Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Book Review: Vivian Divine is Dead
AUTHOR: Lauren Sabel
Book 1 in a series?
PUBLISHED: June 3rd, 2014
PREMISE: A starlets life is threatened and she goes on the run.
MY REVIEW: This was...interesting. Now, I don't at all think it's as bad as the reviews on Goodreads are making it out to be. But as I've said before, Goodreads reviews are to be taken with a grain of salt.
The mystery part of this is pretty solid. There are plot holes and slight plausibility issues. But...it's a thriller, most thrillers aren't exactly realistic. The main character is interesting, even if she has the tendency to whine a bit. But in her defense, she has lots of reason to whine. It's not like Bella Swan, her life really does stink at the moment. I can forgive character whining if there's reason. But there's some food for thought in it. For instance, it actually addresses privilege. That was nice to see. Most YA novels with rich main characters tend to ignore that whole issue (I'm looking at you PLL).
So...there are a few issues here. But for a debut, it's not that bad. Certainly not as bad as people are making it out to be. At the very least, it's worth a library check out.
WHO SHOULD READ: Mystery fans, PLL fans
MY RATING: Three and a half out of Five starlets running scared