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Starlet's Web (The Starlet Series, #1) ➹ [Download] ➵ Starlet's Web (The Starlet Series, #1) By Carla J. Hanna ➼ – Love Lies Acting Discover the young adult coming of age Starlet Series and uncover the life of a talented actress caught in Hollywood's web of lies Fans of Nicholas Sparks' A Walk to Remember will fin Love Lies Acting Discover the young adult coming of age Starlet Series and uncover the life of a talented actress caught in Hollywood's web of lies Fans of Nicholas Sparks' A Walk to Remember will find a new hero to root for in the goodhearted Manuel and cheer for the struggling Hollywood starlet, Liana Marie Stars review and summary by Faridah Nassozi for Readers' Favorite:Starlet's Web, book one of The Starlet Series by Carla Hanna is a memoir of fictitious Hollywood teenage starlet Liana Marie Seventeenyearold Liana is on top of her game and has an Oscar to prove it However, her success, like several in Hollywood, has a big price tag It is not easy balancing the life of being a teenager and being a big star She is trying to live her life the best way she can, hooking up with some cute boys along the way, and fighting off unwanted advances Then she realizes that she is and always has been in love with her best friend, Manuel, a boy she has known since childhood Fortunately, Liana has her mum, who has been in the same business for a long time, to guide her; that is, until her mother's best intentions have catastrophic resultsStarlet's Web is a captivating story about the life of Hollywood teenage star and the price she has had to pay Carla Hanna created a sweet main character who can do no wrong, a girl suffering the consequences of the need to keep up with the Hollywood standards and expectations She is a kid who has messed up before but now knows better Carla Hanna's style of writing is very eloquent and evokes vivid images I could not help but fall in love with Liana as she struggled to stay grounded and fight the temptations that come with the Hollywood life The book gave me a whole new take on Hollywood stars; their lives are not just about the glitz and glamour~ STARLET'S WEB GOLD MEDAL:Readers' Favorite International Book Awards ~~ STARLET'S LIGHT SILVER MEDAL:Readers' Favorite International Book Awards ~~ STARLET'S WEB GOLD MEDAL WINNER:AUTHORdb Book Cover Contest! ~~ STARLET'S WEB WINNER: January ,IBD AWARD! ~~ STARLET'S WEB FINALIST:Readers' Favorite International Book Awards incategories: Young Adult: coming of age; Fiction: cultural; Christian romance ~YA fans will absolutely want to check out this series, where they'll find a new heroine to root for in the flawed but sympathetic LianaBlueInk Review.

10 thoughts on “Starlet's Web (The Starlet Series, #1)

  1. Lauri Rottmayer Lauri Rottmayer says:

    I liked this book a lot. I am a fan of YA and was drawn into this story of a young actress in Hollywood.

    17 year old Lianna Marie has been an actor since she was 14 and is ready to be finished being a product and just live a normal life as a wife and mother. She finally brings herself to tell her life long best friend, Manny, that she loves him and is thrilled to know he returns her feelings.

    I wasn't expecting the medical twist to the story when Marie finds out that she has been taking a chemotherapy drug since she was 14 so that she wouldn't age. But the discovery answers a lot of questions for her.

    I read this book straight through and would recommend it. I'm looking forward to the sequel!

  2. Somekindofnobody Somekindofnobody says:

    Liana Marie is 17 and surrounded by success, from her actress mother to her Hollywood hunk of a boyfriend, to her 2 million dollar home overlooking the canyon. She travels, acts, dreams and loves.

    Liana’ success has its repercussions. Everything that she ‘is’ must be painted for her, and her image hand-designed by Hollywood. After all, image is success, right? But, too much success and you will become a human target. Women have begun to hate her and her beauty. They hate her continual success and fame. Simply put, the public hates how everything goes so perfectly for the young starlet. Her hot hunk of a boyfriend, super sexy Evan, only fuels the female public opinion that Liana is too successful so, when Hollywood needs a change, it rewrites the script. These things, though we might not understand the gravity of that insane amount of pressure, play a big part in Liana’s emotional confusion about her life.

    [spoiler alert!]

    Hollywood paints a break up between Evan and Liana, and she has no choice in the matter. Already their publicist has the pictures of Evan, and the model they paid to kiss him, in hand. In fact, the model is going to be Evan’s date to the award ceremony THAT night! Hollywood needs Liana to be a victim, so that the world can love her again. The public wants to see her fail; they need to. Too much success draws the world’s jealousy. Evan gives her the news, and she takes it well. Her maturity, though edged with youthful desires, is remarkably adult at time. At other times, her youth comes through in her emotional reactions.

    I often hear people discuss young Hollywood stars, calling them spoiled and out of touch with reality. And though, perhaps that is true, their reality is much different than that of the average person. This book is a testament to how little control they actually have in their lives, as their lives are owned by contracts and duties. Their very souls are laid bare for the entire world to judge. Their relationships are manufactured and their love is found in enamored eyes of people who see them for their roles, not for themselves.

    I’m not going to lie. I got a little caught up in the whole Evan/Blake/Manny triangle. Just because money is not an issue in her life, does not mean that her heart does not have burdens. I was all about Manuel. I was much less about Evan and really may have swung over to Blake’s court had Manny not been SO impossibly sweet (hot). (Pierre…no no no! You can’t have her!!!!!)

    Her soul belongs to Manuel, her childhood friend. But her heart belongs to Evan, the beautiful actor whom she can’t date thanks to Hollywood and its ‘brand’. She must live up to her ‘brand’ and improve her ‘brand’ if she is to climb the Hollywood ladder, or stay on it. Evan and Liana are forced to face a terrible reality, and in the end that reality proved to be the best thing to happen to Liana in a long time.

    When starting this book, at first I saw a spoiled little rich girl whom I envied in every way. She is physically perfect, as far as Hollywood standards. This is not something she wished for, it was something her parents bestowed upon her. Perfect genes, for a perfect actress. Although, her mother secretly giving her daughter drugs may have caused some serious issues.

    As an actress, except they prefer the term ‘actor’ as all performers are considered equal, the line between real and make-believe is not often clear. She’s learned not to trust anyone, and having to deal with that burden at such a young age causes her intense loneliness. Her confusion at life in general may come off as whining and complaining, but here is a young girl bearing the weight of the burden of fame across her shoulders with no real choice. She’d like a choice, but when a contract worth more than most people make in a year binds you to a job, you just do it and try to smile your way through.

    Not to mention, her hormones are incredibly ‘out of whack’, and the reason for her mood swings will bring her reality crashing down around her. Around everyone. How do you maintain control on such a crazy, chaotic life? How do you emotionally survive the type of news that Liana is about to hear?
    I felt as if I were pressing forward with Liana into her life. I do not understand how anyone could not see the depth of character in this book. One reviewer stated that the character was shallow and whining. Of course she is! She has a horrific medical condition ravaging her endocrine system, creating emotional havoc in a world where emotional havoc is already an issue.

    This author has painted us a beautiful young heroine. She has also effectively brought us into a world we can literally only dream about. But, is that world really a dream, or is it a nightmare. Read on, and judge for yourself.

  3. Jaclyn Jaclyn says:

    I thought this book was really disjointed and didn't make a lot of sense, and I'm assuming this book was the author's first foray into writing. This book definitely could've used a better editor, at the very least. As I read this ebook, since I was so bored with the story, it became a game to bookmark pages with errors, but then I was bookmarking so many pages that I finally gave up. The book would bring up characters and names that you hadn't heard of before with no explanation of who they were, as if you were just supposed to guess or automatically know who they were. It was like those annoying people that tell you stories about their families and friends and all of the people they are mentioning are complete strangers whose names you've never heard before, but they don't bother to explain who they are and act as if you should already know these people. After the book would mention a person's name and you would continue to see it, finally several chapters later it would randomly introduce this character and explain who they were, as if the book had never mentioned them before. I couldn't get into this book at all and I didn't think the characters were well-developed, or even likeable or believable. The book also wasn't really entertaining. I felt like it was basically, This person said this. I replied like this. Then he said this. I then said this. It just didn't really tell a story, and was mostly dialogue, but not well-written dialogue, and it just had so many grammatical errors. I just didn't care for this book at all.

  4. Lifeisgood Lifeisgood says:

    I got the Kindle free in exchange for a review and then bought the paperback of this great book. Being a teen actress would be intense. Here's my review of this great read:

    Life is complex. People do bad things but aren't bad people. A Hollywood starlet lives in a fast-paced world and experiences more than I will in a life time. She loves her flawed parents and has only a few friends. But as a human, she is just like me or any teen who wants control over her life.

    I like the characters in the book. Liana Marie is a strong girl on a journey, learning to accept life's good and bad and choose what is best for her. She's loving and understanding which helps her cope. I think of Hailee Steinfeld from True Grit or Lily Collins from Mirror Mirror, Phil Collin's daughter. Some readers will be too bitter to understand Lia, but most will understand her need to forgive in order to survive her world and move on. Evan is a Daniel Radcliff who loves to act and knows how to keep his privacy and be a star. Bryon is your typical high school prom king, charming and hot. He's a train wreck because he wasn't prepared for Hollywood. Manuel is a sweetheart and smart jock. He's your Tim Tebow. Lia's dad and step-mom are supportive but distant. Michelle is flawed. She's part of Hollywood and desperate to stay on top. She's a helicopter mother who loves Lia. I wonder what Lohan's or Spear's moms are like.

    Lia's journey was emotional. I respect her choices and her loving nature. I found this book inspiring. I'm excited about reading the next book in the series.

  5. Diana Diana says:

    What did I like about this book? I loved the story, I loved the details and how Marie dealt with it, the author I thought wrote a great book and can't wait to read the next one. This was a book I couldn't put down.

    What I didn't like: Even though I liked the way the book was written and the style, I felt some of the words that were used were out of character for that age group. More adult than young adult. But I also felt that it is better to use these words then the other words because any young adult reading it would do better using those words.

    I did receive this book from NetGalley for an honest review.

  6. Kristine Hall Kristine Hall says:

    I was not the fly in the spider's web. I was the web and the spider and the fly and the force keeping the web strong and in place. Such is the life of eighteen year old celebrity Liana Marie Michael. As Lia navigates Hollywood while trying to stay true to herself and her beliefs, she encounters more than her fair share of obstacles including exploitation, manipulation, and betrayal -- often from unexpected, but familiar places. Full review on my blog at

  7. Susan Keefe Susan Keefe says:

    As soon as I started reading this book I realised it would appeal immensely to many girls in their teens and twenties.

    Set in Hollywood it has all the glitz of a Jackie Collins novel but with a young adult storyline.

    Marie Michael’s is a child star emerging into adulthood amidst the cutthroat cynical film industry, under the guidance of her very famous actor mother. A woman who has herself had to make hard choices and decisions in order to become successful, and make her career flourish in the spider’s web of Hollywood.

    The story begins with Marie learning from her handsome heartthrob star boyfriend Evan that she has to accept the studio’s decision for them to endure a public break-up, for the sake of her career. Devastated, immediately we discover her vulnerability as she turns to her lifelong friend Manuel for comfort.

    A child star and still a teenager, she has great support on set from her mother both emotionally and spiritually, fantastic prospects, and a great team behind her. However, Marie’s love lies elsewhere, away from Hollywood, forbidden and secret, safe in a world so different from her own.

    Weaved into the pages of this exciting novel are glimpses of the show business world. We are treated to peeps on set, and an insight into what life is really like in Hollywood behind the glamorous facade, the strict training schedules, fitness and food routines and dedication it takes to be a star.

    The story follows Marie as she discovers how to handle the emotional and physical demand of her acting career, the Hollywood scene, and the attentions of her handsome heartthrob co-stars who are used to adoration wherever they go. This is a false world, where emotions are for show, and the actors spend their whole life acting out their part, portraying the image, which is expected of them by their fans.

    Starting as a sizzling romantic Hollywood novel, full of heartthrobs and glitz, this enthralling story evolves in a surprising way, when Marie makes a startling discovery, the repercussions of which are unforeseen. With the love and support of those around her, she evaluates her life, and through her strong sense of family and her faith in God, finds the ability to face the future, and go forward with her life.

    This is a very appealing young adult novel with a great storyline, strong characters and a good plot; I look forward to reading the other books in this series.

  8. Carrie Slager Carrie Slager says:

    [Full disclosure: Carla J. Hanna's agent contacted me and gave me a free ebook in exchange for an honest review.]

    This is not the sort of book I’d normally read, but I’m glad I did, even if it was a little rough around the edges. What I mean by that is Starlet’s Web had great characters, a decent plot and a good message, but fell flat when it came to dialogue and having a believable ending.

    Marie is a child actress who got her start at age 14 and is now 17 going on 18. And although it looks like she has everything she could ever want, Marie is far from happy. She’s in love with her best friend and thoroughly disgusted with the Hollywood lifestyle that promotes drinking, drugs and sex, even to minors. In addition to her hectic filming and publicity schedule, she also attends high school, which just adds to the stress. Some people might criticize Carla Hanna for making Marie drop dead gorgeous and being fully aware of it, but that’s not the most important part of her characterization. I don’t want to give too much away, but let’s just say that Marie, quite understandably, is not ‘whole’ in the beginning because of what she has gone through in Hollywood.

    For a book with ‘spiritual elements’, Starlet’s Web never really degenerated into Preachy Mode. Marie’s journey of self-actualization and recovery feels real and the conclusions she comes to make sense in the context of the story. The only thing I really had a problem with was that this self-actualization was realized in the form of long speeches to other characters. I don’t know about you, but most people aren’t Greek orators and don’t give page long speeches without using a single contraction or any slang at all. There were times the dialogue was painful, but considering the rest of the story is very good, I suppose I can forgive Carla Hanna for that.

    Near the end there’s a huge plot twist that actually explains a lot of Marie’s problems throughout the novel. It’s terrifying and definitely adds a lot of drama, but you’ll enjoy it if you’re the sort of person that likes generally happy endings. I felt that things were wrapped up a little too well considering the relatively dark tone of the novel, but that’s more of a personal preference than anything. Overall, Starlet’s Web was a great book that had me cheering for Marie the whole way.

    I give this book 4/5 stars.

  9. Allison Hawn Allison Hawn says:

    If you are looking for some excellent young adult romance writing, look no further. Carla J. Hanna's 'Starlet's Web' is a story of betrayal, loss and, ultimately, love.

    The story centers around the life of a young actress, Liana, who has all the success in her acting career that one could hope for. With an Oscar already under her belt, she has what appears to be a bright, star-studded, future ahead of her.

    Liana's whirlwind stardom leaves the young woman lost in a sea of parties, interviews and publicity that leave her feeling isolated and miserable. Add in the pressures of being expected to act like a 'star,' and Liana finds herself overwhelmed. Will she be able to escape the web of fame with the help of the love of a longtime friend?

    The characters in this book are easy for reader's to sympathize with and each one feels very human. The book has an easy, descriptive style that makes one feel like they should be reading it on a beach with a glass of iced tea in hand.

    This book also does a good job of pointing out the downsides to fame and fortune, along with the fact that even the best of intentions can have the worst results.

    With twists and turns throughout the book, Carla Hanna has created a work reminiscent of popular T.V. serial dramas like the 'The O.C.' and 'Revenge.' If you're looking for an interesting dramatic read, get this book!

  10. Venus Smurf Venus Smurf says:

    I won the entire trilogy in a giveaway. I haven't read the other two books yet, but if the first book is anything to go by, this is going to be a fun series.

    This series has a lot going for it. The main character was unexpectedly innocent in spite of her immersion in Hollywood culture, but that just made her likeable. She was also fairly realistic, and given that she's an A-list actress and the novel starts with her mentioning the multimillion dollar home she'd just purchased for herself, I wasn't exactly expecting that. Most of the other supporting characters were equally engaging, and if there was a LOT of dialogue and the characters were probably more emotionally expressive than the majority of people actually are, that did allow the plot to move forward at a good pace.

    This definitely isn't a run-of-the-mill romance, though. The behind the scenes insights into Hollywood and acting would have made the book interesting enough on their own, but I definitely didn't see many of the twists at the end coming (and I almost always see the twists coming). I'm looking forward to seeing how those play out in the next book.

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