Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Review: Ex-Factor by Elisa Dane

Title: Ex-Factor
Author: Elisa Dane
Author Info: Blog|Facebook|Twitter
Genre: Young Adult
Series: The Diamond Girls #1
Source: Publicist
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Publication Date: 14th April 2014

Tell Me About It
Nevaeh Evan’s life is uprooted after her father’s death, when she moves in with her aunt and cousin, Livvie. Her plan to lay low at her new high school isn’t working. Her friend’s jerky boyfriend keeps asking her out, the guy she likes treats her like garbage, and the thought of tumbling again makes her want to hurl.

So when her aunt pushes her into joining the elite X-FACTOR cheer leading squad, Navaeh goes along with it.

But Nev feels she doesn’t deserve to be happy. Not after what happened the night her father died.

Bodie Scott knows about grief all too well. Critically injured in an alcohol related accident the year before, Bodie struggles with the fact that he’ll never play football again, and he’s so far behind in credits he can’t see straight. That is, until he meets Nev. Haunted by their bloody pasts and wary of a shared future, Nev and Bodie turn to one another for comfort and support, and realize they’re not so alone after all. And when the party scene at school threatens the life of a loved one, the two stop at nothing to keep the past from repeating itself.
My Thoughts
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 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.

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