It is 1950, and nine-year-old Willa's sheltered childhood is about to come to an end when her two new stepbrothers arrive at her family's summer home in British Columbia. As ...more
but want to get a few thoughts out now --while they are fresh:
BE WARNED -- This book is not for everyone.
Once I got past the most uncomfortable scene near the beginning --
I found myself reading sentences- and re-reading them --studying them -- in the way I might a painting -- or be enchanted by a tree in nature- - or bite into a delicious flavorful meal.
Very unique and brilliant writing! ...more
In fact, the tale bound between the pages confines is unsettling, slightly odd.. and a tad bit incestuous.
It's essentially a story of abuse and power dynamics. The protagonist is a prepubescent girl feeling her first stirrings of attraction for her 11-year-old stepbrother, who’s taken up residence in ...more
Each character was interesting. Although we never learn that much about any of them besides what they are doing in the moment.
What let the book down was the ending, mainly the last 20%. I felt like the novel was building up to something more meaningful and relevant than what actually happened. It describes an ‘incident’ which wasn’t very impactful at ...more
This chronicles the life of Willa. The summer of 1950 sees her burgeoning with a new understanding of the world and a new perspective of her body. She constantly compares herself to her long-legged older sister and finds herself imitating her sexual yet unstable mother. No longer secure in her own body and unsure of her place in her eclectic family, Willa's childhood fleets b ...more
Eliza Robertson, a Ca ...more
With that being said, I also feel like this book is comparable to some of Canada's greatest authors like Miriam Toews and Margaret Atwood. There are many great Canadian authors but those two immediately came to my mind when reading due to the similariti ...more
I adored everything about the writing, but I'm not sure how I felt about the story and its characters. It's one of those coming-of-age, sexual awakening stories that teeters between weird and whimsical. It reminded me of The End of Everything by Megan Abbott, but I liked this book better.
Willa is growing up in the 50s and develops a strange, obsessive, abusive, and se ...more
Sexually charged, mildly disturbing... a lethargic, eerie examination of teen life.
Occasionally, you come across a book that's more about capturing a 'feeling' rather than telling a story. >Demi-Gods is definitely a novel of that ilk; quite captivating,, emotive, but ultimately, there's not much of a plot.
The story follows Willa and her older sister Joan, initially at the cusp of puberty; and their mother, Eugene (t ...more
The focus of the book seemed to be the strange and sexually charged scenes which felt like they were added for shock value to give the book that edgy feel that people will talk about. All that did was left me with an uncomfortable, i ...more
Seriously, Eliza's writing feels like it should be in a hall of fame somewhere. The way she crafted the story was marvelous and I'm thoroughly impressed by her skill. And this was only a debut?! Imagine how much better she's going to get.
But, despite it being this masterpiece of a book, it was honestly not for me. I didn't enjoy this book one bit. I wanted to D ...more
It’s 1950 and the lives of nine-year-old Willa and twelve-year-old Joan are transformed when their mother, a cocktail-swilling divorcee, invites her ...more
Okay; I am gonna do my best to actually be unbiased in my review; even with all the feelings this book induced in me. On the face of it; this book looks to be a short read, but it took me a week to get through it!
It was the premise of the book that had me requesting to review; a coming of age book in an era that ha ...more
Disclaimer: I recieved a review copy of the book from Bloomsbury India. That doesn't effect my review. All thoughts are my own.
Demi – Gods, is a coming-of-age novel majorly set in the 50s and 60s. It is the debut novel of the author Eliza Robertson and it has a gorgeous cover. Precisely, these are the only two things I liked about the novel.
Demi – Gods is dark, disturbing and sexually >charged, but not in a good way. Rather in kind of a gross and disgust...more