by Katarina West
Book: Stand Alone
Publisher: ebook partnership
Pub Date: November 2014
Genre: Young Adult
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Oscar Pellegrini is a talented fashion designer with a deadly enemy: his own critical mind. He destroys much of what he designs and has been drifting for years, gradually retreating from the fashion business he loves but holding on to his dreams of success.
A chance meeting with a former girlfriend triggers a creative crisis so deep that Oscar escapes to Russia, where he drinks and despairs like never before. Just when he thinks he has lost everything he discovers a magical machine that turns ordinary outfits into irresistible sartorial triumphs. Oscar takes the machine back to Italy – and before he knows it, he has become famous for his designs, and celebrities and socialites are fighting to be first to wear his gorgeous garments.
But the happily-ever-after ending for the fashion messiah turns into a nightmare when his dresses acquire a life of their own, gaining energy and evil as time goes on. Haunted by his creations, a dark secret he is no longer able to hide, Oscar finds himself fighting for his life and sanity, and searching for the answer to a question he never knew existed.
Is there such a thing as stolen genius, and if there is, can it turn against the very person who stole it?
My Review: My first fashion read and it was fun!
Oscar has found this machine, which may break this fashion block he has. Magical clothes, this may be the key to everything, but then again it maybe not.
Oscar got the fame and then lost it. He seems weird through book, but go with it, you will learn why and things get explained. Also, the way it was all written was perfect. Things could happen and the you could be dropped into another time in his life. But things are followed after another, so you know whats going on and don't get lost. Which I enjoyed, since there are books that go back and forth on how things came to be, when it comes to a character like Oscar.
Any who, the story was strongly written and easily grabs you. You can take away some ideas from this story, like how things tend to come at a price. And that can be applied to a lot of things in the world. And the author did amazing with detail and you can picture things perfectly ad just love it. I did like the idea of this machine that made magical clothes. Wish I had one, it would so help out on certain events.
Overall this was my first shot at a fashion type story and I really liked it and would so read more from this author!