Monday, September 17, 2018

Book Review: #FashionVictim

Author: Amina Akhtar
Publication Date: September 11, 2018 
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books

A thrilling take on the fashion world, #FashionVictim is Dexter meets The Devil Wears Prada.

Fashion editor Anya St. Clair is on the verge of greatness. Her wardrobe is to die for. Her social media is killer. And her career path is littered with the bodies of anyone who got in her way. She’s worked hard to get where she is, but she doesn’t have everything.

Not like Sarah Taft. Anya’s obsession sits one desk away. Beautiful, stylish, and rich, she was born to be a fashion world icon. From her beach-wave blonde hair to her on-trend nail art, she’s a walking editorial spread. And Anya wants to be her friend. Her best friend. Her only friend.

But when Sarah becomes her top competition for a promotion, Anya’s plan to win her friendship goes into overdrive. In order to beat Sarah…she’ll have to become her. Friendly competition may turn fatal, but as they say in fashion: One day you’re in, and the next day you’re dead.

This book promises to be part Devil Wears Prada and part American Psychos/Heathers, so you can bet that I was expecting this book to deliver – and it definitely did! The writing is entertaining and fast-paced, the unreliable narrator will keep readers on edge, and the glamour of life working on a fashion magazine will have readers dreaming of a life far beyond the stretches of their own. Anya, our main character, is such an enigma. Readers learn quickly that her life is no walk in the park. She is obsessed with her co-worker and readers are left to wonder why she behaves the way she does. Murder is happening everywhere, guys!! This book will take you no time at all to finish and will leave you wondering what Amina Akhtar will write next. 

Smiling makes people like you.

I wiped down the sink, resisting the urge to kick her before I left. Her blood was seeping out of her eye. I’ve always enjoyed the color of blood, but oddly, I can’t watch bloody shows on TV. Weird, right?

Tomorrow would be a new day. I didn’t ask what horror it would bring. But I knew something bad was going to happen. I said a prayer to the fashion gods and went to sleep.

I mean the tagline of this book is “Bitches gets stitches.” What more do you need me to say? Do I think this book is going to win a whole bunch of rewards? No. But am I glad that I spent one long afternoon reading and following along with this crazy, tumultuous, fashion idolized world? Heck yes! This is the perfect afternoon read and would be perfect for someone who is trying to get over a book hangover; I guarantee it will do the trick.

***A free copy of this book was provided to me by the publishers at Crooked Lane Books in exchange for my honest review***

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