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Starlet's Web: The Starlet Series, #1

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  • Posted October 20, 2013

    This is a well written novel that was presented in a very straig

    This is a well written novel that was presented in a very straightforward light.  However, McKenna gets overly wordy at times.  I had a hard time getting into the story proper.  At times I found myself lost in the descriptions and character development, to the detriment of the storyline.  The novel itself also had a bit of a slow, mellow pace.  It made the storyline easy to follow, but equally easy to put down.  That said, the ending had me on the edge of my seat.  All of a sudden the story took off and I was left in shock.  It was a definite twist in the story that I’d have never imagined.  

    I found myself wondering who each of the characters were.  I felt that I didn’t really get to know anyone fully, including the main character.  It was almost as if we jumped into the story on page one, which is the day that these characters began to exist.  Of course, my heart broke for the main character and the many trials that she had to deal with, especially since most weren’t self induced.  

    Overall, this was a shockingly thought provoking novel that really makes you think about how others have it and how the best of intentions can go wrong.  It is a very powerful novel that brings to light many issues that teens deal with on a daily basis, along with some more extreme issues.

    Please note that I received this novel free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted August 4, 2013

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    A great young adult romance. As soon as I started reading this

    A great young adult romance.

    As soon as I started reading this book I realised it would appeal immensely to many girls in their teens and twenties.
    Set in Hollywood it has all the glitz of a Jackie Collins novel but with a young adult storyline.

    Marie Michael’s is a child star emerging into adulthood amidst the cutthroat cynical film industry, under the guidance of her very famous actor mother. A woman who has herself had to make hard choices and decisions in order to become successful, and make her career flourish in the spider’s web of Hollywood.

    The story begins with Marie learning from her handsome heartthrob star boyfriend Evan that she has to accept the studio’s decision for them to endure a public break-up, for the sake of her career. Devastated, immediately we discover her vulnerability as she turns to her lifelong friend Manuel for comfort.

    A child star and still a teenager, she has great support on set from her mother both emotionally and spiritually, fantastic prospects, and a great team behind her. However, Marie’s love lies elsewhere, away from Hollywood, forbidden and secret, safe in a world so different from her own.

    Weaved into the pages of this exciting novel are glimpses of the show business world. We are treated to peeps on set, and an insight into what life is really like in Hollywood behind the glamorous facade, the strict training schedules, fitness and food routines and dedication it takes to be a star.

    The story follows Marie as she discovers how to handle the emotional and physical demand of her acting career, the Hollywood scene, and the attentions of her handsome heartthrob co-stars who are used to adoration wherever they go. This is a false world, where emotions are for show, and the actors spend their whole life acting out their part, portraying the image, which is expected of them by their fans.

    Starting as a sizzling romantic Hollywood novel, full of heartthrobs and glitz, this enthralling story evolves in a surprising way, when Marie makes a startling discovery, the repercussions of which are unforeseen. With the love and support of those around her, she evaluates her life, and through her strong sense of family and her faith in God, finds the ability to face the future, and go forward with her life.

    This is a very appealing young adult novel with a great storyline, strong characters and a good plot; I look forward to reading the other books in this series.

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  • Posted June 22, 2013

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    This was a difficult book for me to "get into". It se

    This was a difficult book for me to "get into". It seemed very repetitive and I had to drag myself through most of the book. Carla Hanna generously donated it in exchange for an honest review and this is. I really hate when I cannot lend a firm support to new authors, but this is my "take " of the story.

    One: This is meant to be a Young Adult book. I suppose it would be listed as a "New" YA book. (I think that "new" genre is ridiculous. Does "more mature" mean many who object to profanity and sexual explicitness are not mature?) I feel it would benefit all, if we put more emphasis on the importance of Literary language and a more moral society. We cannot accomplish this by applauding the use of crude words and descriptive, explicit sex. If we want a better society for future generations we need to precipitate our education and literature to a level of moral integrity. With that said, I would not recommend this novel for YA. It contains profanity, and obsessive sexual thoughts and promiscuity.

    More than a story, it seems like a dairy of a Starlet. Marie was a child star who will soon be turning eighteen. She is unsettled with the way her career is moving. Hollywood publicists has forced the breakup between her and her boyfriend and present co-star. The boy she is truly in love with has been her best friend since childhood. She can't let him know how she feels about him or he will surely stop being her best friend. She is so lonely she cannot stand that thought. Her parents are divorced. Her mother is filming in another country and her Father lives too far away to be of any help. She has people controlling her life: her physical trainer, her wardrobe and make-up assistants, her mom, her directors, her producers, and the many other agents and publicists. She loves to act but hates the interviews, social engagements and the awards ceremonies. Her dad persuades her to spend her Senior year at High School at an actual school so she can graduate with others instead of just having a GED.

    Complications and some drama arises. Marie has some big challenges to face and decisions to make.

    It was fairly well-written although it isn't my idea of a YA Novel. I can honestly give this book a Three Stars rating for writing and the sharing of this young Starlet's "web". This is my honest book review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2013

    worderful story. it my favorite. and it's so hard. to be my favo

    worderful story. it my favorite. and it's so hard. to be my favorite. nothing as beat out my favorite book. radiance by alyson noel. so diffent. but yet both are amazing books. in love with the characters. just read it, please i dont need to sell the book. because it amazing.

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  • Posted November 13, 2012

    Starlet's Web is more thoughtful than your typical teenage roman

    Starlet's Web is more thoughtful than your typical teenage romance novel, but it has plenty of heartthrobs and plot twists. It's true to life in that the main character is really searching her conscience, finding her internal strength and desires, and struggling with her relationships. (This includes soul-searching on her relationship with her divorced parents as well as the men in her life.) Teenagers and adults alike should be able to relate to Liana Marie. Starlet's Web also provides a fascinating--and shocking!-- peek at life in the movie business.

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