Title: Becoming Clissine Bastia, Book One
Author: Anastasia Vitsky
Publisher: LazyDay Publishing
Published: Oct. 20, 2013
Review: ebook provided by author
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk
What if heterosexuality were a crime?
Betrothed at birth to the daughter of one of the most prominent Houses in the totalitarian theocracy of Bastia, soon-to-be-college-graduate Clissa isn't sure whether she is ready to undergo the Mar. Once she becomes the Nur, or the submissive partner, to her betrothed she will have to submit all major decisions of her life to the beautiful Helaine, whom she has met once. She must marry a woman, according to the decrees of Bastian law.
Caught between a desire to "get along" and the growing awareness he is "het" and is attracted to Clissa, her childhood friend, Destral, kisses her one day as they study in their college library. Shocked at the feelings the kiss awakens, Clissa begins to question everything she has been taught. Did Basti, their deity, condemn relationships between a man and a woman? Will her growing feelings for Destral cost her everything her parents have worked hard to give her?
After a mad attempt to subvert Bastian authority, Clissa is assigned to new parents for “reeducation” in the doctrine of Bastia. Her new parents are given one mandate: bring her back to rightness with Basti.
Clissa, lost in a system threatened by her very identity, must make her choice. Will Bastian authority break her, or will she find a way to break free? Can true love overcome a harsh regime?
I have enjoyed all the spanking books by this author but this one was a tough book for me to rate. I wanted to go from a 5 to a 4 to a 3 then back up to a 4 star rating.
There was so much spanking going on to get the main character Clissine into following Bastia. Now with the way this book was written I could not really get a time period when this book took place. You have Houses which use the Dis's name. I do think the author should have put the information about the characters and houses in the beginning and not at the end after you read the story. Only because as I was reading it the name Nur and Dis kept popping up and for a while I did not understand what these names were though they did become clear at one point. Nur means nurture, and Dis means discipline. Which of course that is what the whole story is about.
You follow Clissine, who lives in a world where you have to be with the other sex. You can only be with a female if you are a female, male if you are a male. You have to follow Bastia and the laws that are there. Within the book Clissine pretty much has feelings for her best friend Destral which I think is awesome, but you only get one chance encounter where you see their feelings for each other.
I think there could have been more such as possibly sneaking around? Or going on secrets dates you know that type of thing.
If you do not follow the rules of Bastia or your house then you get spanked and not the kinky kind. At times it seemed more of a beating i.m.o. I am surprised that Clissine did not try to beat her Dis for how she was treated.
Now there is a part where Clissine doesn't have her memory and you are really going to wonder why, what happened but you have to be patient and wait until almost the end because that is when you get some answers not much but some.
There is A LOT of spanking in this story but with the spanking you also get nurturing within it.
Cookie queen, wooden spoon lady, and champion of carbs, Anastasia Vitsky specializes in F/F fiction. She hates shoes and is allergic to leather. When not writing about women who live spankily ever after, she coordinates reader and author events such as Spank or Treat, Love Spanks, and Sci Spanks. Her favorite event is Ana’s Advent Calendar, a month-long celebration of books, community, and making a difference.
She is too afraid to watch Doctor Who, but she adores The Good Wife and anything with Audrey Hepburn. In her next life, she will learn how to make the perfect pie crust. She can be found at governingana.wordpress.com and on twitter @AnastasiaVitsky.
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