17 April, 2017

#BookReview :: Starlet's Light (The Starlet #3) by Carla J. Hanna

I'm actress Liana Marie Michael and am dying. In my last two memoirs, I show how I'm the ideal Hollywood product. In writing Starlet's Web and Starlet's Run, I realized that the drama in our stories affects the lies in our real lives. The thin, young ideal of beauty is as much of a lie as the plot twists and dialogue we create to hide our insecurities.

In this memoir, I make a mess of my love life while shooting a film in Great Britain. I dump Manuel for his own good. I love him with all my heart. So how could I not when he has a bright future? My dad visits and puts my past in perspective. I spend weekends in the hospital. I learn to rely on Franz, Evan and Amelie. Yes, I hook up with my Swiss billionaire-heir friend Pierre even though I miss Manuel every minute. But it all makes sense, especially since I am so done with acting.

We are all flies and spiders in a web of stories. If I live a more authentic life, can love prevail despite my many faults? Can truth alter Hollywood's web?

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This is the third and final installment in the series and we are drawn back into the drama that Liana Marie Michael’s life is. With work taking her to Europe and meeting Pierre one would think that Liana has enough on her plate. Throw in Manuel and her mother’s failing health, Liana is kept on her toes throughout the book.

Liana is off to Wales to shoot for her next big project. This gives her a chance to meet her European friend, Pierre, with whom she has been corresponding for quite some time. It also gives her a chance to evaluate her feelings for both Manuel and Pierre as she comes to conclude that she cares quite a bit for Pierre. I finally see some chemistry in this book. Pierre and Liana have something that feels quite tangible. Manuel continues to be in Liana’s life in some way or the other and I dislike him more and more. He certainly doesn’t deserve Liana and Liana too, deserves someone much better than him. So, who does she finally end up with? Read the book to find out.

Throughout the series, I feel Liana’s dad is the only one who tries to bring some sense of normalcy in her life. For that I adored him. Liana’s Dad and step mom have a good perspective of her life and they continue to try and be there for her. Thankfully I felt the drama aspect of the book was much more controlled than the second book in the series. As such, it was easier to read the book in one sitting.

To round up the series, it is for those who like YA Dramas and quite an entertaining one at that.

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