Sunday, 17 July 2016

The V Girl [Review, Tour & Giveaway!]

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Title: The V Girl
Author: Mya Robarts
Publisher: Self-published
Publishing Date: 20th June 2014
Rating: 4 Stars

*Thank you to Xpress BookTours for the review copy*


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

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

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

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

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Review: The V Girl by Mya Robarts was a book that took me completely by surprise. I’d read reviews of the book before. I knew what it was going to be about. But I wasn’t quite prepared for the avalanche of emotions and strong opinions that were going to hit me. And by strong opinions, I don’t mean the right or wrong opinion of the author. But the author explores the ideas of sex and rape in positive and negative ways alike.

You can tell that this book is set in the future, but it shares some relations to the world we know as well. This combination makes it possible for us to really understand the situation, but the author also includes some ideas that are entirely foreign to us as well. All of it is well described so that it was easy to understand without it becoming info-dumpy in the process.


I really liked the main character, Lila. I might not have agreed with everything she was doing, but I could see things from her point of view and understood her reasoning. Which was all that mattered, really. Lila is a character who is strong, independent and sassy sometimes. She wants to find love, but at the same time she wants to be safe and doesn’t want to compromise one for the other. Besides her goals in life, it’s also evident that she truly values her family. She is always watching out for her cynical younger sister, Azzy, and her younger brother Olmo who has fibrosis. On top of all that, her father is disabled as his legs have been crushed through abuse. She really takes on the role as the head of the family.

The book is incredibly graphic when it comes to descriptions of torture, rape and also any violence people have to experience in this book. The author writes in the synopsis that this is one for eighteen year old readers and above, and I have to agree. It clearly shows the true horrors behind the violation of rape and the abuse that some people experience just for being born the way they were. Other themes such as racism, friendship and also religious viewpoints are discussed in this book.


Despite this one being so heavily focused on the idea of civil war and rape, there is also making love in a positive matter mentioned too. That’s the kind of thing Lila is looking for in this novel, with the right person. She has two main options open for her – so yes, there is a little bit of a love triangle in this one. Both men are stark opposites of the spectrum and because it isn’t Lila trying to lead them on – she clearly states what she wants from both and gives them the chance to give it to her – I didn’t mind it too much. A little bit at the end I did, but otherwise I was fine with the love triangle.

And let me just say – when making love was mentioned or described in a positive manner, the tension between the couple was palpable. It was incredibly steamy >.> That’s all I am going to say about that :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!


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Olivia’s Question: Do you think it is possible to overcome hate in order to reach love?

Olivia-Savannah x

39 comments:

  1. This book sounds extremely interesting even though it deals with a subject that isn't talked about a lot in books, especially YA and even New Adult. I like the diversity of the themes and subjects. Great review!

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    1. It's a very taboo subject but this book doesn't shy away from it at all. It faces it head on!

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  2. Gah. It all sounded good until you get to the explicit rape and torture that I might not be able to endure. I also like that there are echoes of the present even though it's set in the future. Brilliant, Olivia. <3

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    1. It's harsh, but it's harsh in the right ways to bring across the heavy message and leave an impact.

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  3. It's rare to see YA being explicit about certain topics and the diversity of themes is also welcomed so thank you for sharing this book Olivia!

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    1. It is, because it's so above a YA level. This one is really for the mature kind of audiences only!

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  4. Oh my. The book sounds like a statement. But it is one too.
    I like how the author broached a uncharted plot(as to my knowledge) but I wonder how she coped with writing such an intense story.
    As for your question, I feel time heals a lot.Maybe even hate.

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    1. It couldn't have been easy to write it >.> That's what I thought every time I thought about it!

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  5. Sounds heavy! (In the metaphorical sense... I assume all books weigh the same on your e-reader... XP)

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    1. On my ereader they do :D But topic wise, heavy indeed.

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  6. That's a very interesting premise for a book... I'm intrigued, I kinda wanna know how it all ends now!

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  7. Ohhh, I am SO Loving the song of this book! <3 Even though it sounds super scary and suspenseful. I'm anxious to see what happens to the MC. Will she lose her V-card?? How will she make it through all of that? I would be like, terrified if I was in her spot! :(

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    1. I would hate to have been in her position. Just imagining it alone makes my skin crawl...

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  8. Hi, Olivia - Must be a good book to have gotten a 4 star from you. Not sure if it's for me, though, as the premise seems a bit odd and scary. :)
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straightforward Fiction Book Reviews

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    1. It is a pretty scary book... and it's best to be prepared for it before going in (not like I was >.>)

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  9. I've wanted to read this one for a while. Yes, to your question. People only have to want to love, for it to work.

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    1. You should definitely try this one, Lekeisha. I hope you'll read it! And I agree - if you forgive and try to love, it can overcome hate.

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  10. I was wondering what the letter V represented. Perhaps virgin, but it's very transformative, and can mean victory or even valiant. This book definitely has an unexpected moreness.

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    1. There are a lot of definitions for the 'V' in this novel, and you discover them as you go along!

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  11. Oh wow this sounds really graphic, but seems like the author did a great job writing about those topics! :) This one actually caught my attention on NetGalley, but I never requested it.

    Lipstick and Mocha

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    1. The author wrote this amazingly and I think about the strength she must have needed to write it! You should read it if you get the chance to.

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  12. Hi Olivia! Thank you for your honest review and for sharing the giveaway. It was not easy to write a world so cruel, but I thought that it was important to give a positive message of hope and love prevailing during the darkest times. The romantic story-arc was what kept me motivated to keep writing. I also tried to mke some scenes not graphic, but when it comes to Lila and Aleksey steamy scenes a fade to black wouldn't work. It was important for me to make consensual encounters, where Lila has a the last word in what happens to her, very graphic and very into the dinamic of a couple falling in love and expressing it through their bodies to counterbalance the horror of other scenes. I'm glad you like the book.

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    1. *make
      *Lila has the last word

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    2. Honest reviews are all I do, and nothing less for my readers <3 It must have been difficult, but you mastered it and gave a great message by the end of it, despite there being a lot of dark points to reach it. There are both good scenes and graphic scenes, and I see what you mean about the balance. I can't wait to read what you write in the future!

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  13. I love books that surprise me.
    Amazing giveaway. I entered!

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    1. Pleasant surprises are the best surprises!

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  14. Glad you enjoyed it with a 4-star rating. I think I'll pass on it due to its graphic nature. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Not every book is for everyone! Thanks for reading though x

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  15. Thanks for sharing your review. Something different I think!

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  16. This book sounds really interesting and deep. I am most interested in the story and basically how the author introduces the harsh subjects

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    1. It really does have that certain level of depth. Glad I could intrigue you! :)

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  17. I'm glad you enjoyed it Olivia! It might be too much for me, but it sounds like an important read.

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  18. I was wondering about this one. I would like to try it though I am nervous.

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  19. This sounds like a heavy book- but it sounds like it is well written if you flew through it in a matter of days. I hadn't heard of it before- but I do think the cover looks familiar. Thanks for sharing. :)
    ~Jess

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  20. It's definitely well written, but you're right - the subject matter is heavy too.

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