Monday, December 28, 2015
BLOG TOUR: THE V GIRL - BY MYA ROBERTS
Genre: Mature YA dystopia, Dystopian romance, NA dystopia,
Coming of age
Publisher: V press
Date of Publication: June 2015
Number of pages:370
Word Count: 106500
Cover Artist: Kitfoster
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 violent attack is her secret. A secret that will bring her closer to Aleksey Fürst, a foreign, broody man that she distrusts because 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.
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 strong language, violent scenes and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.
Just then I hear sounds above the current noise. Steps on the river beach. I’m barely armed not to mention undressed and unprepared. My razors might keep Starville peeping toms at bay, but they’ll be useless against soldiers.
I hear steps approaching and I wade away. In no time I find myself far from where I left my clothes. My best chance to safely get out of this situation is to avoid a fight. I can remain hidden if I move to the other side of the river behind the rocks. If soldiers see me so vulnerable and naked, I’m doomed.
I need to hurry. I have to head home soon and make sure my dad and siblings are safe.
The steps sound like they come from only one person but I can’t be sure. As they sound closer, I notice they come from my right.
I don’t know what I’m more afraid of: the intruder being an armed soldier or the fact of being caught so exposed.
Trying to not splash attract attention, I put distance between me and the steps. Hiding behind some bushes and rocks, I submerge myself, leaving only my head above the water line.
I stand still. Several minutes pass and I hear nothing. When I consider it safe to leave my hiding place, I swim, splashing as little as I can.
Then I notice something that makes my heart skip a beat.
I’m not the only person here. There’s someone else treading the water. I can’t see how many people are around, but I can hear as someone else splashes.
A feel of panic rushes hot through my veins.
I’m surprised no one’s attacked me yet. Haven’t they seen me? Does the splashing come from Starvillers hiding from the shots as well?
For a moment there’s only silence. Then another shot startles me and I fight my body to keep calm. I swim as fast as I can, not caring about silence anymore. Better to put distance between myself and my possible enemies. The water and the current make my escape slow. I reach a point where the water is only at my knees and I’m hiding behind a trunk.
Then I see him.
A young man, so tall and built that for a moment, I think he’s Sasquatch minus the fur. The water only covers him around the thighs. No one in Starville, not even Rey, is so big or built. His strong muscles reveal years of military training and hint at the drug use that makes Patriot soldiers so inhumanly tall and big. Wet strands of sandy blond hair run down his broad shoulders. A tattoo on his back tells me he has been in combat and is to be respected. A soldier! Something tells me he’s alone.
My stomach clenches in panic. I’m terrified of Patriot soldiers. They are sadistic giants and killing machines. The tonics they take to build their muscles and stature make them extremely dangerous and violent. And horny.
I lose sight of him for a moment. He emerges in a different spot where the water is deeper. He is so tall, the water covers only up his waist while he’s standing. He must be at least seven feet tall. When he moves I can see his most private areas. Every part of him is enormous.
He’s in the very spot I left my clothes. I could wait for him to go, but what if others come to join him? What if they plan to camp here? I want to go home to check on my dad and the twins. The possibility of being discovered with no one to witness when he rapes me makes the hairs on the back of my neck prick. I won’t wait for the coast to be clear, risking discovery and gang rape.
He doesn’t seem to be in attack mode. The soldier is inclined and rubbing foam around his huge torso. He is bathing! I suspect he has a good reason to be unbothered by the shots. If he’s not startled, it’s likely whoever’s making the racket will take his side.
Suppressing the fear that runs through my veins, I force my mind to remain focused. For a moment, I consider attacking him while he’s so naked and defenseless. I’ve been practicing knife throwing with my rebel group. But I’m still learning and suck at it. I rarely hit the target. Besides, Sasquatch’s nakedness and apparent relaxed behavior are deceiving. I’m armed while bathing, so he probably is too. What if he alerts his companions?
I don’t stand a chance fighting against a trained unit of steroid-injected soldiers. At this moment my only advantage is my knowledge of the hiding places of this river. And stealth. I can do stealth.
He’s blocking the only way to get my clothes and the safer spot to get out of the river. There’s a gargantuan rock behind him that reaches not far from where I’m hiding. If I could climb it unseen, I could get back my clothes and escape. The only other option is to swim to the other side, where the current is too strong.
The soldier submerges frequently and emerges several minutes after. I pay attention to the soldier’s face. He looks extremely sad. Sadness isn’t an emotion I associate with soldiers.
When he rubs his face with foam and closes his eyes, I silently approach the low part of the current and climb the rock. I’m still naked and holding a knife awkwardly. If I can pass him, I’ll hide on the other side and then dress completely unnoticed.
I put my foot on the base of the rock. The water has made it smooth and slippery. There are few places to put my fingers and climb on. But I manage to climb my way up.
When I’m almost at the top, I toss my knife over the rock to free my hands. From here I can confirm the soldier is by himself.
Sasquatch is back under the water now and hasn’t resurfaced for a while. In spite of the danger, I’m impressed. He has lung capacity.
The higher I climb, the less visible I become to him. He finally emerges to take air, but I hide until he goes back under.
I’m close to my goal when my feet become slippery traitors.
I fall to the water below me.
Butt first. Straight toward the soldier’s head.
My dream movie cast
Cara Delavigne as Lila Velez
Chris Hemsworth as Aleksey Fürst
Harry styles as Rey Diaz
Mackenzie Foy as Azalea velez
Thomas Brodie Sangter as Tristan Froh
Dylan O’brien as Duque Diaz
Giancarlo Esposito as Dr. Velez
Benedict Cumberbath as Gary Sleecket
Kelly Rowland as Divine
7 Facts about My Book that Might Surprise You
1. Even though the society in The V Girl is rape-centered and revolves a lot around sex, the word love appears with more frequency than the word rape. The word love also appears more than the name of the heroine.
2. Lila Velez and Aleksey Fürst relationship is central to the story and occupies a considerable number of pages. That’s why the book is considered a “Romantic Dystopia” or a “Dystopian Romance.”
3. I used a lot of statics from RAINN, a site for rape survivors. One of those statics says that 98% of rapists in the USA will never spend a day in jail or prison. Another very disturbing static shows that every 107 seconds, another American is sexually assaulted. The V Girl is dedicated to this wonderful organization. If you live in the USA and know someone who might need help call. 1.800.656.HOPE(4673)
4. The V Girl was inspired by dozens of testimonies of women making preparations to avoid rape during times of war. One of those testimonies came from a woman and her daughter taking provisions to avoid an attack that included pressing their chests, cutting their hair and making the daughter look sick with tuberculosis. I thought that, unknown to her mother, the girl would have include “emergency deflowering” with a guy of her choice as part of the provisions.
5. Saint Agatha is mentioned in chapters 20 and 21. She was a virgin martyr that is considered to be the patron of rape victims and sexual slaves.
6. Aleksey Fürst, the hero of the story, has a Russian name and a German last name because I grew tired of seeing movies in which Russians and Germans are always the bad guys. There were Russians and German soldiers as well as aiding civilians, including Jews and other oppressed group,) during WWII.
7. The new update of the book includes a discussion guide.
Difficult topics in entertaining literature
The sound of canyons made it evident that the local troops were about to
defeat their foreign enemies. They would recover the dominance of her
The mother finished shaving her hair, looked at her fourteen year old
daughter apprehensively, and said, “You’re tall and pretty. The soldiers have
spent months away from their women and you already look like one.” The
young girl couldn’t suppress a whimper when it was her turn to get rid of her
Mother and daughter pressed their chests using bandages. They didn’t want
to look attractive. They wanted to look sick. Blood, make up. The mother
knew that the soldiers were afraid of catching tuberculosis.
When the troops arrived days later and forced the door of the small
apartment, they couldn’t hide their disgust at the sight of an agonizing girl
coughing blood in a handkerchief. They sought victims in other apartments
The screams of the soldiers’ victims resonated all over the building.
Hundreds of stories like this are happening as we speak. There hasn’t ever
been an armed conflict that hasn’t brought an increase in sexual crimes and
this is a worldwide phenomenon. From the ancient Greece to medieval
Europe. From Berlin during WWII to Nanking, from Okinawa to Darfur, from
Sierra Leone to Romania. Korea, Iraq, India, Somalia. The perpetrators have
been (and always will be) people from all nationalities: British, Canadian,
Peruvian Japanese, etc. Shockingly, as this doesn’t match the Hollywood
portrayal of the people who liberated Europe from Nazi tyranny, American
soldiers took part of war rape as much as anyone else.
At this moment, some people who live in countries that endure war are
taking provisions not only to avoid death, but also to avoid rape. Yet stories
like these are shushed inside a wall of silence by mainstream entertainment.
Why is it so difficult to present mass rape in entertainment fiction? One
would think that out of millions of these stories, at least a dozen of
worldwide best-sellers could have been written.
It’s not as though there aren’t movies and books about these events: A
German movie that few people have seen, a New York Times bestseller
about mass rape in Niankang, memoirs, and documentaries. Compare these
few portrayals of mass rape to the number of books and movies that present
the holocaust in an entertaining way.
What about the 285000 women who allegedly were raped in Berlin by allied
troops? What about mass rape on Darfur? The ethnic cleansing on Bosnia?
Aren’t these victims as worthy to inspire a bestseller/blockbuster as any
Even so, I see why Mass-rape isn’t a term that can be associated to the
words mainstream and entertainment. Who wants to read about rape? Who
wants to see the men who have risked their lives serving their countries
portrayed as sexual criminals? I can’t think too many people will say “I”.
Rape is a word that disturbs and disgusts. As a crime with sexual
connotations, most readers and authors feel uncomfortable at the mere
I, like many other readers, prefer to write and read for entertainment, to get
away from uncomfortable realities. However, as I wrote The V Girl, a book
that depicts a society in which war-rape is legal, I discovered how gratifying
writing about a difficult topic can be. My goal was to entertain the readers
and invite them to discuss a difficult topic at the same time.
Think about the girl I mentioned at the beginning of this post. Young girls
look forward to discover sex for the first time through love, not through
violence. The thought of losing her virginity to her boyfriend (if she had one)
before the troop’s arrival might have crossed this girl’s mind, and perhaps
that has been a common preoccupation of young girls who face the cruel
reality of war. I thought this was a powerful idea that deserved to be
I had the honor not only to write my own take on that story, but also to
transform it into a love story that ends on a hopeful note.
Is my book for everyone? No, it’s not. The themes are disturbing and might
upset some readers, but if you can handle the subject-matter you might find
yourself captivated. As gritty as the subject matter is, anyone who dares to
read The V Girl will find that the words hope and love are mentioned more
than the word rape and that love is possible even under the most
And we can never read enough books about LOVE.
The V Girl is Magnificent!
I absolutely love reading anything post apocalyptic! But, with that said, I wasn't sure if I was going to love reading The V Girl...
I'm glad I gave it a shot because it was WELL worth the read and my time!
The V Girl is about a brutal post apocalyptic America where rape is legal and apparently a normal part of everyday life.
We follow Lila, while she tries to lose her virginity before the Recruitment Ceremony. The poor girl tries everything and is having no luck loosing it. Then she meets and Ex-Soldier, Alexsey, who spins her world out of control. Apparently, Lila has done the same for Alexsey, he's pleasantly surprised.
You have to read The V Girl, you won't regret it! There are so many twist and turns, that a roller coaster couldn't even compete.
Get ready for the ride of your life.
*****I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review*****
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About the Author:
She spent years trying to become a contemporary dance choreographer. Eventually she realized that she enjoyed writing her stories rather than dancing to them.
Robarts is obsessed with books that present damaged characters, swoon-worthy guys, controversial topics and happy endings.
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