I finished Sense and Sensibility and am very content with the ending. As I mentioned in my previous post,  I wasn’t sure how Austen was going to pull off a happy ending with less than 100 pages to go but, per usual, she managed! I started the book favoring Marianne, but Elinor deserves so much respect. I think I relate more with Marianne which is why I liked her more at first, but Elinor is so calm and reasonable when Marianne is freaking out and you can only admire her good sense. The sisters are a wonderful duo and even when they’re down and hurting, they treat each other well. I think Marianne had the most growing to do and she certainly accomplished it in the end. And Elinor so deserved a happy ending, which she got 🙂
I’m not a fan of some secondary characters, mainly Fanny and John Dashwood who are incredibly rude to the Mrs. Dashwood and the Dashwood sisters. John is their brother yet he is so easily influenced by his wife, Fanny, to ignore their father’s dying wish to leave the Dashwood women some money to live on. John improved a little as the story progressed but he’s still a bit of a prat by the end. Other secondary characters I really liked and felt them to be more genuine than other Austen characters.

Overall, I really enjoyed Sense and Sensibility. It’s more satirical than Mansfield Park, which I currently feel to be the most sedate of Austen’s works, but also takes a more thoughtful stance on certain aspects of love and human nature.

Another BEAUTIFUL Jane Austen scene, this time interpreted and illustrated by C.E. Brock. 

I’m about halfway through Mansfield Park and Fanny is continuing to impress me! Where most of Austen’s leading ladies are in the middle of the drama, Franny’s clear, outsider perspective is refreshing. While there is certainly drama, Mansfield Park seems less satirical than Northanger Abbey and Emma, and I’m enjoying Franny’s less privledged view of English high society. Edmund still has to step it up though…

When all seems lost because spring has not sprung, I will look to my new Penguin Classics Jane Austen Box Set for comfort! 

About 2 weeks ago, I had set myself a goal with a reward: Read all of Jane Austen’s works on my Kindle and I would purchase a box set for myself. Welllll, I couldn’t wait (because when can I ever?) and I bought this beautiful set about 4 books too early. Oh well! I also initially had my eye on a different set but this one kept drawing my attention, for obvious reasons if I do say so myself! This set is the first in my baby classic book collection and I can’t wait for more 🙂

“I think people who are creativeare the luckiest people on earth.I know that there are no shortcuts, but you must keep your faith in something greater than you, and keep doing what you love. Do what you love, and you will find the way to get it out to the world.”-Judy Collins

​It’s sometimes hard to stay positive in such a rat race of a world. But what is life without joy and happiness? Be creative and do what you love; you never know what could come of it!

Book Review: The V Girl by Mya Robarts

Book Review: The V Girl by Mya Robarts

The V Girl by Mya Robarts: 5/5 stars!

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.

* Due to violent scenes and romantic sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

So, I finished this book two days ago. Normally, I’ll write a review the same day or the day after I finish a book. But The V Girl by Mya Robarts is so incredible and thought provoking that I needed to think about it a bit before putting anything down on paper.

Set in a dystopian future, The V Girl is a coming of age story about a girl named Lila who lives in a small, backward town in or near California. The story is so thought provoking because it’s centered around institutional rape. There are other books out there who take on the subject of rape but never has it been in as good of hands as Mya Robarts. Robarts sheds light on this tough subject with grace, honesty, compassion, and humor. Though it is essentially a romance, this book brings out the best and worst in family, small towns, revolution, and humanity.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes romance with substance. This isn’t a light, fluffy weekend read; it will make you think…a lot. Pay attention to the quotes and passages highlighted at the beginning of each chapter; some are about actual situations during past wars. Finally, there are some horrible scenes so beware if rape or abuse are triggers for you. While Robarts does an incredible, tasteful job writing difficult scenes, they can still be hard to read. holly