Sunday, February 26, 2012

Review: Blame It On The Fame by Tracie Banister

Just in time for the Oscar awards, it is time for a review of "Blame It On The Fame" by Tracie Banister.

A power-trippin’ bitch, a has-been, a skanky ex-model, a press-shy indie queen, and a British stage actress no one knows – that’s how the Best Actress hopefuls in this year’s too-close-to-call Oscar race cattily describe each other. Which of them will win the much-coveted gold statue and what price will they be forced to pay as they travel the red carpeted-path to Hollywood glory?

Amidst all the press-schmoozing and angsting over which designer gown to wear, these Oscar contenders feud, commiserate, and face a succession of personal crises – scandalous secrets come to light, marriages implode, accidents land two nominees in the hospital while another receives news that could derail her career, all culminating on Tinsel Town’s biggest night when anything can happen, and does.

Tracie Banister delivers one of the best books I have read in a while with her fabulous tale of five women and their rocky road to the Academy Awards. Full of fresh new characters thrust into intriguing situations, this book was hard to put down once you started reading it.

Diva antics abound as you get an inside peek at the life of a celebrity. Has-Been actress, Laurel Hastings, thrust back in the spotlight with her nomination suffers humilation as her marriage and privacy explode in public. Ex-Model, Anaya Reynolds, lives the fast life with plenty of sex, drugs, and alcohol. Second generation actress, Jordan Schaeffer, deals with a meddling mother intent on ruling her daughter's life even if Jordan is content as an Indie darling. Fame hungry Danielle Jamison paints the perfect picture for the public of a loving family but her claws are out when the cameras are off. British stage actress, Philippa Sutcliffe, is dealing with lingering feelings for her one time flame,a bad boy co-star. The back-stories are woven expertly in with the current story so you feel that you know these five women by the end of the book.

This is the debut novel for Tracie Banister and is an excellent start to a very promising career. Five stars without a doubt and a book that needs to be on your must read list.

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