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Marina in a Green Dress by [Davidson, Alan]
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Length: 137 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Age Level: 12 - 18 Grade Level: 8 - 12

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  • File Size: 530 KB
  • Print Length: 137 pages
  • Publisher: Straw Hat (May 3, 2013)
  • Publication Date: May 3, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00852PZUA
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This was a great read! Jessica's infatuation with a star actor, Kennedy Orr, is obsessive, and when she finally meets him in real life and they start to go out together, she is blissfully happy. For a while everything is wonderful, but soon it becomes apparent that Kennedy has a hidden agenda, and their relationship takes a sinister turn. Jessica starts to question whether Kennedy is what he seems and what his real intentions are. The plot wasn't remotely predictable - it's cleverly written and really keeps you guessing till the end - really hard to put down!
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17-year-old Jessica is living in London, working a job that she hates, has a boyfriend who can't spend an hour away from his beloved TV, and is desperately trying to do A-levels through evening classes, even though her parents forced her to finish school after her GCSE's.
London is not fun for Jessica, the only thing she really loves is a musical - `Marina', and just once she decides to open up about her feelings to Kennedy Orr - the male lead in `Marina'.
Jessica never intends for Kennedy to read her letter, but her boyfriend calls her bluff and posts it anyway, and nobody is more surprised than Jessica when Kennedy actually turns up at the meeting she requested.
Things become even stranger though when Kennedy keeps calling Jessica, and even asks her to move into a house that he owns for minimal rent.
What does Kennedy want? Why is he helping Jessica for no obvious reason? Why do his actions strangely mirror those in the musical `Marina'? And what happened to the girl who lived in Jessica's house before her?

This was an interesting little mystery novel, with plenty of intrigue as to what was really going on, and whether or not Kennedy posed a threat to Jessica.
Jessica was quite a trusting, naïve girl, who never even considered for a moment that this strange situation which followed the story of the musical might end the same way as the musical - with the heroines death, and blithely went along with Kennedys plans. She even ignored her boyfriend when he brought up how strange the whole thing was, and very quickly got over her own nervousness around Kennedy.
There wasn't a whole lot of music or romance in this book, it was mainly concerned with the mystery aspect, and the journey that Jessica went on with Kennedy.
Overall; an interesting little mystery novel.
6 out of 10.
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Jessica Tye is new to London. Her parents don't believe in her going to University and since she has to support herself and get a job, she decides to go to London to do it. She gets a crappy job, a crappy room in a boarding room and a so-so boyfriend. She becomes fascinated with a West End stage musical called MARINA and she's even more fascinated with the lead Kennedy Orr. She writes a long letter to him that she has no intention of posting, but her boyfriend gets miffed and posts it to teach her a lesson. When Kennedy Orr shows up her life takes an exciting turn. But is it a good turn or a bad one?

An enjoyable well-written read with interesting characters and an intriguing plot. I didn't know what to think about Kennedy Orr and his sudden interest in a rural girl recently moved to the big city. It had sinister undertones and Jessica seemed to be under his spell. I liked the build up and the conclusion. I'd be interested in reading more by Alan Davidson.

*The publisher provided a copy of this book to me for review. Please see disclaimer page on my blog.
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The storyline has been sufficiently outlined by other reviewers. Suffice it to say that the author does an excellent job of engaging the reader and creating a did-he or didn't-he kind of drama regarding a star-struck young girl who longs for a wisp of glamor to remove her from a somewhat drab existence.

There are multi levels of a play-within-a-play as Jessica seeks to find meaning in her life and enacts a fantasy that has captivated her. Not understanding the educational levels in the British system, i was surprised to learn from another reviewer that she was (only) seventeen years old. An extra star for a typo-free text!
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What a weird little book! It was unusual and romantic and slightly creepy. It was hard to put down. I don't think I've ever read anything similar.

Alan Davidson is a fantastic writer. He developed a complex and fascinating story in Marina in a Green Dress. The little book blurb doesn't do the book justice at all.

My only complaint is that the book started out a little slow. Once it picked up speed, though, it went full steam ahead.

*** This book was provided for free in exchange for an honest review. ***
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I enjoyed this book. The author did a great job of building suspense and keeping the reader guessing. The story is different, definitely not cookie-cutter. If you want something unique, I highly recommend this.
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A spectacular story for anyone of any age who enjoys mystery novels! Though the plot has been thoroughly outlined by other reviewers I must add that this story was completely unpredictable. The plot may seem simplistic at first glance but you will quickly realize you are in for a complex mystery that has been woven together to elevate the suspense with each chapter. The first half does not prepare you for the twists, turns and surprises that await. Just when you *think* you have the next few pages figured out you discover just how wrong you are. I adore endings that I don't see coming and "Marina in a Green Dress" gave me that and so much more. It is beautifully crafted. The writing is flawless. There are no grammatical, typographical or difficult to read sentence structures. Alan Davidson clearly put time, effort and editing into his highly creative writing. Though marketed as a YA book, this is a novel that can truly be enjoyed by those young and old. There is no graphic material and it is truly a delightfully written and entertaining novel.
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