The Frame-Up (The Golden Arrow #1)
By day she writes comic books. By night, she lives them.MG Martin lives and breathes geek culture. She even works as a writer for the comic book company she idolized as a kid. But despite her love of hooded vigilantes, MG prefers her comics stay on the page.But when someone in LA starts recreating crime scenes from her favorite comic book, MG is the LAPD’s best—and only—lead. She recognizes the golden arrow left at the scene as the calling card of her favorite comic book hero. The thing is…superheroes aren’t real. Are they?When the too-handsome-for-his-own-good Detective Kildaire asks for her comic book expertise, MG is more than up for the adventure. Unfortunately, MG has a teeny little tendency to not follow rules. And her off-the-books sleuthing may land her in a world of trouble.Because for every superhero, there is a supervillain. And the villain of her story may be closer than she thinks…

The Frame-Up (The Golden Arrow #1) Details

TitleThe Frame-Up (The Golden Arrow #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 1st, 2018
Publisher47North
Rating
GenreMystery, Romance, Fiction

The Frame-Up (The Golden Arrow #1) Review

  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book! I mean a freakin' bad @ss woman that writes and works for a comic book company; throw in some mystery and mayhem and we have an awesome book!I love MG, who was actually named after a boy, she's smart, sexy and cool! She has some fantastic best friends and a love interest in the handsome detective she's working with on the case.If you love comics/graphic novels and mystery books then I recommend you check this one out!Happy Reading! Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
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  • Lena
    January 1, 1970
    Geek chic romantic suspense, why thank you kindle first! What I enjoyed: The humor.The well placed fantasy and SciFi references.A well woven caper between the comic world and the real world, the past and the present.What I loved! The very best of PG13 adult romance. That heated getting-to-know-you time written with spice! The MCs are very Dharma & Greg. “Here I am with a gorgeous Muggle, and the world still has magic in it.” What I hated: The civilian who dips her toe in police work and Geek chic romantic suspense, why thank you kindle first! What I enjoyed: The humor.The well placed fantasy and SciFi references.A well woven caper between the comic world and the real world, the past and the present.What I loved! The very best of PG13 adult romance. That heated getting-to-know-you time written with spice! The MCs are very Dharma & Greg. “Here I am with a gorgeous Muggle, and the world still has magic in it.” What I hated: The civilian who dips her toe in police work and decides to go it on her own.What I appreciate: Character growth. Michael-Grace starts out with a big chip on her shoulder and makes some arrogant plays. But, unlike any other book I’ve read, at the end she apologizes for her drastic actions and appreciates what she’s learned. “I spent so much time pushing people away because they didn’t fit what I was looking for, and in the end what I needed was someone to bring me out of my prejudices.” That was enough to bring this up to 3.5 and Wookie it up to 4!
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  • Mike Chen
    January 1, 1970
    The Frame Up is both a fast paced mystery caper and a romantic comedy with a snappy voice. what makes it stand apart is how it immerses itself in geek culture, celebrating it while acknowledging the overt difficulties women in fandom and in yhe industry have. by blending this all together, Molin has crafted a highly entertaining book that appeals equally to those genres as well as geeky fans who don't always read mysteries.
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  • Rachelle
    January 1, 1970
    Aaaand I'm done. Frankly, this just didn't work for me. The character was unlikeable and the basic plot (writer/artist gets pulled into a criminal investigation to help the police solve the crime) has been done dozens of times before with frankly a lot more success.There were a couple of scenes that I loved and thought worked really well, but for the most I spent my time wondering why MG is such a self-absorbed idiot who thinks she has insider knowledge that makes her so much smarter than the po Aaaand I'm done. Frankly, this just didn't work for me. The character was unlikeable and the basic plot (writer/artist gets pulled into a criminal investigation to help the police solve the crime) has been done dozens of times before with frankly a lot more success.There were a couple of scenes that I loved and thought worked really well, but for the most I spent my time wondering why MG is such a self-absorbed idiot who thinks she has insider knowledge that makes her so much smarter than the police. She has absolutely no skills or experience that add to this investigation and really all she does is obstruct actual justice. Look, I get that she knows the Hooded Falcon and that it ties together, but her actions are just plain stupid."My job right now is to keep Matteo safe, keep L safe, and solve this crime so I can beg forgiveness." Uh. No. She has no skills for keeping anyone safe, no real sign that Matteo is even directly in danger, and her hunches are so random that there's no reason to think she'd be capable of solving the crime other than that she's the main character of a mystery book. Somehow every one of her random hunches is correct (until the ending) and yet when Matteo (the actual detective who is supposedly good at his job) follows actual evidence and wants to follow procedure to question actual people of interest, MG immediately says his ideas are totally wrong and obstructs justice to absurd degrees for absolutely no reason. Frankly Matteo should dump her ass in jail for obstruction of justice and move on with his life.Frankly if this story was written just a little differently it would work really well as an unreliable narrator story about a paranoid-delusional girl caught up trying to solve a crime way outside her skill level. The first person, present tense narration would work perfectly for that. But that's definitely not how it's played out. All the other characters think she's super smart and super awesome and just super damn good at solving crimes. Gag.
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  • Mary Keliikoa
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this fun caper. Sassy Michael-Grace as the MC kept me engaged. Loved her friends--Lawrence was my favorite--and loved how everyone felt like a suspect at one point or another. Just enough twists, turns and romance to keep me engaged to the very end. Will be looking forward to Book 2.
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  • Bree Hill
    January 1, 1970
    What a great read! Right amount of mystery, right amount of romance. MG is very passionate about comics and I loved that. Her point of view was A very enlightening and interesting one to read from. This story is completely submersed in geek culture which was super fun, and really hits hard on how difficult it can be for women in the fandom world.Awesome read!
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  • Travis Arnold
    January 1, 1970
    Unfortunately, just awful. There was so much bad about this. First, the author needs to hire an editor. Or a better editor. Lots of mistakes. Using wrong names. Using "she" instead of "he," or even more confusingly, using them both interchangeably for the second person in a single page. Very confusing. The geek references were forced. They were constant and awkward, sound like someone trying to make geek references rather than the way an actual geek thinks. Plus the video game references were of Unfortunately, just awful. There was so much bad about this. First, the author needs to hire an editor. Or a better editor. Lots of mistakes. Using wrong names. Using "she" instead of "he," or even more confusingly, using them both interchangeably for the second person in a single page. Very confusing. The geek references were forced. They were constant and awkward, sound like someone trying to make geek references rather than the way an actual geek thinks. Plus the video game references were off. Not every geek likes video games, but again that is something that an editor could have fixed. Finally, the plot and the writing were just bad. The plot was eye rolling. The author clearly hadn't done any research, and for a book about a superhero, the fact that the rest of the plot was so uncomfortably unbelievable is hard to swallow. It was made worse by bad writing. The author assumes we are following her train of thought so makes jumps in logic or conclusions that aren't justified by what is actually written on the page. The author also didn't understand why one uses first person present tense. First, don't. Just cause Suzanne Collins pulled it off doesn't mean everyone else needs to catch the trend wave. It's week and lends itself to only a very specific kind of story telling. But if you are going to use it, realize that it puts us in the mind of the main character. We get to hear her thoughts. Don't tell us she is thinking about something then don't tell us what she's thinking about. Don't have the character make pivotal conclusions off the page. That's why you use this tense. Use it right, or don't use it. I feel bad because I realize this is her first effort, but I just really found nothing redeemable about this book. The only thing I liked was that it was short, so I didn't have to stomach it for too long.
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  • Suanne
    January 1, 1970
    The Frame-Up by Meghan Scott Molin is a humorous contemporary mystery/romantic comedy with diverse characters: a geeky female main character (Michael-Grace), her straight-laced cop boyfriend (Matteo), and her drag-queen best friend (Lawrence) along with beaucoup geeksters as secondary characters. The tone is slightly snarky, and the pace clips along rapidly, keeping me fully focused on the novel. Most enjoyable is that MG, tired of men trying to change her, has given up on relationships, yet rem The Frame-Up by Meghan Scott Molin is a humorous contemporary mystery/romantic comedy with diverse characters: a geeky female main character (Michael-Grace), her straight-laced cop boyfriend (Matteo), and her drag-queen best friend (Lawrence) along with beaucoup geeksters as secondary characters. The tone is slightly snarky, and the pace clips along rapidly, keeping me fully focused on the novel. Most enjoyable is that MG, tired of men trying to change her, has given up on relationships, yet remains a woman fully-functioning on her own. She is courageous and determined, doesn’t wait around to be “saved” by a man, and remains delightfully geeky and, though comfortable with herself, a bit out of place in the real world. The slow-burn sexual tension between MG and Matteo is charming. The blend of romance and mystery is deftly woven. People who enjoy Star Trek, classic comic books, mysteries, and contemporary romances will enjoy this book.
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  • Sassapphras
    January 1, 1970
    DNF at 16%So I considered marking this as 'currently reading' and updating my progress to say that I'm not sure this one is for me because this chick has too much of a chip on her shoulder about being a nerd girl, but as I was contemplating that course of action, I just suddenly felt like I just don't have an interest in continuing the story. It's not horrible (I've definitely read worse), but I don't want to deal with the whole, "I'm a girl nerd and I'm so tired of people not accepting me." Lik DNF at 16%So I considered marking this as 'currently reading' and updating my progress to say that I'm not sure this one is for me because this chick has too much of a chip on her shoulder about being a nerd girl, but as I was contemplating that course of action, I just suddenly felt like I just don't have an interest in continuing the story. It's not horrible (I've definitely read worse), but I don't want to deal with the whole, "I'm a girl nerd and I'm so tired of people not accepting me." Like, get over yourself. Who fucking cares if people accept you or not? I sure don't. And I don't want to hear about your hangups throughout the whole story because you're butt hurt.Disclaimer: All my DNFs get 1 star. I know it's a major point of contention and is seen as a reviewer faux pas for a lot of people, but I don't care. My review, my rules. Peer pressure can suck itself.
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    I was ridiculously lucky to read an early copy of this baby. Meghan's debut has EVERYTHING. Quirky comic book setting. Fun action. Twisty mystery. And a sassy heroine I'd love to hang out with. The heart-melting chemistry and geek culture puts THE FRAME-UP over the top. (FYI I've called dibs on a certain swoony cop.) Buy this book. Read this book. I loved this book.
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  • Maxym Martineau
    January 1, 1970
    Fun, action-driven, and jam-packed with voice. THE FRAME-UP by Meghan Scott Molin is everything my nerd heart desired — and more. Writer and budding costume designer MG Martin is totally immersed in comic book culture, and so when a string of crimes in LA follows the same path as her most cherished comic, she can’t help but get wrapped up in the plot line. Not to mention a certain swoon-worthy cop won’t let her stick to the panels.The setup is fantastic, but I was truly swept away with her atten Fun, action-driven, and jam-packed with voice. THE FRAME-UP by Meghan Scott Molin is everything my nerd heart desired — and more. Writer and budding costume designer MG Martin is totally immersed in comic book culture, and so when a string of crimes in LA follows the same path as her most cherished comic, she can’t help but get wrapped up in the plot line. Not to mention a certain swoon-worthy cop won’t let her stick to the panels.The setup is fantastic, but I was truly swept away with her attention to detail and the nod toward women in fandom. Detective Killdaire was a perfect foil to MG, and their chemistry was amazing. I could not put this book down, and I found myself guessing along the way, trying to nail down the villain with each breadcrumb Molin expertly tucked away between the words.An absolute fantastic read. I can’t wait to see what happens next!
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  • Katherine Riley
    January 1, 1970
    What a caper! A sexy thrill ride. Popcorn and the very best dark chocolate also come to mind. Michael-Grace, the MC of The Frame-Up, is a real-life superhero, much like the enigmatic one she tracks throughout this novel, with the help of her very own justice league. And so is Molin! She’s a terrific mystery writer. Her dexterity with voices and characters is incredible. Sorry about dinner there, kids — I literally did not put this down until I reached the end.
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  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    January 1, 1970
    Just not working for me - so many references (that I got but enough is enough).. and the weird opposites attract thing with her inner struggle... this felt more like a YA novel (which I usually love) than what I was expecting.Moving on.
  • Goth Gone Grey
    January 1, 1970
    Mystery with true geek cred - Please continue the series!There are books that try to work geekiness in and feel false, like they read a couple of Wiki articles over a cup of coffee and started their story. This is not one of those stories - the love for the geek life rings genuine on every page. References range from Star Wars to Homestar Runner and so many points in between, a rollicking ode to geekdom that I couldn't put down. If that weren't enough - and it almost is - add in romance, drag qu Mystery with true geek cred - Please continue the series!There are books that try to work geekiness in and feel false, like they read a couple of Wiki articles over a cup of coffee and started their story. This is not one of those stories - the love for the geek life rings genuine on every page. References range from Star Wars to Homestar Runner and so many points in between, a rollicking ode to geekdom that I couldn't put down. If that weren't enough - and it almost is - add in romance, drag queens, a hot police officer, and a vintage style mystery straight out of the pages of vintage comic books. Every part of the story blends well together, beauty in the obscure and offbeat, topped with a dusting of cinnamon. Cleanly edited, perfectly written characters and more made this an instant favorite. I'm hoping for sequels, and soon! An example of the writing: "Heading for the door, I weave my way through a dude pitching a screenplay and a stay-at-home mom bitching about no “me time,” even though she’s clearly here without her children. Or they’re off terrorizing the other patrons—a distinct possibility, seeing as LA fuels itself on broken dreams and hypocrisy. The dirty glass door screeches, letting a blast of gritty, gasoline-scented wind in as I push it open with my hip. It never closes behind me. I’m surprised when an arm reaches out to hold it open. I don’t even need to look to know that it’s Herbal Tea Guy. Usually the Muggles aren’t this tenacious. Time to level up my game."
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  • Matthew
    January 1, 1970
    "My heart careens in my chest like a Mario-kart around a curve"Noooooooooooo
  • Felicia Grossman
    January 1, 1970
    This is such a wonderful book! I'm so happy that I read it. MG is a wonderful amateur sleuth and such a modern, realistic character despite being at the center of a crazy fun mystery with lots of cool twists and turns set in the a vibrant world. She and Matteo had wonderful chemistry and I found him super believable as a legitimate detective (with fabulous house that I want) who still had a crush on the "consultant" he met getting tea. However, MG just really sparkled as a protagonist. While I a This is such a wonderful book! I'm so happy that I read it. MG is a wonderful amateur sleuth and such a modern, realistic character despite being at the center of a crazy fun mystery with lots of cool twists and turns set in the a vibrant world. She and Matteo had wonderful chemistry and I found him super believable as a legitimate detective (with fabulous house that I want) who still had a crush on the "consultant" he met getting tea. However, MG just really sparkled as a protagonist. While I adored her zany plans and friends and kick-ass-ness, I also really enjoyed the realism in her world and in her as a full character. The way she grew and changed in her relationships, especially with her coworkers was really wonderful. Her troubles at work were so REAL and I felt her emotions so strong. But, I also adored that even though there was a ton of unfairness towards her at her job, she also made her own mistakes, not only at work, but with her friends, with Matteo and on the case. She had a nice arc balanced with the really exciting plot that kept me guessing. Like, what more could you want? I would totally recommend this book to anyone!
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  • Roberta
    January 1, 1970
    This book was EXCELLENT. Highly, highly recommended. Graphic novel/costume designer geek girl meets cute cop and they partner up into wicked crime solving duo. Also shows geek girl growing up a little and working out what she *really* wants from life. Plus so many geek/nerd references to squee over. I can’t wait to read the next one.
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  • Megan Collins
    January 1, 1970
    This book was SO. MUCH. FUN! I could picture it being a hit show on the CW, which I mean as a total compliment given that CW shows have historically been some of my favorites. Not only is it mired in geek culture, but it’s also got a compelling mystery that keeps the pages basically turning themselves! I particularly loved how the book explored gender dynamics in the world of comics, and I adored MG as a narrator. This book, which is the first in a series, had a satisfying ending while still lea This book was SO. MUCH. FUN! I could picture it being a hit show on the CW, which I mean as a total compliment given that CW shows have historically been some of my favorites. Not only is it mired in geek culture, but it’s also got a compelling mystery that keeps the pages basically turning themselves! I particularly loved how the book explored gender dynamics in the world of comics, and I adored MG as a narrator. This book, which is the first in a series, had a satisfying ending while still leaving a lot of room for more stories to come. I can’t wait to read book #2!
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  • Kelsey Harrington
    January 1, 1970
    The only reason I read this book as long as I did was because I was stuck somewhere and it was the only one currently downloaded on my kindle app. I didn’t even finish it because it was actively making me angry to read. The main character took unlikable to another level. She’s the embodiment of the “quirky, not-like-other-girls” trope, but the audience is meant to find her charming? Or badass? When really I just wanted to punch her the whole time. The overabundance of pop culture “geek” referenc The only reason I read this book as long as I did was because I was stuck somewhere and it was the only one currently downloaded on my kindle app. I didn’t even finish it because it was actively making me angry to read. The main character took unlikable to another level. She’s the embodiment of the “quirky, not-like-other-girls” trope, but the audience is meant to find her charming? Or badass? When really I just wanted to punch her the whole time. The overabundance of pop culture “geek” references was annoying as hell. Like, we get it, these characters are nerdy. But nerd-culture is mainstream and there’s no way I believe the “muggles” (as the main character irritatingly refers to every non-geek person she meets) have no idea what Star Wars or Harry Potter are. Not to mention the origin of this fictional superhero is a direct knock-off of Green Arrow which the author even name drops multiple times! At least have some creativity in your superhero since that’s the whole plot!Also - people PLEASE stop writing in first person present tense. I have never once read a book where that was done well. Not worth downloading even as a free book.
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  • Crystal
    January 1, 1970
    The Frame Up was one of the free Amazon selections this month, and I had a challenge to read a book about a superhero. Perfect, right? Down to a kick-ass purple haired feminist heroine Michael-Grace and her African-American queen friend L and her handsome Latin do-gooder detective love interest Matteo. Reviews were all of the place on this book, so I tried to go in with an open mind. I think I succeeded, since the things that bothered me the most weren't necessarily the criticisms I'd read.I thi The Frame Up was one of the free Amazon selections this month, and I had a challenge to read a book about a superhero. Perfect, right? Down to a kick-ass purple haired feminist heroine Michael-Grace and her African-American queen friend L and her handsome Latin do-gooder detective love interest Matteo. Reviews were all of the place on this book, so I tried to go in with an open mind. I think I succeeded, since the things that bothered me the most weren't necessarily the criticisms I'd read.I think the big struggle for me with this book was my frustration with Michael-Grace. I wanted to like her a lot more than I did. I didn't care, like many others seem to, that she was prickly and defensive. Women in the workplace have a tough time already, and in geek fields like comics, that is especially true. Considering her professional, family, and romantic history, MG had a lot of reasons to be prickly and even hostile to the men around her. The thing that bugs me is that for all she complains about the men in her life, MG doesn't have girlfriends at the start of this book. Just her and a few select male friends, and that's it. In fact, despite her own gender-based struggles in her field, the first thing MG thinks when she sees a new female POC hire is that she's an affirmative action hire. Seriously, MG? Very disappointing and short-sighted and hypocritical. MG DOES grow as a character throughout the book, though, and there are tentative signs of her learning to let down her guard and make friends with women as well as men. Congrats, MG.Where MG did NOT grow throughout the book was her poor life choices, which were impulsive and foolish at best, delusional and grandiose at times. "Only I can save so and so, or do such and such." No thanks. MG does SO MANY stupid things throughout the book, wrapping up with a huge trail of chaos and damage in her wake by the end of the book. I find it hard to believe she didn't face criminal charges for the choices she made, and that she dragged others in to. Or even lawsuits for the damages she unintentionally caused with her unprofessional shenanigans.I appreciate that there were strong female characters, and a fair amount of diversity in the story. I enjoyed the geek setting, and found Matteo to be absolutely swoon-worthy, and my favorite character of the book. I have to admit I didn't really see the identity of the villain prior to the reveal either. What I COULD see was the identity of the Golden Arrow pretty early in the story. How MG couldn't by at least 3/4 through this story is beyond me...I offer grumpy complaints as well as praise, but should point out that I finished this book in mere days once I started actually reading it. I wanted to know what happened. I don't know that I'll read the second book in the series, but I just might give it a try and hope the writing improves a bit as the author matures. If you don't mind a (justly) prickly heroine and plot lines that are consistently advanced by foolish, impulsive, and misguided choices made repeatedly by the main character (a la Stephanie Plum), you might enjoy this book more than I did.
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  • Jo
    January 1, 1970
    This book was in the November 2018 Kindle First selection from Amazon. (I find subscribing to that is a nice way to find new authors.) I sort of laughed when I saw it tagged as "geek fiction". I'm not a geek myself but I have a lot of geek friends, including one who wrote a PhD about Superman so I worried I might miss a few inside jokes but the blurb was interesting enough for me to try it for 99p. This book is DEFINITELY worth the full price. I have already pre-ordered the 2nd one in the series This book was in the November 2018 Kindle First selection from Amazon. (I find subscribing to that is a nice way to find new authors.) I sort of laughed when I saw it tagged as "geek fiction". I'm not a geek myself but I have a lot of geek friends, including one who wrote a PhD about Superman so I worried I might miss a few inside jokes but the blurb was interesting enough for me to try it for 99p. This book is DEFINITELY worth the full price. I have already pre-ordered the 2nd one in the series even though it doesn't even have a cover design yet. There may be more inside jokes and stuff in there for the truly geeky but I never felt lost or out of my depth. The story is a mystery with a strong romance subplot which is ideal for me. The mystery is well paced, and the romance does not require setting aside all your feminist sensibilities. I really like stories with good characters and relationships. The main character is a strong woman working in a male-dominated field and dealing with all the BS that comes with that. Her character is interesting and well developed. The relationships with her friends are well drawn and add depth to the story. The use of contrasts between different types of characters is really well done. Highly recommend. It's a fun read.
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  • Vinny
    January 1, 1970
    ⇾ 2 stars ⇽ I received an ARC from 47North via NetGalley in exchange of honest review. I was super excited when I saw the cover + read the premise. This book has everything that I loved. Gorgeous cover, check. Badass and strong female as the main character, check. Pop culture references, check. Mystery/thriller plot, check. However, once I dived into this book, I realized it's not as good as what it promised. ⇾ The main character started off amazingly. She's blunt, fun and quirky. Yet, she quick ⇾ 2 stars ⇽ I received an ARC from 47North via NetGalley in exchange of honest review. I was super excited when I saw the cover + read the premise. This book has everything that I loved. Gorgeous cover, check. Badass and strong female as the main character, check. Pop culture references, check. Mystery/thriller plot, check. However, once I dived into this book, I realized it's not as good as what it promised. ⇾ The main character started off amazingly. She's blunt, fun and quirky. Yet, she quickly turned into an aggressive, over-sensitive and snobby GEEK. I've never encountered such character, where she saw herself as a part of marginalized and being upset about it yet boosted herself as someone better than other members of the same community, and acted even worse to someone she'd seen as 'Muggle'. Not to mention how she's basically being rude instead of supporting 'girl power'. Multiple yikes.⇾ Too many pop culture references and everything is unnatural and pushy. I get it. This book is supposed to be a lighter yet more mysterious version of Ready Player One. But it didn't work. The references just threw there for the sake of it. This book might as well become a fandom dictionary. ⇾ Awkward and unnecessary romance. I couldn't find their chemistry at all.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    Geekdom meets mystery solvingFantastic book. Really hard to believe this is a debut book. I didn't want to put it down. Loved the characters and story.
  • Brittany
    January 1, 1970
    Honestly, I can see why Amazon gave this away for free. I'd return this in a heartbeat if I had actually spent money on it. I'm DNF-ing at 34%. The main character is really really annoying. She's basically a mansplaining gatekeeper nerd dude in a woman's body. The random geek references are often just tossed in, in such a way that they feel like forced mentions for geek cred instead of actual jokes. I just can't anymore. It's so bad.
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  • Dave Packard
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this book. MG is a hero for every nerd. So much geek culture with romance stirred in. I can’t wait for the next one!
  • Erin Bartels
    January 1, 1970
    In a word: FUN. A contemporary romantic comedy/mystery is not my normal fare, but I enjoyed this fast-paced, snarky deep dive into geek culture (and managed to get most of the cultural references along the way...which sort of has me worried I'm more geeky than I thought). MG was a spunky, driven heroine supported by a colorful cast of secondary characters who kept you guessing, and Matteo was her perfect foil. She experienced important personal growth throughout the story, didn't wait on a guy t In a word: FUN. A contemporary romantic comedy/mystery is not my normal fare, but I enjoyed this fast-paced, snarky deep dive into geek culture (and managed to get most of the cultural references along the way...which sort of has me worried I'm more geeky than I thought). MG was a spunky, driven heroine supported by a colorful cast of secondary characters who kept you guessing, and Matteo was her perfect foil. She experienced important personal growth throughout the story, didn't wait on a guy to save the day, and yet still seemed delightfully out of her element. I'll be waiting for book two!
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  • Jaye
    January 1, 1970
    So I wanted to like this more. The premise sounded fun and while "civilian/artsy type gets involved in police work" has been done before, I still enjoy it.MG is the only woman in her comic shop and that apparently makes her feel like she can't even be polite or professional in any way. (I'm Southern, "polite" is a fair substitute for genuine niceness, as far as I'm concerned. Also, throwing a red bouncy ball against the half-wall that separates your cubicle from someone else's -- who's trying to So I wanted to like this more. The premise sounded fun and while "civilian/artsy type gets involved in police work" has been done before, I still enjoy it.MG is the only woman in her comic shop and that apparently makes her feel like she can't even be polite or professional in any way. (I'm Southern, "polite" is a fair substitute for genuine niceness, as far as I'm concerned. Also, throwing a red bouncy ball against the half-wall that separates your cubicle from someone else's -- who's trying to work because we're at work -- is just effing rude. I'd cut her.) She keeps telling us how great she is at her job(view spoiler)[, but she's surprised that she doesn't get a promotion she's been angling for. She thinks it's because she's female, but I think it's probably more that she's an asshole and no one wants an asshole for the boss (hide spoiler)]. (view spoiler)[Yes, she shows some growth throughout the book, but for me it was a little too little, too late because I was already mad at her. Her entire friend group was male because, essentially, her interests "aren't like other girls," except her interests are exactly like lots of girls I know.... but also, my lovely ladies aren't assholes to boot so they get to have female (and male) friends. Again, she thinks her problem is that she's female, but it's really that she's an arrogant jerk-face. (hide spoiler)]Matteo is fine as a love interest, but I wasn't sold on him liking MG(view spoiler)[because why would he? She's a total jerk to him the entire time they know each other. She lies to his face, makes his job harder, and gets herself in trouble/danger because she refuses to/cannot exercise common sense/restraint. (hide spoiler)] Also, seriously, the author took the whole "he's really not a geek" thing too far. What rock was he living under (view spoiler)[that he had never in his life even heard of Star Wars (hide spoiler)]?I liked the supporting cast. Lawrence is fun, if a little stereotyped. I did not like (view spoiler)[how quickly he forgave her for betraying his in-confidence disclosures. I get why she did, but she should have talked to him about it shortly thereafter instead of dithering for days on end and then dumping it all in his lap at once (hide spoiler)]. Ryan is an incredibly tolerant roommate, putting up with all of MG's crap (view spoiler)[on top of clearly being the Hooded Falcon, which I'm sure will come out in the next book. Also, I'm suspicious of Lelani's involvement. I'm thinking she's got something to do with it, too (hide spoiler)].The writing at the beginning was annoying, but it felt like either the author got her feet under her or the editor reined it in by about a third of the way through. So if you kinda want to punch "MG" for the writing, that gets better. (view spoiler)[If you want to punch MG because she's a jerk, that gets better, too, but it takes longer. (hide spoiler)]I'm sure there's going to be a sequel and I'll probably read it, but it won't be the day it comes out and I won't be waiting with bated breath. This was fine as a light read I didn't need to be invested in, but the moment future books start demanding something of me while giving only this back, I'm out.
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  • Kat
    January 1, 1970
    I got this book free from Amazon First Reads. I'll definitely say that I chose it for the cover and the synopsis seemed really promising. I'm surprised I busted through and finished it. Ok. I'll admit that I'm one of those "geeks" MG mentions (a lot), but the geeky references were getting absolutely ridiculous. Some of the references actually took away from the story because they seemed so out of place. At one point she said, "If my life is Firefly, my crew consists of these forever-young people I got this book free from Amazon First Reads. I'll definitely say that I chose it for the cover and the synopsis seemed really promising. I'm surprised I busted through and finished it. Ok. I'll admit that I'm one of those "geeks" MG mentions (a lot), but the geeky references were getting absolutely ridiculous. Some of the references actually took away from the story because they seemed so out of place. At one point she said, "If my life is Firefly, my crew consists of these forever-young people..." This reference was just irrelevant. It just felt like name dropping. "My heart careens in my chest like a Mario-kart around a curve..." I understand the whole book was meant to relate to a specific group of people and I really appreciate that, but the book was just really over-saturated with these references. I just find it unrealistic to try and make all these things she mentions (Harry Potter, Tardis, Star Wars) some hidden secret only real geeks know about when those things are so mainstream right now that they are considered popular culture.The character of MG... Ok. Where do I start? She started off alright. I like the idea of a strong, badass female just wanting to do her own thing, but then it got to the point that she was just sort of throwing herself a pity party. Anything anyone said to her was because she was a girl and they were looking down on her. I'm not saying this doesn't happen to women (especially women in what is considered to be a male-dominated industry). As a woman, I can attest to the fact that it really does, but she took it to an extreme. For example, this guy she's crushing on says, "You're so different when you talk about this. Like The Hooded Falcon is real to you." Her response: "Because I'm a freakshow? A woman who loves comics, so I automatically can't tell reality from fiction..." Lady, he did not mention anything about you being a girl and liking comics. At all. She assumes she can only date a geek because a "non-geek might want to normal-fy" her. At some point I feel like she does seem to change, but that change only comes when she starts hanging out with Matteo. She became more accepting of other people. I was digging her personality. I really was. It was just the chip on her shoulder was a bit too big for me.The mystery eventually gets interesting, but it takes most of the book to get there. It also would not have been a mystery at all if MG just told the cops exactly what was going on. She ended up hurting the case more than helping because she took it upon herself to try to be this hero because she thought she could do a better job when it comes to criminal activity because she was a comic book writer. The case was written as a lot more complicated than it actually was. I gave this 2 stars instead of 1 because I did end up finishing it and I found her character to be somewhat redeemable towards the end. I will most likely not be picking up the next book in this series. If I do, it'll be for Lawrence.
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  • Janet Newport
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you NetGalley and 47North for this arc.Oh was this one fun! Hard to believe it's Ms. Molin's debut!I found this to be a well written, entertaining and fast paced mystery with a charming romance thrown in. I really liked the geekiness (surprised me, too). The characters were great, some "over-the-top", but all felt genuine to me. Well developed and coherent mystery with a little romance added in (but it didn't overwhelm the mystery story). I see where there's at least one more book to this Thank you NetGalley and 47North for this arc.Oh was this one fun! Hard to believe it's Ms. Molin's debut!I found this to be a well written, entertaining and fast paced mystery with a charming romance thrown in. I really liked the geekiness (surprised me, too). The characters were great, some "over-the-top", but all felt genuine to me. Well developed and coherent mystery with a little romance added in (but it didn't overwhelm the mystery story). I see where there's at least one more book to this series and I will definitely keep an eye out for it (yes, I'm following author... call me a professional "stalker").
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  • Roland Clarke
    January 1, 1970
    Review 4.4 starsThe blurb sparked my interest – even if my comic reading days are behind me; well, some months I gaze at one on my Kindle. I still find room for geek culture so in that respect I was not disappointed. In fact, I was nodding my head throughout, smiling at the references to superheroes and shows I knew. Some I didn’t, but no matter as the plot kept me reading and wanting super-reveals. MG was amusingly quirky, and her detective distraction, the cute but tough Matteo Kildaire, was n Review 4.4 starsThe blurb sparked my interest – even if my comic reading days are behind me; well, some months I gaze at one on my Kindle. I still find room for geek culture so in that respect I was not disappointed. In fact, I was nodding my head throughout, smiling at the references to superheroes and shows I knew. Some I didn’t, but no matter as the plot kept me reading and wanting super-reveals. MG was amusingly quirky, and her detective distraction, the cute but tough Matteo Kildaire, was not the dumb policeman of too many cozy mysteries. I’ve stopped reading cozies for that reason – reckless sleuths and stupid police. This was different – even though MG had a reckless streak to her sleuthing. But she made up in other aspects – and Matteo gave her the justification – as far as MG was concerned. The police need her to resolve a crime with possible comic connections – golden arrows.However, MG can be irritating in her willingness to trust some people not others – when she has made specific observations. Avoiding a spoiler so just saying.The supporting roles are a mix of fun characters, questionable colleagues, and shadowy suspects. Who will the real superhero prove to be? Who is the supervillain that could be one step ahead of MG and Matteo?Someone that knows more about comics than Matteo? Detective Kildaire has some amusing encounters with the Geekdom that MG inhabits, from a Sorting Hat to a Star Wars movie marathon – building a world around a culture that comes over as well-portrayed. Add in the wonderful drag queen who might or might not be The Golden Arrow and the plotline shimmers. That superhero/vigilante identity kept me wondering. Who can pull this off?The Comic Con and costumes climax is neatly worked in – all the right seeds sown. Satisfying ending to a fun novel that earns four stars plus. Story – four starsSetting/World-building – five starsCharacters – five starsAuthenticity – four starsStructure – four starsReadability – five starsEditing – four starsOriginal review: https://rolandclarke.com/2019/06/06/t...
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