Friday, July 4, 2014

Review: Vivian Divine is Dead by Lauren Sabel

Friday, July 4, 2014
Title: Vivian Divine Is Dead
Author: Lauren Sabel
Publication: June 3rd 2014 by Katherine Tegen Books
Format: eBook, 288 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery
Source: Received from Carmel (Thanks!)

Synopsis: 
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.

Review:

I must say Vivian Divine Is Dead is one of the best books I have read this year even though I disagree with some parts. I've been wanting to read it ever since it was released because the title and synopsis sounded intriguing and promising and thanks to Carmel, I got the chance to read this amazing book.

The story is about Vivian Divine who is a teen superstar. It may look like she's living a happy and perfect life but the truth is, she's living a miserable life. Miserable because her mother, Pearl Divine, was murdered, her father attempted to kill himself and acts like Vivian doesn't exist, and her boyfriend cheated on her with her best friend. Plus she receives a DVD that shows how she will die. After receiving the death threat, she goes hiding and decided to go to Mexico to get away from whoever is threatening her. Along the journey, she meets Nick, a hot mysterious guy who will help her reach Rosales.

Vivian wasn't really that great but I like how she stayed brave all throughout the story. Although, I felt sorry for her, for living a messed-up life. I also didn't like how she always thinks how sexy Nick. Well, I like Nick because he was fun even though he acted like a jerk when they first met on the bus.

As for the love story in this book, I wasn't quite in favor with it. I know Vivian has the right to fall in love but she knows she's going to die, so, why bother falling in love? My point here is, I know it would be great falling in love but when you're just going to die and leave the person you love, the love story turns dull and meaningless.

Even though I did not like some parts, I like that it was fast-paced and the FREAKING REVELATIONS!!! I wasn't expecting those 'things' to happen. So much lies and betrayal, which is amazing. Vivian Divine Is Dead as a whole, was truly great and I enjoyed it from beginning up to the ending. Hands down to Miss Lauren Sabel for writing a great book. (BTW, looking forward for the sequel! Hopefully.)

Rating:
★★★★ ½

If you have read Vivian Divine Is Dead and you want a sequel, please do tweet and use the hashtag #helpnicklive so that it will happen. The sequel shall happen! Haha, thank you.

Love,

Kyla

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