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SHAPE Magazine says, “If you read one book, make it VIVIAN RISING by Daniella Brodsky.
"Vivian Rising by Daniella Brodsky is an absolute delight to read." - Rundpinne.com
"...I found I could not put this book down, at all." - Bella Novella
Shesheme.com named Vivian Rising a "Best of Summer Beach Read."
Vivian Rising was named BOOK OF THE MONTH on herfuture.com.
“It's a story of one person (okay, really two, when you include Len whom I fell in love with, too) but it's really the story of anybody who has suffered loss and struggled to define life again. 4 stars.” – Amusing Reviews
About the Author
In addition to VIVIAN RISING, Daniella Brodsky is the author of THE VELVET ROPE DIARIES, PRINCESS OF PARK AVENUE, and DIARY OF A WORKING GIRL, which has been made into a movie on the ABC Family network starring Hilary Duff. Brodsky is also the creator and author of the GIRL'S GUIDE TO NEW YORK NIGHTLIFE series. She has been featured on Good Day New York, the WB Morning News, NPR radio, and in the New York Times, the New York Post and the Hartford Courant. She teaches the craft of fiction writing at The Australian National University's CCE program, and has led discussions about writing at libraries, bookstores and schools in the U.S.. A native New Yorker, Brodsky lives in Canberra, Australia with her husband, where she is writing two new women's fiction novels and a Canberra-based thriller while exploring the art and craft of fiction and the wonder of libraries. Visit her at www.daniellabrodsky.com.
I have bought a lot of highly rated Kindle books, and this one is the most entertaining read that I have read in months.
I am a thirty-something girl at heart who believes in fate and love and coincidences. I have also experienced change/loss & had a hard time coping with it. The book takes you through grief, coping, and rebirth after a huge change in your life (and the possible cascading effects of realizing who you are after the change).
Vivian Rising has believeable characters, a spirit of hope, and an acknowledgement of the synchonocity in our lives. Spiritually, I found this book very comforting and in line with my belief system. The dialogue was well written, the plot twists were engaging, the heroine grew (and I was proud of her) and I felt good when I was done reading it. I also confess that I went online and looked at my full astrology chart when I was through.
If you believe in love, seredipity, and the occasional horoscope, I think you will enjoy this book.
I very rarely quit reading a book before the end but I got half way through this and gave up. I had to go to Amazon.com to try to find out why on earth I bought it in the first place, and it one of the few time where reviews have really led me astray. The only good things I can see about the book are Gram, who's dead, and Len, who had only made a brief appearance before I gave up. Vivian is whiny, Kavia proses on and on about astrology, and the writing just gets in the way of the story. I'm not saying it's a bad book, I just found it really boring.
Vivian Rising by Daniella Brodsky Contemporary Romance - Aug. 3, 2010 4 stars
Vivian Rising is a book that I feel most people will appreciate. It is a coming of age story that has an off beat charm that doesn't take itself completely seriously.
Viv has just lost her beloved grandmother. She is devastated and feeling lost. Without the direction and humor of her grandmother she feels her live taking a dive. Now she must become responsible but she doesn't know how or even if she wants to. First thing is contacting her impetuous and crazy mother. Whose abandonment has led to many of Viv's insecurities. A mother who doesn't want her and only seems to wants what Viv can do for her. But a surprising turn occurs when Viv finds an astrologer/fortune teller who gives her advice and much needed direction. Slowly Viv discovers more confidence and meaning in her life with the astrologer's guidance. And the most startling is the new and fragile relationship she begins with Len. Len is handsome and seems to really understand her. His support and thoughtfulness touch Viv. But Len doesn't believe in that astrology mumbo jumbo. And when the astrologer tells her Len isn't good for her Vuv will have to make a real decision. What is really important and real.
This was an insightful book and one people who love transformative and empowering novels will enjoy. The main character is very human and I think anyone will find something about her that they can relate to. Len is absolutely mouth watering. He is a guy all women will love. Sexy, smart, and caring he reminded me of the guy next door with a little edge.
The only thing that turned me off was that Viv was really difficult to like for a large section of the beginning of the book. Sure, she is quirky and interesting but she is also very self-centered and immature. In contrast, the hero was endearing and at first I wasn't sure what he saw in Viv. But Viv has lost faith in herself. It took me a while before I actually enjoyed reading her character. I understand why the author gave her so many hang-ups but for me they seemed very exaggerated and even off putting. I wish she had had a few less quirks which would have also made her transformation more believable. However, I really did enjoy the 2nd half of the book as Viv asserts her independence and I found her take charge attitude energizing.
Upbeat and filled with a lively cast this book will charm many readers who like eccentric and eclectic characters. I feel this story will be one readers looking for a light book with real emotion and depth will take pleasure in.
Reviewed by Steph from the Bookaholics Romance Book Club
Vivian Sklar is devastated when she loses her grandmother. Since Vivian's mother left her years ago, her grandmother became her mother and best friend. Once she passes, Vivian feels utterly alone and terrified of the world, unsure which way to turn, where to go for help. When she finds herself staring at a sign for an astrologer, reader of the stars, she goes for it. What could it hurt?
After talking with Kavia, Vivian thinks she made a silly choice. She's nothing but a cooky lady wearing odd clothes and warning of the future. But when Kavia urges Vivian not to take the train home, Vivian decides to give her a chance. After learning the same train she would have boarded crashed, Vivian hands the reigns of her life over to Kavia. Following each piece of advice her astrologer dishes out, Vivian bases her life choices on what her readings tell her. When they lead her to Len, the handsome yet guarded grandson of her neighbors, she accepts his attention. When they tell her to ignore her mother for once in her life, Vivian refuses to answer the phone. But can Vivian rely only on the astrologer's advice her whole life? Will she ever find the strength to write her own future without her grandmother by her side?
Vivian Rising by Daniella Brodsky is an intricate story laced with love, perseverance, and a lot of self doubt. The main character is easy to relate to, a lost soul, scared little girl, afraid to face the future, wanting to know the answers now. The conflict between Vivian and her mother frustrated me at times, and I found myself wishing I could be there to yell at Vivian. I loved how Brodsky's writing could make me feel like I could just jump into the story alongside the characters. The scenes were vivid, the characters relatable, and the emotions raw. Vivian Rising has many layers to peel back, and readers will be left thinking about their own futures and how self-perseverance will get them there. Seeing the transformation between Vivian at the beginning of the story to where she is at the end is very empowering, adding this novel to my Favorites List.