Book Review: The Rebel Princess by Anne M. Strick

9418699Title: The Rebel Princess
Author: Anne M. Strick
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Adult
Publisher: Createspace
Publication Date: September 14th 2010
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Review copy provided for review by Enchanted Book Promotions.

An insider’s first-ever behind-the-scenes scoop on how movies are REALLY made: gritty, grinding, tunnel-vision labor, back-stage intrigue, explosive dramas, parties, and relationships that last a night or a lifetime.
Larger-than-life characters who live life with fervor, while contending with their own inner demons and one another, all in the pressure cooker of a location shoot in the exotic world of Mexico. This romp of a story follows the making of a movie from pre-production through wrap. A hotly passionate love story and a murder elevate the stakes.

The Rebel Princess is truly unlike any book I’ve ever read. It’s hard for me to classify it in one category, or to express why it’s so different. For starters, it’s written by an author who has real knowledge of the inside and outside of the movie industry, and it shows. The book starts with a bang, and from the very beginning it pulled me in. I had no idea the movie business actually was set up like this. Needless to say, I was more than a little surprised by the discoveries I made throughout this novel, but all in a good way. The book isn’t too technical, although it conveys the entire process of movie making from the beginning to the end. As a reader, I absorbed all this information without even realizing it. There’s no trace of ‘info-dumping’ anywhere in this book. As the story unfolded, I learned more about the movie business, while still staying right in the middle of the action.

Don’t think there’s no story in the book because it focuses largerly on the life and chaos on set. There is a story, and an intriguing one at that. The main character is one of the most intriguing characters I’ve ever come across in a novel. She has a myriad of contradicting emotions, an ambitious goal fitting for Hollywood and an attitude to match it. The side characters are each unique individuals as well, and they’re well-developed and three-dimensional. Cardboard characters? This author has obviously never heard of that before, thank goodness!

Not only was it a huge relief to be greeted by an, in my opinion, original, well-researched storyline, to add refreshing characters to do was a great asset as well. I also loved how author Anne M. Strick never once failed to keep the tension running high – from page one until the end I was biting my nails waiting to see what was going to happen next.

The Rebel Princess is a must-read. If you’ve ever been interested in Hollywood, you need to get this book. If you’re not that interested in life on set, but you feel like reading a contemporary romance with enough suspense to keep you on the edge of your seat from start to end, then you need to read this book as well. It’s original, it’s intriguing, it’s sexy, it’s daring. I’m truly amazed by this author’s talent and her ability to write about believable characters in believable situations. Also, did I mention that his happens on location? Add an exotic location in the mix and you know you’re in for one hell of a ride.

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