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Friday, April 7, 2017

Review: If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio

If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Flatiron Books
Publishes 4/11/17

Fans of Shakespeare will LOVE this book.  Those who aren't will ALSO love this book!  What an incredible journey.  I have the book hangover from hell now.  And just LOOK at this cover!  Watch this space for what #CJSReads thinks collectively in the next few days.

After 10 years in jail, Oliver is released and the detective who arrested him sits with him to get the full story. As one of seven actors at Dellecher Classical Conservatory, acting is competitive and all consuming. These 7 are not only classmates, not only friends, but family. Consistently they end up playing the same roles. When the script gets flipped and casting changes, competitiveness gets the better of them and rivalries ensue. They face their own real life violence and their acting skills become in use to convince not only the detectives, but themselves, that they are innocent.

Admittedly I have never been the greatest Shakespeare fan. I loved seeing creations come to film and play, but to read has always been a difficult chore for me. Because of this I was wondering just how much I would like this read considering some Shakespearean verse is included. Well color me surprised. Each Part is an Act, starting with a Prologue and each Chapter a Scene. As Oliver tell his story, I am completely and utterly drawn in. The author does a fantastic job of building each character and how they react to each other and the issue at hand. This is a novel about friendship, family, betrayal, lust, love and the fine line drawn between the roles they play on stage and in life. I highly recommend.

Thank you to Flatiron Books for this incredible journey. Preorder your copies now.

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