/ Arc Review / Starlet / Cora Kenborn / – Beckie Bookworm


Release Date-June 25th 2020
Genre-Fairy-Tale Retelling
Kindle Edition-420 pages

Releasing as part of the Sinister Fairy Tales Collection!

They call me America’s Sweetheart. Hollywood royalty. The last of an era.

Sole survivor of LA’s most infamous crime.

I’m not any of those things. He forced me into the spotlight.

The liar with a perfect smile and cold blue eyes.

But Alexandra Romanov’s fate won’t be mine. I’ll speak her lines. I’ll hit the mark. I’ll strike a pose.

And when the past and present collide, I’ll become their worst nightmare.

They told me to preserve the legacy. Be careful what you ask for. . .

You just might get it.

Please be aware this book contains dark themes and sensitive subject matter that are essential to the storyline but may bother some readers.

Starlet by Cora Kenborn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this one quite a bit and was excited to read this as its a contemporary retelling of one mine and my daughter’s favourite films Anastasia. Loosely based on the story of the tragic Romanov’s this by-line captured my imagination and attention instantly. This really was a fascinating web of intrigue and mystery with threads entangled so deeply it all seemed to be built on an empire of misdirections and half-truths. A dark tale that deals with broken pieces and fragments this showcases the rotten underbelly and corruption of success. Its told dual POV so we get to see both of these imperfect individuals and learn what makes them tick. Angel is the girl who has agreed to step into the spotlight and be the face behind the tragedy. She has no idea the media storm shes now stepping in to and unleashing and Dominic is the one leading this sacrificial lamb to the slaughter. He’s perfectly aware of what he’s setting in motion with his actions but due to his own life unravelling the end for him justify the means even if his pesky conscience is whispering otherwise. Angel herself did seem collected and together and all attitude originally but beneath this sass lies a fragile and damaged psyche one that starts to gradually emerge once her new life takes a hold and digs its claws in peeling back the layers to reveal the truth underneath. Dominic did at first seem such a selfish out for himself douche but the more we dig under his skin the more we learn and there is so much going on beneath with him. At his core, Dominic is hugely protective his armour may be a lot tarnished but deep down he cares greatly. So my one complaint here was that this did seem to take a while to get to the point. I felt this was much longer than it needed to be and could have done with some condensing. I loved the start and the finish but the middle did drag slightly. I still enjoyed this a lot this was fabulously written and the flow was great I also had no trouble connecting to the story itself. I also appreciated how all this was tied-up neatly and loved the finale.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of Starlet.



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