A Dream Called MarilynTitle: A Dream Called Marilyn

Author: Mercedes King

Pages: 172 Pages

Publisher: Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA)

The Blurb

In the summer of 1962, nothing could prepare Dr. Charles Campbell for his first meeting with his new client, Marilyn Monroe. A reputable psychiatrist, he’s been hired by a studio executive to handle and subdue the star, no matter what it takes. Although he’s been warned about Ms. Monroe’s unpredictability, she’s not what he expected.

In the days that follow, Charles’ world is turned upside-down. Marilyn shares her secrets and threatens to go public with information that could ruin her career and destroy President Kennedy’s administration. Saving Marilyn from her self-destructive ways and crossing doctor-patient boundaries, might also cost Charles Campbell his life.

The Review

There are some deaths throughout history that have left people wondering about the validity of the reports on them. One such death is Marilyn Monroe’s. Conspiracy theorists have put forth likely scenarios over what actually happened to her rather than the autopsy report of accidental overdose. One of these theories is explored in Mercedes King’s book A Dream Called Marilyn.

A Dream Called Marilyn is a fictional account of the last few weeks of Marilyn Monroe’s life as told through the eyes of her (fictional) therapist, Dr Charles Campbell. The story explores the theory that Marilyn was murdered due to her relationship with both of the Kennedy brothers – John and Bobby; it also looks at her possibly mob connections and links her death to Frank Sinatra.

It is actually a really fascinating read and is unbearably sad if it is true.

If you are a fan of Marilyn Monroe or indeed fictionalised conspiracy theories then A Dream Called Marilyn is the book for you.

A Dream Called Marilyn by Mercedes King is available now.

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35 Stars

Title: The Last Virgin Alive

Author: Stephanie Crosby

Pages: 116 pages

Synopsis

College student Symphony has left her home town of Virginia to make a new life for herself in Chicago away from the demons of her teen years. Her plan for this year is to pop her cherry; but is she really ready for such a massive decision?

Review

I always feel bad when I have to write that I didn’t like a book; someone’s hard work and effort has gone into creating a book and therefore I feel bad for judging it. However, in the case of The Last Virgin Alive I have no compunction in telling it like it is. This book is awful.

Firstly, let’s look at it purely from a grammatical sense. Punctuation was flying about willy-nilly and incorrect spelling littered the pages. Secondly, entire phrases were repeated in the narrative descriptions of characters, not just a little phrase but a whole paragraph. That is either lazy writing or lazy editing. Thirdly, the narrative to dialogue ratio is unbelievably unbalanced. You are constantly struggling to guess who is talking. As a reader, I shouldn’t have to work that hard.

The storyline actually had a lot of potential to work as a young adult thriller but the execution was poor. In part, the fault of this lies in the characters. Our protagonist, Symphony, is difficult to like. She is whiney and needy and a little unhinged. Partnered with new boyfriend Adam – who causes arguments over completely random things – the relationship fails as fast as the thin plot does.

Normally when I write a review of a book that I do not like I encourage others to read it and make their own decision. In the case of The Last Virgin Alive I make no such recommendation, save your time and money. This book just isn’t worth it.

The Last Virgin Alive by Stephanie Crosby is available now.

The Last Virgin Alive

Synopsis

A classic story of boy meets girl. The boy, Joey, is from the wrong side of the tracks. Born into a working class family with a violent police officer for a father, Joey has spent the past few years in and out of trouble. He can’t come to grips with a world in which a girl like Dorothy would fall for him.

Dorothy is the antithesis of Joey. She is the good girl, the girl who never steps out of line, the girl who has a good and honest relationship with her parents. Yet she is inexplicably drawn to Joey. She falls for him instantly. However, as they become closer, Dorothy realises that there is more to Joey than what he is willing to reveal.

Review

I’m at a loss as to what to say about this book because I did not love it. Nor, for that matter, did I hate it. The best way to describe my feelings towards Melt is that they are indifferent.

The book is written well. Castrovilla has approached a difficult topic and written a fairly readable novel. Personally, I felt that the way that the story was constructed was a tad clichéd at times. There were some intense moments which I thought were written really well – in particular the scene when Joey’s father found Joey and Dorothy in bed together; admittedly that was intense and powerful stuff. Yet, the story didn’t really do anything for me personally.

I was also very confused with the Wizard of Oz references running throughout. I assume that they were meant to act as signposts for something but I couldn’t figure out how without stretching to some vague and tenuous link.

Like all of my reviews, this is based on personal opinion. Therefore, I implore you to give the book a read and form your own opinion. Personally, Melt just didn’t win me over.

Melt by Selene Castrovilla is available now.

Melt