Millie has a new life, a stressful new job, ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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…. ...more
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
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 ...more
This book sounds so cool. But Millie spends the entire book just pinballing from one coincidence o ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
A good sequel, carrying much of what was good from the first novel, but also the not-so-good. Plot is needlessly convoluted. Millie has issues. Millie sexually attracted to men and women alike. Millie runs around, triggering one plot device after another. Still, much more of the good than bad. Recommended.
(view spoiler)[It appears non-sidhe, or beasts, also have Echos. I LOVE the manticore. He is the best character as a drunken, talking dog who adores his Echo. I was genuinely sad at his abr ...more