Review: Vivian Divine Is Dead by Lauren Sabel

18599709 Genre: YA Contemporary / Mystery
Published: June 3, 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books
Length: 288 pages
Source: Katherine Tegen Books (ARC)

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….


Vivian Divine is Dead was an okay book for me. Sometimes it would give me a feeling of “sitting at the edge of my seat” but at other times, I couldn’t help but roll my eyes. What I did not like about this book is the insta-love. I was seriously pissed at that because it was just so unrealistic and annoying how she easily trusts this guy who is a complete stranger. Plus, I did not like how she has the time to flirt when she’s supposed to be running and hiding away from a serial killer (shaking my damn head man, smh). Why the hell would you flirt with another guy if you know there is a man chasing you AND you’re in a different country you’ve never been to, and you do not know anyone!? Oh Vivian, you’re really not smart. Besides the protagonist, I also did not like how the mystery was somewhat predictable.

Like I said, the mystery was somewhat predictable, but some parts were still really good. There were some scenes where I wasn’t expecting them to happen and I would be like “:O no way!” Overall some parts in this book were really good and creepy (in a good way) but the insta-love and the cliche scenes prevented me from giving this book a higher rating. I recommend you to check it out in the library, and I wouldn’t put this on top of my tbr list.

3 of 5

12 Responses to “Review: Vivian Divine Is Dead by Lauren Sabel”

  1. 1 Nara May 12, 2014 at 4:16 AM

    Ugh why do authors think that instalove is okay?! :/
    And it’s cliched too? AND THE PROTAGONIST IS AN IDIOT?!
    Me: *runs away from book*

  2. 3 Nick @ Nick's Book Blog May 12, 2014 at 6:32 AM

    Ehh! Viviane doesn’t sound like the brightest girl if she’s flirting with people she doesn’t even know when there is a serial killer chasing her. I haven’t heard the best things about this book and I’m honestly worried about reading it. It does sound like there are some good parts, but ugh, insta-love. Thanks for the honest review, Leigh.

  3. 5 Jeann @ Happy Indulgence May 14, 2014 at 2:49 AM

    Insta-love is one of my pet peeves and if you’re rolling your eyes already, then I think I would be too. This does sound pretty average, but at least there was some suspense that you enjoyed. Thanks for the review, Leigh!

  4. 7 Nicole @ The Quiet Concert May 16, 2014 at 7:47 AM

    Oh man, I do not think this MC and I will get along. The situation you described – flirting with strange men when she is running from a serial killer – is the exact type of situation I hate seeing in books. Not to mention, insta-love. I might have to pass on this way, for my own sanity. Thanks for sharing!

  5. 8 Charlotte May 16, 2014 at 7:58 AM

    Yikes, the plot seemed quite interesting but I could see that instalove coming and I really hate it when it distracts the MC from doing more practical and reasonable things! Like you’re in danger, why are you flirting?! Great review Leigh 🙂

  6. 9 Emily May 16, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    NaW MAN!! The plot does seem quite interesting, and I have this for review too! D: But INSTALOVE. BAH. WHY YOU DO THIS TO ME BOOK?! I like a good mystery, but it seems that these days, all the YA mystery novels I read are just so… predictable! It’s sad because it seems like the quality of mysteries in YA is always not that high 😦 But anyhoo, I’ll stick to my Sherlock Holmes, heehee! 😀 Great review though, Leigh!! 😀 <33

  7. 10 Kate @ The Book Bee May 29, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    Reading the plot summary already makes me roll my eyes, and then she flirts with the serial killer? Wow. -_-

  8. 11 Kaitlin @ Reading is My Treasure June 4, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    I’ve never been very interested in this one. It just doesn’t catch my attention. I don’t think the insta-love would bother me as much as it did for you, but I have the feeling I would be “eh” about the romance (as well as the rest of the book).

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