Minotaur eBook ↠ Paperback

  • Paperback
  • 275 pages
  • Minotaur
  • J.A. Rock
  • English
  • 07 May 2016
  • 9781626493131

10 thoughts on “Minotaur

  1. Heather K (dentist in my spare time) Heather K (dentist in my spare time) says:

    DNF at 18% No rating on this one but it was weird JA Rock I love you SOOOO much but this book I had a really hard time getting into it due to the format I just didn't enjoy it

  2. Julio Genao Julio Genao says:

    after that amazing blurb there is no fucking way i'm not reading this

  3. lov2laf lov2laf says:

    I went into this book thinking it would be a certain way and ended up with something very different Because of this I'll tell you what this book isn't and then what it isIt is not a badass heroine adventure story I was thinkinghoping it would be something along the lines of Tiana Warner's 'Ice Massacre' and this is far from it It is not a warm and fuzzy coming of age romanceIt does not have an all together likable protagonistThe book centers on a girl in her late teens but I wouldn't necessarily call this a YA book either due to darker and mature content Then again my favorite book as a teenager that I must've read twenty times over was about a former druggie depressed girl living in her estranged father's house after her mother committed suicide and she herself was ostracized from her school due to unwittingly playing a part in getting a popular girl murdered and who's ex boyfriend happened to be the murdererso what do I know? It's a fuzzy line sometimesThat said the book isn't bad eitherdepending on what you're looking for Thera is a surly unlikable narrator for the story and is far from good She's a traumatized neglected and rejected sixteen year old who we meet as she enters a girls home The first 60% of the book takes place in this home where she meets Alle the girl she comes to love along with a couple of girls she befriends that are just as unsavory as she is During her time in the home she does evolve but not entirelyand there's a certain tragedy to all of the girls' stories in their present as you read Stephen King's 'Stand By Me' comes to mind when I think about this book if that helps anyThe last 40% of the book takes place in the labyrinth where it turns into an 'Alice in Wonderland' type story so there is an aspect of fantasy adventureit just takes awhile to get to itOverall the book has an odd tone not only for its darkness but because I couldn't tell if the book was based in reality and not a fantasy book at all or if we really were in some different world By the end of the book that inuiry gets answered but it leaves uestions tooThere is a girlfriend relationship that develops between Thera and Alle that has a sweet aspect but it's not exactly for romanticsThe language of the book is written with richness and beautyand I get the feeling this book is chock full of metaphors and allusions that I missed and would be well served to be in some kind of book club discussion It does have ethnic diversity Both Thera and Alle are non whiteThe ethnicity isn't mentioned explicitly but Thera is described as having darker skin than others with Alle being dark skinned and the darkest of anyone in the homeUltimately 'Minotaur' is a good book but it doesn't feel good to read It ends on a higher note thoughHeather Rose Jones an author herself has a very apt and descriptive review on for 'Minotaur' so I suggest you check out her thoughts as wellDo I recommend it? If you're into darker stories and anti heroes written with rich language then yes If not you may want to skip it

  4. Morgan Morgan says:

    This title was provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair reviewFrom the summary blurb and cover this looked like a decent female centric fantasyadventure story maybe even a bit of urban fantasy with a little Greek mythology thrown in Unfortunately none of that is the case here I found the entire story disjointed and actually rather boring Most of the story takes place in a home for wayward girls following a protagonist who is in desperate need of a good slap I couldn't get behind her her uest to kill the minotaur which she gives herself or less out of the blue or her claim that the minotaur shares dreams with her in no part of the book does this seem to even happen even though that's the claim on the book's dust jacket Throughout the book I had a difficult time figuring where or when it is taking place; at times it sounds like modern times and at others it feels like the distant past It's a detail I found distracting and frustrating for a majority of the read Not recommending this book by far

  5. Mel Mel says:

    Our story is very simple A girl who was scared loved one who was brave A girl fool enough to try to play hero saw the underlying hornlessness of monsters And in a sweet shock of ruin two women found forgiveness and they held each other in the wreckage left by one for whom forgiveness meant nothing That is a tale ornery in its rejection of heroes in its changeable villain in its unwillingness to yield to inventionMinotaur is most compelling because of its absolute uniue setting and charactersThe setting is a mix of contemporary and mythos neither being solely one but always intermingling I am not a contemporary reader at heart I do enjoy these books now and then but what gets me really enthusiastic is if you add a fantastical element to a story or make it the sole focus of it Be it paranormal science fiction fantasy steampunk or anything else that is what makes my heart beat faster that is what fills me with awe and wonder If these books have the main purpose of being a fun read thats great and I just love to dive into another world and have a good time If these books add a deeper meaning philosophical uestions or something similar—be it subtle or a larger focus—I am even likely to be fascinated and might even end the book with the feeling of having learned something about the world about myself“The brave are not the ones who merely answer the call Any fool can embark on a uest The brave are the ones who do their duty and come away not with a monster’s head on a pike but with some new knowledge”Minotaur delivers all this And one reason for this is the character set I guess we all love to read about good people about heroes and heroines people we can look up to and get inspired by Well that’s not what you will find here No You will find someone who you might be able to relate to in their imperfection You will find people who are fucked up because of what life dealt them because of just who they are and you will witness how these people can do better and how they change in parts but stay themselves as well“Why Why why whyyyyyy? Everybody full of whys” She rolled again slowly and faced me “Does it come as any surprise that cast off daughters are angry that destruction is art that a person might do a thing simply because it is within her power to do it?”Minotaur is divided into three parts The first is the longest and plays in a girl’s home Some of them are there because they are orphans some because no one wants them It’s a dark place but it is a home a place to stay and a place to grow This is the part of the book that I liked the most It takes its time and introduces the characters There are light and funny moments There is foreboding There is sweetness and ugliness I found this to be very compellingThe last two parts only make out about 30% of the book and were for me a little less good The nature of the tale called for a different kind of telling and pace and I just enjoyed the first one I was also a bit lost concerning the conclusion I don’t want to go into details here It just feels to me like I’m missing something that I maybe didn’t really get it or everything And that might be because of two possible reasons I was a bit distracted while reading the last part being on commute and exhausted from being out and about the whole day so it is likely I actually did miss something The other possibility is of course that JA lost me that she couldn’t really deliver or didn’t want to deliver I don’t know I don’t want to reread the last part The book was very much worth it for me despite this and I take thoughts away from this anyway and it reminds me of this text passage from the book hereMiss Ridges had said once that reading meant nothing unless you could articulate what a story had given you But I’d always disagreed—though I’d never found the words to argue You didn’t have to be able to analyze to appreciate a story You had only to be able to feel deep in a place that didn’t deal in words how that story was yours and everyone else’s tooI want to also add that I highlighted tons of sentences and paragraphs Many than I put here in my review or my updates because JA wrote this beautifullyUm This is not a fluffy read but its also not dark or oppressing at least I didn’t think it wasComing to the end I think this is a great and very uniue book and I’d encourage you to read this if that’s what you like

  6. Hectaizani Hectaizani says:

    Thera Ballard is an orphan her elderly aunt can't handle her so she drops her off at Rock Point a home for unwanted girls Thera Ballard is a drug user a thief and a bully Thera Ballard is a liar she tells anyone who will listen that her mother killed her father with an ax or was it father killed the mother? Thera Ballard is really just a girl like any other girl her age trying to find out where she fits in But then Thera Ballard wants than anything to be a warrior so she can slay the Minotaur and win acclaim and fortune The Minotaur besides being a creature out of Greek legend is a very real fear in Thera's hometown She is an actual monster confined to a maze high up in the cliffs on the outskirts of town They send her human tribute and pray she never escapes Thera embarks on a uest to slay the Minotaur and in the process she finds herself This was a difficult review to write I enjoyed the underlying story but found it difficult to connect with the characters Perhaps this is because instead of an angsty teen I'm a middle aged woman I'm sure that the intended audience a young female who is still fresh to feelings of love and loss who thinks that one day she will save the world will find it amenable More often than not I'd stop and think now why would she do that it's so stupid and have to put myself into the character's shoes to realize that she wouldn't know any better I'm not the right audience for this book Having said all of that the writing was clean and crisp with excellent descriptions Technically everything is in the right place and the flow and pace of the story moves along well It's my fault I didn't enjoy it than I did

  7. Coyote Coyote says:

    First and foremost a special thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review I wanted so much to like this book than I did It has all the props and bearings of a story that speaks to my heart mixed media narratives; a wayward institute housing a menagerie of atypical girls; a minotaur with overtones of lesbian symbolism eg how the characters in the wayward institute referred to women of a certain persuasion as unnatural BDs; an urban setting that feels as tangible as it does fantasticalUnfortunately the pieces never seemed to summon anything to life for than a few disparate passages at a time; however the fragments that did work were incredibly magical absolutely stunning even Thera's monstrous heroism and her uest for redemption is a beautiful thing yet unfortunately it only exists in spurts amidst poor attempts of world building eg the notes?? left between the staffers of the wayward institute that take away from the tangible realism in the worst of ways a complete dearth in surrounding character development and most egregiously excessive telling versus showingAmidst it all there is most definitely a great short story I firmly believe that with some serious parsing down that there is an incredible love story and redemption uest here if only it weren't mired down in the would be One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest mimicry

  8. Free_dreamer Free_dreamer says:

    Review Scattered Thoughts And Rogue Words15 starsThis is the first FF book I’ve ever read so when Melanie asked if I was interested I wasn’t sure at first But I really liked “When All the World Sleeps” by JA Rock and Lisa Henry so I figured I might as well give it a try The reason why I really didn’t like this book isn’t that it’s FF I didn’t mind that part though it probably isn’t really for me Anyway I couldn’t stand Thera from the start She’s not an evil woman or even dangerous She’s just an angry whiny teenager who hates the world She’s selfish incredibly annoying and not exactly the brightest out there She goes off to slay a monster and doesn’t even think about bringing a weapon till it’s too late? Seriously? She lies for absolutely no reason whatsoever even to Alle who she’s oh so in love with Something I didn’t buy by the way When Alle doesn’t behave the way Thera wants her to she’s furious and throws a temper tantrum And as soon as she gets the opportunity she cheats on her What kind of love is that supposed to be?Then there’s the world building which was essentially non existent It felt like America in the 50s or 60s except that the girls all wear pants and sweaters And there’s magic and curses and a monster of course Which is the extent of world building we get here I still don’t know whether this is the only town with magic and such or if it’s commonplace all over the world I still don’t know just how the magic works Or is there even magic at all? I’m not sure For heaven’s sake Dear authors all over the world if you’re going to write FANTASY PLEASE DO SOME WORLD BUILDING Seriously that’s a major pet peeve of mine And no it’s absolutely no excuse that this was supposed to focus on the romance You can do both romance AND world buildingApart from the protagonist who I couldn’t stand and the world building which didn’t exist very very little happened during the first 60% or so Then the plot finally started to pick up and was somewhat interesting for about 10% Then it all went downhill again and I was just fed up with everything I even skimmed the last 5% or so since it just wouldn’t end although there really wasn’t anything left to tell So essentially there wasn’t much of a plot here eitherIn short I did not like this book At all The protagonist was irritating beyond words there was absolutely no world building the romance wasn’t convincing in the least and very little actually happened for than half of the book The half star I added is for the basic plot idea which did sound interesting and the 10% of somewhat interesting plot I’m really not sure if I ever want to try anything by JA Rock againCover The cover by Imaliea is the best part of this book It’s what first caught my eye Though in hindsight I have no idea why Thera is carrying a sword here

  9. El El says:

    Rating 4 out of 5 I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review Know this I am not a warrior I am a diseaseMinotaur was most definitely not what I was expecting but in the best way possible Instead of the young adult adventure story that I was expecting based on the summary I found myself completely absorbed by a spellbinding tale of monsters redemption and loveTold from the point of view of Thera a sixteen year old orphan Minotaur weaves mythology and the real world together in the small town of Rock Hill which is still recovering from a monster attack years before Thera is the first to admit that she's villain than hero with substance abuse and authority problems a mile long but through her eyes we see that good and evil aren't as clearly defined as people want to believeI loved every single thing about Thera's character On the surface she's frustrating selfish and disrespectful but she has reasons for acting the way she does and a brilliant mind behind the misbehavior She's an unreliable narrator so I felt like I had to read beneath the surface to really understand her Keep reading the review on Just Love

  10. Carrot Carrot says:

    So I really enjoyed the beginning of this one I found it different weird and relatable Not that the situation was relatable but the anger The frustration of feeling like you're misplaced a constant outsider It truly was written well and very engaging When I started reading it was defiantly a 45 but as the story progressed I found it to be a bit disjointed the MC's were unfeeling towards one another and I felt myself grow distant and uncaring of how the mystery of it all would play out and also the fate of the MC's The last 40% of the book was a meager 175 which resulted in an overall grade of 3

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Minotaur➜ [KINDLE] ❆ Minotaur By J.A. Rock ➦ – Thomashillier.co.uk Know this I am not a warrior I am a diseaseWhen I was six my parents diedWhen I was sixteen I was locked away in Rock Point Girls’ Home Nobody wants to deal with a liar An addict A thiefNobody excep Know this I am not a warrior I am a diseaseWhen I was six my parents diedWhen I was sixteen I was locked away in Rock Point Girls’ Home Nobody wants to deal with a liar An addict A thiefNobody except Alle She is pure and she’s my friend in spite of all the rotten things I am There was once another girl like me—long ago A cast off daughter A lying little beast who left a red stain across the land with her terrible magic She’s imprisoned now in a maze high up on the cliffs They say she’s half woman half bull They say she dines on human tributes and guards a vast treasure They say she was born wickedBut I know her better than the history books or stories do She and I dream together Our destinies are twisted up like vinesExcept I’m not going to turn out wicked like she is I can save myself by destroying her I’m going to break out of this place and I’m going to enter the labyrinth and take her heartAnd once I’m redeemed maybe Alle will love me.

About the Author: J.A. Rock

JA Rock is the author or coauthor of over twenty LGBT romance suspense and horror novels as well as an occasional contributor to HuffPo ueer Voices JA has received Lambda Literary and INDIEFAB Award nominations for MINOTAUR and THE SUBS CLUB received the National Leather Association International Pauline Reage Novel Award JA lives in Chicago with an extremely judgmental dog Pro.