Official Review: Virtual Mirrors: First Journal

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Official Review: Virtual Mirrors: First Journal

Post by desantismt_17 » 18 Nov 2019, 12:24

[Following is an official review of "Virtual Mirrors: First Journal" by Crystal Raven.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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“I love sex. I love thinking about it, and I love the way it makes me feel afterward.”

So begins Virtual Mirrors: First Journal by Crystal Raven, an erotic story set in the far future.

Gemma Sullivan is a strong woman who just wants a dominating man in bed. When the latest in a long line of suitors leaves her dissatisfied, Gemma goes to a sex club in hopes of finding what she needs there. Sex and what humans want has changed since her grandmother’s time of sexy lingerie, though. Can Gemma find what she’s looking for?

You probably knew after the first paragraph if this book was for you. Though this book was filed under science fiction/fantasy, the author put a note in to say this was erotica first and sci-fi second. I found this to be true. This is a pretty short book, and the majority of it is sex of some kind. This isn’t just porn. There is a plotline and some interesting characterization. The main focus is on the act, though. So, if that’s not your thing, skip this one.

My first instinct is to label this a “girl power” book. Gemma is the quintessential alpha female. She knows what she wants, and she isn’t afraid to break rules to get it. I had to admire her drive and initiative to get the experience she wanted without settling for less. All this in mind, I definitely think this book would appeal more to a female audience. That’s not to say men wouldn’t enjoy this. Guys, if this strikes your fancy, go for it.

Sex aside, I would have equally enjoyed a non-erotic book set in this world. The technology is amazing. One of the things that really caught my eye was the lighting in Gemma’s bedroom. It would adjust color and intensity based on her romantic mood. Talk about the ultimate mood lighting. From a practical standpoint, having lights that would set themselves would be awesome. If I was getting tired, they could dim. If I was excited about having people over, they could get brighter. The possibilities are endless.

I noticed some errors throughout, and the beginning did drag more than it could have. There were several pages of Gemma getting ready for what she’s hoping will be the ultimate sexual experience. I started to wonder if the guy waiting in her bed had lost interest. For the bit of dragging and the errors, I rate Virtual Mirrors: First Journal 3 out of 4 stars. A few more revisions could easily bring this up to 4, but the concept and technology are too good to give this only 2. This book is for adult readers only, and if you don’t like reading about sex, this one isn’t for you. I would also say this requires a certain level of open-mindedness. If this is your kind of book, I encourage you to give it a try. There are hidden depths, pun not intended.

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Post by Katie Canedy » 27 Nov 2019, 00:59

This sounds like a super-steamy book! I like that the author created a plotline and that the book isn't just about sex. I am adding this one to my shelves to read for later. Good job on a well-written review!
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Post by Miller56 » 27 Nov 2019, 07:11

Thanks for the review. This isn't really my type of book so I will pass.

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Post by LauraLeeWasHere » 01 Dec 2019, 00:35

Too bad, erotic stories just "ain't my thing" which is also too bad because the rest of the story sounds interesting. I think I agree with your assessment when you said you would have enjoyed the book without all the graphic sex. I look at it this way, less sex more room for plot. My Mom used to refer to them as "gratuitous sex scenes". Free sexual content worth every penny. (Get it?)

Anyway, thanks for the review. I'm looking forward to reading more from you.

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Post by ButterscotchCherrie » 02 Dec 2019, 17:08

Thanks for an engaging review! I like to read about sex that is consensual and basically nothing like anything in 50 Shades of Grey, which I think sadly left the world with a false impression of what women like. It's exciting to hear of a work where a woman has agency in her sex life. I've made a note of this one.

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