Thursday, September 12, 2013

Changes by Gillian Felix (Family Portrait, #1)

by Gillian Felix

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Publication Date: July 25, 2013
Publisher: @GillianFx Publishing LLC
Series: Family Portrait, Book 1
ISBN: 1492148539 (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 146
Genre: NA Drama/Fiction-YA Fiction
Available from: Amazon
Connect with the author on Twitter: @Gillianfx

Adriana Banovic’s 15th birthday sucked! She got fired after eight years of playing Shayanne Montgomery on the #1 soap in the country, found out that her family was on the verge of bankruptcy and worst of all, forced to return to Westwood Academy. Her only saving grace was a chance glance at dreamy mystery boy Haze Lyndon. Armed with only his picture and a determination to find him—even if it means turning Los Angeles over on its ass. In this young adult novel you'll meet Robin Banovic, Adriana's father; financially challenged, dealing with the death of a family member and his brother's disappearance. You'll meet Savannah DaCosta aka Savi, mother/manager; Savi enjoys the life her rock star daughter Leighann has provided. When Leighann makes a choice to end her career, Savi sees it as a personal attack. You'll meet college boy Haze Lyndon; New to Los Angeles, Haze soon realizes how quickly money changes hands in the City of Angels. Will he return to questionable ways to survive or go back to the safety of his family in Wisconsin?

My Review:
How do the rich and sort of famous live on the West Coast? Attitude is everything at Westwood Academy, school of the stars, or their hangers on. Adriana Banovic is now back among their elite masses, hating every minute of it. Leighann finds life at Westwood the almost perfect escape from her life in the spotlight. Haze Lyndon is in California to leave his old life behind, finish college and make money while he can as a male model with his bi-racial looks. Each character has a story to tell, and I see their stories being entwined together, for better or worse as author Gillian Felix builds a strong and intriguing foundation for a new series with her novella, Changes, book 1 in the Family Portrait series.
Part soap opera, part teen struggle in a world where they are expected to “follow the crowd” and feed the frenzied tabloids fodder for the prying eyes of the masses, all while dealing with personal and family crises, I see a huge following for this new series! I know I’m going to watch for more!

Gillian Felix writes in crisp tones, drawing on her knowledge of the entertainment industry as she introduces us to the world her characters are struggling to survive in! You will meet a domineering stage mother, a close-knit family whose life is undergoing a huge shift, failed dreams and new dreams yet to be realized, and we mustn’t forget the whole larger-than-life high school scene on steroids in a world where appearances often mean more than substance.

I'd like to thank the author for providing a review copy in exchange for my honest review.

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