Borderline by Mishell Baker (Review)

borderline

A cynical, disabled film director with borderline personality disorder gets recruited to join a secret organization that oversees relations between Hollywood and Fairyland in the first book of a new urban fantasy series from debut author Mishell Baker.

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.

No pressure.

A really enjoyable and unexpected read. I read this without knowing much about it, just that the main character was disabled. For some reason I was expecting sci-fi in space (kind of like Avatar the movie) but instead I got magic and a bit of mayhem!
A woman who has BPD (borderline personality disorder) survives a suicide attempt, becoming a double amputee in the process. A year later she is recruited into the mysterious ‘Arcadia Project’, which turns out to be managing fey (fairy/magical) and human relations. Mix in some thrills, hollywood backstabbing and quite a few funny one liners, add a massive cast of supporting characters that you actually want to learn more about, and you’ve got yourself a rather good book, with plenty of room for sequels

Finished on January 22nd 2017

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Borderline by Mishell Baker

 

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