07 April, 2017

#BookReview :: Starlet's Run (The Starlet #2) by Carla J. Hanna

I'm actress Liana Marie Michael. Hollywood's obsession with beauty made my actress-mother stay competitive. Athletes use steroids. Actors use plastic surgery and anti-aging drugs. So now I'm a physical mess inside, dealing with it, and starring in a major motion picture.

Of course I can't quit. I have brain surgery, feel alive at Grandma's Montana ranch, go back to Hollywood and act. My boyfriend, Manuel, and I want to get married. Everyone has an opinion. I ignore the millions of naysayers until consequences turn dire.

I believe that dwelling on pain is a waste of time. Indecision is exhausting. I want to write my own future. But I'm only eighteen years old.

In a world where an actress is a product and everyone is a critic, can our young love survive? Should it?

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Liana Marie Michael is back narrating her own story in Starlet’s Run. Things have taken a turn for the worse in some ways as Liana is sick and needs surgery. At the same time, she is struggling with her personal and professional life. And then there are threats on her life from outside forces. How does she cope with it all?

Liana continues to be that girl we fell for in the first book. Her strength is her power. Seeing her trying to balance her work, health and personal life makes you want to tell her that things are eventually going to work out.  Her relationship with Manuel is in the forefront in this book. They seem to be intent on making it work though I didn’t still feel any chemistry between them. In fact, there are moments when I felt their relationship to be outright dysfunctional. Liana and Manuel did not really work for me. I quite enjoyed the exchange between Liana and Pierre.

The author maintains her perky narrative for most parts and it was easy to get pulled into Liana’s life. However, the drama feels too weary at times. That coupled with Liana & Manuel’s relationship made this book feel a bit drag at times. I wanted the story to find a balance even with all the drama that I didn’t quite find.

This is one of those sequels that doesn’t really match up to its predecessor. However, it is Liana’s character that shines through to make me want to pick up the third book in the series.

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