Book Review: Protagonized by Shannon Myers

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I loved the unique concept behind this story - the idea of having characters pop out of stories and enter real life is both exciting and a little scary. Shannon Myers pulled off a subtle worldbuilding within this book, where the characters writers create have their own separate reality, and they can come and go as they please. I found it funny how she created a retirement home for killed off characters, which is full of George R. R. Martin protagonists and a whole lot of villains. So much creativity packed into this book! The end is nigh for Detective Jake Hopkins, successful detective and womanizer. His creator, Hayden Michaels, has had enough writing about a character who disgusts her but her fans swoon over. She wants to write cozy mysteries, with zero sex and a strong female lead, so she kills off Jake at the end of her latest book. Problem is, this really makes her fans angry. And no one is more angry than Jake, who shows up on Hayden's doorstep with a pair of handcuffs and a demand for a better ending, preferably one where he lives. Hayden at first refuses, but as strange things start happening and Jake takes over as her protector, she realizes there might be more to her character than she thought. Sure, she created him...but what if everything she knew about him was a lie? As I said before, I loved the premise of this book! The idea that characters come to life is what drew me to this book in an instant, and it kept my attention throughout the story. While I didn't feel much of a connection to Hayden, I really liked Jake Hopkins and over time I grew to like Hayden too. She was super quirky, and Jake helped keep her feet on the ground. And at the same time, Hayden was super full of himself at first, and Hayden knocked him down a few pegs. They were pretty immature at times, and that was the only reason I wasn't entirely onboard with their relationship initially, but I saw how they complemented each other as they spent more time together. I was worried how the story would wrap up, since Jake was fictional, but it was a great happy ending. Since this is the first in the series, I'm excited to see where Shannon Myers takes it from here. So many possibilities! **I received a free copy via NetGalley and this is my honest review.**

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