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(Hollywood Lights #1)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  76 ratings  ·  37 reviews
From author Katie Rose Guest Pryal, the #1 Amazon bestseller full of romance and suspense, Hollywood style.

One deadly night will change two friends forever in this dazzling story of love and betrayal.

For Greta Donovan, happiness was always out of reach. Everyone betrayed her. No one could be trusted.

Desperate to leave her painful past behind, she flees to Los Angeles and
Paperback, 280 pages
Published September 2017 by Blue Crow Books (first published May 31st 2015)
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Angela Williams
Aug 19, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Mary Fan
Jul 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recent college grads Greta, an awkward nerd, and Daphne, a charismatic glamor girl, couldn't be more different on the surface, but have been close friends since university. After Greta's philandering father kicks her out of the house, she moves across the country to LA to live with Daphne, who helps her navigate the world of 1990s Hollywood. Soon, she finds an unlikely job at a lighting production company and finds herself drawn to her handsome new boss.

Daphne, meanwhile, aspires to be a screenw
Lizzie Harwood
Jun 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting read about the twisted relationships between the characters. The author has a way with words and the question of who tries to kill Greta hangs over the plot like a black crow in a field. Lots of LA-style machinations in the vein of Mulholland Drive. A fast read.
Jul 28, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. I picked up this book because I went to high school with the author and she just released another book which put her on my radar. Although I’m not at all surprised that she is super accomplished, I didn’t know she also wrote novels! What I really liked about the book was how the first chapter draws you right in and makes you want to keep reading to find out who almost killed Greta. I also loved the quirky, imperfect and downright odd leading ladies and the writing was very smart. What ...more
Jan 24, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Let me being by saying that, yes I read and reviewed these out-of-order. Silly me saw Pryal’s new release, Chasing Chaos, and read it first… Then releasing there was a prequel, I had to get it and read! Katie Rose Guest Pryal has quickly become one of my favorite authors, not only because of her fantastic writing but her funny, quirky personality! She is somewhat like a captured spy, she refuses to divulge any information, forcing her readers to backtrack and read her fabulous books:) Anyhow, En ...more
Donna C
Jun 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books where you read the first chapter and you are completely sucked in to figure out all the facts leading up to what has occurred. It begins after Greta has been attacked, and then we slowly find out the backstory leading up to whodunnit. While I didn't find any of the characters in the book particularly likeable, there was something about the way they were written that drew me in, and I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen with them. This is the first book i ...more
Susan Becraft
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Clever plot, executed with perfection

This is a terrific story about two young women coming into their own after college graduation. Daphne, a beautiful young woman who had an abusive childhood and Greta, the daughter of a famous physicist, are the unlikeliest of friends. Daphne is a stunning Japanese-American young woman, and Greta is a self-described geek. Daphne likes string bikinis, while Greta favors string theory. The twosome leave home in North Carolina to make a life in Los Angeles.

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Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5? This was a hard book for me to rate. On the one hand, I love character-driven books. But I also need my character-driven books to have a solid plot, and this one didn't. It was mostly a series of scenes that didn't seem connected. Slow pacing. ...more
Sara Strand
For the first in... forever perhaps, this is one time where I am not going to rush to buy the sequel. In fact, I will likely not remember this book in a month or so. (Which, admittedly isn't much courtesy of short term memory loss) I saw this advertised in this Facebook group I'm in and I loved the cover. Loved it. I didn't actually read the description, I went for it solely for the cover. The problem here is that the cover is really deceiving and this is maybe the first time my "judge a book by ...more
J. Marie
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Entanglement is an all-consuming story that revolves around two strong female characters brought together and bonded over troubled pasts. The story line follows Greta and Daphne's friendship through many life changes. Alluring and destructive characters and the repercussions of their actions along the way don't always end well.

The characters are well developed and dynamic although they appear as simple and understated initially. The plot is compulsively engaging and well thought out. I love tha
I'd had ENTANGLEMENT, first in the "Hollywood Lights" series, sitting on my Kindle for a while. I wasn't sure what to expect with the first couple of chapters, but it didn't take long for the story to hook me in. It was a quick and engaging read. I can't wait to read more about Daphne and Greta! ...more
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
A story of making your own family, and how our pasts can have too much influence on our presents and futures.
May 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
A very character-driven book, but rather slow. Just not for me. Two stars if two stars means “it was okay”.
Danielle Urban
Dec 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Entanglement by Katie Ross Guest Pryal is one that will captivate audiences from all over the world. Here, readers will see how young women in their twenties act in friendships that are supposed to be more good than bad. The budding friendship between the two females is enough to lure readers in deep. There is definitely enough inner and outer conflicts to keep readers hooked from the beginning until the end. Katie Ross Guest Pryal also shows readers what an obsessive friendship is like, how we ...more
Nikki "The Crazie Betty" V.
I read this story after reading it's prequel, Love and Entropy, which I thought was just a nice story. Entanglement picks up a few years after the prequel after Daphne and Greta are out of college. They have a very different and dynamic friendship that spawns a lot for both of them having been through some seriously hard times as kids. They are exceptionally unlikely friends for all outward appearances but they understand each other like sisters and that friendship really comes through. Unfortun ...more
Dec 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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WARNING! You will be sucked into this story from the very beginning, no matter how hard you try you won’t be able to put this book down. Super fast paced, with loads of intrigue, you will find yourself frantically turning the pages anxious to discover what happens next.

Daphne and Greta seem harmless at first, enigmatic, until layers are revealed and they become quite complex. Daphne takes a markable toll where Greta endears herself as the story p
Stephen LeDrew
Mar 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Apt title for a very close-to-the-vest read

A careful, meticulous look at life through the eyes of two best friends trying to find their way amid the hustle and bustle of LA directly out of college. The girls, Daphne and Greta are drastically different, yet somehow have forged the most intimate of relationships. For me, the central question of the book was whether or not this friendship could hold fast against both these differences, and also the competing forces of the movie studio environment
Charlene Ross
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book! The characters are very well developed and the story is original, engrossing and entertaining. The more I read, the less I wanted to put it down. I loved Greta's quirky straightforwardness and Daphne's deepness beneath her shallow surface. Ms. Pryal has a unique and engaging writing style that I enjoyed very much. I was very impressed by how much she knows about subjects not often found in womens' fiction like physics & lighting for the entertainment industry - she is one smart ...more
Babus Ahmed
Feb 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entanglement is the story of two unlikely friends Daphne and Greta, who have both been bruised by their relationship with their fathers and decide to live together after college in LA. The women navigate their lives in this vast city, which has effects on them not just personally but on their friendship. When Greta is attacked all issues come to a head.

An easy read with some great characters with compelling past history up especially, made this book a joy to read. I quickly became engrossed in D
Sarah Jackson
Jul 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever had to choose between love and friendship? Entanglement follows the early lives of two young women, whose upbringing in dysfunctional families has impacted on their ability to form appropriate and lasting relationships. Having met other in college, and recognizing their similarities, a lasting friendship is forged. When one of the girls enters a serious romantic relationship, the status quo is jeopardized.
Suitable reading for teens, adults and young adults. Well written with belie
Lauren Faulkenberry
A gripping story of two friends. The narrative follows Greta and Daphne's friendship through some devastating moments for both women and examines how our actions create repercussions we could never predict. The story revolves around two strong female characters, and through the course of the story, we watch them become entangled with a variety of compelling characters that are both alluring and destructive. I love the strong voice, the compelling mystery, and the deft way that Pryal writes about ...more
Dec 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not what I thought "Entanglement" would be, but surprisingly good and well written. I especially like the character of the heroine (Greta) in this story, she's not the type of girl they would normally find in L.A.- Hollywood, she's an "anomaly", often, men found her unattractive, but then some men just couldn't help but be fascinated. A story told of two young women with would-rather-forget childhood and family dynamic, betrayal and dysfunction that brought together the friendship and sisterhood ...more
Jordynn Jack
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Entanglement introduces us to Greta and Daphne, best friends from college who move to LA to start their adult lives. The novel gives us a unique view into each character's lives and the complex motivations that shape the relationships women develop in their 20s--relationships with romantic partners, parents, employers, and, most importantly, best friends. Entanglement is part coming-of-age story, part thriller, and you won't be able to put it down. The novel opens with a tragedy--but we don't kn ...more
Arcane Reader
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Entanglement is one of those books that draws you in at the beginning and you find yourself staying up way too late in order to find out what happens next. What happens when you are torn between your first love and your best friend? How do you create your future when your past haunts your every step? Set in the 90s in L.A., Pryal's book takes us back to a time when cell phones were newfangled novelties and restaurants featuring food towers were de rigueur. An engaging and satisfying read. ...more
Jul 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book very easy to get into. I would have liked the story to go more into Daphne and Greta's childhoods since that's kind of how the synopsis drew me in. I really enjoyed the book and had no trouble sticking with it. I would like to know what happened after the story ends (which happens to me a lot with books like this).

I received this ebook free of charge through a LibraryThings early reads giveaway.
Irene Adam
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an advance review e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Once I started reading this book I couldn’t put it down.
The author does an excellent job of developing each character. Both girls are from dysfunctional families and flawed. It was interesting to me how each handled relationships with the opposite sex. They are so different but need each other. This book is well written and I recommend reading it.
Sukey  the Book Hoarder
Other than this story being about a deep friendship, I'm not sure I can say exactly what the plot is, but it doesn't matter because I loved the writing. Occasional techy-talk about industrial lighting fixtures made my eyes glaze over momentary, but there's a wonderful depth of characters here that I don't often come across.

It was very enjoyable, and I'd definitely read more by this author.
Jul 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book is beautifully written. It tells a story of friendship, loyalty, jealousy and love.
Daphne and Greta are two young girls both just out of college. They are unlikely friends, but something dark in both their pasts has brought them together.
You can not but enjoy this story
H.P. Wood
Oct 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great female characters

There is a lot to like about this book, but what stood out to me most was the portrait of a longstanding friendship between women--the good, the bad, and the ugly. Very enjoyable and well done!
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Katie Rose Guest Pryal, J.D., Ph.D., is an IPPY-award-winning author, keynote speaker, and professor or law and creative writing. She is the author of the bestselling Life of the Mind Interrupted: Essays on Mental Health and Disability in Higher Education (2017); the Foreword INDIE Gold winner The Freelance Academic: Transform Your Creative Life and Career (2019); and the IPPY Gold winner Even If ...more

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