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The Hunger Games


Suzanne Collins

My Review

Written in the first person and the present tense. The POV is a female 16 year old in book one. In book 3 she’s an 18 year old (I think). Tough outdoors person and an expert at hunting. She is the victim and the heroine.

All good thrillers should have a protagonist, in this case Katniss Everdeen and an Antagonist, in this case The Capitol and the Capitol system. The Antagonist should be tangible enough for the reader to dislike them. Here they get President Snow.  The protagonist should be just likable enough for the reader to (at least) empathise with them. The Capitol (First Word) is a dystopian society, hedonistic and with greed taken to extremes. It has advanced technology, including medicines that the ‘Districts’ (Third World) can only dream about.

The books are 400 pages each, give or take 50 pages. They are published by Scholastic Fiction. In technical terms, there are grammatical English errors and spelling mistakes. Nevertheless, it’s pretty good. It is becoming increasingly common to come across books written in the First Person, Present Tense, Antagonist POV. Now wait for a deluge of First Person, Present tense, Antagonist POV.

Each of the books starts in a similar manner, in the forest in a fairly safe but threatening environment. It provides the reader with a cosy start that familiarises them to the situation. The reader is seduced into reading more and it works.

The story is a ‘David and Goliath’, ‘Decadent West versus poor exploited Third World’, ‘Morally corrupt State versus the poor individual’ story. It is a moral story equalling ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’ and ‘Big Brother’ (That’s George Orwell not BBC).

Book 1 and to a lesser extent Book 2 are cracking good reads. Book 3 is not a good read and tests my acceptance of the incredible. Whilst Books 1 and 2 are similar in providing the protagonist with tangible, real and beatable enemies, in Book 3 the enemy is ‘The Capitol and its system. With the setting of Books 1 and 2 it seems incredible that that system could have been defeated using the scenario in Book 3. Nevertheless, Books 1 and 2 are the best I’ve come across in a some time

Petals - Cougars Liberated


Grace Wildheart

Petals is sexually explicit and full of innuendo and euphemisms. It includes bisexual sexual acts involving oral and anal sex, lesbianism, a young man having sex with older women including a fifty-year-old virgin, threesomes, voyeurism, exhibitionism, cuckold and dildos. This novel contains graphic descriptions of sex between mature women and younger men over the age of 18.

Rosemary is the forty-year-old wife of an elderly vicar. One of her weaknesses is rosewater and hyssop body spray and bubble bath. When she gets excited the aroma is intoxicating. Her other weakness is to masturbate to her own image in her bedroom mirror. Then she is ‘Rosy and her Rosebush’ where she stimulates herself with erotic abandon as she sees herself using and abusing her ‘rosepetals’. During these times, she is little more than a wanton slut.

Susan, Rosemary’s friend, is the fifty-year-old virginal wife of a sexually useless and impotent man. They find sexual enlightenment with each other and with a number of young men, who they bed and discard. Even though they find that women have a special sexual and sensual ‘knowhow’, occasionally they need to feel the physical presence of a man but their first and special love is each other.

This is a ‘Happy Ever After’ story, which starts with a decades long disappointment for two middle aged women who are the central characters. It ends in their metamorphosis into sexually liberated cougars, sexual fulfilment with each other as well as with their special male lovers. It is both sexually explicit with sizzling sex scenes and romantically indulgent.

My Review

'Petals - Cougars Liberated' was just a great read and lots of fun. It’s light and unlike many ‘erotic novels’, doesn't take itself too seriously. It's all about older women and younger men and the fun both have. And it shows ‘real sex’, rather than simply ‘get your kit off and let me do you until your eyes bleed’. It’s full of euphemism and packed with erotica. Sexy without being ‘dirty’ and very realistic. It made me blush in places, but so what. As good as 'Fifty Shades' and far more sexy. This may well put lead in your pencil. I hope we get more from Grace. This is 5* erotica.


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