Wednesday, 14 May 2014
Review: Ex-Factor by Elisa Dane
When I saw the title for Ex-Factor I thought it would be about past relationships, but once I had read the synopsis I soon realised that this wasn't the case, and I was instantly intrigued. It didn't take long for me to pick up this book and make a start on it and once I began I was hooked.
Nevaeh is new to school, she has recently moved in with her Aunt Trish and cousin Olivia after her Father was killed and her Grandmother was unable to look after her. She is nervous about this new start, not only with the school but with the thought of trying out for the cheer squad. Olivia does what she can to help ease Nevaeh into it all, but there is only so much she can do, and Nevaeh needs to find the confidence in herself once again. Nevaeh is also hiding a secret of her own, and it's not really elaborated on till much later in the book.
Two boys immediatley grab Nevaeh's attention, Eli and Bodie. Eli flirts a lot, but is in some sort of relationship with Erin, and Nevaeh doesn't want to step on her friends toes. Bodie is the mysterious one, the bad boy, and the one you want to avoid with your life, yet there was something about him that you need to know. As we get to know more about him we realise there is a lot more to Bodie than you initially think there is, and his story is a sad one to tell, and is also part of his attitude problem.
As Ex-Factor progress we get to see Nevaeh slowly find her confidence back, make some new friends....and enemies, and really see why she was roped into trying out for the cheer squad. We also get to see a tentative friendship blossom between Bodie and Nevaeh when she helps him in a bad situation.
Ex-Factor has everything, romance, friendship, family, and some amazing cheer leading skills...like bad ass skills that I even had to look up to learn what they were. There is also a very serious issue that is dealt with, that is also connected to Nevaeh's secret. When this event occurs near the very end of the book I was left speechless over the result, but how it is used by the school to teach others about the dangers that they face was unique, if not a slightly scary way to go about proving a point.
Elisa has done a great job of combining a lot of things, and putting then in this one little book that really packs a punch. There was a sneak peak for the next book in the last few pages of Ex-Factor, and I really need to have that book in my hands right now.