Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Eliza's Review: The Fifteenth Minute (The Ivy Years, #5) by Sarina Bowen

Title: The Fifteenth Minute
Series: (The Ivy Years, #5)
Author: Sarina Bowen
Rating: 5 stars
Release date: 13th October, 2015
Cliffhanger: No

Freshman Lianne Challice is known to millions of fans as Princess Vindi. But sometimes a silver screen sorceress just wants to hang up her wand, tell her manager to shove it, and become a normal college student. Too bad that’s harder than it looks. 

She’s never lived a normal life. She hasn’t been to school since kindergarten. And getting close to anyone is just too risky — the last boy she kissed sold the story to a British tabloid. 

But she can’t resist trying to get close to Daniel "DJ" Trevi, the hot, broody guy who spins tunes for hockey games in the arena. Something's haunting his dark eyes, and she needs to know more. 

DJ's genius is for expressing the mood of the crowd with a ten second song snippet. With just a click and a fade, he can spread hope, pathos or elation among six thousand screaming fans. 

Too bad his college career is about to experience the same quick fade-out as one of his songs. He can't get close to Lianne, and he can't tell her why. And the fact that she seems to like him at all? Incredible.

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Lianne Chalice is a college Freshman intent on keeping a low profile, whilst trying to fit in with the rest of the student body. Easier said then done when you also happen to be one of Hollywood's most famous actresses.

Far from being a stuck up starlet, Lianne can usually be found alone in her room battling trolls in her favourite video game, DragonFire. This semester though, she's set herself the goal to be more social and integrate with her fellow students. One student in particular, Daniel "DJ" Trevi.

"DJ" has his own personal battles which are always at the forefront of every decision he makes. Enveloped in a dark cloud of despair and uncertainty, his source of levity comes in the form of Lianne.

"Kissing my way down her hairline, I pause at her ear. “First time I ever saw you, I wanted a kiss,” I whisper, punctuating it with a kiss on her cheekbone. “Now I’m totally spoiled. Forever.”

I have to say, Lianne and DJ were such wonderful characters to read about. Sarina Bowen makes it too easy to fall in love with them. From their relatable individual personalities to the wonderful scenes of them getting to know each other, they make the perfect pair.

With the huge success that was HIM and now an equally fantastic read with The Fifteenth Minute, I've come to consider Sarina a New Adult favourite. The combination of humour and companionship not only make her characters stand out for me but make me feel included in their special moments.

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