Starlet (Sinister Fairy Tales Collection) by Cora Kenborn
This came incredibly close to being a DNF for me. It just took far too long to get into the actual meat of the story and pick up pace. In fact I must have skim read/totally skipped at least a third of this book, and probably getting on for more like 40% of it. And I didn’t really miss anything important. It was only cat killing curiosity and a couple of 3 star reviews mentioning the great ending, that had me bothering to read the last third. And that last third was amazing.
Brutal honesty says that this book needed a lot trimming from it, in order to improve the pace. I also couldn’t give it 3 stars because, whilst the ending was jam-packed action with more twisty turns than a world-class roller coaster ride, it was a little overdone. Plus the whole “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, he walks into mine. That was just far too big a coincidence/stretch of the imagination.
Each character was somehow connected to everyone else, and some of those connections were either too convenient, a little unbelievable or were just plain unnecessary. It was like a game of Six Degree’s of Separation and a visual showing the links would look somewhat like a spiders web. Definitely a case of where less would have been more.
The overall writing and story flow was good, with me able to follow and understand what was happening. Dialogue feels realistic and descriptions are nicely detailed. However the pace is just too slow, the story is too dragged out and for a long time reading this felt like hard work.
I have read the author previously and really enjoyed that book but this one simply didn’t offer me the ability to bond with the characters and believe in their emotions. Others have loved it so whilst it’s clearly not for me, you may well enjoy it.
Title: Starlet: A Dark Retelling
Series: Sinister Fairy Tales Collection
Author: Cora Kenborn
Genre: Dark Romance
Release Date: June 25, 2020
From USA Today Bestselling Author Cora Kenborn comes a dark and twisted enemies to lovers retelling of Anastasia.
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 essential to the storyline that may bother some readers.**
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Cora Kenborn is a USA Today Bestselling author who writes in multiple genres from dark and gritty romantic suspense to laugh-out-loud romantic comedy. Known for her sharp banter and shocking blindsides, Cora pushes her characters and readers out of their comfort zones and onto an emotional roller coaster before delivering a twisted happily ever after.
Cora believes there’s nothing better than a feisty heroine who keeps her alpha on his toes, and she draws inspiration from the sassy country women who raised her. However, since the domestic Southern Belle gene seems to have skipped a generation, she spends any free time convincing her family that microwaving Hot Pockets counts as cooking dinner.
Oh, and autocorrect thinks she’s obsessed with ducks.
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