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5.0 out of 5 stars An Eye Opening Read!, December 12, 2012
This review is from: Elimination Night: A Novel (Hardcover)
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I wasn't sure I'd like it at first, because I think tv shows like Idol and X-Factor are a bit cheesey and don't really watch them except for the actual music performances which I do enjoy. But this book which thinly spoofs the shows with Project ICON and The Talent Machine, has a deviously dark comedy edge as we follow Sasha King, renamed BILL by her boss (her predecessor's name) so he won't have to make any adjustments and to drive home how expendable she is, as she works behind the scenes of Project Icon in its iffy 12th season. Their celebrity and ratings magnate judge Nigel Crowther has jumped ship to helm his own show The Talent Machine and Sasha must ride herd on the replacement judges, mega stars like legendary rock and roller Joey who is in his 60s but still scoring with hot young women, and divatastic Bebe Vasquez who is determined to outshine Joey and use the show to reconnect with her audience by becoming more human and accessible.

I don't want to get too spoilery. But the book is eye opening in just all the simple petty EVIL things that go on in the making of these shows, and I really hope this isn't what does go on backstage. But the book has whimsy, and Sasha is endearing in a puppy dropped into a shark tank sort of way. We really hope the sharks are not gonna rip the puppy to shreds, but expect blood in the water. Whether Sasha and Project Icon will sink or swim is the meat of the story, and it's pretty interesting. A good read, kept me glued to the page till the end.
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Initial post: Dec 18, 2012 12:37:26 PM PST
J. Silva says:
How did you get a copy to read if it hasn't been released?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2012 1:48:58 PM PST
Danielle says:
The reviewers are part of the Amazon Vine Voice program. In which, Amazon invites reviewers to review products. A lot of we get are books that haven't been released to the public. That way, when the books are officially released, customers can read reviews of the book right away. Plus sometime publishers send ARCs, Adavanced Reader Copies, to people for the same reason.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 30, 2012 12:44:36 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 30, 2012 12:46:15 AM PST
I received an advance readers copy, commonly referred to as an ARC, for review purposes. I'm part of Amazon's Vine Program that gives invited reviewers a chance to read books before their public lay down date. -- looks like Danielle gave the answer already :D Yup! What she said :D
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