Thursday, September 19, 2013
Review: As She's Told
As She's Told by Anneke Jacob
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I've been wondering how I was going to review this book since about midway through it. I'm still not sure what will end up flowing from my keyboard to this big empty page.
I enjoy BDSM fiction... the taboo of it all. And this book started out feeding what i enjoy. Then it made a right turn into UnbelievableVille and it didn't slow down until it ran right out of the other side of town.
As I said, i enjoy BDSM Fiction, but it has to be plausible... and towards the end of this book plausible was removed from the dictionary.
I understand kinks and fetishes, nothing wrong with them in the least, but, please.. keep is at least a tiny bit real.
The Labia Majora Ring scene. Umm. I understand the power exchange.. or the power flow being all one way. But a little warning for Maia, a tiny heads up, something, would have been nice. "Hey sweetheart, got a friend dropping by to throw 6 10-gauge locking rings through your labia. And to make it fun, you'll be strapped down and gagged.. and panicky, but don't worry, i won't give you anything in the way of comfort. Oh and as an added bonus, how about a nice hole through the septum! What fun! Oh, i'll give in and stroke your hair through that one. But that's it.
After that's done, He is generous enough to get her a drink of water for all her hard work. No, no, not Maia! I mean what did she do other than lay there, right? No the woman that *did* all the work actually *doing* the piercings!
Ahhh, and lets visit the ladies room. Pretty little powder room, and Maia can even reach it while she's chained up. Isn't that nice. And ohh! It beats the chamber pot in the front room by leaps and bounds! Right? Ahhh, hold those pretty little labia rings Maia.. Master has a nice surprise for you! What's this behind door number one?! *pause and re-read... 3 times* A litter box? Really? Oh. Okay then. Lets see how *that* works. Back in, squat, pee. Easy peasy! "Cover it". Cover it? Oh yes, cover it with kitty litter, and is instructed to do that even if her hands are tied behind her back. Yeeaahh. Okay.
I think this book lost me an the trip to the farm. The pony play was taken to such an extreme that I didn't believe it anymore. Not that pony play bothers me, that's not the case at all.. but I want to to at least be plausible. The last bit while they were there when Val and Ria were "riding Maia"... was just utterly ridiculous. No, no.. not because it isn't something that is an actual fetish and I'm sure does happen, but because Maia is described throughout the book, in great detail, of being this tiny little thing. 5'1 or something, and here she has these 2 women putting their full weight on her, riding her, whipping her, and she never crumbles under the weight. She stumbles, but never crumbles. Kinda like a weeble wobble.. she weebled and she wobbled but she never fell down.
She's used to plow a garden spot. Really, little tiny Maia in all her harnesses, weights, etc. She's going to pull a plow through unbroken ground, over and over.
A large Maple slab of wood, made to fit across her back, to help her be a better coffee table.. tiny Maia.
Yes, the farm.. that is where i started skimming. A lot. This book felt like the never ending story, it was ohh so long for a book that page wise wasn't really overly so. It was filled with, well.. a lot of filler.
I didn't give 2 labia rings and a litterbox about some of the over descriptive ramblings that went on in this story. It could have been much shorter and the same book without some of the over descriptiveness.. such as Anders on a job site, measuring, making another cut, etc. Not to mention the conversations he was having with these other people, sometimes you knew who he was talking to, sometimes you didn't and the format of them using > and sometimes >> it was a guessing game, and it was unnecessary usually.
I didn't feel engaged with the other characters. Val & Ria, the whole story could have been improved by running these 2 characters off a cliff early on. Didn't much care for either of these characters, and when it comes down to it, they were just bullies, not Dommes or whatever it was they were suppose to be.
So, you may ask.. was there anything i *did* like about this book? Well yes! Yes, there was!
I enjoyed the beginning when they met and were starting the journey, some of the middle as Anders took more and more control of Maia, this is where descriptive came in quite handy! And quite frankly the end, because it finally ended.
It's a stretch giving this a 3 star review.
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