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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2016 Mishell Baker. All rights reserved. (P)2016 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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It's the characters

Every once in a while, I run across a book I really shouldn't like, but I do. I don't go in for urban fantasy, I'm relatively bored with Los Angeles as a setting, Hollywood politics interest me not at all, and I typically close a book as soon as I see the word "fae".

But really good writing supersedes all of that. The characters in Borderline are so vivid and quirky that if one of them walked up to me and said even three words, I'd recognize him/her immediately. And this is true of *all* the characters, not just the main protagonist and antagonist; even the walk-ons breathe.

I'm sure other reviewers will comment on the fact that this is probably the first SFF novel ever to treat Borderline Personality Disorder seriously, and of course it's a gem for that reason alone. And yes, the magical world presented is clever and fun all by itself; but it seems to me that I would enjoy this novel even if it were mainstream literary fiction, and even if BPD didn't come up.

If you like living with characters who fascinate, this book is for you.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Absolutely wonderful urban noir fantasy

Urban fantasy is like potato chips -- mostly addictive junk food, sometimes really enjoyable, but seldom deeply fulfilling. This novel is wonderfully different and yet faithful to the genre, an unsettling amalgam of gritty classic noir and innovative urban fantasy. I can't recommend it highly enough.

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amazing

loved this so much. it grabs you and won't let go. the the narriation was top notch. I also just found out this is a trilogy, will be getting them all.

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Insightful and Unique

This book showed up on my suggestion list a fee times so I gave it a shot and I was not disappointed! The story was fresh and clever. The insight into some mental illnesses was very well written. Utterly brilliant!

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Great Story and Great Narrator

Really great, figuratively couldn't put it down by the end. The narrator has a good voice for the protagonist.

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amazeballs

not usually my favorite genre, but simply fantastic!!! I cant wait to read everything else the author has to offer.

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Loved it

Would you consider the audio edition of Borderline to be better than the print version?

I have no way of knowing.

What other book might you compare Borderline to and why?

Mystery Thriller and Urban Fantasy. The only thing I can think is this is similar is Jinx High and some other Mercedes Lackey Urban Fantasy back in the 80s and early 90s, which was the last time I read the genre.

Have you listened to any of Arden Hammersmith’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No. It was a wonderful reading though.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Hollywood Faeries meet Janet Evanovich.

Any additional comments?

I love this book, and the follow on. I am a sucker for first person narration, and I love the setting and the premise of the novel. It's a fun book, and although it's about someone with Borderline Personality Disorder, it's not the DSM, and despite all of the characters, and all of their flaws, I find that I love them.

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The reading's pace is off.

Although the story was fine, the reading was painfully slow. Like a slow drag through molasses. I had to speed it up to 1.15 speed just to make it sound normal. Towards the second half of the book the pace got a bit better.

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i'd give it 6 ⭐s if possible

Unique premise. Characters weird but likable. Great plot twists and humor. Worth adding to library and repeat listens.

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Surprising Awesome

I don't think I can think of anything bad to say about this audiobook...perfectly paced, interesting plot and wonderful narration. PERFECT NARRATION - Arden Hammersmith did an amazing job with all of the characters. I cannot wait to read he next in the series!