Saturday, February 09, 2019

#BookReview: Damsel by Elana K. Arnold #Shocking #Bestiality

Title: Damsel
Author: Elana K. Arnold
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, B
Pages: Hardcover, 312
Published: October 2, 2018
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Rating: 1 ★

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Synopsis:  The rite has existed for as long as anyone can remember: when the prince-who-will-be-king comes of age, he must venture out into the gray lands, slay a fierce dragon, and rescue a damsel to be his bride. This is the way things have always been.

When Ama wakes in the arms of Prince Emory, however, she knows none of this. She has no memory of what came before she was captured by the dragon, or what horrors she has faced in its lair. She knows only this handsome prince, the story he tells of her rescue, and her destiny to sit on the throne beside him. Ama comes with Emory back to the kingdom of Harding, hailed as the new princess, welcomed to the court.

However, as soon as her first night falls, she begins to realize that not all is as it seems, that there is more to the legends of the dragons and the damsels than anyone knows–and that the greatest threats to her life may not be behind her, but here, in front of her.

About the Author: Elana K. Arnold grew up in Southern California, where she was lucky enough to have her own perfect pet—a gorgeous mare named Rainbow—and a family who let her read as many books as she wanted. She is the author of picture books, middle grade novels, and books for teens, including the National Book Award finalist What Girls Are Made Of. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two children, and a menagerie of animals. You can find her online at

My Review: OMG just NO these are the kinds of books that I start it wanting to love the crap out of it and I find myself wondering how this was published.  I got past the first page and went onto the second one and just myself wanting to pop out my eyesballs.  The writing style of this was so irritating. I really wished this would have been a take on Tangled where the Damsel can save her self. But I will never know becuase I never got that far.  

Also a quick note this is from another Goodreads Reviewer and I thought it would be a good idea to share it so you are aware what is in this title:  

"Content and Trigger Warnings so much animal abuse and death, sexual abuse, sexual assault, threats of rape, physical abuse, emotional abuse, humiliation, captivity, talk of past rape, self-harm, gaslighting, grey area cheating, misogynistic and sexist comments, and I don’t really know if I want to call this rape or bestiality: but a scene where a guy has sex with an opening that his sword made on a dragon. (I can’t believe I just typed that!) But I just wanted to put this all out there before I really start this review, because these topics are going to get brought up. " ~ Melanie 

I think of all of this above the most shocking is that last part!!  

"A guy has sex with an opening that his sword made on a dragon" 

I just have no words........

Go Into This One Knowing: Gray it was Gray and the Gray was Gray Gray World, o right and don't forget some guy stabs a dragon then has sex with it!! 

★ “This incisively written allegory rips into a familiar story and sets it aflame.” (School Library Journal (starred review))

“Exquisitely written and unflinchingly, furiously feminist, Damsel is a gorgeous inferno of a fairy tale and my new obsession. Searing and audacious, with an ending that will leave you howling at the moon. A must for every collection.” (Claire Legrand, author of Furyborn)

Damsel is a lush, sweeping, gorgeous fantasy, tied up tight with an inexorable and winding dread. This is the best sort of novel—part journey, part discovery, abundant with beauty and truth and rage. It is sharp and quick and cuts like a blade. Keep your eyes open. Be ready. (Kelly Barnell, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Drank the Moon and Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories)

“Brutal and unflinching, Damsel is a gorgeously twisted fairy tale that lures you in with pretty words and then shows you its thorns.” (Justina Ireland, New York Times bestselling author of Dread Nation)

“A meditation on the smothering uselessness of weaponized kindness, Damsel will have you reaching for the narrative with scale and claw and tooth.” (E. K. Johnston, New York Times bestselling author of Spindle)

“Arnold is a master of writing the struggles of young women and the violence they endure. In Damsel, she gives us a suitably masterful, darkly gorgeous modern fairy tale of a young woman passing through fire to protect what is hers. You will not be able to look away.” (Jeff Zentner, William C. Morris Award–winning author of The Serpent King)

“Not unlike the original fairy tales, Damsel isn’t meant for the faint of heart. This unflinchingly feminist story is beautiful in its gruesomeness.” (Amanda Lovelace, bestselling author of The Princess Saves Herself In This One)

“Arnold’s pitch-black fairy tale isn’t subtle, but this isn’t a tale that requires subtlety. For teens learning to transform sadness and fear into active, productive fury, it’s an essential allegory. Eat your heart out, Sleeping Beauty: this brutal, devastating, powerful novel won’t soon be forgotten.” (Booklist (starred review))


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