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Adults ONLY Book Review: The Education of Victoria by Angela Meadows

        Sourcebooks Casablanca  To Be Published April 1, 2014          272 Pages
Sourcebooks Casablanca
To Be Published April 1, 2014
272 Pages

ADULTS ONLY

*This book was received via NetGalley in exchanged for an honest review.*

After being caught by her father with the stable boy, 16-year-old Victoria is sent to a boarding school in which she believes she will be trained to be a proper woman/wife. However, she is sent to the Venus School for Young Ladies in which she learns the arts of pleasure for men, women and herself.

When schooling is over, she returns to England and finds that her father is going bankrupt. Desperate to help, Victoria uses her new skills to save her family estate.

I like my erotic books to have a story and a purpose. This book was just flat out porn. Every page EVERY PAGE was about how either Victoria did this to herself, roommate, teacher, classmates. It was way too much.

I didn’t understand how her father just sends her to a school without research and I also didn’t understand how the author decided to throw in there a 16 year old having some fun with some old man. It was distasteful and I didn’t see the point of the story. Most of the book we are with Victoria at this school and all she does is have sex. SHE IS 16.

How the author thought this was okay I really don’t know. Yes, back in those days a 16 year old can get married. But here is the thing she wasn’t married screwing half the school and wasn’t during this time girls were supposed to wait until marriage?

Beyond that . . . Victoria was a lifeless horn-dog. I was completely disappointed in this book and I need to stress the fact that this is porn not exotica.

Overall, this book gets 4 out of 10.

Pickles

NetGalley Review: Nick the Saint by Anthony Szpak

          Vincere Press  To Be Published Jan. 24, 2014            388 Pages
Vincere Press
To Be Published Jan. 24, 2014
388 Pages

*This book was received via NetGalley in exchanged for a honest review*

It’s the Industrial Revolution (American) and business is booming. But little do most people know or want to acknowledge business is growing due to child labor. Children are being used to work long hours, they are beaten and starved and some points killed. However, one person Nick . . . has decided that it must end.

I was disappointed in this book. But here is what I liked about it first. I liked the originality of the story (or at least what the story is supposed to be). Nick is saving children all over New York City factories and he uses his “friend” to complete these daring missions. Here is where the purpose of this mission got lost.

The man that owes all the factories raise Nick to be one of those child workers. But when Nick fell in love with the girl, his “father figure” wanted he kicked him out. Nick ran away with the girl and was caught by the police and was in prison for 10 years.

At this point I believed that Nick is on a revenge mission and at some point he would find out about his real parents. But no; Nick was pissed off after he escaped prison but he wasn’t too serious about taking revenge on his former boss/father. It wasn’t until he said that his former love married the man, that Nick went off.

But even that Nick got himself cleaned up and showed up to her house to run away with her. This is halfway through the book and there are no signs of him talking about saving the kids in the factory. He wanted his love and the life he was supposed to have.

The story was more of a love story that happened to include this man wanting to take down this evil boss. I was expecting that especially since the description didn’t say anything about love. The whole story felt that it was less about the children and more about the love.

As far as writing go . . . it needs work. It was a bit amateur and too whimsical (Nick so happens to break out of jail with an inventor).  Overall this book gets a 5 out of 10.  It has a lot of work if it isn’t supposed to be focused on love.

 

-Pickles