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Stage Fright (Bit Parts Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Length: 307 pages

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  • File Size: 529 KB
  • Print Length: 307 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Amazon Digital Services (July 11, 2013)
  • Publication Date: July 11, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E4PLM5E
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Maybe it's because of my Halloween birthday, but I've always been attracted to scary stories. On the other hand, I love romances as well. Once I discovered that these two genres existed side-by-side in urban fantasy novels, I was in heaven! Urban fantasy is like chocolate and peanut butter: a perfect, to-die-for combination that I can never get enough of.

I've been writing since childhood, but earned my bachelor's degree in psychology and my master's in English literature. When I'm not writing, I'm a straight-laced English teacher at a two-year college in Detroit. I've been married to Mr. Right for over twenty-five years. I also have three teenaged children: a boy and two girls, all of whom have threatened to never speak to me again if I turn them into characters and put them into my books.

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I twiddled between four and five stars because there are some themes I didn't particularly mesh with--like the whole acting thing. Yeah, I get that people are willing to give up a lot to get a part and the struggle of the main with this issue is done well, but not being the least interested in acting kept me from empathizing with the character right away. The plot is pretty intense in places and there's some rather graphic violence (there are vamps, after all, and they are a bloodthirsty lot)! The characters really are drawn well. I enjoyed a number of the side characters and relationships. The analogies are top-notch: Would you give up your very soul for your dream? And what if you did? Who are you without your soul? Is your soul your dream?

These are things I got out of the novel, not stated themes or preached themes. The author does an amazing job of touching on themes without preaching. There are some good action scenes, especially for such an ordinary main character. She's waitressing two jobs, trying to get parts in plays and picking up side jobs to survive. This is not one of those "She's secretly the chosen one" who will suddenly find her birthright. She's just an ordinary gal trying to make it and wondering if cheating will make it easier or harder--and if she cheats and makes it, does it still count.

The plot flowed, the mystery was decent and the characters were fun.
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*I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Cassie is an aspiring actress who loses her nerve and has panic attacks after a bad experience at an audition, though she cannot remember what happened to her. She soon works out that vampires are running the theatres and stealing the souls of the actors to keep themselves young-and Cassie is now on the menu.

This book had different elements from the usual vampire story. As well as feeding on blood, the vampires feed on the 'shine' aka souls of creative people which drains everything good from the person and gives the vampire added beauty and strength. This was different and I liked the concept. Vampires owned theatres and art galleries in order to have access to the creative souls. I also liked the diversity of the main characters. Cassie is part Greek part Arabic and worries that her Middle Eastern appearance could be an issue when auditioning for traditional white roles, but there is no chip on her shoulder about her heritage and no racism elements to the story. I liked this. She isn't 'Cassie with an ethnic background'-she's just Cassie, and she is a sympathetic character that you can't help but like. Her best friend Andrew is a great character and I enjoyed the added storyline of his domestic abuse at the hands of his boyfriend Caleb. The other characters like slimy Darryl, supernerd Perry, flamboyant Victor, Charles, Hedda etc are all interesting and entertaining in their own ways, making the book very much character driven. One other thing I enjoyed was the dry humour surrounding the plays that Hedda has featured at the theatre.

"Could you explain why Lucy Seward and a scarecrow performed a square dance in slow motion while a sad clown played the harmonica?
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After a nightmare of an audition that chases her off the stage, Cassie is back in the theater working behind the scenes. But plagued by nightmares and unexplainable crippling fear, Cassie is determined to find out just what happened to her the last time she was on stage. Enter dark and mysterious Isaiah, and Cassie's life may never be the same.

Being a fan of Michelle Scott's previous work, I was excited to see the release of her newest novel, Stage Fright. I always say the characters make a story, and in this case they did not disappoint. I positively love Cassie. She is smart, tough, and passionate, but she is very human, which is her best quality. She is not perfect - but she realizes this and doesn't try to be something she's not. The story is written from Cassie's point of view, and her head was a fun place to be. What then can I say about Andrew? Every girl needs a friend like him. He is a great friend to Cassie, and they complement each other's personalities. Isaiah is a bit enigmatic, but that of course is part of his charm. Together with his sidekick, Perry, they save the world, one damsel in distress at a time. I love Isaiah, especially once he starts opening up a bit, but Perry is definitely the fun one of the group.

The concept of the book is unique with just enough mystery, suspense, and intrigue to make me keep guessing to the end. There were a lot of other characters in this novel besides those mentioned above, and their lives were so intertwined I never knew who Cassie should be trusting - in the end I guess it is probably better not to trust anyone because no one is as they seem.

Thank you to the author for providing me with a copy of this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will be looking for more in the series.
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