My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Irina is the third in the series of Fashionista novels by Sarra Manning. I have a lot of love for this series. Each novel takes the viewpooint of different characters in the series, and this time it’s the turn of grumpy Russian supermodel and the apparent uber-bitch Irina.
Irina’s impact on the first two novels is huge; her rivalry with Laura and her spikey background presence with Hadley. This time we get to hear Irina’s version of events and it’s pretty much a revelation. What Manning does, very very well, is give her characters depth. You may not like them, you may not love them initially, but she brings you to seeing things from their perspective and then, when you see it, you love them. You can’t help yourself. Told in a solidly readable, third person style, we get to see Irina’s journey from the start and learn just why she’s become the woman she is.
There’s something adorable about Irina, despite all her bad tempered bitchiness and it’s something that becomes clear throughout the novel. I won’t spoil it – just to say that I really love Irina. It’s probably my favourite book in the series and the resolution between her and Caroline Knight is brilliant.