Book Review | Media Queen | By Michelle Prak







NetGalley E-Arc | Contemporary women’s fiction

Media Queen
Jordyn Fairweather has worked hard to reach the top of the magazine world, but now she's in trouble. Younger media stars are scrambling to steal her crown, and companies are collapsing around her in the face of a new threat - the internet. She's come a long way from small town Beddo, where she obsessed over teen glossies until pushing her way into an internship with Sixteen magazine. But if Jordyn's empire is going to survive, she needs to move fast and keep reinventing herself. Spanning the late 90s and 2000s, Media Queen is a compulsive read with an outrageous main character. It comes with the essential ingredient that Jordyn demands of all her stories: juice! Book No 2 in the #HollyAnna series - following Goodbye Newsroom - Media Queen can also be enjoyed as a standalone novel.   ( Goodreads)


My thoughts








Narrative and Plot








Media Queen is a glimpse at the life of Jordyn Fairweather, the fashion magazine editor. Jordyn begins her journey as an intern and climbs the ladders of the magazine industry to create her own website called, The Fairweather Report. Amidst several allegations, you get to know Jordyn’s version of the story.

The narrative is mainly through the eyes of Jordyn. She definitely holds our attention. But, the story takes its sweet time to amp things up in the begin and then it quickly jumps timelines. It takes some time to get into the story and care for Jordyn. Once you get there, the story abruptly shifts timeline and it gives you less time to care enough for the rest of the characters. Then again, this is the second book in the HollyAnna series. I haven’t read Goodbye Newsroom yet. Perhaps, reading it first, would give better insight to the characters.
















Characters and Conflicts








Jordyn Fairweather is focused and driven. She is unapologetically loyal to her faults which she has in abundance. Jordyn is not exactly a likable character. But she redeems herself now and then just enough for you to care about her. For the most part, Jordyn is selfish, ungrateful, manipulative and admirably far sighted.

She is a whirlwind. The romance in the book seems adorable. Again the quick shifting in the timeline makes it a lukewarm experience. Jordyn may be flawed but she only has eyes for her career. She leaves no stone unturned to make things happen. Eventually it leads to her downfall, when Jordyn meets another young career driven woman.

The shift from print to digital was done smoothly reminding you how much has changed in a short span of time.

























Overall, Media Queen is a fun one time read if you like the inside workings of magazines and content creation, in general. It is a hyperbole, and the drama could have been culminated in some grand manner. Interestingly, the story just chooses to forge forward as if to emphasize “the show must go on” motto.















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