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.
Borderline is one of the most unique books I've come across. The main character, Millie, is so interesting and such a stand out. After a failed suicide attempt, Millie ended up with two prosthetic legs and a permanent stay at a rehabilitation facility. Recruited by the Arcadia Project, an organization that patrols creatures that are straight out of fairytales, she has to deal with a world she didn't know existed while managing her borderline personality. Basically, this is a darker (and much better) version of The Mortal Instruments.
One of the things that grabbed me immediately was Millie's voice. Her character is so over the place yet so interesting and complex. I love that she's unapologetic and her mind is such a great representation of mental health. Some of her interactions are hilarious while others are uncomfortable and heartbreaking. The rest of the characters stand out as well, which is surprising since the main character has such a strong personality. I love that I am already so involved in this world and this is just the beginning. Add the fantasy aspect (which is flawlessly executed) and you have one of the most promising series out there.
The writing is excellent and the story is so dark and delicious. I know that this series is definitely a new favorite and I'm very excited to see where it goes next. If you're looking for something unique then you should definitely check this out!
ABOUT MISHELL BAKER:
Mishell Baker is a 2009 graduate of the Clarion Fantasy & Science Fiction Writers’ Workshop. Her short fiction has appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Daily Science Fiction, Redstone Science Fiction, and Electric Velocipede.
Her urban fantasy series The Arcadia Project is being released by Simon & Schuster’s Saga imprint beginning with Borderline in March 2016. The series is narrated by Millicent Roper, a snarky double-amputee and suicide survivor who works with a ragtag collection of society’s least-wanted, keeping the world safe from the chaotic whims of supernatural beasties.
When Mishell isn’t convention-hopping or going on wild research adventures, she lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two changelings. When her offspring are older, she will probably remember what her hobbies are. In the meantime, she enjoys sending and receiving old-fashioned handwritten paper letters. You can write her at:
Mishell BakerPO Box 78760Los Angeles, CA 90016
If analog isn’t your thing, Mishell also tweets almost incessantly under the handle @mishellbaker.
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