For the thirty-second book, I read Song of Scarabaeus by Sara Creasy, book one in her Scarabaeus series. This was a Vaginal Fantasy group book, and surprisingly, the romance side was minimal for most of the book. I appreciated that. There really aren’t many books with a female protagonist over the age of 12 that don’t end with a romance. Now that I think about it, I’m having a hard time coming up with a single book I’ve read with female main character over the age of 12 that doesn’t have a romantic element figuring prominently in the story. There has to be one, as if a non-manly person has a singular goal in life whether they admit it or not, and that is acquiring the sweet, sweet lovings of a manly-type person.
This. This is the face I make.
OKAY. Anyway. The romance part is actually minimized, for something that still falls into the Vaginal Fantasy genre of the bookstore (I would love to see that on a sign in Barnes & Noble, by the way. If Teenage Vampire Romance can make it, why not Vaginal Fantasy?). The tech can get a little hand-wavy and magickal in places, but not enough to really pull me out of the story so far that I can’t get back into it. The main character has her baggage, and so does her not-a-boyfriend-kinda-sorta-partner, and it gets in the way and there are misunderstandings, because there must be for plot. (This is untrue, actually – misunderstandings are not required. They are convenient.) If I remember correctly, there is some good demonstration of consent, but not only it has been a few months since I read it, I was not reading it specifically with consent issues in mind at the time. Take that with a grain of salt.
I’m not sorry I bought the book, and if I saw the second one in the library I would probably pick it up, but I probably won’t buy the second. It was fine, but I didn’t personally connect to the heroine very much, and there are a lot of other books my meager pennies will be going to first. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars, and that’s nothing to sneeze at.