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Fashionably dark and a wickedly fun read! Dexter anyone?
#FashionVictim by Amina Akhtar is a campy, compulsive and highly entertaining dark comedy that was a refreshing and fun book to read. It started off a little shaky for me but it sure didn’t take me long to be wrapped up in Anya’s world of fashion, her deadly antics and her mood boards.
AMINA AKHTAR delivers a creative, interesting, unique and easy read here with characters that were not the easiest to like but boy were they ever compelling and highly entertaining to read about though. The story is told from Anya’s point of view and there isn’t a lot of surprises to be had here as we are pretty much privy to the way that Anya’s mind works and what she is up to right from the beginning of the novel. I really enjoyed this approach as she really had me so curious and the tension comes in with the suspense of what she is thinking, going to do next and how.
I haven’t had this much fun following along with a character like Anya since maybe Dexter. I wouldn’t say that the storylines were at all similar though but there were some aspects to their characters that were, which I found to be rather appealing in a fictional-based kind of way mind you.
Amina Akhtar takes some of the sillier parts of the fashion world and turns it into a ridiculously, uncanny and bizarre over the top fun read. The characters are so exaggerated, unlikeable and stereotyped it will have you laughing out loud at times but also feeling a little uncomfortable as well. There are some serious issues here as well but I felt that Amina Akhtar took them to show just how catty things can get in the fashion world. This is where things went a little sideways for Christina as she felt it was a little much at times.
I love the title and how Amina Akhtar ties that into the story. That was a laugh out loud moment for me when I read that part of the story. Such a clever title for this story.
We all enjoyed our unlikable yet so likable in a very unsettling and weird way fashion psychopath Anya. Amina Akhtar does a good job pulling us into her mind and her intrusive thoughts that really felt real in my head at times, leaving us feeling a little weird at liking her. We could see how the cattiness like shallow friendships, betrayals, and shifting alliances played on her mind.
#FashionVictim made for a really fun, and interesting discussion for us and it’s one I recommend for groups. It leaves you with a lot to talk about. I also recommend this one to anyone looking for something fun and different for an entertaining read and not to be taken very seriously.
Thank you so much from both of us to Sarah at Crooked Lane Books for sending us a physical copy of this book.
Publishing Date: September 11, 2018
Cover: Intriguing, dark and a good representation to story.
Title: Drew me in, extremely fitting and ties into plot perfectly with multiple scenarios.
Writing/Prose: colorful, exaggerated, satirical, and amusing.
Ending: Satisfying, wrapped up nicely but also open for the possibility of a sequel, and enjoyed Anya’s thought processes in the end.
Overall: An enjoyable, twisted, fun, quick, entertaining, and fast-paced read. Although there were definitely some aspects to this novel that was a little bit trying though with the way some things were portrayed and narrated. Would recommend!
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