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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  42 ratings  ·  36 reviews
19 year old Emylene Stipe, a 2nd generation Goth, is shaken to the core when her make-believe world turns out to be real.
ebook, 354 pages
Published December 31st 2012 by Itoh Press (first published December 2nd 2012)
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Gillian Mcclean
Mar 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Perverse centres on Emylene Stipe, the teenaged Goth protagonist who is the offspring of Goth parents. Although most of the plot takes place when Emylene is a young adult, it simultaneously reads like an ordinary and yet extraordinary female coming of age story.

The adolescence to adulthood turmoil, peculiarities of the Goth subculture and elements of the supernatural blend well to provide a believable context for the reader to accept the unusual characters and circumstances Emylene encounters. R
Kathy Davis
Mar 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest, nonreciprocal review. I have never read a book of the Gothic YA genre before, and was not expecting to have it hold my interest at all. That being said, I was very pleased that I was able to enjoy this book. The main character (a protagonist) named Emylene and her friend Nancy are introduced in the beginning and through some interesting twists and turns we begin to see the imagination of this author unfold. I was appreciative that th ...more
Megan Orito
Apr 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
One day, the author of this book left me a message on my book blogs page. He was inquiring if I could do a review about his new book. Since I’ve been really into YA these days, I can’t help but say yes although I honestly don’t know how to write a well-brought-up book review... Hehehe. So here’s my version of a book review for an author. Perverse is my first book to be reviewed. This will always have a spot close to my heart.

All of us go through that special tunnel between being young and vibran
May 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
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, ...more
Claire Carey
Apr 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Interesting, inspired, twists and turns but with a sadly normal ending. The author kept me guessing and i was surprised with a few twists that didn't turn out how i thought it would. I enjoyed the writing style and found that it flowed well. Has been left open for another should he choose to. ...more
Julie Darley (Never judge a Book by its Movie)
I signed up for this tour because I was fascinated by the cover, it is very beautiful. I was also intrigued by the short synopsis. Some of the best books I’ve read have been because of those two reasons.

The story starts off strong enough, Larry has a great style that builds a vivid picture, as well as developing solid characters. Emylene was a very likable character and I loved her friendship with Nancy. However, when Emylene moved into her own apartment and began working in the fabric store I b
May 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
The cover alone would make me want to read this book - it is a very good representation of how I see Emylene.

Those of you who are familiar with my reviews know that I do not give you details about the book that would give any element of surprise away, or at least I do my best not to, because I want you to read it and experience things just as I did. The 'synopsis' provided on GoodReads really doesn't give me much to work with - but it is exactly what I saw before I decided to read this book.

Nov 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
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."


Emylene Stipe is a Toronto-living, nineteen year-old goth, who is known
May 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Perverse was a really surprising read. Don’t worry, there’s nothing perverse in this book :) I admit, I wasn’t expecting very much when I started it. The synopsis didn’t make me really, really curious and I was thinking the title was meant to be too shocking. My thoughts didn’t changed much when I started the book and even through the first few chapters. Perverse seemed to be a nice read, but it wasn’t impressing me that much. The action starts a bit too slow and even now, thinking about the beg ...more
Diana (Offbeat Vagabond)
Original review here:

Perverse follows a young woman named Emylene. Emylene is the Goth princess. She knows something is missing from her life, but she doesn't know what. She doesn't think she is special. Until one day she comes across a painting that speaks to her. That painting is no ordinary painting. That painting will change Emylene's life forever and maybe for the worst.

Wow, this is quite an interesting re
Jessica Nicole
Review taken from

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 wr
May 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
At first I was not sure what I was going to think about this book after I read more about it. One being it was Young Adult Paranormal and unfortunately for every other author on the planet, Stephanie Meyer pops into your head. Like it or hate it, it has spawned a lot of similar stories because of it (and this is not a pro or anti Twilight statement- those that know me personally know my stance and thats all I am saying on the matter). I think due to this it gives off certain expectations as a re ...more
Apr 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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 G
May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
Perverse is the story of Emylene Stipe, a local Goth Princess, who grows up under the influence of her Goth parents, Theo and Vandy. She spends her youth examining and reveling in death and “the black,” thinking that she’s got the world pretty well figured out. But when she comes upon a magical painting in an old antiques shop, her entire world changes. And it isn’t just changed for Emylene — it’s an upset for the entire city, and, eventually, the world.

Evil magic makes pulls Emylene into the pa
Jan 22, 2015 rated it did not like it
This review has been crossposted from my blog at The Cosy Dragon . Please head there for more in-depth reviews by me, which appear on a timely schedule.

Emylene is a second generation Goth princess. Little does she know that she is soon going to be trapped in a picture frame for 2 years while her new best friend takes over her position and turns the world to bad.

I spent the first chapter wondering when the perspective and tone of the novel was going to turn into present tense. In the second chapt
Jun 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
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 ende
Kayleigh Meade
Having been approached by Larry Rodness to review Perverse, I was intrigued by the blurb. It's not often I read about Goths, let alone second-generation Goths!

Being honest though, I wasn't overly impressed with the beginning of the book. While it wasn't bad, I was a little disconcerted by the disconnected narrative of Emylene's life that led up to the start of the plot. There's setting the scene, and then there's over-egging it a bit. I didn't understand why such a big deal was made about Emylen
Shaz X
Jul 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Full review at Sharon's Book Nook!

*Copy of book provided by author in return for an honest review*

I started reading Perverse not really knowing what to expect. What I found was a complete surprise packet and a thoroughly enjoyable read. I have not read any paranormal books for a while and this was a nice welcome back into the genre.

Perverse is well written and spins a very interesting tale about a Goth Girl and the beliefs of that lifestyle becoming her reality. The imagination used to create th
Aug 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have to start off by saying that I absolutely love the cover of this book! I could totally see it hanging on one of my walls.

I really like how I was pulled into the story right away. Emylene is 19 years old and born to Goth parents. Her parents own a Goth night club downtown which makes Emylene pretty much royalty to the Goth community. She decides that she needs to break out on her own and rents an apartment. One day she is compelled to purchase a drawing of a cabin in the woods from an anti
Lynelle Clark
May 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this as part of the blog tour and in exchange for an honest review.

The blurb I received for this book had me intrigued; hence why I signed up for a review post in this tour.

However, upon starting to read Perverse I found myself feeling a bit underwhelmed and unsure about the book. I't starts off slowly, but the page picks up about halfway through and then the action begins to kick in. By action I mean "Vrykolakas (Vampyres)".
The Vampyres in Perverse are portray
Amanda Shelley-Masters
Awesome book! I love all things goth and all things vampire so when it came to this book everything was just win 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
K.C. Sprayberry
Jul 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Second generation Goth, Emylene Stipe, embodies the spirit of the powerhouse movement her parents oversee. She rebels against a family of rebels with numerous ear and lip piercings. Emylene searches for ways to define her Goth existence, yet never gains understanding until she meets a woman in a painting, a woman without a name, who becomes Mira … yet, Mira hides secrets that could destroy all Emylene holds dear.
Larry Rodness crafts a story that is very slow to start. It's not until the reader i
Jun 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Love the cover, however i give the book an overall 4 stars out of 5. Despite i have never read a book this type before, surprised me that could exceed my expectations.
The book is very creative, love the authors imaginations and how he has done his researcher on goth, The book is about a girl that at the begging struggles in the goth world, but i will leave you with this quote that describes her very well: "Emylene is a second generation goth that is starting to look at to what she really belie
Tammy Hall
Jul 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When I was asked by Mr. Rodness to do a review I was intrigued by the blurb. No blurb of so few words had ever grabbed my attention and had drew me into a book. I had to know how this story played out so I agreed to the review. I can tell you I did not in any way regret that decision. Perverse is not exactly the story I thought I would read. Throw away any preconceived ideas about vampires sparkly or otherwise because they do not exist in this book. There is no room for fairy tales and the happ ...more
Finitha Jose
Jul 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Hmph! . . . I am not exactly a fan of vampire stuff (well, except for 'Twilight Saga'), and this cover page almost scared me off. But tempting is the offer of a free book and so here I am. Larry is indeed blessed with an enchanting language, the narrative is so gripping that it is impossible to put it down without finishing.
Some of the plot can be predicted, but not the climax. And isn't their some truth in Laszlo's question? If there is a devil that sucks your blood out and turn you into a blo
Diane Lynch
Jul 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 footprint
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-read-2013
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 r
Jul 31, 2013 rated it liked it
I had an extremely hard time finishing this book. For me, this book was entirely too long. I liked the beginning where the scene is being set and back story is established. Reading other reviews, it seems like I had the exact opposite problem as everyone else. The second half of the book was much worse for me. I found it slow and too drawn out. I really wanted to like this book because of the darkness and Goth aspects but I just couldn't. I couldn't wait for it to be over because I had such a ha ...more
Dawn Baca
Apr 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A Fantastic Story
Larry Rodness weaves another amazing story in Perverse. The attention to detail comes through in every page. If you are open to a new take of old world legends that is not trite and common, this is worth looking at. It is a unique take on the usual Vampire world. It’s truly an intriguing read. From the first page to the last, a compelling story emerges.
It is beautifully written, and is filled with dynamic and well developed characters.

A young teenage rebel striving to find her p
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