Review: ‘Vivian Divine Is Dead’ by Lauren Sabel

I received this book for free from Edelweiss, requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Vivian Divine Is Dead’ by Lauren SabelVivian Divine Is Dead by Lauren Sabel
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on June 3rd, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult
Pages: 288
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss, requested from publisher
Filled with surprising twists and poignant moments, Lauren Sabel brings a fresh new voice to contemporary fiction with Vivian Divine Is Dead. Creepy, clever, funny, and romantic.

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....

Lauren Sabel's Vivian Divine Is Dead is a creepy, witty, fast-paced adventure about family, fame, and having the courage to save yourself.

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The premise of Vivian Divine is Dead sounded so promising. I would expect a massive twist as to who the killer was or maybe someone else all together who had no reason to go after our main character. I would expect running away and being scared at every turn and not falling in love with some random boy. This one had it all. It had the cliche murderer. It had the swoony love interest and the not too bright main character whose sole purpose was to get the boy to notice her.

It starts off fast with Vivian being whisked away from her life to go and hide somewhere in Mexico. Yet the moment she is left by herself, she leaves all her belongings on a bus and someone else steals it. I couldn’t imagine being that slow to leave all my important belongings on a bus. It’s not that she wasn’t the smartest cookie in the jar, but it was also the fact that she trusts this stranger almost instantly. The person that sh was scared of happened to be an agent who was trying to protect her. It made no sense to me. I kept on reading only because I felt that it would get better. Which it eventually did at the end, when all the problems just unravel and we found out a bit more about her mother’s death.

I wouldn’t recommend this one unless you love clueless main character and instant love. I do love the fact that it was set somewhere else other than the United States and seeing how another culture lives is also a bonus for me. Other than that, I think it’s safe to say you won’t be missing too much if you pass on this.

reading progress



Don’t you ever do anything you don’t want to do?
How can so much change in so little time?
God gives us miracles, even if they’re not the ones we expect.
The more you have, the less it matters, I’ve found.





  1. Isabel

    December 4, 2014 at 7:32 AM

    It stinks that you didn’t like it! I was a big fan.

  2. Cali W.

    December 4, 2014 at 12:26 AM

    Good review. Too bad it was a miss. Sometimes mystery books aren’t so good.

    • giselle

      December 4, 2014 at 7:47 PM

      Especially when it’s easy to guess..I like more twists and turns

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