Published by Katherine Tegen Books on June 3, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Suspense, Young Adult
Source: Literary Lushes
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.
Vivian Divine is Dead is unlike any book that I’ve read this year. The title alone is one that captured my attention from the second I heard about the book and the cover is one that is hard to take your eyes off of. As for the story? The story is an original gem and one that captivated me the second I started reading.
I thoroughly enjoyed the main character, Vivian, and the elements she brought to the story written by Lauren Sabel. For me, I am intrigued by the lives of celebrities and this story takes the high life of a celebrity to an entirely different level. One of danger, mystery, and utter astonishment for the reader. Vivian showed determination even at her weakest and possessed the power that was hard to ignore. Yes, she showed fear, as she should in some moments that she experienced, but overall, her determination is what really shown through.
Nick proved to be a mystery from the moment he enter the story and left me wondering if he was good, bad, or a perfect mix of both. (I’ll leave that for you to discover for yourself…)
The book also possesses this surreal visual imagery that allows for the ready to envision the glitz and glam of Hollywood and the rugged and magical Mexico. As a visual person, I truly enjoyed the writing and imagery by Sabel.
Overall, Vivian Divine is Dead, is a book that’ll leave you turning page after page and struggling to find that just right place to stick a bookmark in. For me, I certainly hope a sequel is soon to follow.
5 out of 5 stars.