For her first assignment, Millie is ...more
I've been book funky . . . for like . . . WEEKS. I've binge-watched: Gotham , The Flash , and the first three seasons of Suits . I've decimated my Secret Garden coloring book.
And on the day I read BORDERLINE by Mishell Baker, I tried to read four different books. FOUR. This is the only one that stuck.
Millicent (Millie) Roper is a most unlikely urban fantasy heroine.
She has two prosthetic legs. And I'm not talking futuristic bionic limbs that give ...more
What? Mental illness? What kind? BORDERLINE Personality Disorder. :) Just think unstable and you've pretty much got it. It makes for hell on all her personal relationships, her professional relationships, and to make things worse, her suicide attempt took her legs from her.
Woah. She's got problems. It should make for some rather interesting ...more
This is basically Men in Black with Fey and magic instead of aliens, which sounds cool but it's been done before. What takes it into brilliance territory is Millicent Roper, a sufferer of Borderline Personality Disorder who is recovering from an extremely serious suicide attempt that's left her a double amputee, physically scarred and with some brain damage on top of her existing BPD. ...more
One of my friends once called me 'The Anti-Drama.' It was one of those moments of startling clarity, when one thinks, 'wow; that could be the truest thing I've heard.' I've found myself shying away from people that seem to enjoy confrontations, outbursts, reversals, confessions, and living life on a roller-coaster of emotion. All of this is to explain that it isn't Mishell Baker's book as much as it is her protagonist, Millie, of the borderline personality disorder and recent suicide attempt, th ...more
+1 star: I totally love the setting with all the Echo thing and norium and turning into wizards and... Lovely!
+1 star: A tortured heroine (Ironbones!) going through the phase of learning to live in the aftermath of her suicide attempt, while struggling with bipolar disorder and prostetic legs and deep scarring about everywhere. Gosh!
+1 star: lovely techniques Millie uses throughout the book to keep her sanity in check.
+1 star: quirly dialogues, multidimentional se ...more
This is a 400-page book that feels short. I honestly could have read 100 more pages and not complained. I was that into this. The setting, plot, sequence of events are pretty straightforward and not particularly deep. But I couldn't put it down.
The Hollywood aspect of the story is glitzy and fun. The connections to real-world stars and savants and the alternate reality sources of their inspiration through fey Echoes is pretty awesome.
"So we can get inspiration from fey and vice...more
I’m so glad I finally got the chance to read Borderline. I admit I haven’t been trying out a lot of new urban fantasy lately, since after a while so many of the common themes start to run together until I can’t keep the different stories straight in my head anymore. Borderline, though, is special. Very special. It’s completely invigorating and just what I needed to rekindle my excitement for the genre.
The story, which I or ...more
Bumping up to 4 stars.
Is it possible I am a little less shallow, because my opinion on not-enough-romance completely changed? Plus, why didn’t I mention how great the concept of Echo (a fairy soul mate) is? And how heartbreaking Millie’s situation is in that respect? Compensates greatly for the lack of smut.
A solid urban fantasy novel. The fae lore is not entirely new here, but the characters are. MC is a double amputee with a border personality disorder, ...more
Borderline is fillied with deeply flawed characters, but Baker lets them be who they are without any apologies and the story is that much richer for it. Her writing is fresh and visual and feels intensely personal throughout. This book is going on my favourites shelf for 2016; it is a clear standout.
Baker has established herself as a talent to watch an ...more
Borderline, Mishell Baker's debut novel, begins with an awesome first line: "It was midmorning on a Monday when magic walked into my life wearing a beige Ann Taylor suit and sensible flats." It perfectly sets the tone for a neo-noirish urban fantasy narrated with endearing flair. We first meet Millicent Roper in a psychiatric center, recovering from a suicide attempt tha ...more
The Arcadia project and all the hints of the other world are fascinating, and I found the author's use of mental illness in the characters made for a fractious but i ...more
I've read a lot of books with diverse casts, but even in them, disability is almost always an afterthought. Not here: Borderline has a mostly-disabled/mentally ill cast, with a heroine who is a wheelchair user (lost her legs in a suicide attempt) and side characters who are de ...more
"From across the room, I’ll admit death looks like a real babe. But I’ve been close enough to see what’s under her makeup, and no thanks. Really.”
A few people whose opinion I value recommended this urban fantasy. So pleased I listened :O)
Baker first of all offers us a protagonist with a difference. Millie is truly fascinating and the main compelling element of the book. Having a character who is not only a double amputee but also suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder (and other vario ...more
I discovered Borderline through some explosive rave reviews when it came out in March, and a lot of those reviews focused on how well Baker portrays mental illness and physical disability. I had never read an SFF book with a disabled protagonist before (I don't suppose Miles Vorkosigan counts? Probably not, though there are plenty of stories around his damaged body and his clone twin Mark's mental trauma).
So let me say first that I wish I had read Borderline much sooner than I did! Because it wa...more
Millie Millie Millie. Sharply written, fully realized Millie. Her voice, her vulnerability, her biting sarcasm. Alternatingly lovable and terrible, and often both simultaneously. Millie is the main strength and focus of this novel, and as much as this will definitely appeal generally to fans of urban fantasy, it will also find an audience with readers who simply love great character-driven books. The other Arcadia Project agents ...more
The nitty-gritty: A delightful blend of fantasy, the modern-day film industry, and quirky characters that will make you smile.
It was midmorning on a Monday when magic walked into my life wearing a beige Ann Taylor suit and sensible flats.
I’ve been salivating over this amazing cover for months now, and I was so excited to be able to read Mishell Baker’s debut. I thought I was going to get one type of story, but ultimately Borderline blew me away with its odd—but somehow workab...more
Even more interesting when up against people with serious mental health issues, recruited into a secret organization to monitor an always volatile situation.
Moreover, this is an example of that recounted by an interesting, almost likable, severely dysfunctional, non-heroic, human protagonist with enough quirks to mire a dump truck. Millie isn't a super anything, except maybe self-sabotager. She does seem to have that down pat. But really, h ...more
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Millie has borderline personality disorder which means she has a pattern of unstable intense relationships where she fears abandonment, holds a distorted self-image, and is prone to extreme emotions and impulsiveness. So it is no surprise that after a failed affair she attempted suicide and lost a promising career as a film director. Now a double amputee survivor she has accepted her new reality and pursues a spot at the Arcadia Project working ...more
It was one of the ...more
Possibly. But I don't think so.
How many unique and absolutely fantastic things can I list about this book?
Characters - When do you see a protagonist in a fantasy book who is handicapped? When do you see a protagonist who has a mental disorde ...more
"I'm not sure whether this will be to your taste, but I thought it was quite well done, and fairly unique in the genre. The story is set in an urban fantasy world with a superpowers theme sprinkled with mojo and a dollop of fae. The protagonist might be classified as an antihero were she more focused. Unfortunately, she suffers from borderline personality disorder, and is on the wrong end of a suicide attempt when we meet her. In ...more
I really fell in love with Millie as a first-person narrator. Her internal struggles really resonated with me, and I love that she never really apologized for who she was or how she acted. She tries to cope as best she can with her afflictions and is a truly engaging character.
All the characters, in fact, felt wonderfully created. Felt like I knew these people, could step into their shoes.
The end felt a little abrupt but I enjoyed t ...more
The book, the first one, the one this review is attached to, opens with a young woman resting in a wheelchair in a mental institution (there might be a different name for the place, but that’s how I was thinking of it – mental institution, I mean, it is filled with ‘crazy’ people. A ...more
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