Tuesday, August 18, 2015

My Masters' Nightmare by Marita Hansen

In the interest of full disclosure, I received an arc in exchange for an honest review. I tried very hard to get into this book, but wasn't successful at every turn. 

The cons: It's broken down into "episodes", almost like a television show. There is a lot going on, a ton of different main characters, several storylines, and a lot of confusion. There is humiliation, rape and incest. Luckily, no one during the course of the book itself is underage, although it is alluded to in the backstory. 

The pros: fast-paced. The "masters" are surprisingly very likable. You want to just hug Jagger. Frano, you want to hit him and then do him. The story is different and surprising. 

It's a good read for what it is. I was able to put it down and walk away for periods of time, which isn't what I look for in a book. It may, however, be someone else's cup of tea as the writing was good and thoughtful.

No matter the cost 

Or how much I lost 

Because I am Rita Kovak 



NATIONALITY AND CULTURAL CONNECTIONS: I'm a true blue Aucklander, born and bred in New Zealand. I tend to write about cultures I have connections to, such as Croatian and Maori. I would love to visit Croatia again as I have family there. At the moment I'm living in Singapore, but will be back in New Zealand next year, possibly earlier.

SPORTS: As a teen my favourite sports were karate, badmington, and running. I also did unarmed combat and played in a touch rugby team (my gym teacher made me do the last one!) Now I stick to running and have completed a marathon.

CAREER PATH: I started off as a Graphic Designer, then went to Auckland University, where I got a BA degree in Art History and Italian Studies and a post-graduate Honours degree in Art History. I worked in the Art History field, then became a full-time artist, doing commissions. I eventually lost all of my senses and gave it up to be a poor, starving writer, smh.

FAVOURITE FOODS: I'm vegetarian. I love pasta based foods, tofu, chocolate mousse and golden queen peaches.

BAD HABITS: I'm a major procrastinator that can't seem to earn money to save myself!

STATUS: Married to my high school sweetheart (which he hates me calling him). We have two kids.

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