Borderline by Mishell Baker is basically everything I wanted in a new urban fantasy series. Borderline combines a fresh take on Fae and the supernatual with a cast of physically diverse characters and a protagonist that I couldn’t help but love. I have long said that I fall quickly for ‘broken’ characters, characters who don’t fit the mold society wants to shove them into and aren’t quiet about it. Millie is that character 110% and she made Borderline an instant favorite for me. Did I mention that she is a bi-lateral amputee with Borderline Personality Disorder? No? Well, she is and that makes her all the more awesome.
Note: I received an advanced copy of Borderline from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.
Borderline by Mishell Baker (Arcadia Project Trilogy #1)
Published by Saga Press on March 1st, 2016
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Page Length: 400 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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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.
- I’m honestly not immediately intrigued by a book set in Hollywood, but I was immediately intrigued by the idea of Fae being a major element of the creative efforts of Hollywood and other urban artistic hot spots. I’m a big fan of creepy fae that aren’t really much like humans and Borderline does a great job of that. I don’t want to spoil the discovery for you, but I’ve never read a book with fae like this before.
- I’m so beyond ecstatic to see a heroine with a physical disability and personality disorder star in an urban fantasy. Millie is the kind of person I would be drawn to in the real world and I just wanted to hug her the entire time I was reading. Since Baker also lives with Borderline Personality Disorder, we get a lot of insight into what that experience is like through Millie and I feel like I learned a lot. Details like her therapy and what she has to do to get her prosthetic legs on and working make it clear that Baker put a lot of research and soul into this book.
- All of the secondary characters that Millie encounters felt so real and heart wrenching. Millie meets a number of people with their own mental, emotional, or physical conditions and I love that none of them were reduced to what made them ‘not average.’ They all had strong personalities and backstories completely separate from their conditions, but Baker also didn’t ignore the effects of their conditions on their lives. Even the secondary characters that aren’t all that nice of people won me over just because they increased the breadth of the world so much.
- The plot of Borderline twists all over the place like any good urban fantasy should! I kept trying to guess what was actually going on, but didn’t figure anything out until Millie put the pieces together for me.
- Because Millie is part of this organization that keeps the fae under-wraps and in line, there is so much potential for this trilogy. It could go in a lot of directions and I’m really excited to find out more about the fae along with Millie.
- I’m honestly still struggling to think of something I didn’t love about this book. What I settled on though is the ending feeling rushed. Several big things happen and I didn’t feel an emotional connection to them but feel that I should have.
Borderline is a fantastic debut (it’s a debut?!?) and start to a new urban fantasy trilogy. I was honestly heart-broken to see it labeled as a trilogy since I don’t think I’ll be able to let Millie or this world go in just three books. A girl can hope for spin-offs though right? Baker has propelled herself to my auto-buy list and I absolutely cannot wait for Millie’s next adventure.
Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
Borderline by Mishell Baker
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