I wanted to, but found a lack of character and plot development difficult to overcome. There are thrills and chills, both scary and romantic, as Vivian finds out the truth behind the glossy lies and falls for a darkly handsome stranger. I was so glued to the pages it was almost painful to shut off the light, since it was pretty late. I understand characters having twisted logic, but it should still make sense in some ways. Vivian Divine Is Dead was a short, wild ride of a book that started in Hollywood and ended up in rural Mexico. First off, spoiler alert: Vivian Divine does not actually die.
Ohhh if I thought the writing couldn't get weaker, my friends, it somehow does. Nicholas, Marcos, Scars, Isabel, and pretty much all the rest of the secondary characters were a little flat. Her emerald collection is still lined up from dark to light, and the diamonds of her necklaces glow like secrets in the plush black velvet. Vivian showed determination even at her weakest and possessed the power that was hard to ignore. Her mother, Pearl Divine, was one too before she was murdered, six moths before the present time in the book. It kind of feels like their entire journey was a waste, in a way.
I know how how the events happened and how they got there, it just didn't flow very well. I try to recall the judo moves I learned for Zombie Killer. Through it all, she's had to smile for the camera--this is the stuff the tabloids live for, after all. Something freezes; like a piece of film skipping a beat. Vivian Divine came from a perfect family. With all that said, the ending was actually pretty nice.
At least, in the Before, he had a reason to come home, a reason he cared about. She has such a unique personality and yet is like any other adolescent on the face of the earth. 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? Because she must have a rich Mommy and Daddy and the oh-so perfect life Hollywood likes to portray in their films, right? Sometimes, this seems to work, but at the end I was having trouble keeping up with all the double-crossing. Sprinkled liberally with Spanish language and the flighty hormonal teenage daydreams of our heroine this story winds through cemeteries, there is mention of Dia de Muerte traditions but overall I found this story silly and disjointed. Even if you cheat on your girlfriend with her best friend. I thoroughly enjoyed the main character, Vivian, and the elements she brought to the story written by Lauren Sabel. It certainly feels that way, like a cage has been welded around you and you fear you may not ever get out.
I was craughing after finishing it. It was fast paced and kept me turning the pages which I loved! But even he seems like he can't be trusted. Lauren loves her husband, her kids, her family, her friends, and stories that end happily. Vivian Divine Is A Pathetic Useless White Girl Who Bumbles Around Mexico Making Disparaging Remarks About Those Poor Uncivilized Savages. Her dad's one of the best directors in Hollywood and she herself was the youngest person to be nominated for an Oscar.
And I got a death threat for breakfast. And then there is Nick — the love interest, who by the way, I thought was perfect. Originally from the Rocky Mountains, Lauren Sabel has returned to the cool mountain air of Boulder, Colorado after living in several wonderful cities that she will always love and continue to visit year after year. 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. Yet despite all that she read boring to me! They speak in complete English sentences. She has always been waited on hand and foot. He spends the entire novel calling her Princess again understandable because she fits the bill, but still ew , but over the course of bumbling through Mexico together, they fall in love and they become all the other can think about.
Creepy, clever, funny, and romantic. I still found myself asking more questions, and feeling like everything wrapped up a bit too nicely for its own good. What are you gonna do with it? 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 Dad must have forgotten to lock the door today, because when I turn the handle, it opens. But an earring she was wearing the day she disappeared? How do I answer that? I just couldn't get with it! The storyline was okay, although I did lose interest quite early on in the book. Their story sounds like the plot of a completely implausible action movie.
Are we supposed to like her or are we supposed to be annoyed? The writing was fabulous in some aspects and lacked in others. I was hoping it would at least be cute. Three days later, when the police found her facedown, a knife through her back, an Etv! And before you know it, this happens. Admittedly, the story was a little all over the place at times but it was still entertaining. . A line pops into my head, one I repeated dozens of times to get the right balance of hope and desperation that the Zombie Killer is known for. Too much like a telenovela, and this was despite the setting.
I would give this book 4 ½ stars. Nicolas was perfect and seemed to be mean but then was also so romantic and cute but yes had his flaws as well but we all love a hot buy right!? Sadly, though, that knocked it down one star to the still-killer four star rating. It was just Times New Roman font, like a business letter. They are trapped in a bubble of grief and no one can seem to catch a break. The quick pace was a bonus, but the reasoning of the characters seemed to suffer, and I hated the romance. Lauren loves her husband, her kids, her family, her friends, and stories that end happily. He ignores Vivian after Pearl died.
With the mystery and suspense of the Pretty Little Liars series, the Hollywood drama of Lauren Conrad's L. Pierre was the only one who could make me feel better, and the only boy who ever whispered, This is forever. If someone tries to attack her, it's all good, because she's learned judo on the set of Zombie Killer. To mean something deep cutting, brutal, hurtful, wild. Creepy, clever, funny, and romantic. Hence the title of the book.