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Title: Vivian Divine is Dead
Author: Lauren Sabel
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books
Publication Date: June 2014
Synopsis from Goodreads
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 BY MOLLY 8:1
Vivian Divine is a child movie star, Her Mother, Pearl Divine is the best and sexiest movie star and her father is one of the most successful directors in Hollywood. Her life should be perfect, but it has spiraled out of control. Her Mother is murdered and her father tries to kill himself. A few days later Vivian gets the exact same note her mother did before she died, telling her she is next. Now Vivian must go on the run from whatever killed her mother.
Vivian, like any other teenager, struggles with self-confidence while having to deal with what might be her death. Her emotions are described wonderfully. Throughout the book she finds strength in herself and isn’t as weak as she initially appears.
My favorite character has got to be Vivian as she is clever and thoughtful but also is a funny, making her a fun character to read about.
From the beginning I was immersed into Vivian’s life and it was hard to put this book down. It doesn’t take long to really understand Vivian and to empathize with her. She has a unique personality and yet is very down to earth. There aren’t many calm moments in this book, but when there is, it makes it even more peaceful because of the chaos in the chapters.
The only downside and aspect I would change about this book would have to be the mystery within the plot, because it was sometimes hard to connect the dots and piece it together, but Vivian would already completely understand and move on, I just wished that she had clarified some of the points. It wasn’t to bad but I certainly got confused at times.
Vivian Divine is a thrill ride following a child star who is trying to stay alive. It has betrayal, love and mystery on every page seamlessly threading together in an amazing novel.
I would defiantly read a book by this author again and I would recommend this book as 11+ as it has some bad language in it. I would give this book 4 ½ stars.