by Lauren Sabel
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Publication Date: June 3rd 2014
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary | Mystery
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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. (Goodreads)
Vivian Divine was an interesting character. She had been through a lot in her young life, with the death of her mother and the almost suicide of her father. She comes across as very privileged in the beginning of the novel, but quickly learns to deal with the situation that she has been thrown into. There was definitely a lot of character growth for this girl throughout the novel. I never really bought into Vivian’s relationship with Nick. Unfortunately it felt too insta-love for me, and I never really felt any chemistry between them. While Nick was mysterious, I found myself wary of him throughout the whole novel, and I was spot on with my gut feeling. There is twist at the end of the novel that made me think differently of him, however.
The storyline for the book was very unique and fast paced; there always seemed to be something intense happening to Vivian. There was a lot of mystery as well, and that is what really kept me turning the pages. The end of the book left me hanging a bit, as quite a few things were left undone. That makes me wonder if there is supposed to be a sequel to this novel. I can’t find any information that there will be, but I’m assuming that there might, just judging by the ending.
Overall; this book was a really quick, mysterious read for me. I think people who enjoy mysterious thriller novels will really enjoy reading this book.