Catherine StineGenre: YA paranormal/horror
Publisher: Evernight Teen
Date of Publication: October 24, 2014
Internet followers, beauty, power. It all sounded good.
Until it transformed into a terrifying reality Dorianna couldn’t stop
Dorianna is a dark twist for the Internet generation on A Picture of Dorian Gray.
When her father is jailed, her mother ships lonely, plain Dorianna to her aunt’s. There, Dorianna yearns to build a new identity, but the popular Lacey bullies her—mostly for getting attention from her ex, Ander.
Ander takes Dorianna to Coney Island where Wilson, a videographer, creates a stunning compilation of her. She dreams of being an online sensation, as she’s never even had a birthday party, and vows she’d give anything to go viral. Wilson claims he’s the Prince of Darkness and warns her the pledge has downsides.
Dorianna thinks he’s joking. She has no idea of how dire the consequences might be.
- A retelling of sorts! One of the best kinds of books. This one is especially great because it deals with Dorian Grey. Not exactly the story many authors are writing about, correct? Well, Catherine is, and that already sets Dorianna a step above.
- I like the very real, very modern setting. New York, now. The characters are all teenagers who have jealousy problems and self-esteem issues, among others. I think it's rather important to show how real characters are; otherwise it can give readers unnatural standards and possibly cause problems later.
- The quotes at the beginning of each chapter really set the scene.
- Ander is really cute. Enough said. Just...Ander.
- I just like the story in general. It is well-written and well-plotted. Everything flows. It makes for a nice read when you are just sitting around and needing a book. Or even when you have no time at all. As I said, an all-around good book.
What I didn't like:
- It's very nit-picky, but there were a lot of contractions onto nouns, such as 'the shirt's red'. I'm not even sure if that is grammatically wrong, but for some reason, it irks me. Definitely nothing that detracts from the story, though.
Rating: 4 stars
About the Author:
Catherine Stine’s novels span the range from science fiction to paranormal to contemporary. Her futuristic thriller, Fireseed One won finalist spots in YA and Sci-Fi in the 2013 USA News International Book Awards and an Indie Reader Approved notable seal. Its companion novel, Ruby’s Fire was a finalist in the 2014 Next Generation Indie Awards. Her paranormal YA, Dorianna launches with Evernight Teen in October. She also writes new adult fiction as Kitsy Clare. Her new adult Art of Love series includes Model Position and Private Internship. She loves all things spooky, exotic and edgy, including travel to unusual locations. She also loves hearing from readers.
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