Friday, May 8, 2015

REVIEW TOUR: Changes (The Family Portrait Series, Book 1), by Gillian Felix

About the Book:
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, was 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, she is determined to find him—even if it means turning Los Angeles over on its ass. 

In this new 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?

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My Review: 

I wasn't really sure what to expect from this book when I started reading it. Reviews on the sites I usually consult are few and far between, which generally is a cause for concern. In this case, however, it appears that it is only because the book has not gotten the buzz it deserves. It reads a bit like a soap opera, with a large cast of characters who, at first, seem to have no visible connection. Once we're introduced to everyone, however, their storylines begin to intertwine and things begin to make more sense. 

This is a relatively quick, easy read, and the author has a very clear way of bringing us into the lives of the characters and into the inner workings of the entertainment business. I look forward to reading the remainder of this series to see how the characters grow and develop.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.

My Rating:   Four Stars

About the Author:
Gillian Felix was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad. She grew up watching night time soap operas by Aaron Spelling with her mother. That’s where her obsession with rich, powerful and devious characters were born. After repeatedly seeing Mr. Spelling’s name on the screen night after night, Gillian knew she wanted to be an Aaron Spelling, before she knew that Aaron Spelling was actually a person.

Gillian pursued drama in high school although it was not taught as a “serious subject”. When asked what career she wanted to pursue after graduation, she told her guidance counselor that she wanted to be an actress, and was told that acting is not a “real job”.  

When Gillian moved to the US in 1998, she landed an internship with Spotlight On Theater in New York City, where she learned stage managing, casting and the technical aspect of running a production. Later she branched out into film, and fell in love with the behind the scenes action of film and theatre production. She traded acting and her “real job” for a career in film and theater production. Gillian continued writing novels and scripts but kept them to herself.

When not writing, Gillian can be found volunteering at the New Mexico Children’s Grief Center or hiking the many mountains that surround New Mexico. Gillian can easily get lost in a parking lot and considers herself directionally challenged. She is always grateful for the people she hikes with, because without them she’d be left roaming the mountains like a lost mountain goat.

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1 comment:

Diane Coto said...

Hi - After reading the blurb, I wasn't sure. Your review helped, but I still wonder why it would be classified as a New Adult novel when the protagonist is only 15 (unless I'm missing something). New Adult is generally for college age or people just getting into the working world. :)
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