Hey all, Dani here.
The book I’m reviewing today is one I read as part of Dewey’s 24 hour Readathon back in April, but I felt that it deserved more than just a review of a couple sentences. It was a great read with a diverse cast of characters and I absolutely cannot wait to read the sequel…though I will have to wait since it isn’t out until 2017.
A year ago, Millie lost her legs and her filmmaking career in a failed suicide attempt. Just when she’s sure the credits have rolled on her life story, she gets a second chance with the Arcadia Project: a secret organization that polices the traffic to and from a parallel reality filled with creatures straight out of myth and fairy tales.
For her first assignment, Millie is tasked with tracking down a missing movie star who also happens to be a nobleman of the Seelie Court. To find him, she’ll have to smooth-talk Hollywood power players and uncover the surreal and sometimes terrifying truth behind the glamour of Tinseltown. But stronger forces than just her inner demons are sabotaging her progress, and if she fails to unravel the conspiracy behind the noble’s disappearance, not only will she be out on the streets, but the shattering of a centuries-old peace could spark an all-out war between worlds.
I can’t think of many books that I’ve read where the narrator is an amputee, and that made this a refreshing read. Millie also starts the story letting you know about her mental health issues, and then it turns out that when she starts working with the Arcadia Project, basically everyone has some sort of mental ailment.
The cast of characters in this book is wonderfully diverse and completely intriguing. They each have their own issues but are finding ways to live decent lives while working through or around those issues. The partnership of Millie and Teo, the issues Millie had with the other residents of the Arcadia Project, not to mention David, Clay, Vivian, Inaya, etc…they were all so delightfully complex and wonderfully realized. Seriously, I cannot recommend this book enough simply based on the characters.
Then you throw in a generous helping of Hollywood and of course the inclusion of the fey and this book gets even better. I mean, having screenwriters, directors, actors, and all the other trappings of Hollywood helps to ground Borderline in reality, which was great, and then discovering that a number of popular stars and starlets are actually fey and have had to be approved and monitored by the Arcadia Project just to participate in our world is so interesting.
I don’t think I can say enough about this book, so I’ll just say that I gave it a 5/5 star rating and I highly recommend it.