Perverse

Perverse

by Larry Rodness

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ISBN-13: 9781939383143
Publisher: Itoh Press
Publication date: 12/02/2012
Pages: 356
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.79(d)

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Perverse 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Autumn2 More than 1 year ago
I received this book to give an honest review. This is one of those books that you do not want to judge the cover of the book. This was a very different book for me to read as far as it deals with people taking on the life style of being goth. Which I don't believe I have read in a book before.  I enjoyed how the author used a lot of character building and used names that I have never heard before. Like Laszlo and Emylene. Now with the main character Emylene her name kept throwing me off so I ended up naming her Emily in my head. The story line was very different and that is something I enjoyed.  We follow Emylene in her quest to rebel and branch out from under her parents. And then the real story begins. She is known as the Goth Princess because of her parents status within the Goth community. While Emylene is doing her own thing she comes across a picture and that is when all the things in her life go upside down! Things that she never thought to be real are real. She meets Laszlo  later on in the story and he plays a big part and needs her help. I wished he would have taught Emylene how to fight. Though there is a little action I felt as though there could have been more. Especially because they are dealing with the supernatural. It was constantly "run." The girl has got to learn how to defend herself. But I guess with not as much action written within the story there was no need.  I did like how you get Laszlo's back story and then the person who caused this whole thing his story as well.  Now Emylene I got that she is a young adult, but the arguments that she had with her mother just didn't feel real to me. I know that sounds super silly but I couldn't connect with the arguments that they had.  Overall a great read that I truly enjoyed, the ending  and I actually had to flip the page to make sure I read it correctly. It was a ending I really didn't expect especially have the scene in the club. 
NeedToReadGotToWatch More than 1 year ago
Perverse is a supernatural tale by Larry Rodness. First Paragraph: ""Perverse" was Emylene Stipe's signature response to just about everything. Others her age were more apt to say "cool" or "wicked" or "awesome", but you knew Emylene was in the house when you heard, "Loved that band last night- so perverse", or "She's hanging with that dude? Perverse!" Or, "I hate people who eat with their mouths open, they're so perverse." PLOT Emylene Stipe is a Toronto-living, nineteen year-old goth, who is known as the 'goth princess' to her friends due to her parents high status. They fight for all rights goth, and proudly lead the dark wave. But Emylene's problem is wondering how to 'rebel against a family of rebels'. She's reached those argumentative you-don't-understand-me years, and she's itching to take on the authority figures that are her parents.  As with many teens she butts heads with them a lot, and everyone is at the end of their tether. Eventually Emylene moves out- giving everyone some well needed breathing room. Living only a dozen blocks away gives her independence, with security.  Her newest passion is Stelio- a forty year-old Greek who speaks right to Emylene's heart, starting with the first black rose he leaves hanging on her doorknob. When the two are wandering down the street one day, Emylene notices Stelio tense when he lays eyes on a charcoal sketch in an old antique shop. He makes nothing of it, but of course Emylene has to have it.  She hangs the barren, snowy landscape on her bare, bleak wall, entranced by the solitary cypress tree in its centre. But the sketch has secrets, ones little Emylene will soon discover, starting with footprints in the drawn snow, and the beautiful young girl who left them. REVIEW I went into this book knowing very little about it. I tend to be of the mind frame that the less you know, the better. Anyway, this meant I was not aware this was a 'vampire book', but I found it a refreshingly bearable use of the urban legends. Yes ladies and gentlemen, what we have here is a story about (or maybe 'including' is better?) vampires- known here as Vrykolakas. This may be a mild spoiler as we're not given this information until about a third of the way through the book, but it's a little hard to talk about the book without mentioning them.  I want to say this first, vampires have had a very bad rap since becoming a trend some years ago. More specifically, since they shifted from blood-thirsty creatures of terror to romanticised, teenage fantasy boy hunks. The progression is not necessarily a bad thing in itself (if done well- which unfortunately was not often the case), but the over saturation definitely was. Soon most everyone was sick of the fanged denizens of the night.  These vampires, while they may not be 'traditional', at least have the concept of one. Of creatures who seduce their prey, while malevolence burns in their eyes. While they never reach 'horror vampire' status, they are at least a far cry from 'romantic, sparkly' vampires too. Personally, I find terrifying vampires who want to rip my throat out, far more interesting than teen idol vamps. We have enough teeny-boppers sucking the life out of us already- without having to read about them in what was once a majestic and revered genre. I for one am glad to be getting back to it. Now, first and foremost this may appear to be a story of the supernatural, but a lot of emphasis and time is placed on prejudices. The age-old fact that many people fear those who are different, or things they don't understand. A lot of the story focuses on Emylene's feeling of being an outcast (as many teens do), but on a more extreme level using her 'goth-ness' as a metaphor for many other forms of bigotry.  There is also some exploration of social and political issues, as well as satire on desire and obsession- if a little exaggerated. The lies we tell to convince ourselves and those around us that one more 'hit' won't hurt. It looks at the very nature of addiction. There is no black and white, no clear answer. Social stigma has been around since the dawn of humanity, and addiction was not far behind. Everyone has one- usually more. Some less harmful than others, but all as all-consuming as each other. The book also briefly touches on why we seem to need addictions. Are we so unhappy in our daily lives that we have to create an escape or false happiness through objects or actions?  It becomes a force of habit, a placebo, Pavlov's dog. It makes us feel good, because we associate it with emotions from previous times. Whether or not that is real happiness is up for debate, but suffice to say that as a species we can never be addiction free. But (depending on the form of the addiction) maybe that's not a bad thing. We all have cravings, and to ignore all of them would be unhealthy. So the question becomes not so much about kicking the addiction, but in choosing the ones that are the least harmful, and of moderation. Anything can be addictive- sex, drugs, coffee, exercise, reading, etc. As a species we are naturally inclined to overindulgence, making us susceptible to addiction. This book goes a little into the 'darker' addictions, and exactly how far we are willing to go, and how much we will tolerate to satisfy the cravings. The vampires act as a 'channel' for addiction, prejudice, etc, etc, discussing the very real topics, while making them more ambiguous and universal through non-existent beings.  Anyway, this book seems 'act-driven'. It's almost like three different stories blended together. Each interconnected, but separate. It's not so much that the POV switches (though occasionally it does), but more of the focus shifting. You start with Emylene's, then the focus switches to another character, and finally another (I won't say who because they could be considered spoilers). Each time a new story is introduced, we get taken further back into the past- through the different generations and circumstances that brought them together. The main focus is still on Emylene, but when the other two get their turns, she becomes more of a secondary character.  The end was a little too easy in my opinion. It came together just a little too neatly. You spend some two hundred or so pages getting to that point, and it's all over in just a few. Though the last line adds a final element of mystery, and possibly a hint at a sequel (though I like the open ending as is).  On a brief side note, I felt the antique shop owner who sold the sketch to Emylene in the first place, was a little stupid considering that he knew exactly what it held within its image. How hard would it have been to say, "It's not for sale"? But then I suppose we wouldn't have a story.  Overall I enjoyed this story. I breezed through the smooth-flowing writing quickly, and the only times I felt any kind of 'road block' was when the story meandered slightly when the story switches its focus character.  As I said earlier, I am very glad to see violent, demonic vampires again. This is the first 'vampire book' in a long time that I have enjoyed at all- let alone actually liked.  Disclaimer: I received this book from the author. This is not a sponsored review. All opinions are 100% my own.
Jessica_Peterson More than 1 year ago
Rating: 3.5 Stars Genre: YA Paranormal Publisher: Itoh Press Pages: 354 Best for: 16+ I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Good Reads Summary: 19 year old Emylene Stipe, a 2nd generation Goth, is shaken to the core when her make-believe world turns out to be real. This is honestly a hard book for me to review. The rating doesn’t really accurately reflect the overall quality of the book, which was very good. The writing was great, the plot and characters were well-developed, and it didn’t follow the over-done formula for most YA vampire books. My biggest problem with this book was that I didn’t really identify with any of the characters. That may not be a problem for some readers, but it made it a difficult read for me. Because the main character led an “alternative” lifestyle, it was hard for me to relate to anything she did. It wasn’t that I hated her character or anything, but our paradigms for life are VERY different. Fortunately, Emylene was a dynamic character, so I found myself liking her more around the 3/4 mark, but that was a LONG way in for me to keep reading a character I wasn’t too fond of. Now, I of course would get bored reading about people who are exactly like me; I’m simply saying that we were SO different that it made it hard for me to enjoy getting to know her. There was a lot of storytelling in this book (as in, one of the characters embarks on a VERY long story about their past), which wasn’t too bad, but most of the plot explanation was given in these stories. It wasn’t like, run into a vampire, BAM start having vampiric things happen everywhere blah blah actions and events start explaining the heart of the conflict. It was more like, sort of run into a vampire, then get told this story about vampires by an old dude for 5 hours and find out that the main conflict is from this really old story. Not my favorite way to discover the conflict. Not the stories weren't interesting, the stories just seemed to slow the plot way down. HOWEVER, I thought that some of the devices used were very interesting. There were some magic elements that were very clever (Other-Town, the sketch) and I really enjoyed the fantasy world that Rodness was creating. It was also nice to see some different legend building for vampires (or Vrykolakas); I’m curious if this was straight from Rodness’ imagination or if this is truly from Greek folklore. A clever take on the vampire story, if nothing else. There’s some odd character interaction, but at the end of the day, the writing is solid, the story is interesting, and the characters are dynamic.
dsubsits More than 1 year ago
Perverse by Larry Rodness 4 of 5 Stars Emylene Stipe, is a nineteen-year-old, rare second generation Goth.  Her parents are extremely influential within the Goth community, making her Goth Royalty.   Her life changes when she purchases a drawing at an antique store.  Emylene releases a woman from the sketch whom she names Poinsetta.  Imagine her surprise when Poinsetta turns her life upside down making Emylene question her entire belief system.  Perverse is a thought-provoking action packed novel.  I love the whole idea around the footprints in the painting containing Poinsetta.  The concept is unique and intriguing.   The characters are well-developed and interesting.  Rodness does an excellent job showing the characters growth throughout the novel; especially Emylene who questions her life and values.  This book gets better and better as you read it. Perverse has a lot of interesting twists and turns.  When I say lots, I mean lots.    ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review.  
Bookworm_Babblings More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. Emylene Stipe, is considered a Goth Princess by the Gothic community. Her parents Theo and Vandy run a very profitable Goth nightclub where they are considered royalty. On a quest, parcially to find herself, and to rebel, Emylene moves into an apartment of her own, this is when her life gets turned upside down. She meets a young girl with no name with huge secrets that could destroy Emylene’s world. This isn’t a sunshine and roses romantic vampire story. Those are pretty predictable and I was really pleased to see something fresh and unique. This was an intriguing novel that held me captive for hours on end. Emylene is a really gutsy main character; she has bravery beyond her years. This was an amazing novel, rich in history that keeps you guessing until the very end. This is a must read and one of my favorites for this year.
LynelleClark More than 1 year ago
Interesting and Compelling I received the book from the author for an honest review. Interesting and well executed plot that keeps you glued to the book till the last page. Or as Emelyne would have said "Perverse". We meet Emelyne at the age of nineteen leaving her parents home to stand on her own feet like any ordinary young person that seeks independence. Her natural ability to rebel against everything in life did not prepare her for the life changes she would experience when meeting Stelio. A second generation Goth, this young lady new much about the darker side of life but nothing could prepare her when a framed picture came to life and altered her own drastically. As a Goth, she was trained by her parents to question everything, especially the very important one about Death. Soon death became a reality when her neighborhood, family, friends and neighbors acted strangely, and it was up to her to save the day. Meeting Laszlo with an outrageous tale but yet so believable that she had to trust him to save everything dear to her. Her cunningness, strong will and wit stood out the most making her character believable and likable.  Taken back in time as you learn more about the evil Stelio and the connections between him and Laszlo. Giving you a glimpse in the world of revenge and Vampyres. The Mira character a good villain that kept the plot alive and entertaining.  Every scene a building block in the plot keeps the book filled with twists and intrigue. Well written as good and evil embark on capturing the soul of the human being. 
mysterybook_nerd98 More than 1 year ago
* I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. The author writes with vibrant, descriptive language and had the voice of a 19 yr. old down perfectly. I felt as if I was there with Emylene and her parents. It was also a fresh twist on a vampire tale and that kept the book interesting for me. I also liked the character of Lazlo- a 68 yr. old vampire slayer. The only issue I had was there was some continuity problems but it didn't keep me from enjoying the story.It's a YA novel but there's some profanity so it might not be suitable for younger teens. If you want a fresh take on vampire stories then this book is for you.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Creative! Imaginative! Clever and intense! Perverse by Larry Rodness has what it takes to be called all of that and more! Have you ever heard of a second generation Goth? That idea alone had me! Emylene Stipe is a Goth Princess, daughter to the ‘royalty’ of the Toronto Goths. Her Goth society prominent parents held sway over the city from their Goth club. Little did Emylene know that her world was going to shift into another dimension when she purchased an old sketch that seemed to call to her, there was NO way the picture was changing or moving, right? And what is it about the strange old shopkeeper who sold her the sketch? After bizarre things begin to happen, Emylene knows there is something about the picture that transcends the world as she knows it. The shop keeper, Lazlo, tells her of a curse that only she can break, and it involves the sketch. Laszlo and Emylene must team up to help save Toronto from the chaos that has been unleashed upon it. But can she trust him? What if things don’t go right? Full of fantasy and darkly intriguing, Perverse is a fresh escape from reality into a world that Larry Rodness has brought forth with vivid details, a little humor and a lot of eerie moments. His ability to hold my attention throughout is to be commended as he deftly drew his characters and unfolded his plot, creating twists and turns that rival the best mazes. Great YA reading with a dash of mystery, fantasy, and a strong heroine who you can’t help but love, right down to her black nail polish! Thank you for allowing me to review this work! 4.5 well-earned stars!
wiccawitch4 More than 1 year ago
Awesome book! I love all things goth and all things vampire so when it came to this book everything was just win win...lol...the book had some amazing twists and turns and a very wonderful ending! I totally didn't see any of it coming! Emylene Stipe is a Goth Princess, Literately, her parents are like Goth royalty and they own the biggest Goth club in all of Toronto. When out shopping one day Emylene buys an old sketch and takes it home to hang on her apartment wall, but little does she know the sketch is more then it seems and inside is a whole other world. Determined to salve the mystery of the sketch Emylene unleashes chaos, magic, and horror into her world. Laszlo Birij was by all appearances a simple shop keeper, but appearances can be deceiving. The day Emylene Stipe walked into his store to purchase the sketch he knew there was something special about her and that she might be the one to break the curse. All Laszlo wants is to be with his beloved Mira again. Laszlo and Emylene team up to help save the town from the chaos that has been unleashed upon it, but if things don't go according to plan they may loose everyone they love or worse be turned into the things that they are hunting. Larry Rodness is a fantastic writer! I loved the imagery and they detail into everything. I could see in my mind everything that happened as if it was a movie playing. Fantastic work Larry!
Rosemary_Montgomery More than 1 year ago
When I first saw this book cover and read the very short synopsis, I knew that I had to read this book.    I was busy with another book at the time, but put it aside for this one, which is not something I would normally do, but it had piqued my interest and I just had to read it.    I also don’t normally read books with a vampire-type theme, but I am so very, very glad I read this one as it is different, in every way.   About the story: The main character is Emylene Stipe – a 19 year old second generation Goth living with her parents in Toronto, where her parents own and run a Goth club.   Emylene is a rebel.  A rebel, rebelling against rebellious parents – can’t get more rebellious than that. Our young Goth rebel eventually moves out of the family home, and into her own space.  She finds a job and carries on with her life until she meets an older man, who was different to anyone she had ever met before.  All was well until he went on a business trip and she never saw him again.  On an impulse she bought a drawing in an old antique shop which he had shown an interest in prior to his ‘disappearance’.  This one act unleashes a series of events that will change her, her family and the life of everyone around her.   As she tries to make sense of what is happening, she learns about the history of her family, and the Vrykolakas that entered her life so unexpectedly.     My thoughts: This was a really great story that kept me interested from page one until well after I turned the last page.   It is well written, and flows beautifully.  I especially enjoyed the great characters, and enjoyed the history behind the story of the Vrykolakas character in the story.  The insight into the Goth culture was, for me, a bonus. Given that the book is about an un-dead creature, the story is surprisingly not overly violent, nor is it overly sexual.  The balance is perfect and well written.   I would not hesitate to recommend this to anyone interested in this genre.  It was a very, very good read and I enjoyed it – a lot.  
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Sylvia Heslin for Readers' Favorite For second-generation Goth princess, Emylene Stipes, life is anything but normal. Born to first-generation Goth parents, Vandy and Theo Stipes, Emylene, their only child, is rebellious and is revered by the Goth community. "Perverse" by Larry Rodness is a story where myths meet legends, and those legends then become truth. Nineteen-year old Emylene wants an identity to call her own, an identity that is not an extension of that of her parents. Seeking the need to be independent from her parents and all that goes with it, Emylene ventures out on her own to start a new life. Lured into an antique shop owned by an elderly man, Emylene sees a mesmerizing old canvas charcoal sketch in the window of an antique shop, and decides to buy it. From that instant life for Emylene and that of her parents will never be the same. Mysterious footprints appear in the snow out of nowhere, and three cloaked men and a strange girl in the picture sketch is just the beginning. And if a picture does speak a thousand words, the horror that is unveiled is only the beginning for Emylene and will forever change her life. The book "Perverse" written by Larry Rodness is a dark, haunting, supernatural story that I really enjoyed reading. The story of Emylene and the cursed sketch is what dreams and nightmares are made from, and this story really does put a classic spin on the “be careful what you wish for” mentality. I think that "Perverse" is well written and that Larry Rodness has a clever way of telling a story that is clouded in mystery, fear and anticipation. Although I didn’t start out liking the character of Emylene Stipes, as the storyline progressed I started feeling empathy towards the character and was routing for her success. I really liked the way author Larry Rodness wrote his different characters, and how they made the storyline of "Perverse" that much more interesting. I am sure "Perverse" will appeal to a variety of age ranges, from the older adult to the older teen.