Friday, May 9, 2014

Vivian Divine is Dead by Lauren Sabel

Title: Vivian Divine is Dead
Author: Lauren Sabel
Publisher: Katherine Tegan, imprint of HarperTeen
Release: June 3, 2014
Series: TBD, but I really hope so!
Pages: 277 (ARC)
Review: 5 Stars

Thank you to the Regulator Bookshop for this ARC!

I have many things to say about this book!!!!! First of all, if you add an 'I' to the beginning of the author's last name, it becomes my name! I was majorly freaking out! Also, there was a character with my name in the book! Which shouldn't come as a huge surprise, considering where it takes place, but I actually don't come across many Isabel's in books.

I was hesitant about VDD at first. It's not the kind of book I usually read. Contemporaries are rare enough on my shelf, and this just didn't make me go 'Ooh, I want to read this!' But! When I was presented with a chance to have the ARC, I grabbed it, and I am glad that I did! I got this ARC Wednesday, and considering how busy I am, it's amazing I finished it so fast!

The main character is a bit of a whiner, but she also acknowledges that she's whining. It's like she whines about something, but then realizes that she doesn't want to be a whiner and so she puts up with whatever's bothering her. It's entertaining to read from her point of view, to say the least. Vivian is VERY stubborn, which can be helpful or hurtful, depending on the situation.

I really enjoyed reading this book, and many of my friends are already dying to get their hands on a copy! For lovers of mysteries and action, this is the book for you! There was never a break in the action, which caused for some confusion at parts, but was overall entertaining. I give this five stars, unless there's not a sequel, in which case it gets downgraded to a four.

P.S. For those of you looking for a diverse read, this one's a great option!

Author Bio:

I’m kind of weird. I collect small wooden toys. I only drink chocolate milk. I sucked my thumb until I was 10 years old. I can’t tell left from right except for when I make an L shape with both hands. I am so bad with directions that I once got lost in Colorado and ended up in New Mexico. I used to want to be famous, but now I just want to be me. I think that everyone has something really beautiful inside of them, but it’s really hard to see that beauty in ourselves. I am overly emotional, like one big wobbly tear drop full of love and fear.

I love a wonderful man named Tyler who is also the father of my amazing child. I come from a family that loves each other so intensely that sometimes we forget to breathe. Sometimes I forget to breathe. I used to stare at the sun for so long I burned my eyes. I am obsessed with chocolate cupcakes. I teach students to write but sometimes I think they teach me to live. I love every season equally, but I forget that four times a year. I have a terrible memory, but wonderful memories. I think wondering and wandering have a lot in common, and I do a lot of both. I am wondering who you are.

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When a death threat arrives with teen celebrity Vivian Divine’s fan mail, Vivian has no choice but to go on the run to Mexico. She soon discovers, though, that her Oscar-nominated performance killing villains on-screen did nothing to prepare her for escaping a madman in real life. Some people say he’s a hero, others tremble in his presence, but one thing is clear: he won’t stop until Vivian is in his grasp. Why didn’t she pay more attention during those judo lessons for her role in Zombie Killer?

Vivian finds an ally in the mysterious and charming Nick. He is everything Hollywood boys are not-genuine, kind, and determined to see Vivian for who she really is. But even he seems like he can’t be trusted-what could he be hiding?

Beat up, hungry, and more confused than ever about who she’s running from, Vivian is living in a real-life blockbuster horror flick. But there’s no option to yell “cut” like there is on set….

Lauren Sabel’s Vivian Divine Is Dead is a creepy, witty, fast-paced adventure about family, fame, and having the courage to save yourself.

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1 comment:

  1. This is on my to read list. Now I want to read it more. Great review!