Borderline (The Arcadia Project #1) by Mishell Baker

Fantasy, 390 pages, published in 2016

After trying to commit suicide and losing both of her legs, Millie is recruited by the Arcadia Project. They are a group that deals with fey in Hollywood, which makes Millie a perfect candidate because she used to be a director. Her first assignment to track down a missing fey turns into a bigger problem than anyone was expecting.

Spoiler Free Review:

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This book is totally not something I would pick for myself, but after tentatively starting an impromptu book club with some friends, I read this as our first pick. I typically don’t enjoy urban fantasy, but this was done in a way that I really enjoyed!

I absolutely loved the way fey were incorporated into society in this book. It was also really cool that it was set specifically in Hollywood. The fey in this story were fairly typical because they couldn’t lie and hated the touch of iron, but they were still really interesting because of their hierarchical organization and the different types.

One of my favorite things about this book was how mental health was dealt with. Millie has borderline personality disorder, so I got to learn about that from her point of view. She thinks or acts a certain way because of the disorder, but she has methods of dealing with that.

Suicide is not a way of ending pain, it’s just a way of redistributing it.

pg. 33

Millie also lost both of her legs in her attempt to kill herself. Throughout the book, she faces difficulties because she does use prosthetics, but they take a lot of maintenance and work, so she is wheelchair bound sometimes. I don’t know if I have ever read a book about a character like this.

Because of Millie’s circumstances, she can be kind of brash and rude, but I still found her really funny! She doesn’t take shit from anyone and I really liked that about her. I enjoyed seeing her grow and accept herself throughout this book.

As much as I liked this book, there were a few small things that didn’t make sense to me. I feel like I could have used some more explanation on humans with magic. There is one major human character with magic in this book and I feel like I never really got how it worked. Also, I felt like the ending was just a little rushed. Too much wrapped up in a really short amount of time.

Overall, though, I really enjoyed this book! I loved the mystery elements, because at the core, Millie is trying to figure out what happened to this missing fey, but I also really enjoyed reading about Millie and her relationships with the people around her. I am really looking forward to reading more from this series!

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