Review: Taliaschild

Taliaschild by Anastasia Vitsky
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

TaliaschildSix years after the mysterious talisman brought Queen Vina to Talia, it chooses a new owner in Sonna, a child of the streets. Unprotected by her amputee father and beaten by her mother for failing to bring home scraps for the family to eat, Sonna runs into the self-assured Kira, daughter and heir to Vina’s queendom.

Weary of endless rules and duties involved in training to become the future queen, Kira leaps at the chance to escape with a new friend. When she places the priceless talisman around Sonna’s neck, neither can remove the jewelry.

Alarmed at Kira losing the talisman’s protection, Vina and Talia take drastic steps to protect the princess. In the process, the entire earth descends into chaos.

Five years later, nineteen-year-old Sonna forages for two-day-old fish heads while dodging street pimps. The talisman leads her to the mysterious Nicodemus, who offers one command:

“Go to Kira. She needs you.”

Baffled, Sonna embarks on her journey. What can a pauper offer a spoiled princess? Will the street child end up surprising them all?

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, which is a sequel to Taliasman. Another story based on a fairytale, this time the Snow Queen, with a hint of Disney’s Frozen.

I thought the characters were excellent and I really liked Sonna, the street urchin. Kira was a bit of a spoilt brat but it was somewhat understandable.

I could have done without the visual of two-day-old fish heads but it certainly makes one appreciate access to plentiful, tasty, fresh food.

As is her wont, Ms. Vitsky likes to play with word choice and skip backwards and forwards in time, creating a believable world. Scenes are painted with enough description to imagine but leaving room to fill in the details yourself.

There is some spanking and love making at the end but it is sweet and innocent, rather like the girls themselves.

Another great book which is well worth checking out.

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Six years after the mysterious talisman brought Queen Vina to Talia, it chooses a new owner in Sonna, a child of the streets. Unprotected by her amputee father and beaten by her mother for failing to bring home scraps for the family to eat, Sonna runs into the self-assured Kira, daughter and heir to Vina’s queendom.

Weary of endless rules and duties involved in training to become the future queen, Kira leaps at the chance to escape with a new friend. When she places…

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Review: The Pearl that Broke Its Shell: A Novel

The Pearl that Broke Its Shell: A Novel by Nadia Hashimi

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Pearl that Broke Its Shell: A NovelAfghan-American Nadia Hashimi’s literary debut novel is a searing tale of powerlessness, fate, and the freedom to control one’s own fate that combines the cultural flavor and emotional resonance of the works of Khaled Hosseini, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Lisa See.In Kabul, 2007, with a drug-addicted father and no brothers, Rahima and her sisters can only sporadically attend school, and can rarely leave the house. Their only hope lies in the ancient custom of bacha posh, which allows young Rahima to dress and be treated as a boy until she is of marriageable age. As a son, she can attend school, go to the market, and chaperone her older sisters.

But Rahima is not the first in her family to adopt this unusual custom. A century earlier, her great-great grandmother, Shekiba, left orphaned by an epidemic, saved herself and built a new life the same way.

Crisscrossing in time, The Pearl the Broke Its Shell interweaves the tales of these two women separated by a century who share similar destinies. But what will happen once Rahima is of marriageable age? Will Shekiba always live as a man? And if Rahima cannot adapt to life as a bride, how will she survive?

Wow! What an amazing book: heart-breaking but ultimately up lifting. Fiction, but based in reality.

I had never heard of the bacha posh in Afghanistan and was quite surprised to learn about it. The story was well written and the characters in both time lines were engaging and realistic. I loved how their stories wove together.

I feel so privileged to have been born in a secular, western country in the late twentieth century and hope someday all people have the freedom to do and be whatever they want.

You can find out more information about real women who were bacha posh on the author’s website and also at bachaposh.com

Review: Silver Wings

Silver Wings by H.P. Munro

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Silver WingsWhen in 1943, twenty-five-year-old Lily Rivera is widowed, she finally feels able to step out of the shadows of an unhappy marriage. Her love of flying leads her to join the Womens Airforce Service Pilots, determined to regain her passion and spread her wings, not suspecting that she would experience more than just flying.Helen Richmond, a Hollywood stunt pilot, has never experienced a love that lifted her as high as the aircraft she flew…until she meets Lily.

Both women join the W.A.S.P. program to serve their country and instead find that they are on a collision course towards each other, but can it last?

This is a great book. I love historical fiction and it is even better when it contains a sweet, lesbian romance.

The author has clearly done her research and it is well written, with likeable characters and believable scenarios. The way the WASPs (Womens Airforce Service Pilots) were treated during the war was quite shameful.

I would definitely read more of Ms. Munro’s work.

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Review: Mistress, Please

Mistress, Please by Anastasia Vitsky
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Mistress, Please Thou shalt have no other Mistresses before me.When traveling abroad to visit clients, professional Domme Trinity Maddox loses her passport and her job. She has no one to ask for help but Graciela Fairbanks, her former lover and Domme who threw her out for cheating ten years ago.

Graciela tries to forgive, but old hurts and arguments arise on both sides. Trinity is grateful for a second chance with the woman who first taught her about love and submission, but she resents Gracie’s assumption they will return to their old roles. Gracie demands obedience; Trinity needs assurances of love.

Can Trinity let go of her pride to accept Graciela’s forgiveness? Or is submission too high of a price to pay for happiness?

This is the sequel to Mistress on Her Knees, a book I was rather ambivalent about. I enjoyed this one more.

The disaster with Mira is now in the past and Graciela and Trinity are attempting to fix their own, broken relationship. If they will manage remains to be seen. Personally I would not forgive unfaithfulness.

As we learn more about the characters I became more sympathetic to them both. Graciela’s motives seem less vengeful, although it is hard to tell, and Trinity seems more willing to accept her submissive side.

Learning about new cultures is always fascinating and Trinity’s introduction to South Korea is entertaining. The introduction of new characters was interesting and I really liked Rachel and Pierre.

The book does end on a cliff-hanger, so no happily ever after yet, but the author is currently serialising the third book, Mistress’s Release on her blog.

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Review: Gemstone

Gemstone by Anastasia Vitsky
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There is more information about the book in the following post by the author:  GEMSTONE Kink & Faith Series

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Can lies build a foundation for love?
Gemma Parquin has a secret. By day, she’s the center of her church’s social life. By night, she’s Mistress Lorelei on Kinklife, online disciplinarian of babygirls and all who need spanking, whipping, and—her personal favorite—figging.
No one suspects, until neighbor Celine Daniels comes across Gemma’s Kinklife profile. Stunned and nursing a secret crush, she creates an account under the name starrygirl793 and “catfishes” the Mistress…and gets more than she bargained for. Before she knows it, Celine is also leading a double life.
Meanwhile, Gemma’s best friend sets her up with an online dating service. Enter Stella, who is everything Celine is not—sophisticated, successful, and straightforward. But she doesn’t understand the kink Gemma holds dear.
How can Gemma trust Celine, who has lied to her? Or give up Mistress Lorelei in order to be with Stella? Should Gemma give up on love altogether, or can she still find happiness?

I wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy this book as I’m not a huge fan of love triangles nor am I particularly religious but I bought it because I’m a huge fan of Ms. Vitsky’s books and she often manages to surprise me.

Gemstone was no exception. It was both well written, as always, and amusing. I stayed up til 2am to finish it as I wanted, no needed, to know who Gemma would choose. One of the women behaved rather badly and I was quite surprised that Gemma gave her a second chance, although I could understand why she was reluctant to choose the other.

The church ladies made good secondary characters and their antics were fun to read. A couple of the Church references were over my head but I was able to figure them out from the context and a bit of googling.

The kink and sex scenes were fun, although somewhat shocking from this author, who normally prefers hints and fade to black.

Review: Desire in Any Language

Desire in Any Language by Anastasia Vitsky
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Desire in Any LanguageOn her own for the first time, Mira is studying abroad for her translator’s certificate. Unfortunately, the heady excitement of dance clubs, late-night parties, and endless shopping quickly distracts her from her educational goals. Mira’s advisor offers her private tutoring, but the combined pressures of culture and language difference threaten Mira’s progress at school. She is unable to get her act together until she makes a discovery that horrifies and tantalizes her: in her new country, corporal punishment is a way of life.

The secret to her academic success just might also fulfill her wildest, unspoken dreams.

This is a coming of age tale about a young girl studying abroad who is struggling to cope with adult responsibilities and feels the need to be held accountable for her actions, or rather inactions.

In order to fulfil her desires Mira makes some mistakes and suffers for it, but I found it realistic considering how young and naïve she was. I liked her and though her struggles to come to grips with a new culture were interesting.

Her crush on her tutor was cute but not romantic love. In fact, the story hardly counts as a romance since the actual love interest only appears briefly in the final chapter.

This would have been annoying if the sequel, Mira’s Miracle had not been available immediately and in that case I may have been tempted to only give 4 stars. The books really need to be read together.

Review: Gay Pride and Prejudice

Gay Pride and Prejudice by Kate Christie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Gay Pride and Prejudice
For the Bennet sisters, life in quiet Hertfordshire County is about to change. Netherfield Hall has just been let to a single man of large fortune. But while it is true that such a man is generally considered to be in want of a wife, it is equally true that not all men desire female companionship, just as not every woman dreams of being married.
Like other variations on Jane Austen’s classic romance novel, Gay Pride & Prejudice poses a question: What if some among Austen’s characters preferred the company of their own sex? In this queer revision of the acclaimed original, Kate Christie offers an alternate version of love, friendship, and marriage for Elizabeth Bennet, Mr. Darcy, and their friends. But even as the path to love veers from the straight and narrow, the destination remains much the same.

A queering of Pride and Prejudice – how delightful!

I loved this book and thought Kate Christie did a great job making just enough changes that the same-sex attractions seem realistic. Her additions fitted well with Austen’s original style.

The new Mr Bennet was particularly funny.

A great read, if you like the classics but heterosexual romance isn’t your cup of tea!

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