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Phantom Pains

(The Arcadia Project #2)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  1,515 ratings  ·  203 reviews
Four months ago, Millie left the Arcadia Project after losing her partner Teo to the lethal magic of an Unseelie fey countess. Now, on what's meant to be a last visit to the scene of the crime, Millie and her former boss, Caryl, encounter what seems to be Teo’s tormented ghost. One problem: according to Caryl, ghosts don’t exist.

Millie has a new life, a stressful new job,
ebook, 416 pages
Published March 21st 2017 by Saga Press
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3.75ish stars.

Millie Roper. One of the best characters in UF to emerge in the last while. She's a little out there. A little blunt. A little unstable. She's impulsive and, even when she tries, doesn't follow any system of rules, legal or personal. It. Is. Awesome. I love how she manages to dig herself so far down into massive piles of crap but somehow always manages to dig herself back out. Granted, the scent of the crap lingers and the repercussions carry on, but it's nothing if not interesting
☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lovers of Paranormal fiction
Recommended to ☘Misericordia☘ by: Sheer plain luck
Shelves: favorites, underrated
Still fabulous. And so lovely weird: we even got a striptease involving a potentially frolicking faun, 'evening plans' aka masturbation, a talking manticore doggie, multiple possessions and a lot of other fun.

I noted my disappointment without judging myself for it, as my shrink had taught me. (c)
I was pretty good at mobilizing people and getting answers from them, but the rest of my job was tailor-made to remind me hourly of my weaknesses: low stress tolerance, faulty memory, general misanth
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
The fae and a Borderline Personality Disorder main character... what could go wrong?

Well after the first book, we know that the answer is plenty, and Millie is outta there... but the second book proves that anyone can be dragged back in. All you need is a murder charge, someone you love someone you can destroy, and a mystical contract to keep your mentally-sick-butt in one place long enough to keep your mouth shut and not destroy all your chances at happiness.

Seriously. From a psychological thri
Mogsy (MMOGC)
5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Last year Mishell Baker burst onto the scene and shook up the urban fantasy world with her debut Borderline, dazzling me with her fresh take on the genre. She also introduced us to Millie Roper, one of the most genuine and notable protagonists that I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet. It is therefore with great excitement that I can say the sequel Phantom Pains is even better, stronger, and more inventive than its predecess
Apr 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-read
4.5 stars

Phantom Pains is a very worthy sequel, and continues to deliver the fresh take on UF that Baker introduced in Borderline.

Millie is still unapologetically flawed, yet her very imperfection and realism makes us want her to succeed. Many of the expected character elements in the supporting cast are turned upside down, making them undeniably more interesting than a neat selection of archetypes. Add to this a story that goes in unique directions, and you get an immensely satisfying and ente
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This series continues to be amazing. In the first, Millie, her maladies and the various methods she has to manage them were the star. In this one, all that is a given and continues to be awesome, but much more attention gets paid to the supporting cast and the world-building.

Millie has been making her way with a PA job to the owner of a film studio and invaluable because of her knowledge of the Arcadia Project and its concerns. Now four months after she had been kicked out of the Project it all
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
Yet again, love! A really engaging plot and great character development - Milly is one of my favourite heroines in recent fiction. I already can't wait for the next one. ...more
Kathy Davie
Second in The Arcadia Project psychological urban fantasy series set in L.A. around the fae and moviemaking. It's been four months since Borderline , 1.

My Take
I don't know if I'm more prepared for Millie, if Millie is more aware of how horrible her social reactions are, or if Baker lightened up, but Millie wasn't so bad. Weird, huh? A protagonist who is so obnoxious, and yet you can't help rooting for her. I wonder if it's because it's all Millie's perspective with that first-person protagoni
K.J. Charles
A sequel to the marvellous Borderline, an urban fantasy with fae, bureaucracy, and a disabled bi heroine with Borderline Personality Disorder. Millie is an absolutely fantastic character, original, vivid and very human. It seems like her BPD is more under control and less destructive here than in the first book: I don't know if this is a deliberate authorial decision to not make the series so much about her condition, or if Millie is simply in a better place at least when this book starts--or po ...more
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
On my tablet so going to write at least a bare bones review in the morning but YES IT'S BETTER THAN THE FIRST ONE. SOMEHOW. ...more
Apr 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Review From Tenacious Reader:

Phantom Pains continue’s Baker’s wonderfully fresh style of keeping Urban Fantasy a bit more “real” and grounded without compromising on the fantastical.

Millie’s life might be full of the extra ordinary, she might be a person that a reader can admire, may be able to deal with fae and break their magic with a touch, but there’s no denying her life is trying. I don’t envy her harsh reality of being a double amputee, but at the s
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars
Even better than the first!
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, urban-fantasy
Yep, urban fantasy as a genre is still alive and kicking. Enjoying the fairies and especially this whole fairy soulmate thing. The author even managed to rope Fyodor Dostoyevsky into this deal. I am impressed.
Lexxi Kitty
I read this entire two book series back to back – literally starting the second book seconds after ending the first, so my review might possibly combine the two books by accident. But I’ll try to keep things separate.

This book, the second one in the series, opens four months after the end of the first book. Millie now works as an assistant for a famous actress, though that actress is now retired and runs a brand new movie studio (Valiant Studios, or some name like that). Millie isn’t exactly the
I read and enjoyed Mishell Baker's first book, Borderline. I started this one and just bounced off it hard. It's been about 6 months since I read Borderline, but I had a hard time remembering exactly what had happened, and I felt like I was either missing something or that I was dropped into a situation without explanation. Millie, our main character, is in a new job and is working with new people, and I felt like I was expected to know who they were and what their significance was, and I just d ...more
What a great story - so many twists and turns, very unpredictable! I love this series. Give me more.
Christina Pilkington
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
*4.5 stars

After giving Borderline 5 stars, I went into this book with HIGH expectations. And….I was not disappointed!

I will say that I didn’t this book quite as much as Borderline….but it was really close. It didn’t pack as an emotional punch for me like the first book in the series. While Millie still had her internal struggles, she wasn’t as dark or as emotionally disturbed in Phantom Pains. She’s currently going to therapy and working on how to cope with her disorder, which is good for her….
Mishell Baker is highly readable. Yes, that is a small, simple sentence but it really encompasses what she does best. Her writing flows evenly, ends chapters wanting you to read more, and creates vulnerable dialogue that just sucks you into the scene. Where Borderline introduced us to a mentally and physically handicapped heroine that struggles, Phantom Pains introduces us to a Millie that is highly functioning, coping with her limitations. So many times in this story, we are shown Millie using ...more
Jun 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Good news for US readers! The publisher is kindly offering up a copy of Phantom Pains, so don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end of my post!

In the second book to the “exciting, inventive, and brilliantly plotted” (Seanan McGuire, New York Times bestselling author) Borderline, Millie unwillingly returns to the Arcadia Project when an impossible and deadly situation pulls her back in.

Four months ago, Millie left the Arcadia Project after losing her partner Teo to the

Aug 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Liked it a lot more then the first. Very twisty and fun.
Bridget Mckinney
Apr 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
Phantom Pains didn't quite match Borderline for sheer inventiveness, but that's to be expected in the second book even in a delightfully original new series. It's still a great read, and you can definitely see Mishell Baker growing as a writer. Plotting and pacing are excellent, and Millie is still wonderful. ...more
Tudor Vlad
Feb 28, 2017 marked it as to-read
I really shouldn't have read the blurb, not when the release is so *relatively* close. ...more
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: uf-series
Set four months after the first book Borderline ended, Millie is still a mess (and probably always will be) but is really trying hard to get her life together. Since leaving the Arcadia Project, she has gotten her own apartment, and is now Inaya's Assistant at Valiant Studios.

The problem is that their star showrunner wants a larger studio and Studio 13 - where the events of the last book occurred, which is full of supernatural fallout - is the only one available. When Millie calls Caryl in to he
Millie has been kicked out of the Arcadia Project and now works as an assistant to a successful TV show. It's a come-down for someone who had a shot at directing her own films and later, working with fairies, but it is a good life. Then weird happenings on a soundstage draw her back in to the fey world, and before you know it she's neck deep in sidhe kings and queens, wraiths, a talking manticore...

This book sounds so cool. But Millie spends the entire book just pinballing from one coincidence o
Maggie Gordon
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Woo, book 2 of the Arcadia Project! Mishell Baker exploded into the UF scene last year with Borderline, a unique book featuring an anputee protagonist with a serious mental health issue. It offered a novel and interesting take on the secret world of the fae and how it interacts with humanity and was just plain fun to read! Phantom Pains delivers much of the same, fantastic, fleshed-out characters, a breakneck plot, and a world that continues to grow ever more fascinating as readers learn more ab ...more
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the first book of this series and honestly, this one is stronger, BUT I gave it slightly lower rating...why you ask? (no, you didn't ask..but I'm writing this )

I'll tell you later, The Arcadia Project is a fresh, inventive and deeply human. As a person who has suffered from depression (no spoilers) I really identify with the premise and throughly enjoy that the characters are flawed and not perfect.

That being said, I think the main character and the illness she deals with and i

Or, in slightly more intellectual terms, Baker picks up in Phantom Pains right where she left off in Borderline, in terms of both story and audacity. I love her world-building, and the fact that she not only asks questions of her own world that lesser authors wouldn't, but also answers those questions flawlessly, in wildly original ways. What makes the books so special, though, is that Baker's spectacular alternate reality exists alongside one of the most abl
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
it's not often that a book really - REALLY - leaves me out of both breath and words. or that one makes me hunch over in the dark, holding my cell above my head for light because the sunlight's gone and i have no lamps and only ten percent left to read and i don't want to stop reading.

the last time a book did anything like that to me was.... this book's precursor!

actual (?) review time.
worldbuilding. so much worldbuilding. in borderline, we're told about the fey royalty and london main office and
Phantom Pains is the sequel to Mishell Baker’s phenomenal debut, Borderline, which dealt with issues of disability and mental health as well as being a really fun urban fantasy novel. While it would be possible to read Phantom Pains on its own, I recommend reading the books in order. Spoilers for Borderline will be included in the rest of this review.

Fourth months ago, Millie left the Arcadia Project to work for Inaya West and her new studio. She’s finally gotten around to trying to clean up mag
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Book 2 done- maybe a bit on the "light side" when compared to book 1 but sill good. I just like the way she takes the urban fantasy genre and adds something "real" to it. And I think, and hope, it gave me a bit more understanding of the type of issues the protagonist is going through. ...more
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