Monday, June 2, 2014

Review: Vivian Divine is Dead by Lauren Sabel

Vivian Divine is Dead
By: Lauren Sabel
Pub. Date: June 3, 2014
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 288
Source: Edelweiss

In this fast-paced adventure set in Mexico, teen celebrity Vivian Divine goes on the run after receiving a death threat, and discovers that everything she thought she knew about her charmed life—and the boy she loves—is a lie.
I received this galley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Edelweiss and Katherine Tegen Books.

Vivian Divine is Dead is a quick pace and interesting story and despite actually having a very serious and sad undertone, it was also a very fun and different kind of story!

Vivian Divine has lived her entire life in the public eye. Her father is a famous director, and her mom, before she was murdered was a famous actress. Since her mom died, Vivian really only has her boyfriend and her bodyguard to keep her company. But then her boyfriend cheats on her with her best friend and she is sent death threats. Her bodyguard sends her to Mexico to keep her safe.

Once is Mexico, her bag with her money and passport are stolen but she gets help from Nicholas. Vivian and Nick hate each other at first, but he helps her anyway. I enjoyed watching their hate grow into something special. Nick was an interesting character. You never really know if you could trust him or not. He definitely wasn't perfect. Vivian seems like she is just a Hollywood princess, but she is so much more than that. She is just a normal teenager who has lost her mother is a horrifying way and just wants the love and attention from her father, who basically ignores her. I felt so bad for her. She really was just trying to survive.

I love the way this book was written. The descriptions were so vivid and I loved reading about rural Mexico and it's culture. We saw good and bad parts of Mexico, and met a wide variety of people, some good, some bad. I really had no clue how this story was going to end, and it really did keep me guessing. The way it ended makes me think there will be a second book, and I am very excited to read it! 

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