Sunday, June 15, 2014

Vivian Divine is Dead by Lauren Sabel Book Review~

Vivian Divine is Dead by Lauren Sabel
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Published Date: June 3, 2014
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller
eBook, 288 pages
Source: Publisher via 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.

This book was sort of a let down. What should've been a quirky thriller was just--not.

Vivian Divine is a teenaged starlet with a suicidal father and a dead mother. Every person in her life has either died or checked out on her. Her only friend and companion is her middle aged bodyguard, Mary.

Vivian then gets a death threat depicting her death in exact detail and her life is thrown into a tail spin afterwards. She's now on the run and in Mexico, a land she's not built for.

My biggest issue with this book was the "romance." I put that in quotes because romance is being a little overzealous. It's one big cliche after another when these particular characters meet. They're basically in love after one and a half meetings. It didn't vibe well and it felt kind of rushed and weird. I can't imagine how two characters can't live without the other after spending about fifteen minutes together. I'd buy it if it were a little more convincing and a little less cliche.

The publishers were right though, it is fast-paced but in an awkward kind of way. The story moved fast but there were no connections. It just felt like it was trying to be more thrilling than it actually was. It was almost unbelievable.

The ending kind of saves the story but it was still sort of weird. I see where Sabel was going with this but for me it just didn't work. Sure there's something to be learned about bravery, and courage but aside from that I just wasn't all that entertained. It's not the worst book but it just didn't do much for me.

RECOMMENDED for readers looking for something quick to read that has lots of "romance" and some mystery.


  1. Although I do believe you can decide whether you like someone or not relatively quickly, I do agree that the whole 'I can't live without your smile'-thing is very over the top! Also, the idea that this young movie star has no one else in her life who cares about her is a bit unlikely! Great review :)
    Juli @ Universe in Words

  2. Yeah, being in love after one and half meetings and only fifteen minutes spent together is annoying. Sorry this one was such a let down for you! ~Pam

  3. I was so excited for this one but insta-love and lots of romance tend to kill things for me. Great review though, considering it wasn't all that great.