I am a complete and utter book worm. I love to step into another world and forget my own for a little while, living vicariously through the characters within. Finding adventures in a million different pages, falling in love, losing loved ones, fighting bad guys and saving the day. Letting metaphors, similes and detailed descriptions of the character’s emotions, needs and wants wash over me. A good book can make me feel so many things and I absorb it all, greedily. So when I was offered the chance to review The Game of Sexes I was ecstatic.
What’s The Game of Sexes About?
Evie is a twenty year old, virgin, considered beautiful by everyone she meets, who falls for her mothers husband. Evie is determined to seduce him and make him fall in love with her. When she succeeds she finds that he is not entirely hers, and never was her mothers. Evie must share his heart with another person. Captain Sirocco, a person of true gonadal intersex (in old terms, true hermaphroditism), is Sebastien’s lover. What will happen to Evie? What role can she play? She’s won his heart but can she really share him?
Did I Enjoy The Game of Sexes?
I found this an extremely difficult book to read. From the very beginning the over use of ellipsis (…) was infuriating. I tend to use them a lot myself, but there were so many times in the first few chapters when another form of punctuation would have fit better, and made it easier to read. I also had trouble connecting with the characters. Evie is someone who I would term narcissistic. She clearly has delusions of self importance, always feels the need to be admired by others and doesn’t ever appear to think about anybody else’s feelings. She treats her mother appallingly badly, fat shaming regularly throughout the book. I will admit Evie’s mother is not the most loveable of women though.
There are endless plot changes, that are covered too briefly for such important and shocking situations. Within The Game of Sexes there are two kidnappings, several murders, piracy, incest, suicides and threats of suicide, theft, lies, hilarious moments and sex. These subplots are also, quite often, only described through speech. There is too little description of thoughts, feelings and the actual surroundings. There was also one scene that made me want to put the book down. It was a sex scene in which two of these “lovers” force the other to perform a sex act that they do not wish to do, for their “own good”, using blackmail and coercion. This made me feel rather uncomfortable as it was portrayed in a positive manner, whilst I was screaming at these characters in my head that what they were doing was abusive, not loving.
The Game of Sexes did have some brilliant plot twists but I felt as though I was reading a first draft. I think that this would be better suited as a series of books. That way the plot changes would not be as overwhelming. This would also mean that it wouldn’t feel as rushed and the author could elaborate on the situations in much more detail, rather than having to fill the reader in on what’s happening through speech alone. I would have loved to see some of the situations from the eyes of the different characters too, I think that it would have made them more believable.
It does have a very good plot twist near the end that I adore, even though it is surreal.
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I’d score The Game of Sexes a 3/10.
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