTSD or try to force or coerce her into doing something she doesn’t want to, is willing to fulfill the things Lila needs in order to have with him (like consent, trust, and understanding), and always has a firm control over himself with Lila so he doesn’t hurt her—even accidentally. He’s not perfect, of course, he’s suffering from a kind of emotional ignorance and detachment from his hard life, but he slowly learns with Lila and becomes better and better with how to love her and express it, just like how Lila slowly becomes better at trusting and being comfortable with sexual intimacy after her ordeals and fears. Although, one thing I want to address is that Aleksey’s kink is rape roleplay or as the book calls it “consensual non-consent”; which while, like Lila, that makes me personally a little uncomfortable just because the nature of this is a little complex to define in terms of morality and when it goes to far or is no longer safe/healthy, I think the author handles this in a good way by having Aleksey understand the boundaries of it and that he has to be aware of his partner’s feelings and be sensitive to when consent is withdrawn or a line is drawn. If this was just your average story, I’d say it was unnecessary to add in, but usually the people who have this kink and who are very clear about the boundaries of it either exist in a society that warps sex or they have had a traumatic experience with sexual assault; for example, survivors of rape often engage in rape roleplaying because it’s a way for them to regain a sense of control over their bodies and cope with their trauma (though it can manifest in other people for other reasons). While we’re not given a backstory of how Aleksey got this kink, I’d say it’s safe to assume it manifested from the world he’s in and the things he’s seen, much like how Lila’s voyeurism developed as a result of seeing others get raped and is her coping mechanism. Also, there’s a seven year age gap between our leads, but since we’re in a situation where Lila wasn’t really allowed to be like your average teenager and mature at her own pace, she is presented as a much more mature and competent person than what we see in your average contemporary novel, I’m not being as harsh as I’d usually be. Yes, she’s 18, but generally a 25 year old is a lot more mature and experienced so this creates a power imbalance which is a problem. In this case, even though Aleksey is more experienced and mature, he doesn’t present anything in his behavior that speaks that he would abuse this gap in power and Lila is intelligent and experienced enough to not easily fall prey to being in that situation or be the kind of person someone would target if they had such power-abusing tendencies in mind. We get to watch their relationship develop slowly, understand their individual feelings, their turmoil, and we see how them opening up to each other deepens and intensifies their connection with one another as it grows from one thing into another, so you get a feel that this relationship is real and legitimate, making it quite a realist romance that speaks to readers on deep levels, all while the story somehow makes time to be a platform for discussion and thought regarding the morals of relationships and sex and autonomy at the same time as this epic story of dealing with emotions and sexual desire between two people not quite sure how to merge the two work to find the answers together one clumsy step at a time. As for the writing, the author does a superb job. The style was simple, yet heartfelt and appropriate to the setting. The messages are coherently conveyed, the story soundly weaved, the characters very well fleshed out, and outside of a few errors in my Kindle edition I could find no grievous flaw to the prose. Thumbs up from me! All in all, if you aren’t very sensitive to the topics surrounding rape and aren’t triggered by the topic easily, this is a great read that’s as equally moving for the heart as it thought provoking for the intellect. Though since the book contains a lot of mature subject matter and a few detailed sex scenes, I would definitely say this is new adult, though I think perhaps it’d be worthwhile to have a mature 16 or 17 year old read it because it has such a healthy romance/relationship and offers very sound, good messages regarding some very sensitive issues that are paramount to your average young person and young women especially. (I wrote this kind of fast right before heading out somewhere so I’ll likely return to it at a later date to proofread and maybe add some more stuff! All in all, five star book! Thanks for the recommendation, Veronica!)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Janila

    SO SO SO SO Soooooo good! You know that scene in Pride and Prejudice? The 2005 version where they share that beautiful heartwrenching moment beside the rising sun and a part of you just dies? Well this book did that to me. Admittedly a lot of my death has to do with Aleksey Furst, but it was also how well this book is written! The heroine, Lila Velez, is kick-ass and Aleksey Furst is beyond unbelievably wonderful. Rather than summarize the plot as some reviews have already done nicely, I want to SO SO SO SO Soooooo good! You know that scene in Pride and Prejudice? The 2005 version where they share that beautiful heartwrenching moment beside the rising sun and a part of you just dies? Well this book did that to me. Admittedly a lot of my death has to do with Aleksey Furst, but it was also how well this book is written! The heroine, Lila Velez, is kick-ass and Aleksey Furst is beyond unbelievably wonderful. Rather than summarize the plot as some reviews have already done nicely, I want to note a few things. Punto numero uno. The world Miss Robarts created is haunting and a bit scary at times, but it's filled with adventure, and most of all it's original. Next pointer. I love how strong and capable Lila is both physically and mentally. Despite her preconceived notions of others (namely a certain someone whom she catches the eye of), a result of the tragedies she grows up with, she never annoyed me, which is a huge plus in my book. Sure, there were times I wanted to yell at her: JUST GET TOGETHER ALREADY, but for what I got in the end, I wouldn't trade all that waiting for anything. Need I remind you: Which of course brings me to...ALEKSEY! Absolutely gorgeous man. In every way. I would read any book that he's in granted that Miss Robarts writes it! She is able to capture his self confliction, passion, and generous heart (even though he isn't much of a talker (view spoiler)[That is until Lila gives him reason to open up to her! (hide spoiler)] ) through glances and gestures. In fact, it seems as though all the words she has chosen serve a purpose, whether that is to unfold the plot or shed light on a character. I love this book so much I re-read it a second time the next day and it had me grinning like a fool. Disclaimer! This book is NOT like Pride and Prejudice! I simply related it to this book due to emotional similarities because Aleksey has the ability to make me both die and smile uncontrollably.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    You can see this and other reviews on my blog: Book Nerd Paradise At first, I was very cautious to try out The V Girl. It sat on my TBR shelf for months as I went back and forth on whether to read it or not. I didn't know how much violence there was, or what kind of violence, and it made me hesitant. The blurb isn't very clear as to how explicit the book is, or if it's more along the lines of bdsm/erotica. In the end, I took a chance, figuring that I could just set it aside if it made me too uncom You can see this and other reviews on my blog: Book Nerd Paradise At first, I was very cautious to try out The V Girl. It sat on my TBR shelf for months as I went back and forth on whether to read it or not. I didn't know how much violence there was, or what kind of violence, and it made me hesitant. The blurb isn't very clear as to how explicit the book is, or if it's more along the lines of bdsm/erotica. In the end, I took a chance, figuring that I could just set it aside if it made me too uncomfortable. After I closed the final chapter, I took a few moments to gather my thoughts and feelings. This book is very different that what I normally read and the conclusion I came to boils down to one word: thought-provoking. Not only does The V Girl have the typical elements of a traditional novel - there's a story line, character building, world building, romance - but it also takes a look serious subjects and makes the reader think about them. What happens to society when rape is legal and everyone has been affected by it in one way or another? There's a scene in the book where our MC, Lila, talks about how it's best to dress so as not to attract the attention of men. This really got me thinking about how relevant this is to society today. Girl are sent home from school because their outfits are a distraction to their male counterparts. Instead of teaching boys to respect a woman's body and that no really does mean no, we're putting the blame solely on girls dressing too provocatively. It's the old ignorant argument of "she deserves it if she dresses like that." It also takes a look at the line between consensual and non-consensual. Is it really consensual if your only other option is to be raped in front of an audience? What do you do when the world is so messed up, it's almost beyond repair? These are the kinds of deep thoughts I had while reading The V Girl. But on top of all that, The V Girl is the story of one girl's survival and journey to love in this dark and sinister world. It's exceptionally written; all of Lila's thoughts and fears became mine as I was reading. I was rooting for her and Aleksey the whole time as they fought to find a solution. Lastly, for those who might be uncomfortable with this topic, while there are instances of rape in this book, they are not explicitly graphic. ** I was provided a copy of this book through NetGalley in return for an honest review

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    **UPDATE 12/10/16** So this book has apparently been revised and re-edited to fix all the glaring errors that I had problems with before. I decided to give this story another chance because it had a lot of potential to be great... and it is! Whereas before, I was so distracted by all the grammatical errors that I just couldn't fully get into the story, now I was completely immersed in Lila's world. Even though I read this book a while back, and ultimately knew what happened, I found myself stayin **UPDATE 12/10/16** So this book has apparently been revised and re-edited to fix all the glaring errors that I had problems with before. I decided to give this story another chance because it had a lot of potential to be great... and it is! Whereas before, I was so distracted by all the grammatical errors that I just couldn't fully get into the story, now I was completely immersed in Lila's world. Even though I read this book a while back, and ultimately knew what happened, I found myself staying up late in the night to finish it. I finished this book within 24 hours! While I still wholeheartedly agree with my review below, I'm still in love with Aleksey's character and still found Lila to be way too immature for her age and the environment she grew up in, I found that my response to the newly revised edition was greater than when I initially read it. And again, I already knew what was going to happen! Which is why I'm going to be changing my 3 star rating to a 5 star rating. Not only was I unable to put down the book, but I wanted to backtrack just to keep the story alive a little longer. Original review... Lila lives in a cruel world. A world where recruitment isn't just for military but rather for the military's sexual services. The soldiers go from town to town and recruit young men and women to be their own personal sex slaves. That's not the worst part, during the recruitment process, the soldiers can choose anyone to rape on a ceremonial stone. The soldiers will be coming to Lila's town next and she's of age to be recruited. She refuses to have her first time be against her will. So, she tries to get her best-friend to sleep with her. However, she wasn't expecting the protection and love of a certain neutral cop. This story reminded me a lot of The Bronze Horseman. You have Lila who is in a place of need. Her father and brother have medical conditions that make her family the town pariahs. Lila is a very inexperienced girl when it comes to love, relationships, and sex. So, when Aleksey shows up and takes a sudden interest in her by offering her family protection, giving them his food rations, and ultimately taking care of them as best as he can without raising suspicion among the other cops. So many things reminded me of The Bronze Horseman but at the same time, the author added so many new elements to it that I didn't feel like I was reading the same story. My one major complaint about the book was the fact that it felt like the book had never graced the desk of an editor. There were words missing, sentences that were jumbled up, and sometimes it took me a few tries to figure out what the author meant. I generally tend to overlook them as long as they don't interfere with the flow of the story but there were so many of them that it became a big problem for me. I think once this goes through the editorial wringer it will be great. Aside from that though I though the story was great. I fell for Aleksey immediately. I mean, here he is, new to the area and all of a sudden he's saving Lila's family left and right. Once during an air raid when the person at the bunker entrance wouldn't let them enter because of her father and brother's disabilities. Aleksey could have just turned a blind eye and let them continue on their way to a new hiding spot but instead he marches up to that bunker and rains hell and fire down on the guy who didn't let them in. He doesn't stop there though, when their home is destroyed in the air raid, no one is willing to take them in even though they've been ordered to take in those who need a place to stay. Again, he could have just let the towns people figure it out on their own, but not Aleksey. Nope. He shames them all for their behavior and then takes Lila's family to the building where he tends to injured soldiers since his position is sort of like a doctor. There were just so many sweet things he did for Lila that really melted my heart. "I've put my life at risk for others ever since I joined the Army. It'd be a nice change to risk my life for something I want for me. I crave you." While I loved Aleksey, I couldn't stand Lila. She was supposed to be eighteen years old but the way she behaved made me think she was closer to fourteen. I mean, she keep trying to sleep with her friend who doesn't want to sleep with her. Meanwhile, there's Aleksey who's taken care of her from the day he arrived and has offered his services to her but she refuses him. Not only that but knowing about the dangers leading up to the recruitment, she does stupid things like leave her house at night to try to seduce her friend. Mind you, there are patrols going on with soldiers and cops around who wouldn't hesitate to take privileges with a teenage girl who's out at night. Heck, one guy had already assaulted her already in broad daylight with people around. Those people just turned a blind eye. So tell me why, why would you go out at night knowing the dangers?! She really frustrated me. The V Girl was nothing like I expected. It was dark, gritty, but at the same time very romantic. I know those things shouldn't go together but they did. I think the sweet romance between Aleksey and Lila helped balance out all of the darkness. I enjoyed reading this story and look forward to what the author has in store for readers next. Favorite quote... "You usually can't recall all the people you've shared laughs with. But you rarely forget the people you've shared your tears with."

  8. 5 out of 5

    V. A Court of Wings and Ruin is NEW ADULT/EROTICA but Goodreads editors won't tell you to include it in the choice awards

    https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/im... Sebastian Rolli as Aleksey Fürst. (Thanks Michelle for telling me the name of this hot dude) Re-read: Amazon sent me a letter to update the book. Love it EVEN more the second time. First and foremost. I DON'T WANT IT TO END! I WANT MORE PLEASE!!!!! Thank you Mya Roberts for writing this beautiful, epic LOVE STORY. Now the theme itself is so HORRIFYING that for a while I debated whether I wanted to read the book or not. Usually rape is not something I want t https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/im... Sebastian Rolli as Aleksey Fürst. (Thanks Michelle for telling me the name of this hot dude) Re-read: Amazon sent me a letter to update the book. Love it EVEN more the second time. First and foremost. I DON'T WANT IT TO END! I WANT MORE PLEASE!!!!! Thank you Mya Roberts for writing this beautiful, epic LOVE STORY. Now the theme itself is so HORRIFYING that for a while I debated whether I wanted to read the book or not. Usually rape is not something I want to read. In fact I read the reviews of the V girl first before reading and most of them were accurate, rape is not something that we get to see graphically . I can't stand rape. I just can't. But the INTELLIGENT, MATURE, ALMOST POETIC approach the author used to tackle this difficult topic was brilliant. There's rape, the blurb says as much but it's more than a menace, a threat to the people who live in this world. 90% of the book the story is more about the Heroine's fight, about her feelings, not about rape for the sake of bringing drama. Nothing like game of thrones style. It's sad to think that The V girl society is very realistic. I think our own society has come to accept rape and abuse as something that can't be avoided. From where we stand as society where rape culture is fed on us daily to the moment a society like this becomes a reality...i'm sad to think about it but it may happen. it seems like whenever there's war there's crime. Looting, Murder, torture, rape, slavery. Honestly just see what Hitler did. I'm sure his high comanders had green card to do whatever they wanted to the people they oppressed. Countless of TV shows, movies and books talk about torture and murder during war. They never talk about rape and that's sadly the reality every women of every country that has been invaded has to live. For them or for someone they know. There's PLOT YOU HEAR ME PLOT and subplots too. There's a good story here that made me cry, laugh, throw my kindle to the garbage (literally) swoon REPEATEDLY. Swoon? why? Because ALEKSEY FURST! A SOLDIER WHO DOES WHAT'S RIGHT! what the other soldiers should do. PROTECT PEOPLE and he wasn't expecting to fall in love with Lila but he did. It's a very difficult situation for this couple. On the one hand she FOR OBVIOUS REASONS hates soldiers. On the other hand IT'S PROHIBITED TO HAVE A FOREIGN AND AN AMERICAN getting married and the punishement is torture. (rape? no problem. Love? heaven forbid! how come?) But aleksey fights his way to get Lila's heart, he changes for her, he risks everything for her, and little by little she'll find that Aleksey is not her enemy. He's there to LOVE HER not to take advantage of the situation. Would he gain her heart and have the honor to be the one who deflowers the heroine? There's plenty of sex. yes but it's portrayed in a way that fits the plot perfectly. And when you reach the 85% mark you'll be ready to cry and soak your kindle. Its that dramatic. And what comes next is horrifying. But thanks god there's something that Roberts had in store for us that we weren't expecting. (view spoiler)[A HEA (hide spoiler)] just when things looked to be going for the worst, just when I thought happiness wasn't possible, I learned that there's hope and I ended up smiling. It was so beautiful. Now a warning. The book is BRUTAL, HORRIFYING AND NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART. It's super dark and for your sake if you're squimish I suggest you skim or even avoid chapters 53 and 54. I'll repeat AVOID CHAPTERS 53 AND 54 if you're squimish. They're brilliant but not for the faint of heart. Even so I think Roberts did a great job in presenting a scene like that only when was needed. She didn't overuse the horror of the situation to bring more drama. I think it was beautifully handled. I'm a fan and I'm recommending this book to everyone on my list.

  9. 4 out of 5

    AMY (Ah-mei) ♔♔Queen of fat cats, Professional ebook hoarder♔♔

    ♥♥Update 12-08-2019♥♥ NEED TO REREAD!!!!! GUUUUUYYS what I said in my reviews of RED WINTER, THE BIRD AND THE SWORD, and MAKING FACES Applies to THE V GIRL, too. This book is so so good, I recommend, if you are overly negative with this masterpiece I'll ...BLACKLIST YOU!!! Be careful with the version you get!!! Some versions are really really bad 'cuz the only good versions are the paperback and the KU book. That's super important 'cuz the revised version has NO OW DRAMA... no cheating, no typos, great ♥♥Update 12-08-2019♥♥ NEED TO REREAD!!!!! GUUUUUYYS what I said in my reviews of RED WINTER, THE BIRD AND THE SWORD, and MAKING FACES Applies to THE V GIRL, too. This book is so so good, I recommend, if you are overly negative with this masterpiece I'll ...BLACKLIST YOU!!! Be careful with the version you get!!! Some versions are really really bad 'cuz the only good versions are the paperback and the KU book. That's super important 'cuz the revised version has NO OW DRAMA... no cheating, no typos, great writing it's so so good. I'll post pics later!! ♥FIRST THOUGHTS AFTER READING BACK IN 2016♥♥ I love everything about this book. The heroine, the setting, the writing, the raw quality of it. I love Lila she's unique, never met anyone like her in books. Lila and Aleksey together are perfection, they deserve happiness love and the human touch. I demand a sequel. People this is a #mustread. Even the titles are beautiful: "The Accord Prince" "The human touch" "Hope and Love" "His one and only" and the quotes are so beautiful. I highlighted the hell out of this book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Thank you, Mya for the e-book copy in exchange for an honest review! I fucking loved it!! The V Girl by Mya Robarts. Has a gif ever been more accurate? 'The V Girl' by Mya Robarts is Brutal yet Brilliant. Set in post apocalyptic America, The V Girl illustrates a society where rape is not only legal, but excepted. In her awesome debut, Mya Robarts crafts a unique story with unforgettable characters and tackles heavy topics effortlessly and with maturity. At times, 'The V Girl' is difficult to read. Thank you, Mya for the e-book copy in exchange for an honest review! I fucking loved it!! The V Girl by Mya Robarts. Has a gif ever been more accurate? 'The V Girl' by Mya Robarts is Brutal yet Brilliant. Set in post apocalyptic America, The V Girl illustrates a society where rape is not only legal, but excepted. In her awesome debut, Mya Robarts crafts a unique story with unforgettable characters and tackles heavy topics effortlessly and with maturity. At times, 'The V Girl' is difficult to read. Not because there are graphic scenes (which there are...so, beware) but because of the world these characters that you come to know and love live in such a brutal society where consent is something of the past. And always in the back of my head as I was reading this is that this, this life is the norm for these people. There is something disillusioning about that and frankly terrifying. We follow Lila, our heroine, who is a: as she is racing against the proverbial clock to lose her virginity before the Recruitment Ceremony-a legal ceremony where soldiers can come and terrorize towns-where she will be forced to give it up without her consent in what will be a violent filled and humiliating experience. Lila is a extremely unique character. A Gem in fact. She is complex and made mature for her age by circumstance. She literally has no choice but to grow up and be an adult. (We see this especially in her younger sister, Azzy, who is a child but mental is most definitely not a child) Lila is not the innocent heroine I was expecting, at all. She goes far and beyond all my expectations. One of my favorite aspects of Lila is that (view spoiler)[she is a Voyeur. Though she is not sexually active prior to her attempts throughout the book, She watches other people having sex (with their consent, she isn't a creep.) (hide spoiler)] Lila sees and goes through a lot of things that I don't think I could have handled. She's a strong heroine who literally fights her way through life. Throughout the book, Lila attempts to lose her virginity leading to awkward and sometimes funny situations where you honestly feel for the girl cause C'mon!I can totally understand her desperation and I found myself stressing for her for most of the book because the soldiers believe that if they 'bed' a virgin all their sexually transmitted diseases etc with be vanquished. Thus on the night of recruitment, if you are a virgin you will be on high demand.(as if it wasn't horrifying enough) Then Lila's world is turned up side down when she meets, Alexsey (YAS!), an ex-solider who turns her for a loop, defying everything she thought soldiers were. He tempts her like no one has before making her want someone she really shouldn't want. Alexsey is perfect. Long blonde hair, intense blue eyes, he is sexy, adorable and brooding. What else could a girl ask for? Honestly, Alexsey is also thrown for a loop when he meets Lila and finds himself, unexpectedly/unbelievable in love. Once again, Mya wrote a really unique character that exudes magnetism. 'The V Girl' has so many twists and turns and they had me going crazy and threatening Armageddon. I was basically a mess a certain parts. It was a whip lash of emotions, I shit thee not: Then finally: Lila's 'emergency deflowering' is not the only aspect of this book. 'The V Girl' has many different aspects to it: War, fighting for your freedom, love, the society of the world. It's utterly addictive and I want more. 'The V Girl' is about changing your own destiny, fighting for your rights, falling in love in such desperate times and what it means to be human. It's dark, unique and addictive. I demand more, Mya! Playlist: IAMX - Oh beautiful town IAMX&Imogen Heap - My Secret Friend Stefano Sciascia, Max Reger Romanza double bass Hozier - Take Me To Church Agnes Obel - Riverside David Guetta - Titanium ft. Sia Linkin Park - BURN IT DOWN Kidneythieves - Before I'm Dead

  11. 5 out of 5

    Bilabi

    FINALLY a well written book with a seemingly simple yet disturbing plot. I know. NO one likes or should like to read about rape. But this book doesn't focus on the actual "rape". (view spoiler)[It would've made me sick if the entire book was filled with this but luckily there were only a few well placed brutal scenes to bring out the horror (hide spoiler)] . It focuses on the fighting, mentally & physically which totally awed me. The love story is so real. It's built so slowly (totally luvvvv, u FINALLY a well written book with a seemingly simple yet disturbing plot. I know. NO one likes or should like to read about rape. But this book doesn't focus on the actual "rape". (view spoiler)[It would've made me sick if the entire book was filled with this but luckily there were only a few well placed brutal scenes to bring out the horror (hide spoiler)] . It focuses on the fighting, mentally & physically which totally awed me. The love story is so real. It's built so slowly (totally luvvvv, u feel everything, bit by bit. makes you appreciate instead of thinking "wtf, that doesn't make sense", which I usually feel with those books that a insta-luv), intense, confusing. I'm sooooooo in luv with Aleksey. Hot Hot Hot alpha .... mysterious.... strong..... gentleman....a lil perverted.... hero!!! This book kept me up late reading. It's one of those books that you can't put down once you've started it. And if you really do put it down your mind is constantly on it, thinking "omg what's going to happen next.... I want to know .... I need to know". There's always something happening, never a dull moment that makes you wana skip the page. BEST of all.... it has a lovely well deserved HEA ~ phewwww, I would've flung my phone & pulled my hair out if the ending was anything but a complete HEA. Defo my 2017 FAVE book!! MUST READ!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Bgurl (don't h8 me cuz I'm honestful)

    Mya Robarts’ The V-Girl: 3 “50 Million Shades of the Rainbow” Stars. In a free society, sex doesn’t come in fifty shades of grey, but fifty-million shades of every color in the rainbow. Unfortunately, Lila Velez doesn’t live in a free society. Where she lives, sex is mostly mean red. Rape is a government-sanctioned activity, and most 18 year olds are publically defiled. For Lila, the question isn’t if she should lose her virginity, but to whom? “I need a partner who cares for me, even if it’s onl Mya Robarts’ The V-Girl: 3 “50 Million Shades of the Rainbow” Stars. In a free society, sex doesn’t come in fifty shades of grey, but fifty-million shades of every color in the rainbow. Unfortunately, Lila Velez doesn’t live in a free society. Where she lives, sex is mostly mean red. Rape is a government-sanctioned activity, and most 18 year olds are publically defiled. For Lila, the question isn’t if she should lose her virginity, but to whom? “I need a partner who cares for me, even if it’s only a little. Nothing of that ‘use and discard’ nonsense. And the boundaries should be well drawn beforehand. What is acceptable and what is not.” ~ Lila To find the right partner, Lila embarks on a odyssey of sexual observation, introspection, and exploration. She examines and evaluates every nuance of her own sexuality, as well as that of others. The end result being: A vibrantly beautiful sexual awakening that changes her life in a spectacular way. Lila is a remarkable heroine: she isn’t ruled by social norms, emotions, or hormones; she fights to control her own destiny; and, she refuses to let gender or sexuality determine her self-worth. She is, as her father puts it: “Her own best-friend.” ~ Dr. Baron Velez But the person most deserving of notice is Mya Robarts herself. In a time when most authors mass produce poorly written romances about virginal heroines who lose their hearts (and panties) to emotionally stunted manwhores with borderline personality disorders and multi-orgasmic (albeit robotic) sexual techniques; Robarts produced a ground-breaking commentary on the polychromatic nature of sexuality, and a heroine who not only knows where the consensual prism stops and the non-consensual mean-reds begin, but intellectualizes the physical, emotional, and psychological ramifications of both schematics. In short, Mya Robarts is purple. If you don’t notice her, God will be pissed! Blue may indeed be sneaky, but The V-Girl is sneakier: It’s genuineness is there, until it’s not. While Lila Velez is very “Herself”, Aleksey Fürst is very “Christian Gray”. He’s dominant, aloof, secretive, kinky; and, he changes for the first woman who says “No”: “ ‘I wish you weren’t afraid of me.’ ‘But I am. That’s the reason I can’t accept your training proposition.’ His grave expression speaks louder than words. Aleksey isn’t used to the word no. ‘I think it’d feel better with my friend. I know him well, trust him, and it wouldn’t be a one-night stand. Nothing against casual sex, but I have expectations, and I won’t settle for less.’ ‘Fine,’ he says curtly. ‘Tell me what your expectations are and I’ll adapt.’ " ~ Aleksey & Lila The fact that too much time is spent on Lila’s growth and not enough on Aleksey’s render the FSOG similarities extraneous. Not until the very end are his secrets revealed. Thus, Aleksey’s development feels insubstantial, his “kinks” inorganic, and his behavior erratic. The couple’s HEA is also problematic, as Lila’s "recruitment” gives Aleksey too much control over her future. Considering her independent nature and pro-choice stance, her happiness with the arrangement rings false. Despite the story's imperfections, there are many moments of great linguistic lyricism and beauty: “Most girls prefer flowers over trees. Flowers blossom quickly. They speak of passion. Of beauty. But they wither so easily. A tree doesn’t speak of passion but sturdiness. It grows higher. Lasts longer. Some trees have been here before I was born and they’ll be here when I’m gone. Real love ought to be more like a tree and less like a flower.” ~ Lila Ultimately, it’s Mya Robarts’ eloquence, creativity, and unique philosophy that make The V-Girl as compelling as a sea green abyss. Were I you, I would not be afraid to succumb to it. To Veronica, who recommended this book to me: For information about my rating system, see my profile page. GIF QUOTES: Capote, Truman. “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. Random House. 1958. Walker, Alice. “The Color Purple.” Harcourt. 1982. Moore, Christopher. “Sacre Bleu.” Harper Collins. 2012. Robarts, Mya. “The V-Girl.” 2014.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Anesha †Curious & Obsessive Bookworm†

    †“You usually can’t recall all the people you’ve shared laughs with. But you rarely forget the people you’ve shared your tears with.”† Rarely I find myself irrevocably captivated and in love with such a brilliant book. Not only does this fantastic read transports you to another world, it takes you on a fucking journey like no other. One that makes you feel. I’ve shamelessly read this book twice, as well as my favorite parts a gazillion times, and each read felt as if it was the first. I don’t kno †“You usually can’t recall all the people you’ve shared laughs with. But you rarely forget the people you’ve shared your tears with.”† Rarely I find myself irrevocably captivated and in love with such a brilliant book. Not only does this fantastic read transports you to another world, it takes you on a fucking journey like no other. One that makes you feel. I’ve shamelessly read this book twice, as well as my favorite parts a gazillion times, and each read felt as if it was the first. I don’t know what it was about this book. Maybe the fact that it was simply different which gave it a fresh taste that tasted bitter at times. The events in the book had me pausing with disgust, horror, but it was balanced out with the action, love, intimacy – I just couldn’t not love this read, even when at times I hated it. Set in an alternative world where rape is legal, expected and enjoyed we get the pleasure of meeting Lila whose on an emergency mission that needs to happen before recruitment. To be a virgin is like having AIDs – it’s like a nuisance, and all Lila wants to do is get rid of that name people calls her: “V-Girl”. She’s got a plan, which involves her, her best friend, someplace secluded with them butt naked. But even that proves to be more difficult than one would expect. You’d think the hardest thing for a girl is to keep her virginity, but in Lila’s case, it’s the complete opposite and given the circumstances and the fucked up world she lives in? That’s not a good thing at all. I really enjoyed the pace of this book. The way the author gives you a chance to get to know the characters, to identify who they were the same way they were figuring it out for themselves. I didn’t feel like I was simply reading words put together. It was more like I was a fly on the wall, or the character’s shadow. Like a shadow I had no choice but to follow, and like a fly on that wall, I pried and invaded their thoughts and actions. Everything was set perfectly, and with patience you’d be greatly rewarded. ;) I really grew to love and respect Lila. The only thing that pissed me off was how fickle she was with her feelings at time. But on the other hand I understood her because the reality of the situation was acceptable. Her fear of being taken clouded everything else, and even though it may hurt my man in the process she was adamant in her decision. After witnessing such a disgusting act at such a young age, she’d fight with nail and teeth to make sure that doesn’t happen to her. And in a twisted way I kind of respected her for that. †"I’m a natural born pessimist"† Lila would always think the worst, prep for it and deal with whatever outcome may arise. In that way she reminded me of me lol. Not to mention, again, that fucked up world she was in, forced to be the provider of the family – always putting them first without thinking about herself? That girl was far beyond her age and the struggles she went through, her confused heart, her sense of defeat and questioning her decisions? She never blamed them on anyone or whined about the circumstances. There were times when she and her 'too mature for her age' sister would be talking and the shit that little girl would say honestly fucking pissed me off and I was forced to give all my brownies to Lila because I’d have snapped more times than need be :P **I forgot to mention that Lila's sister, no matter how old she may act. There was something that happened to her that completely shred her. The "adult" cape crumbled and she was that fragile girl beneath. But after being saved the chips slowly puzzled their way back together. That whole scene, as bad at it was it was tragically beautiful all the same. But I’m rambling. I’m trying to sound all coherent and fuck when really as I type I’m drifting off to memories that I share with the awesome book :D Her first meeting with Aleksey who I might add is fucking sexy. In my mind…that man? That fucking god sent man? Beautiful isn’t he? He was a sexual force, all man and domination encompassed in a powerful, strikingly beautiful body *_* †“If as we see nightfall, we become capable of accepting love, let’s celebrate an alliance with our unbroken delusions. Who ever knew we would say goodbye to oblivion? Who ever knew we would accept hope?”† Dear author? If you publish Aleksey’s journal, I’d read it. Honestly…I would o.o Aleksey? A poet? Gosh dammit. He’s brooding, mysterious, always got a scowl on his face that I just wanna kiss away. His awesomeness doesn’t end there. Not only does he have a filthy mouth that I love, he plays bass, he’s also good with his tongue (and no – I mean other than his dirty talking ;3) I was intrigued from the moment I met him, and dear Lila was as well. :D I was thirsting for their interaction between each other, and as the fire slowly burn into a blazing flame I was right next to that fucking flame *_* I wanted them to happen from the moment they met. I’m a forbidden whore and I knew they shouldn’t be together but they NEEDED TO BE. Aleksey had this dominant way about him that made me puddle where I sat. I dreamed about that man for DAYS and I still do! The relationship like everything else flowed and built at a perfect pace. Their fight to deny each other – Aleksey’s fight for accepting what he feels it’s all he’s able to accept. Man, what he went through broke my heart, but he didn’t break. He was still strong and he was content. But Lila made him hope. I didn’t like how she treated him at times, honestly I just wanted to hug him forever and play a little CN with him. *Le chuckles* †“He doesn’t make me feel like he’s kissing me. He makes me feel like he owns me.”† Indeed he did. The first kiss – FINALLY – the long awaited kiss was like no other. Like damn – the author doesn’t just write words – she writes spells that hypnotizes the reader and then the fucking feelings. I’m becoming repetitive! Everything they encountered, by themselves or together – with others… It was just mind blowing. The dangers Lila got into, the way Aleksey is always there –so aware…I loved it all. When they finally became one… I was envious of Lila. That I was lol The sex: This book was well crafted. You got to know the minors and the not so minors as well. Everyone had the right amount of page time and it was enough to make this book magical. Even those that I hated got some love from me. The good guys weren’t spared fuckery and I got teary eyed a couple times. The sacrifice at recruitment made me tsk in annoyance as I read on. Like, this book isn’t no walk in the park, it’s not simple bed of roses. The park is bumpy and full of unwanted obstacles, those bed of roses aren’t red from natural colors. But believe me when I tell you that at the end of the road, you’d be satisfied. Don’t look at this as something that’s supposed to be unrealistically….realistic. It gets to you, and with an open mind and a thirst for more, this read would be at the top of your fav list. The end of the journey - Lila accept the V reference, but it wasn't for being a virgin. It was for something far more fitting for who she was now. And right beside her was the man she fell unexpectedly in love with... the one who deserves her and deserves happiness on a whole. I honestly love how they were portrayed. I could literally see their actions playing out before me. This book was a moving slide show. :D I’m happy. I’m content. And with that knowledge. Fucking READ IT :D ARC generously given to me by the humbly awesome author P.S – I look forward to reading more of her works!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Corinne

    The threat of a life of slavery puts Lila in a harsh situation. She wants to take control over her sexuality. In the process to save herself from recruitment she meets Aleksey Furst, a hunky man who wears red cape and always scowls. Where, oh where I've seen a man like that? Lila's feelings for Aleksey are extremely conflicted. Despite her physical attraction to him, she cannot make herself trust him. Aleksey's love for her was so obvious for me. I couldn’t wait to find out if they would end up The threat of a life of slavery puts Lila in a harsh situation. She wants to take control over her sexuality. In the process to save herself from recruitment she meets Aleksey Furst, a hunky man who wears red cape and always scowls. Where, oh where I've seen a man like that? Lila's feelings for Aleksey are extremely conflicted. Despite her physical attraction to him, she cannot make herself trust him. Aleksey's love for her was so obvious for me. I couldn’t wait to find out if they would end up together or not. The V Girl is not the typical post-apocalyptic novel. It's brutal, sexy, captivating and ultimately thought provoking. Lila defends her right to make choices,she wants the decision of who will be her first partner to be hers and hers alone.,She makes several attempts to lose her virginity on her own terms and that opens the door for awkward, almost hilarious scenes. I laughed a lot with this book and that rarely happens when I read dystopia, but that's because the author wove the moments when Lila and her adorable siblings make us laugh with moments of horror, with moments of drama and romance. She also added extremely hot scenes that had me fanning myself. I thought I had read well-written sex scenes, but I was wrong, The V Girl steamy moments were seriously hot. The V Girl is a lot more than a love story, more than the typical dystopia. It's a story of fighting for your rights, to take control of your life, to own yourself as a person. nThis book is already one of my favorites. If you can handle the topic you'll love it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Brittney Andrews (beabookworm)

    Mini review: This was one of the most unique dystopian novels that I have ever read, in all honestly. I am also contemplating on doing a separate (mini spoilers) YouTube book review video as well because this book is super underrated, in my opinion. I know that many people are going to assume that this is just some smutty book with no real message etc etc blah blah blahhhh. But believe me when I tell you that it is so much than just that. Trigger warning: Please note that this book touches on som Mini review: This was one of the most unique dystopian novels that I have ever read, in all honestly. I am also contemplating on doing a separate (mini spoilers) YouTube book review video as well because this book is super underrated, in my opinion. I know that many people are going to assume that this is just some smutty book with no real message etc etc blah blah blahhhh. But believe me when I tell you that it is so much than just that. Trigger warning: Please note that this book touches on some pretty sensitive matters, so I've decided to copy the author's notes from the synopsis page just so you're aware. Author's Notes: * This is a book full of romance and anti-rape messages. I didn't write this book to romanticize violence against women but to tell the story of a girl who has to come of age under the most terrible circumstances. * This full-length novel is a stand alone. No cliffhanger. * Alpha male hero. No cheating. No slut-shaming. * Includes a discussion guide for bookclubs. * Possible triggers for abuse survivors.

  16. 5 out of 5

    SWEETY

    I must say it's been quite a while since I've read a book that managed to capture my full attention. This book is a must read. It really addresses some serious concerns in today's society, sometimes it feels like we’re not very far away from the violent dystopian that’s written in the V girl, I mean all one has to do is look at the news. The presence of rape culture is a bitter and unfortunate truth in today's world. This is a beautiful and wonderful book...in the end one must always remember ev I must say it's been quite a while since I've read a book that managed to capture my full attention. This book is a must read. It really addresses some serious concerns in today's society, sometimes it feels like we’re not very far away from the violent dystopian that’s written in the V girl, I mean all one has to do is look at the news. The presence of rape culture is a bitter and unfortunate truth in today's world. This is a beautiful and wonderful book...in the end one must always remember everyone has the ability to be loved. All in all....I simply ate this book up! And as for Alexy....*sigh*

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mischenko

    This book is featured on Throwback Thursday @ https://readrantrockandroll.com/2018/... The V Girl by Mya Robarts is Disturbing, yet extraordinary. I really enjoyed the story, loved the characters, and stayed interested throughout the book. I did find it extremely hard to read at times due to the mutilation and rape. The fear is felt for many of the characters throughout the story, but mainly for Lila. I was really happy with the last 20% of the book including the ending. I LOVE the discussion que This book is featured on Throwback Thursday @ https://readrantrockandroll.com/2018/... The V Girl by Mya Robarts is Disturbing, yet extraordinary. I really enjoyed the story, loved the characters, and stayed interested throughout the book. I did find it extremely hard to read at times due to the mutilation and rape. The fear is felt for many of the characters throughout the story, but mainly for Lila. I was really happy with the last 20% of the book including the ending. I LOVE the discussion questions at the end which educate you on the statistics of rape, and mass rape during war. Also the epilogue was a wonderful addition with descriptions of the present and possible future. 4 ****

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Beamin'

    Huh? Who me?? YES. YES, I AM READY! I know this review should focus on the rape and heart wrenching soul stopping incidents that occurred, but I can’t stop day dreaming about Aleksey. I would eat him for breakfast, if I could. Aleksey. He is alpha male rolled in a nice package of man muscle and broodiness. A man that you wouldn’t feel any shame just rubbing up against when he wasn’t looking. This book is set during a war, where the Nationalist and Patriots are fighting each other for land. The gen Huh? Who me?? YES. YES, I AM READY! I know this review should focus on the rape and heart wrenching soul stopping incidents that occurred, but I can’t stop day dreaming about Aleksey. I would eat him for breakfast, if I could. Aleksey. He is alpha male rolled in a nice package of man muscle and broodiness. A man that you wouldn’t feel any shame just rubbing up against when he wasn’t looking. This book is set during a war, where the Nationalist and Patriots are fighting each other for land. The genetically engineered soldiers are beefed up on meds altering their needs. One need in particular, sex, the Consensual, Non-consent kind. Meaning, women and young men don’t have a choice, the law is CONSENSUAL. With that they have recruitment parties, and shuffle all these people/kids (who aren’t married) into a room like chattel, then it is determined who is a virgin and whom isn’t. Of course all the drugged out soldiers want the unsullied ones. The few that are virgins are raped and forced to become vassals. The main character, Lila aka LEEEE-LAAAAA, an 18 year old rebel (no, really, she is a rebel) is determined to shed her calling card as the V-Girl, she wants the power to decide whom and when she gives up that pesky hymen. Damn hymen always getting in the way of something. Lila also suffers from PTSD and pessimism. Not only do you fall in love with Lila, you also fall in love with her family. The twins, Azalea (Azzy) and Olmo. Azzy with the fierce and witty comebacks. ”Diarrhea is hereditary; it runs in your jeans.” Olmo, who is suffering from a form of cystic fibrosis, is just as comedic as his counterpart. Leaving, Dad the gentle, honest doctor. ”We’ll become the lovers that never were.” Red caped hotness, I mean Aleksey and Lila are destined for failure. Aleksey is forbidden to fraternize, Lila is a nobody struggling to survive the recruitment. She despises him, fights him, ignores him and ultimately, falls in love with him. Their love isn’t insta, it is raw and beautiful. You watch a young girl struggle with identity issues, the loss of her mother and friends, unfairness in the world, grow and become strong. She rallies for the freedom of recruitment from consensual non-consent. All Aleksey wants is her. He stands by her side, guides her through her PTSD, and gives her confidence and a choice. ”The life of a man, no matter how humble, no matter how powerful, can be condensed to a single moment. The moment he has found the woman he will love for life” – General Furst’s journal. When Aleksey and Lila finally come to that pivotal moment in their relationship, I swear my Kindle sighed in relief. Honestly, thinking about getting my husband a red cape. Great book! Sooooo glad this was recommended to me.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Gundega (Rouzmary)

    Hadn't thought to write a review for V Girl because it's one of those great books that need no review, but since I ended up writing one for it on amazon, why not just add it here on goodreads too ;p Therefore: Not what one might have expected, a gem of a book. Had seen the book already some time ago, but the blurb kept me from reading it cuz: 1. yes, it said it's anti-rape, but still & 2. a virgin? meh, those virgin stories are boring cuz the girl is usually oh so good or whatever I could not have been Hadn't thought to write a review for V Girl because it's one of those great books that need no review, but since I ended up writing one for it on amazon, why not just add it here on goodreads too ;p Therefore: Not what one might have expected, a gem of a book. Had seen the book already some time ago, but the blurb kept me from reading it cuz: 1. yes, it said it's anti-rape, but still & 2. a virgin? meh, those virgin stories are boring cuz the girl is usually oh so good or whatever I could not have been more wrong and am so glad I saw a friends review at goodreads (yup, that's you, Veronica ;) ) that made me change my mind and finally read it - I LOVED it. V Girl's premise does have rape going on and it's portrayed in all the horror it truly is. Nothing to support or be ignorant about. It allows you to realise the dread the heroine and all civilians, really, live with because rape is supported by the government. If that's not one of the worst things possible I do not know what else is. And the rape isn't restricted only to women, it's everyone. It is not there just to make one dramatic moment or smt. It permeates the whole plot. The fear & struggle heroine goes trough to avoid it all costs. And while mostly trough the book it's told as something that happens in their country overall and not to the heroine/characters at the moment, towards the end of the book, it does happen in the story itself to characters we've come to know. So, the virgin thing. Also totally not what one would have thought. Lila is not your regular goody shoes virgin that's obsessed with purity, one true love or smt. She's practical. The girl simply does what she can to avoid rape when the time comes. And of course there's also the romance. It managed to snuck in. Readers might have expected it, Lila sure didn't, neither did she want it. Lila & Aleksey's growing relationship is beautifully portrayed. The girl doesn't trust him cuz he's just another soldier who'll abuse his powers, the man is one who takes his job as soldier seriously and does not agree with the abuse that's going on. And without either of them noticing it, they start to fall for each other. Even thou it's not allowed and they wouldn't be able to have a future together. Overall, what made this book stand out and get those 5 stars, cuz it really does deserve them, is that V Girl has the realistic way rape is portrayed as a norm that goes on in the shadows of the society and is every civilians dread which they hope to avoid and the way the heroine is so, not quite calm, but practical about how to escape it. She'll use whatever means necessary. The romance of a couple that shows the way their feelings slowly changes and how they try to be together even if it's just for a short while and how the hero tries his best to protect the woman he loves in a country that makes it near impossible. Aleksey has gotta be, scratch that, is one of the best male leads ever written. The story had plenty of other subplots aside from romance & the dreaded rape, which all added up together Lila's growth & struggle to survive. The V Girl truly is a story worth reading that stands out among other books.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    Thank you to NetGalley, Xpresso Book Tours and Mya Robarts for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. I appreciate it! From its hypnotic cover and intriguing description, I knew I was in for an interesting read with The V Girl, the first novel from author Mya Robarts. What I didn’t expect was to unveil a stirring and horrifyingly accurate portrayal of rape culture, the decaying state of equality, and the brutality of war. The V Girl should be required reading for anyone who thinks feminism is a Thank you to NetGalley, Xpresso Book Tours and Mya Robarts for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. I appreciate it! From its hypnotic cover and intriguing description, I knew I was in for an interesting read with The V Girl, the first novel from author Mya Robarts. What I didn’t expect was to unveil a stirring and horrifyingly accurate portrayal of rape culture, the decaying state of equality, and the brutality of war. The V Girl should be required reading for anyone who thinks feminism is a bad idea. (If you believe that, get off the planet, but that’s another blog post altogether). It’s the tale of Lila Veraz, a young girl living in a future North America, where rape and sexual slavery are sanctioned by the government – even celebrated, in crude and terrifying “recruitment” ceremonies. Desperate to lose her virginity before the troops arrive, Lila decides to ask her best friend Rey to help her. While she’s not in love with Rey, Lila does recognize that he’s conventionally good looking, gentle, and won’t hurt her. When she meets a visitor to their area, Aleksey, Lila’s plans are stymied by her immediate and searing attraction – and fear. For Lila’s past is one mired in pain and grief over the rape and kidnapping of her beloved mother. Aleksey stirs memories that she’d prefer were buried deep. As they stumble toward each other, and away, Aleksey and Lila will uncover how it’s possible to love – and live – while surrounded by rape, torture, cruelty and the banality of evil. Not to say it’s all pain, however. The relationships between Lila and her friends, family and Aleksey are well sketched, and often extremely moving. Her sexual awakening is also very lovingly done, with the choice of when, where and who with, so explicitly hers – despite the rape culture she lives within – that it made me want to cheer. The V Girl isn’t perfect, of course. Some parts are mildly confusing, and I didn’t feel that Robarts ‘sense of place’ had evolved to its full potential, however, those are minor quibbles. The V Girl is a brilliantly and beautifully told story of human endurance – in particular female endurance – in the face of deprivation, torture and sexual sublimation, and our ability to love, despite it all.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Olivia-Savannah Roach

    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 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 :D 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! Gif summary: This review and others can be found on Olivia's Catastrophe: http://olivia-savannah.blogspot.nl/20...

  22. 5 out of 5

    Angela Hart

    I read (some of) the reviews and didn't know what to expect. This book was mind blowing. OH MY GOODNESS. I read it in practically one sitting (except for several breaks to refill my cup of tea because some scenes are brutal and I needed to take a pause). This book (as the summary indicates) has to do with a society that allows and, in fact, encourages rape on a designated day/event. Due to this, I think that readers should be older than the typical YA demographic. This is not necessarily a light- I read (some of) the reviews and didn't know what to expect. This book was mind blowing. OH MY GOODNESS. I read it in practically one sitting (except for several breaks to refill my cup of tea because some scenes are brutal and I needed to take a pause). This book (as the summary indicates) has to do with a society that allows and, in fact, encourages rape on a designated day/event. Due to this, I think that readers should be older than the typical YA demographic. This is not necessarily a light-hearted fun read, but it is a *great* read. These topics are so relevant in society with the Me Too movement and current state of the world (politics, especially). A book that addresses consent is not something to brush off. Not only was the topic important, but it was *very* well executed! Two thumbs up for Mya Robarts. I have had this on my to be read list for a while. Now, I don't know what I was waiting for. SPOILERS I was so happy with who Lila ended up with (and how things ended). The love triangle (that was briefly a square) was satisfactorily tied up. Lila did in fact loose her "v" to a man who loved her. 4.25/4.5 stars rounded up.

  23. 4 out of 5

    E. Austren Yii

    Let's get this straight out of the gate. This book doesn't contain graphic scenes of rape. The more descriptive sex-scenes are all consensual. This is my second time reading this book and as much as I try to find explicit rape scenes on this one to see if the scarce negative reviews have a basis of truth. I can't find them. Those reviews are written by people who probably didn't even read the book and posted comments that are factually incorrect. Thank God they're not telling the truth because I Let's get this straight out of the gate. This book doesn't contain graphic scenes of rape. The more descriptive sex-scenes are all consensual. This is my second time reading this book and as much as I try to find explicit rape scenes on this one to see if the scarce negative reviews have a basis of truth. I can't find them. Those reviews are written by people who probably didn't even read the book and posted comments that are factually incorrect. Thank God they're not telling the truth because I never finish a book thinking I need more rape scenes. In my opinion, this book isn't about rape, it's a book about coming of age and being human. The author makes us readers feel the fear and horrific reality of sexual abuse in a way that it's at the same time a punch to your emotions and a subtle wake-up call while keeping us turning the pages eagerly anticipating what will happen next. This book is really fun, charming and entertaining despite some of the dark topics it covers because the most entertaining scenes are vividly described and make you feel as though you are there, while the most disgusting scenes require a conscious effort of the reader to get a clear picture of the situations. Not because the writing is bad, but because the author gives us the choice of filling up the blanks using our imagination. The way you use your imagination to fill the blanks will make these scenes a graphic vivid picture or a non-graphic situation you don't have to dwell in. It's on you. For instance, the main characters' first kiss as a couple takes place in chapter 16 Laying down arms pgs 98-107 and it's so vividly described that I had to fan myself. I felt I was the one being kissed and Oh my God! That is a really hot kiss. Lila and Aleksey's "date", that BTW cleverly expands the brilliant world-building if you pay attention to other things that aren't just the romance, is covered in Chapter 33 Gyges Chapter 34 New Experiences Chapter 35 Exclusivity, and Chapter 36 Sex Training. That's just the peak of the iceberg. I can give you many examples more of chapters that are descriptive in a way the cast of characters, the romance, the laughs develop the worldbuilding and plot in an incredible, enjoyable way. I can't help but feel I'm a fly in the wall following the Velez Family and Aleksey in their daily lives. The author made it easy to picture their lives in my head. I wish I had time to describe all the heart-warming, enjoyable scenes, but I can't.I would have to describe the entire book. On the other hand, the alleged rape scenes are not descriptive. They are featured in dreams, flashbacks, or descriptions of what Lila feels and sees. We rely on her 1st person narration to get an idea of the situation. I reread this book last night and it's fresh in my head and I have my paperback copy here with me as I'm writing this review so I can tell you many reviewers didn't get it. The V Girl has 58 short chapters a prologue and a wonderful epilogue. I couldn't find the graphic non consensual sex scenes a few reviewers mentioned. It makes me think they didn't read the book. Or they probably thought that The V Girl being an outrageously underrated book, nobody would notice their reviews are wrong. That's not to say this book is totally free of sexual abuse. The plot is all about a country where sex offenders aren't punished when they are soldiers. All I'm saying is that the way the few instances of sexual abuse were presented, isn't descriptive. At least not in a way that makes the book unreadable. This is an enjoyable book. I'll list and describe these few instances, for those who are afraid this book might be too dark in its approach to sexual abuse. I put off reading this book for a while after reading a few bad reviews, I was afraid it'd be too much. I regret not having read this book sooner and I hope my review can help you avoid making the same mistake . Not only because The V Girl is an entertaining book that is difficult to put down, but also because I think the messages of this book can change the lives of those who read it. This book touched me deeply and changed me in a positive way. Chapter 9 Drawn - page 60 The chapter opens with Hero and heroine being drawn to each other and almost kissing. All this is fully described(view spoiler)[ Then a chapter break. Our protagonist has a dream about her mother being attacked but it's not described, it's just a couple of paragraphs on page 62. She wakes up and describes the guilt she feels about not being able to close her eyes during the attack. Another chapter break and then this chapter ends with a particularly unique situation that has a lot to do with the V of the title, that it's the way the protagonist handles her PTSD symptoms (hide spoiler)] Chapter 13 A V Boy - page 86 The chapter opens with Lila finding a man she can't recognize lying in an operating table(view spoiler)[ In her head, Lila compares the wounds her father who is a doctor, is listing aloud, with an autopsy form she read once. She thinks those are the same wounds and then she realizes the man in the table is one of her closest friends, Duque Diaz. Then Luke, a member of Lila's resistance group explains how a resistance mission went wrong. Something Lila and therefore the reader couldn't witness. "We were almost at the railroad when we saw soldiers coming. We separated to hide in the trees. When the coast was clear, we couldn't find Duque. Then we heard his screams." He pauses. I swear he's shivering. "And we found him...like this--" It looks like two soldiers attacked him," says my dad. "A female and a male." Then the conversation moves to the reaction of Duque's friends and family. On page 88, we have a chapter break and the scene changes to Lila thinking about Duque and her own situation. Then she runs into a friend and we, along with her, move to another plot point until the chapter ends on page 91. It's up to us as readers to fill the voids of what happened to Duque and this Arc will play later in the book but it's only as graphic as you want it to be (hide spoiler)] Chapter 24 Copulation without conversation -page 144 The chapter opens with Lila in the forest (view spoiler)[ Gary an ex-soldier attempts to force Lila to a blow job by threatening he family. End of chapter. Then on page 147 a new chapter Threat opens with people approaching. Gary says It won't be today and bites Lila's breast. That's for me really disgusting, but not as explicit as to stop reading. It's all over in a couple of paragraphs. Lila spits at Gary and he slaps her before fleeing. Then she's found by three members of her rebel group. The chapter ends with Lila swearing she'll hunt and kill Gary. (hide spoiler)] Chapter 49 Losing a part of herselfpage 276 The chapter opens with Lila describing how a "monster in a hospital gown" is moving above a girl that is pressed to a hospital cot. (view spoiler)[ The girl is fully dressed her eyes open wide. Witnessing this scene, Lila is paralyzed in a state of shock. She says the girl couldn't have agreed to what's happening. When she recognizes the girl Lila rams against the "monster" before anything else happens. The "monster" comes to his senses regretting already what he did and asking forgiveness. More people arrive at the scene and prevent Lila from hurting the "monster". Lila takes the girl to another room and promises to keep the secret. A chapter break on page 278. The scene cuts to Lila relating what happened to her best friend. Then on page 279, the chapter ends with the arrival of someone revealing something really shocking that is related to the main plot of the book. The way this scene is presented allows me to choose to use my imagination to fill the blanks or move along with the fast-paced plot so I don't have to stay too long on a disgusting scene and concentrate on the upcoming events. Again this scene is as graphic as you want it to be and is not there just for shock value. (hide spoiler)] Chapters 53 Familiar voice page 293 Chapter 54Sacrifice page 295 These two are the most difficult chapters to read and potentially the most triggering, in my opinion, but they are also some of the shortest ones. (view spoiler)[ In these chapters we don't really see what's happening, we rely on Lila's narration when she tells us a group of soldiers sexually abuse some civilians. One of the secondary characters makes an attempt to stop the soldiers and draws the attacks on himself. Lila describes what she smells, the disgust and impotence she feels, how she's trying not to draw attention to herself. One more time the author gives me the choice of filling the blanks and make the picture a vivid one or reading fast past them to move along with the fast-paced plot. Then Lila avoids thinking about what's happening by imaging how her life would be if there wasn't war. I'm replacing reality with delusion as Olmo does. In my imaginary world, I attend university. Aleksey picks me up after school every day to ride in his Humvee. Olmo is cured, and everyone I care about is safe and sound The attack on the Accord cop which I read as a truly heroic act, ends this scene on page 297 and then we get a chapter break and the next scene is in a glade. This scene will introduce us to the last of the plot points that will end the book the and the book ends in a really hopeful tone (hide spoiler)] That's it. Out of 60 chapters, those are the only chapters that can be somehow hard to read but by no means what I described constitutes graphic non-consensual sex scenes unless you choose to focus only on that. You'd have to be a psycho person for you to focus solely on the sexual abuses when there's so much going on around with the plot and the characters. I chose not to ignore that this is a reality in this world. I also chose to take the option the author gave me of not making the darkest scenes vivid in my mind. I'm probably making these scenes sound worse than they really are because they aren't the focus of the book. This book is about Lila's survival, her attempts to save herself and her family, her romance with Aleksey, her coming of age journey. Even if you made the conscious choice of dwelling too much into these non-descriptive abuse scenes you'll know it was all worth it once you read the ending. This book left me with a smile on my face and a sense of gratitude that we don't live in war zones, that our soldiers aren't like that. I'm praying to God to protect us from war and to help our veterans. You'd have to be a very disturbed person to say this book promotes rape in any way. That said, this book tells us that consent is sexy. This book is steamy in the best way possible. With a hero as sexy as Aleksey and with a badass no-nonsense girl like Lila sparks fly and that scene in chapters 27 and 28 page is so hot that I only recommend this book for 16 and up readers. You definitely need to read this book. You can borrow using your Amazon Prime or Kindle Unlimited services and see for yourself that many reviews, even the positive ones aren't accurate. Caution: You may need to fan yourself.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dani (Dani Reviews Things & Love in a time of Feminism)

    See this review in its natural environment, Dani Reviews Things. Rating: 4.5 stars Before I continue, I want to make this absolutely clear. This book could be potentially triggering for people who have suffered abuse and/or rape. The V Girl is a deeply uncomfortable book to read, but I couldn't stop. Tackling hard issues such as war, abuse, rape, with a heavy mix of growing up and figuring out your own sexuality, Robarts told a story I am a little frightened to say I loved. Narrated by Lila See this review in its natural environment, Dani Reviews Things. Rating: 4.5 stars Before I continue, I want to make this absolutely clear. This book could be potentially triggering for people who have suffered abuse and/or rape. The V Girl is a deeply uncomfortable book to read, but I couldn't stop. Tackling hard issues such as war, abuse, rape, with a heavy mix of growing up and figuring out your own sexuality, Robarts told a story I am a little frightened to say I loved. Narrated by Lila, an 18-year-old girl in the fractured former United States, I was swept into a well-crafted, difficult and uncertain world that I believed existed entirely. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to squirm and hate and love and rage and scream within a few hundred pages. Quote images kindly provided by the author :) Best and worst The best thing about this book: It both scared me and completely sucked me in. The worst thing about this book: Sometimes it was a little too cryptic, but really I can't think of anything terrible that wasn't intentionally so. First impressions I don't know about you, but I think the cover is gorgeous in a dreamy sort of way. However, it doesn't entirely make sense until you start reading the book and find out what Lila considers the V to mean. But the cover isn't the only reason I decided to read the book. I'm going to chalk that up to the synopsis, which appealed to the dark and twisty part of my brain. The synopsis scared me a little, and it promised a lot of emotion, including rage, disgust, fear and...love??? Yup, I had to read the book. Why is it that we seek out books that can make us feel such unpleasant emotions? (Not including the love, that is. Though I do seek out books that will make me giddy and swoon, too.) Plot Mounting danger and the surprises of war made this an exciting book to read, and I was hooked from the first page. The book opens with Lila plotting to seduce her best friend into taking her virginity, as she doesn't want to lose it to a violent, genetically modified, doped up soldier when they come to town for Recruitment. What a way to start off, right? However, when things don't exactly go as planned and certain events shake up her already shaken town, she is saved by a member of the neutral Accords, cops sent by the United Neutral Nations Organisation (UNNO) to ensure civilians are not denied their human rights during America's second civil war. She and Aleksey start to form a tentative and strange relationship based on a shared secret and a set of agreements, but Lila is reminded again and again just how dangerous their relationship is. And Aleksey, stern and intimidating as he is, is not the scariest man in town. Robarts kept the mystery going by introducing terminology, events and exchanges without giving the full details, keeping the reader in suspense until said details were revealed. For example, Lila and Aleksey each made a proposition to the other, but it took several chapters for Robarts to share what terms of the deal were. Ultimately, this was a romance novel, so while there was a side plot of rebel activity and sabotage, the main plot focused on Lila and Aleksy. Their growing attraction helped to pull me through the harsher parts of the book. Sure, the ending was almost a little too convenient compared to the rest of the book, but taking the genre into consideration, this was probably the most intense, crazy, scary and, in the end, redeeming romance novel I've come across, so I'm giving it bonus points for that! World-building I was completely absorbed into the war-torn American town and the lives and attitudes of the people who live there. What used to be the United States of America was split between the Patriots and the Nationalists, and the war was in its 21st year when Lila turned 18. Robarts built a world of turmoil, fear, bigotry, sadism and religion that I could believe and buy into without any qualms. I was there, and I didn't want to be. I did not want to experience Lila's life as much as I did, as it was infuriating and made me want to wash myself over and over. Excerpts from speeches, passages from official documents and quotes from people within the story at the start of chapters added extra dimensions to the world, indirectly demonstrating the kind of life Lila's family had to live. For example: "Sexual intercourse with dubious mutual consent is frequent among other animal species. Why deprive the soldiers of a natural inclination?" Barnabus Kim. Co-Creator of the Patriot DNA Modification Program The one thing I would have liked is more clarity as to who the Nationalists and Patriots were in today's world, or at the very least, what they stood for. However, I imagine that wouldn't have made a difference. In fact, it may have distracted from the story or swayed me to sympathise with one party or another, when the message of the book was that, in war, everyone was capable of unspeakable acts. Characters and relationships I completely understood Lila. She loved her family fiercely and would do anything for them. She hated and feared soldiers completely and would do anything to avoid them. She had a "kink", an act that she repeatedly did, that initially stunned me but was then explained in such a way that I could understand her. Her belief about sex –that it should be between two people who love each other– was so at odds with the reality she lived in. Her obsession with losing her virginity consensually was something I probably would have had as well if I were in the same situation. Robarts could have made her flat and single-minded, but instead, Lila was so human, uncertain of what to do and going through phases of confidence and fear that really drove her narrative forward. Aleksey scared the hell out of me. He was also seriously alluring. I'm not usually into really big, muscular, brutish men, but Robarts did a hell of a job selling this guy to me while also freaking me out big time. As Lila was drawn to him, so was I. He was just so interesting, a complex character that I never felt like I could truly understand like I could Lila. The mystery surrounding him only added to the desire both Lila and I felt for him. Also, I'm pretty sure Robarts used Thor as a base for his character! There was a strange sort of relationship triangle in this book that I hesitate to call a love triangle. Lila tried to seduce her best friend Rey, and this complicated their friendship, leading to a strange dance between them. Aleksey came in as a third dancer, and Lila had to make choices that I don't think she anticipated at all. Robarts walked the line between consensual and non-consensual acts, illustrating just how scarily blurred those lines can be every day. This is not a simple love story; instead, all three must struggle with what they want and what the world will do to them because of what they want. Lila's family was completely lovable, especially her little sister Azzy. Azzy was so insightful for an 11-year-old, and so blunt, I couldn't help but wish she were my sister. I laughed at a lot of the things she said, as she was quite a witty thing. Despite some of the more adult things she says, I still believed she was 11, simply a clever girl in a world where you have to grow up quickly. Writing The story was told from the first person perspective of Lila. It was well written, with Lila's personality shining through and prose flowing smoothly. (Ok, fine, yes, I did find some typos and missing words, but, damnit, I was too absorbed to note them down.) Robarts took no prisoners with this book. She wrote to challenge people's thinking and emotions. Through writing about an extreme situation, Robarts highlighted certain things that aren't all that uncommon in our current existence. Firstly, she chose to set the tale in what used to be the United States. By setting the civil war and associated atrocities there, she brought current events to the doorstep of the common American (and other Western nationals). Suddenly, something that was happening "over there" (e.g. Syria, Sudan, etc.) couldn't be dismissed. It was no longer a foreign problem but a local one. The way the Accords acted to "protect" civilians made me wonder how so-called protectors and neutral parties are behaving in conflict areas in the real world. Secondly, she spotlighted acts that happen already: Male rape (and the devastating effects it can have, especially if it's particularly violent) Rape and murder of women by soldiers when invading a new area Objectification of both men and women by both men and women Bullying I think Robarts did a phenomenal job with The V Girl, as I have never been so desperate to keep reading something that made me feel so many variations of discomfort, rage and, most uncomfortable to admit, desire. Overall Look, this book mentions brutality. Rape. Murder. Actually, not just mentions – it describes these acts in detail. In between the violence is Lila's desperation for emotional connection and growing sexuality. It's an unnerving combination, and if you feel you can handle it, I strongly recommend reading this book. I am hesitant to say I loved the book, not because I didn't thoroughly enjoy it in a weird way, but because it seems iffy to say you love and enjoy a book that addresses the topics that it does. I'm still trying to process everything I've read!

  25. 5 out of 5

    m.

    4,5 “It was an intense, fast-paced, unique ride” Stars Wow, what an incredibly good story. A wild ride, yes, but an incredible story. I wish there was more. More to read. Not because I was left unsatisfied, on the contrary, but because I fell in love with both Aleksey and Lila. So much so, that I wish there was a second book, so I could get more of them. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. I need to point out that if you’re highly uncomfortable with subjects like rape, violence, and injustice, yo 4,5 “It was an intense, fast-paced, unique ride” Stars Wow, what an incredibly good story. A wild ride, yes, but an incredible story. I wish there was more. More to read. Not because I was left unsatisfied, on the contrary, but because I fell in love with both Aleksey and Lila. So much so, that I wish there was a second book, so I could get more of them. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. I need to point out that if you’re highly uncomfortable with subjects like rape, violence, and injustice, you probably shouldn't read this book. It's really not for you. There aren’t any explicit rape scenes, but I would still describe it as a major part of the story. It’s definitely a book intended for adults. This novel is what we call a “coming of age” story. It means one or both protagonists go through some major character development, and most of the time grow up through the course of the story. And that’s exactly what Lila went through. She started out as this frightened and naïve girl and grew to become an incredibly strong-willed, independent and courageous woman. She truly amazed me. Her determination and perseverance when it came to respecting herself, her body and her values were truly astonishing. It can be rare -- sometimes -- in romance novels to find a female protagonist that isn’t going through extensive changes in order to accommodate the man in the story. Lila wasn’t that girl. She was going through some changes, but that wasn’t because of a man, it was because she didn’t want to be the fearful girl she used to be anymore. She did it for herself. It was an empowering experience for Lila, but also for us, as readers. As a woman, Lila was extremely relatable, and she made me feel more confident about myself. Characters like that are precious. As for Aleksey? It’s rare that I don’t really talk about the male protagonist in a story, but I won’t talk about him very much in this review. I'll say this, though: Aleksey was a beautiful character. Yes physically, but I meant more psychologically. He had secrets of his own, he was a very solitary man and he was far from being perfect. However, for some reason, he did feel perfect to me. He was supportive, understanding, and always ready to help Lila in any way she needed. But he also knew when to leave her to deal with her own battles alone. That's a rare thing in romance, unfortunately. Also, he was a very sexy character but in a slightly weird way. He wasn’t really a dirty talker -- he wasn’t much of a talker at all, actually -- but oddly enough, when he did speak, it always felt very seductive and personal. I don’t know how to explain it, his imperfections made him perfect and I couldn’t help but fall for him. Real hard. The story in itself was remarkable. It was like nothing I’ve read before. There were so many details, so many different aspects and together they created a world that felt real. Plausible. It felt like a spectacular combination of our world's past and its future. A true work of art that has been well researched and well thought of. Mya Robarts kept surprising me, whether it was with new concepts, new ideas or new theories, I felt overwhelmed with the genius of this story. Now, don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing likable in the world Lila and Aleksey are living in, but that doesn’t mean as a reader you can’t enjoy the beauty of one's imagination. It IS a post-apocalyptic world, so of course, it’s going to be just that; apocalyptic, but it's also marvelously fascinating. The plot, the story line and the writing, all of them had me completely entranced. I gave this book 4.5/5 stars instead of 5/5 stars and that is because of how the story started. It was very rocky at first. What I mean is; it was very complex, very difficult to understand, a lot of information was thrown at you left, right and center and it was quite hard to get used to. It took some adaptation on my part. That’s for sure. I have to point out that I almost gave up after chapter four. I didn’t understand why tons and tons of information about this weird post-apocalyptic world were thrown at me. Plus, Mya Robarts writing style felt very unconventional at first. Different. However, I kept my hopes up and continued reading the book. And I couldn’t be any happier that I did. I now understand why so many details and world building was being hurled at me in the first few chapters, and that's because the author wanted to make sure we knew exactly what this world was all about before she actually started the story. Truth be told, right after these first four chapters, when the story actually picked up, I was immediately sucked in. The pages were turning on their own, and time was flying by, but the only thing I seemed to care about was what was going to happen next in the story. If life hadn’t got in my way, I would have read this book in a matter of hours. If you’re looking for something different, something that might get you out of your comfort zone, something that will make you think about issues like rape and violence, this book is perfect for you. It was an intense, fast-paced, unique ride. One I’m not going to forget anytime soon. I’ll also add that this book comes with a playlist. So, for the music lovers out there like myself, this book is just that much more complete and exciting.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Meredith

    Will give full review soon… I need to let this one sit with me for a bit before I divulge. Update August 27th, 2016: For those reading this review after this date... a print edition is now available for purchase! https://www.amazon.com/V-girl-Mya-Rob... So apparently, I was thinking so much about this book long after finishing it, that I forgot to give my review! So, without further ado. This book was amazing. I stumbled upon this while looking for something different and new to read. I had been in Will give full review soon… I need to let this one sit with me for a bit before I divulge. Update August 27th, 2016: For those reading this review after this date... a print edition is now available for purchase! https://www.amazon.com/V-girl-Mya-Rob... So apparently, I was thinking so much about this book long after finishing it, that I forgot to give my review! So, without further ado. This book was amazing. I stumbled upon this while looking for something different and new to read. I had been in a bit of a reading rut and needed something that would really catch my attention. After reading the synopsis and many rave reviews about "V Girl" I had to read it. I was disappointed to learn a print copy was not available since that is really only what I read. I tend to have a terrible time reading anything on an e-reader due to migraine headaches. Woe be me. I usually just skip anything that is exclusively e-reader for that very reason. Glad I didn't with this one. I broke down and bought the e-reader version of this and if work and life wasn't an irruption… I would have read it in a day. In-between the times the book had to be put aside for work and such, I couldn't stop thinking about it. You know a book is good when you can not wait to get home and finish it. Before I continue on with what I loved about the book, I do want to share this bit of information. Since I loved the book so much, I wanted to know if a hardcopy was going to eventually be available because 1.) I want to re-read it again sometime soon and 2.) it definitely deserves a spot on the bookshelf. A book this good can not sit it digital format alone. Anyways. I contacted the author and this is the reply I was given by her: http://myarobarts.tumblr.com/post/129... Back to the review. You know when you pick up a romance, dystopia novel and you like the idea of the story, the characters, the setting, etc… but the writing stinks? Well, fear not my fellow booklovers… this is not one of those books that leaves you wanting more for all the wrong reasons. Mya is actually a really good writer and let me tell you… there are some great quotes from this book. There was multiple times I stopped and really reflected on what she wrote and went back and re-read it. It's that good. Yes, this book is heavy on the sex scenes, but as mentioned above… it's not just the sexy scenes that make you pause to really soak them in. The scenes in-between the love scenes are just so well written. You are not just getting smut here. Which I love! I love my awesomely written sex scenes, but I also love a good plot and character development. Which is exactly what you get. Lila, the main character just wants to hold on to one of the few things that she can actually call her own in a world where women are regarded as objects that are meant to satisfy men. All Lila wants is to lose her virginity to someone she can at least call a friend that she trusts. She will sacrifice love as along as she can be the one that decides whom she loses her virginity too before she comes of age when the soldiers patrolling the city she lives in takes it from her in whatever regard they want to. Her closest male friend just isn't willing to help out right away which complicates matters for Lila. After running in to solider Aleksey Furst in what can be described as anything more then awkward things start to get complicated when she starts having feelings for him and visa versa. I will only give that much to you in this review because this is one of those books that you really need to experience for yourself firsthand to really love it as much as myself and all the other readers. All I can say is if you want a good romance with some great sex scenes that are not cheesy and actually give you a good rush, then this book is definitely for you. I would like all those reading this review to understand that I do not typically seek out story plots that come with strong ratings that mention that rape and sexual abuse are strong themes. I thought when first stumbling upon this book that such themes were leaning more towards being a fetish, but I can assure you that is not the case. This book is still not for a reader under 17 though. I do warn that triggers can be caused by this book so precede with caution if that is something that bothers you.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Raven_Blake (dreamy addictions)

    Same Review Also Posted In My Blog: Dreamy Addictions I found this book while browsing through goodreads and after reading its blurb, I was very intrigued. The synopsis may sound horrifying and uncomfortable to some readers so this book is definitely not for everyone. At first, I was afraid I wouldn’t like this book but when I finally got into it, It was hard for me to put this down. The story was really captivating and it held my attention throughout. Lila and Aleksey are wonderful main characte Same Review Also Posted In My Blog: Dreamy Addictions I found this book while browsing through goodreads and after reading its blurb, I was very intrigued. The synopsis may sound horrifying and uncomfortable to some readers so this book is definitely not for everyone. At first, I was afraid I wouldn’t like this book but when I finally got into it, It was hard for me to put this down. The story was really captivating and it held my attention throughout. Lila and Aleksey are wonderful main characters and I found their relationship quite intriguing. This is actually Mya Roberts debut novel and I’m quite impressed with her writing ability and narrating skill. I would definitely look forward to more books from her. Lila Valez is a eighteen year old girl who lives in a cruel world where rape and sexual slavery are legal. In her world, being a virgin is a burden that brings a fate far worse than death so she desperately wants to get rid of it before it was taken by force by the military troops who are yet to arrive for the recruitment. To avoid such horrifying fate, Lila plans to seduce her best friend Rey, the most attractive man in her town. She doesn’t love Rey but besides her father, he’s the only man whom she’s most affectionate to. Unfortunately, things doesn’t go as she planned because her plan of seduction fails and she has to look for an other way to lose her V card. And then she meets Aleksey, a broody ex-soldier and now an accord cop who protects civilians. Lila hates soldiers after witnessing the horrifying incident of her mother’s rape but something in Aleksey captivates her. She gets irritated with Aleksey who thinks her plans are quite ridiculous and he wants to make a deal with her in exchange for an alternative to her plans. Lila is both tempted and terrified by the offer but it might be her last hope and hence begins their strange relationship which eventually leads to something more. Lila is both innocent and strong character who never gives up hope even if the odds are against her. She’s sweet, caring and very protective of her family. This book has a major character development of Lila who goes through a lots of hard situations that finally make her into a strong woman . Aleksey is broody and mysterious character who has his own secrets to hide. He is so intimidating and I was quite intrigued when I met him for the first time. Lila and Aleksey first meet was hilariously awkward and I can’t say how much I enjoyed it. The romance is super hot and there’s lots of sexual tension between them that has made me fanning myself. Rey is a nice guy but he didn’t stand a chance against the alluring Aleksey. I also liked Lila’s family members especially Lila’s 11 year old cute sister Azzy who is quite witty and doesn’t act her age. I loved the plot! It was well written and never failed to surprise me throughout the end. The story moved in a great pace and the surprising twists in the plot along with the suspense has literally made me go crazy. Seriously, I had lots of feels while reading this book and I wish this book wasn’t a stand-alone. The world that the author has created is so fucked up and brutal. I don’t want to imagine myself living in such a violent world where rape and sexual slavery is legal. In this world, the woman are not only the victims for rape but men too. The writing is perfect and the book was told in Lila’s Pov. The main characters as well as supporting characters are well built and well developed. This book brings you not only romance but so much more. Overall, it was disturbingly intriguing and compelling. As I already said this book is for mature readers only and not suitable for everyone, if you’re uncomfortable with rape, sex, slavery, abuse and violence then please avoid this book. Do I Recommend it? If you think you can handle it, then definitely read it!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Brittney

    **I received a copy of this book in exchange from my honest review** The first word I thought of when I finished this book was: ...wow. It was almost one of those speechless moments where you are pleasantly surprised by how good a book was. I normally read dystopia books or romance books that are light reads and can easily be read quickly so I can then move onto the next book. However, I was unable to do so with this book. This author has serious talent in making a world so realistic that I feared f **I received a copy of this book in exchange from my honest review** The first word I thought of when I finished this book was: ...wow. It was almost one of those speechless moments where you are pleasantly surprised by how good a book was. I normally read dystopia books or romance books that are light reads and can easily be read quickly so I can then move onto the next book. However, I was unable to do so with this book. This author has serious talent in making a world so realistic that I feared for Lila as if I was one of her close friends in the book. The author explores the topic of rape in a world where people accept it as part of their daily lives. However, Lila refuses to allow herself to be raped by the soldiers when/if they come while she is still a "V Girl." This sets the scene for a book where a young girl tries to figure out what qualifies for love and how to protect both herself and her family in such a cruel world. Now, normally I do not like books that deal with rape, especially books that have this topic as one of the focal points. However, this book was different. The author was almost poetic in her descriptions and I never had a point where I thought she went too far. There were not as many sexual scenes as I thought there would be since the majority of the time is spent following Lila on her journey of discovery in this environment. I was highly impressed by the author's ability to discuss such an adult topic yet calm it down enough so that it was appropriate for 17 or 18+. There were so many ways this book could go wrong and yet everything flowed without error. In addition the Lila the author developed Lila's friends Rey and Aleksey. Well, Alekesy is not really a friend but I am just going to describe him as such since he is such a complex character. The author made sure that the reader connected with not only the heroine but all of the characters. I did not want this book to end since I wanted to see Lila succeed in such a cruel world. Another thing I appreciated about this book is that the main character mainly thinks only to protect herself and her family. It made the book seem more realistic as she was not trying to be a hero yet her characteristics made her a hero anyway. I would 100% recommend this book to anyone who thinks they will enjoy this book. I will admit that this book may not be for the faint of heart but it was SO good. I will definitely be looking out for other books by this author.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    It took me a while before finally picking up this book, since I am not really fond of virgin heroines who, most often than not, are weak, stupid crybabies (and I kind of assumed from the title that this would contain one). It turns out I'm partially wrong, because while this indeed has a virgin heroine, she's not an idiot who cries easily in every chapter. No, she tries to control her own destiny in the only possible way she can, at a time when rape is actually legal (by trying to lose her virgi It took me a while before finally picking up this book, since I am not really fond of virgin heroines who, most often than not, are weak, stupid crybabies (and I kind of assumed from the title that this would contain one). It turns out I'm partially wrong, because while this indeed has a virgin heroine, she's not an idiot who cries easily in every chapter. No, she tries to control her own destiny in the only possible way she can, at a time when rape is actually legal (by trying to lose her virginity on her own terms, before someone gets it from her forcibly). This book effectively captures the horrific realism of war. There were some parts that I admit were cringe-worthy, because it's not only the women who are being sexually abused; we get to see how men are treated in the most degrading and inhuman way too. Naturally, the alarm bells in my head were ringing "Keep out! Keep out!" because this sounded like something that I wouldn't want to read (Hello, violence and rape?). But when I started it, I'm not overreacting when I say that I read it without taking a break, because I have no interest but to drop everything and fully immerse myself in the messed-up dystopian society this author created. The V Girl is one of those books that you just wish everyone can read and appreciate, because of the powerful messages it coherently conveyed. The concept was truly refreshing and thought-provoking, and it had affected me in a way more than I thought it would. I'm still shaking my head at the magnificence of this book. Just...wow.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Woodward

    This was a book recommendation and I took it. This is a so called coming of age story in a pre-apocalyptic era. I was drawn into this story immediately after reading the first chapter. I found myself intrigued reading deep into the back story of some of the characters. The lead female character is a strong and caring person. She is trying to D Flower herself by using her best male friend before she is legally gang raped. This is a Out of the box story when two individuals find each other and bot This was a book recommendation and I took it. This is a so called coming of age story in a pre-apocalyptic era. I was drawn into this story immediately after reading the first chapter. I found myself intrigued reading deep into the back story of some of the characters. The lead female character is a strong and caring person. She is trying to D Flower herself by using her best male friend before she is legally gang raped. This is a Out of the box story when two individuals find each other and both fight the attraction. I enjoyed the way the Author gives us moments when they almost do it then stop. The forplay is hot and sexy. Be warned this can be a trigger for some about rape. The Author doesn't go in to too much detail but you know it's happened. I love the other characters as well. They are very well developed and believable. I will definitely read more from this author.

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