The Starlet Series, #1
by Carla J. Hanna
Young Adult – Coming of Age
Reviewed on 01/30/2014 by April Gilly for Readers’ Favorite
Starlet’s Web by Carla J. Hanna is about young Liana Marie Michael, known as Marie through most of the book, who struggles to be like other teens while being a very successful actress. Marie wants to be normal and doesn’t enjoy most of her acting career, but loves other parts of her job. Marie goes through more than a normal teen would but, while struggling to be herself, she finds that she can be true to herself and still make herself and those she loves happy. When life takes a turn for the worse and disaster strikes, Marie learns who is really there for her and starts to see what she wants out of life and how she can be more than she ever thought she could be.
Starlet’s Web is an addictive and very enjoyable book that was hard to put down. There were a wide range of characters, from the amazing actress with a long career ahead of her to the failed actress who is putting her life back together, and then those who want power and go about trying to get it in any way that they can. To me, Starlet’s Web showed the true dynamics of what Hollywood probably is. Throughout Starlet’s Web, I watched Marie grow up and mature, and go through betrayal the likes of which I couldn’t even imagine and still come out strong and on top. That makes Starlet’s Web an inspiring story. Definitely looking forward to reading the next books in the series.