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REVIEW by Ginny: Any Love But Mine (The Erosians #1) by Debbie Davies (@AcaciaRose16 , @puretextuality )

Look but don’t touch has never been more true…

The gods forbade her to love, but love is a powerful force. Acacia has been created purely for Eros’ pleasure but discovers within moments of being summoned into his presence that he has no interest in her whatsoever. Rejected, she is banished to Earth to serve as Eros’ minion with the task of promoting the blissful state of love among all those around her, a state she must never indulge in with a human being herself on pain of immediate destruction. A

nd then comes Josh, someone whose power of attraction over Acacia is so intense she will find it utterly impossible to resist him. But is he human? Is he a god? Or is he a trick of the gods? And what would happen should they kiss?

I’ve got to admit folks; I needed to read this book. Like a fish needs water and a bird needs to fly, I needed to sink my teeth into a book that I could just tear to shreds. See, I was in this funk. I ended up reading books, and not quite knowing what to say about them. Then I opened Any Love But Mine and about I got a big grinchy grin.

Yeah, that one.

Right away you can tell that this book needed an editor. Badly. At the very least someone should’ve pointed out the more obvious errors. Like when Acacia slips on her flat pumps. Now, I don’t know a damn thing about shoes, and I still know pumps and flats are two different things. There was also a place where Acacia and Josh were kissing and kept tugging each other closer. Two solid objects can only get so close before they have to bend the laws of physics, and I am pretty sure those two just bent those laws so far they snapped.

Barring an editor, it could’ve used someone being brutally honest with the author. Saying something like, oh I dunno, “listen, if you pontificate once more about if Josh is a good guy or a secret trap, I’m going to kill you and then myself.” Like seriously, you could’ve cut the first part of the book in half and not taken anything from the story.

Moving beyond the editing and superfluous pondering (I like big words, so sue me) we get to the fact that Acacia is like 9ish months old. Ok, I know she’s a god and I shouldn’t expect the same learning curve as I do for humans, but still… 9 months old. Just try reading this book with the knowledge that this girl is 9 months old in your head. “I’m making out with a hot boy… at 9 months old.” “I’m ready to spend the rest of my life with this man I just met… at 9 months old.” “I want this new guy to tear all my clothing off me and humpdy my hump right here on the floor of this tower… at 9 months old.”

Oh, and another thing… don’t try and force love triangles. I mean there already was a weird relationship dynamic with Josh and Eros before throwing in Luca. Luca just confuses me. Read alone, the part where she throws herself at him seems to make more sense than the rest of the story. Taken in context though, it makes me fake a cough to cover up calling her a dumb slut.

The ending was what took the absurdity cake though. It made me snicker and bite my lip. At first. Then I thought about it and I laughed so hard I thought I was going to piss myself. Thankfully this was before my dinner with Jena and Amber so I could share with them. Not sure if they got the full effect though since I was, again, laughing and slapping my hand on the table.

I’m actually going to give it 2.5 stars though. Why? Because despite this books varied and numerous flaws, I couldn’t put it down. It’s like “My Blood Approves.” I know I should put it down, but I can’t look away.

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5 thoughts on “REVIEW by Ginny: Any Love But Mine (The Erosians #1) by Debbie Davies (@AcaciaRose16 , @puretextuality )

  1. WOW. I lurk this blog a lot to catch reviews and I have to say, you and the written word should take some time apart. If you hated the book, be honest. However the condescending and downright bitchy way this is written speaks only volumes about YOU not the book. Are you kidding me? You sound like a bratty 13 year old who was forced to read for English class. Try professionalism on any level!

    1. I thank you for your suggestion re: taking a break from the written word. As always, all comments, opinions and suggestions are appreciated here at Pure Textuality.

  2. I read this review LONG before it was published and I dont feel that it was uinprofessional at all. Ginny made her point. It was a book she couldn’t put down but at the same time felt that it needs a serious run through a professional editor…perhaps a few.

    She was honest and clear about how she felt. If you’d like an example of someone saying they hate a book, see my review of The Woman in Black. That book sucks.

    The entire team here at Pure Textuality has made a promise to give a fair and honest review of every book that we receive and accept a request for. “Fair and Honest” does not translate to “always positive”. That’s the point of a review. It’s an opinion. It doesn’t mean that it has to coincide with yours.

    I am sorry that you are somehow feeling offended by this post (friend of the author??) but it wasn’t written to be offensive. It is feedback for the author.

    Ginny happens to be one of the most talented writers and reviewers we have here at Pure Textuality and we all stand behind her review. Bashing the reviewer’s intelligence is far from acceptable.

    Furthermore, had the author had someone as honest as Ginny to edit the book for grammar AND content prior to publishing, we wouldn’t be having this discussion……

    1. I have never heard of the author. To be honest I would likely not pick up the book due to its cover art alone. I was on your site to read about the Modern Witch series when I clicked around to read other reviews.
      You can be honest, and express your dislike of the book without being MEAN. “I’ve got to admit folks; I needed to read this book. Like a fish needs water and a bird needs to fly, I needed to sink my teeth into a book that I could just tear to shreds.” That is both rude and unprofessional.
      If you honestly in your heart believe it ISN’T, then I think a lot of growing up should take place.
      ALSO puretext, the way you worded your response
      ie (It was a book she couldn’t put down but at the same time felt that it needs a serious run through a professional editor…perhaps a few.)
      WAS very professional. I would have understood what you meant, without the harsh grinchy grin of Ginny’s clipart
      Just saying, some of us don’t worship authors, some of us aren’t others, some of us are just people who think respect is important. Even if it’s “just a book blog”

      1. I guess you just have to be more familiar with Ginny’s sense of humor to understand her reviews. She mixes feedback with humor. If you’d like a translation, this is basically what she’s saying:

        The writing sucks. Example.

        The characters talk them selves to death about the same thing without even getting anywhere new. Example.

        The references in the book are ridiculous and make no sense. Example.

        Summary. “I’m actually going to give it 2.5 stars though. Why? Because despite this books varied and numerous flaws, I couldn’t put it down.”

        You may not understand the humor, but I assure you, Ginny was not out to literally tear the book to pieces. She’s actually got a habit of writing and rewriting reviews for the sake of making sure that she’s not too mean when she’s not going to give a stellar review. See, Ginny is a writer herself. And tends to be very critical of her own writing (even though she’s INCREDIBLE at it) and, because of this talent for being able to pick apart and analyze text of any kind, really should be working for one of The Big Six as a content editor for an easy six figures. Instead, she’s chosen to be part of Pure Textuality. I, for one, feel very lucky to have her. She’s a valuable asset to my team when she reads, reviews and edits MY book, I feel confident that I won’t have to worry about her allowing me to publish a pile of crap. I know that she will tell me the honest truth that most wouldn’t.

        I see where you could get your train of thought and as Ginny said in her very first response, feedback is always welcome. I hope this one review doesn’t deter you from continuing to be a reader here at Pure Textuality. However, as I said before, I stand behind her review.

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