Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Review: Vivian Divine is Dead

Vivian Divine is Dead and good riddance.

Publication Date: June 3rd 2014               
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books 
~A copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review~

Filled with surprising twists and poignant moments, Lauren Sabel brings a fresh new voice to contemporary fiction with Vivian Divine Is Dead. Creepy, clever, funny, and romantic.

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.


Vivian Divine is Dead started out really strong, I was loving it. And then it happened. You know, the thing that always happens in YA. The love interest gets introduced and BAM. The Insta-love starts. It's a very bad disease, people, it devours actual brains cells. The MC can't have coherent thoughts when the love-
What was that? Nick just walked passed.

What was I thinking again?...
I'm not opposed to insta-love, but it wasn't even good insta-love. The L-word was mentioned or thought in one day in meeting him, two, tops. I can't even remember, I actually skipped some passages because I was highlighting the shit out of it. There was no connection whatsoever and just kind of dull. That being said, I love mysteries, I love murder crimes, I love witness protection and though I'm not exactly obsessed with Hollywood, the whole fact a teen starlet being on the run because of her predicted death sounded too much fun and right up my alley.