With the mystery and suspense of the Pretty Little Liars series, the Hollywood drama of Lauren Conrad's L.A. Candy, and the creepiness of Michelle Hodkin's The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer , Vivian Divine Is Dead will thrill fans of emotionally charged, fast-paced, contemporary fiction.Read more...
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With the mystery and suspense of the Pretty Little Liars series, the Hollywood drama of Lauren Conrad's L.A. Candy, and the creepiness of Michelle Hodkin's The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, Vivian Divine Is Dead will thrill fans of emotionally charged, fast-paced, contemporary fiction.
Teen celebrity Vivian Divine has had a rough six months--her movie-star mother was murdered, and her boyfriend cheated on her with her best friend. Through it all, she's had to smile for the camera--this is the stuff the tabloids live for, after all.
When a death threat arrives with her fan mail, Vivian decides to run to Mexico, hoping to escape whoever it is who wants her dead. There, she finds an ally in the mysterious and charming Nick, but even he seems like he can't be trusted.As Vivian travels deeper into Mexico, she finds herself asking a horrifying question: If she can't hide from the paparazzi, what makes her think she can elude a madman?
Filled with surprising twists, poignant moments, and the snark of a Hollywood starlet suddenly on her own, Vivian Divine Is Dead brings a fresh new voice to contemporary fiction.
As New York Times bestselling author of the Beautiful Creatures series Kami Garcia says, Vivian Divine Is Dead is "a heartbreaking and magical story about love, second chances, and finding yourself."
- ISBN-13: 9780062231956
- ISBN-10: 0062231952
- Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
- Publish Date: June 2014
- Page Count: 281
- Reading Level: Ages 13-UP
- Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.75 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-06-23
- Reviewer: Staff
Sabel debuts with an enticing combination love story and murder mystery set against the backdrops of Hollywood and Mexico during Day of the Dead celebrations. Vivian, a 16-year-old movie star, has been heartbroken since her actress mother was kidnapped and killed six months earlier. Yet Vivian remains resilient even after her father's botched suicide attempt and her boyfriend kisses her best friend on national TV. Vivian has bigger problems: she receives an anonymous letter that tells her "This is how you die," along with a video depicting her death. Vivian's bodyguard insists that she transform her appearance and travel to Mexico for protection. On her way, Vivian meets Nick, who challenges her spoiled behavior and understands the loss of her mother. When they are separated, Vivian has to learn to make her own way through the unfamiliar terrain and face the self-defeating aspects of her personality. Sabel's story moves forward with cinematic force, the sometimes-outrageous plot swerves in keeping with the full-throttle pace and ample suspense. Ages 13–up. Agent: Jodi Reamer, Writers House. (June) Coin Heist Elisa Ludwig Adaptive (www.adaptivestudios.com), $17.99 (302p) ISBN 978-0-996-06660-0 A group of teens hatch a plan to save their financially distressed school by robbing the Philadelphia Mint in this fast-paced adventure from Ludwig (Pretty Crooked). Haverford Friends is set to close after it's discovered that the headmaster embezzled its funds. But, during a class trip, the math and tech-minded Alice discovers a flaw in the Mint's security, presenting an opportunity, however farfetched, to break into the system and coin the money needed for the school. She's joined by headmaster's son Jason, who is mortified over his father's predicament; Benny, an athlete who doesn't know where he belongs; and Dakota, who feels pressured to keep up a façade of perfection. Each has a reason for wanting to save the school, but personality clashes, logistical issues, and second thoughts may sabotage their plan. Told in rotating viewpoints from the four protagonists, this is a caper in the same spirit as Ally Carter's Heist Society series. Though characters' voices occasionally blend into one another, and the ending borders on deus ex machina, Ludwig's exciting storytelling and some romantic subplots maintain intrigue throughout. Ages 14–18. (June)