Review: Imposter Syndrome by Mishell Baker (Arcadia Project #3)


Imposter Syndrome by Mishell Baker // VBC ReviewImposter Syndrome (The Arcadia Project #3)
Mishell Baker
Published: March 13, 2018 (Saga Press)
Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon
Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review 

Reviewed by: Beth

Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars

Millie is back, and trying to keep her BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder) under control, while also in the midst of a war. When the Los Angeles Arcadia office broke away from London—the head of all offices—it threw a wrench in the entire project. Now the other US offices are torn between who to follow, the London office has pretty much declared war, and the two halves of the fey courts are also tangled in the mess but with their own agendas as well. Just another day in paradise…right?

The settings varied between LA and Arcadia, and, as in the prior two books, we got to read about different parts of Arcadia that had not yet been visited by Millie. Without giving too much away, I was truly fascinated with these areas, and with the castle and its environs in particular.

With this third entry into the series, Baker was able to delve even further into the regular characters, which was excellent for those of us who have read the prior books. It was fun to see characters come back who may have been gone, and to be introduced to even more. She really has a way with characterization, and I wonder if some of that ability is related to her own struggles with BPD? Whether it is or not, her characters—particularly Millie, a no-holds-barred, kick-ass female who also has BPD—are relatable in the best ways.

As for the story itself, I thought Imposter Syndrome was the best of the three. The action was on target, the story wrapped up loose strings—though often not in the ways that might have been anticipated—and it was just a great, fun, worthwhile read. I will say that, while you can read this as a stand-alone…I wouldn’t recommend it. There is far too much backstory, so much more of it will make sense if you start from the beginning. The best part of that is you get all three to read, all of which are great, and no waiting for the next one to come out! See? Upside!

Sexual content: none

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