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The V Girl: A coming of age story by [Robarts, Mya]
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ROMANCE SET IN A DYSTOPIAN FUTURE

In post-apocalyptic North America, sexual slavery is legal. Lila Velez desperately wants to lose her virginity before the troops visit her town and take it away by force. She makes plans to seduce her only friend. Lila does not love him, but he is the only man who has shown her true affection, an affection she is willing to take as a substitute for love.
Lila’s coping mechanism to cope with her mother’s loss is her secret. A secret that will bring her closer to Aleksey Fürst, a foreign, broody man who she distrusts because of his links to the troops and his rough, yet irresistible appearance. He offers Lila an alternative to her plans, a possibility that terrifies her…and tempts her in spite of herself.
With threats looming at every turn and no way to escape, Lila fears that falling in love will only lead to more heartache. The consequences of laying down her arms for Aleksey and welcoming hope might destroy more than her heart. They might force her to face the worst of her nightmares becoming a reality. Is love possible in a world that has forgotten what the human touch is?

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.





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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 341 pages
  • Publisher: Mya Robarts; 2 edition (20 June 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00L6MFXWG
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,686 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The V Girl being recommended to me and the fact that I saw this book being reviewed every day on my goodreads feed gave me the push to finally give this a read. My goodness, I'm so glad that I did!! I loved the writing style. The plot was so original and everything about it felt so realistic.

Lila (pronouncd lee-lah) is an eighteen year old virgin. In our society that can be a normal statement; in hers-the 21st year of the civil war- it isn't. Like any other teenage girl, she wants her first sexual encounter to be with someone she is utterly in love with and willing to marry. Unfortunately, love and marriage is out of the question at least until the end of the war. She is faced with the options of losing her title as the 'V girl' to her only true friend, Rey, or losing it-against her will-to an unknown troop. That second option-in our world-is called rape, what we define as unlawful sexual activity or intercourse against the will, of in most cases, a female. In her world, rape is accepted, rape is legal. After a failed attempt at seducing her bestfriend, she is running out of options and time before recruitment. She incidently bumps into a perfect stranger known to many as Prince Aleksey.

"Escaping unscathed after my encounter with the gorgeous, naked enemy gives me some hope, despite my pessimistic nature. If I fight enough against it, perhaps I'll avoid recruitment."

Prince Aleksey is everything you'd want in a male protagonist. Handsome, tall, strong with an authoritative presence. It doesn't hurt that the our first introduction to Aleksey is him in his naked glory.

"The man is not only the leader of his unit, but also well-traveled and skilled at music, medicine, and the art of seduction.I’m just a regular girl and hardly a leader.
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Aleksey Fürst.

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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.
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It is a fantastic book.I was pleasantly surprised,i enjoy it very much.Departing Geneva much the characters and the construction of the story.The theme was very mature the feelings are very effectively I am very captivated,transports you to another world. It is a book quite difficult to read, but even so I highly recommend it.
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Lila Velez will try to convince her childhood friend to have sex with her because the soldiers will come to her town to recruit her and take her to a life of sexual slavery. The soldiers take drugs that make them practically immortal and invincible and so horny that they even created a prostitution service and a recruitment ceremony. Recruitment will make you a soldier or a prostitute and during the ceremony they can rape people if they want.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A dark, dystopian story with more than a few surprises in store 6 October 2015
By Kitty Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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When it comes to post apocalyptic stories you just know to expect a certain level of darkness and degradation of humanity, but The V Girl brings a surprising sense of realism to the table that I don't usually see in PAF. In Lila's world, rape is not only common place, it's actually legal. The soldiers have a line of thinking that if they have sex with a virgin, all their STDs will magically go away. This actually isn't a far fetched idea; it's a reality in places like Africa where men think having sex with a virgin girl will cure them of AIDS, and the younger she is, the more potent the cure. Perhaps that's what lends The V Girl a sort of horrific realism, knowing that this sort of thing isn't only plausible, but a sad reality in our world today.

It's also what fuels the plot. Lila is on a quest to lose her virginity, a most undesirable condition in her world and one she needs to rid herself of before Recruitment Day rolls around. Now ordinarily a girl looking to get laid would have no trouble finding what she's after, but in Lila's case things never quite go as planned. This adds a bit of humor to the story that helps soften up the otherwise harsh plot. There's also a surprise with Aleksey, who proves the exception to the rule that soldiers are heartless, rape happy beasts. I found all of the characters to be quite well developed, and Lila was both complex and entertaining. The story is compelling, even though there are scenes that had me cringing, and quite a few surprises along the way.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars original engrossing story & loved Aleksey 28 September 2015
By Justirishgirl - Published on Amazon.com
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I could not put this book down. I read it without taking a break, staying up too late to finish it. It was an engrossing, original and at times, heart breaking story. Reading about the rapes was hard but readers were warned and they were not as graphic as I expected.I loved the hero Aleksey. He falls head over heals with Lila and is faithful to her shortly after meeting her even though not a couple until near the end. It seemed to take forever before they were together and that was my only disappointment. I wanted them to together much sooner than they were and that included wanting them to make love sooner as well. They did not make love until over around 80% of the book. I loved when Aleksey's possessiveness and jealousy reared its head. It was hot. It was heart breaking too when the idea of Lila being with Rey gutted him. Some readers were upset that Lila kept trying to be with her best friend Rey, to give him her v-card. The closer it got to the ceremony the more desperate she was and she did not trust Aleksey. I do not blame her for trying to entice Rey. She was afraid of being raped and non-virgins tended to be safe from being recruited. I too would do anything to stop that too. Also her and Aleksey were not together during her attempts. Rey angered me. He wanted her and knew he could save her but kept getting cold feet. Also him thinking about OW during those attempts including calling out the OW name was irritating. If he wanted her like he said he did and loved her like a friend then he would man up. I loved when Lila's sister put both Aleksey and Rey in their place when they were fighting over Lila. She is right in what she said and they both deserved to be reminded that neither of them were innocent or wronged parties.

It was heart breaking to me what happened to a secondary character and what he did as a result of that occurring to him. Based on what was shown about his character and personality, I think it was unlike he would react to the trauma in the way he did. I liked the ending.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyably gripping read! 24 July 2016
By Mary Leckie - Published on Amazon.com
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Wow! This book was breathtakingly gripping! Lila was a character who was taking a stance in a very terrifying situation the only way she could, which I find admirable and a sign of great strength! Not allowing these monsters to take what she had the right to protect. She would rather make the choice and lose the title “V-Girl” before they decide she loses it for her. I actually found her approach inspiring. Sad and awful of course, that anyone would have to go through that, but inspiring in its own right.

I love the post-apocalyptic setting and the author did a great job bringing the visual imagery to life within the pages, making me feel like I was right there! The author was able to stir so many of my emotions, always a favorite trait in author and keeps me coming back for more!

Let’s not forget to mention that the steamy scenes that get us all going were very well written, and I found them extremely exciting while still being eloquently written. Sometimes the sex scenes have cheesy writing, it’s not the easiest topic to write. I know because I am an erotic author myself. Aleksey's character was strong and possessive over Lila and I found that so erotic, I loved it!

I must say on the other hand that the author did a great job on the scenes that would be so difficult to write. The rape scenes. Not everyone would have the writing talent to portray it the way Mia did.

There’s just so much I can go on and on about regarding how much I enjoyed and was moved by this book, but I think you should grab a copy and see for yourself!

Highly recommend!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I won’t spoil the story- but she’s in for a bumpy ride as she works through all this The part l loved most about Ms 18 November 2016
By KH Tang - Published on Amazon.com
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Given today’s current political climate the split of the nation is a very believable element. There is graphic content, but it addresses the very real issue of what sexual consent is and isn’t. It’s the centerpiece of the social theme for the book- where are the lines between yes and no drawn. Lila, our heroine, is also still suffering PTSD as she deals with traumatic events of her childhood years. She is forced to come to an understanding of how fear can rule your life. She is also a virgin who struggles with several issues: the fact that her side of the mountain ended up on the losing side of the war, her mother’s death, and occupation with loosely commanded troops. I won’t spoil the story- but she’s in for a bumpy ride as she works through all this

The part l loved most about Ms. Robat’s story is that it’s fresh and original. I enjoyed the concept of “emergency deflowering” and her reasons for it. I’ll let you read the book to figure what that is
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful story about love, autonomy, war, ethics, and sexuality thats touches the soul and stimulates the mind 8 January 2017
By Kriss - Published on Amazon.com
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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 could get long.

Since I don’t want to make this review twenty pages long, here’s a quick bullet list of some great things:
• Lots of anti-rape messages (yes!)
• Pro-consent messages (yes! yes!)
• Anti slut-shaming messages (yes! 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 feelings of sexual desire.
• 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 basically 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! 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 likely 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 sex 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!