(Diamond Girls #1)
Author: Elisa Dane
Publication Date:22 April 2014
Genres:Young Adult Contemporary
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.
(Diamond Girls #2)
Publication Date: 10 June 2014
Genres: Young Adult,Contemporary
Perception is everything to sixteen-year-old Olivia Brown. With her freakishly hot boyfriend, volunteer work at the local animal shelter, successful beauty channel on YouTube, and well-earned spot on X Factor Cheer's elite level five Diamond Girl team, Livvie's the girl every other girl wants to be. At least, that's the illusion she's aiming for.
But Livvie's seemingly perfect life is anything but. Lying about the bruises her boyfriend gives her, and cowering beneath his raging temper becomes a regular way of life until she unwittingly witnesses her drunken neighbor beating his step-son, the town bad boy, Reid Tate.
For Reid, vulnerability is the enemy. Opening up, and letting people in gives them the power to disappoint. Growing up with a co-dependent mother and an abusive alcoholic father, Reid has endured all the disappointment he can stomach.
But when his pretty, do-good neighbor witnesses his step-dad beat him to within an inch of his life, and not only call the cops, but keeps quiet at school about what she saw, Reid wonders if maybe, just maybe, he's found someone he can finally trust.
As you can tell from my rating I enjoyed Unbreakable just a tiny bit more than I did Ex-Factor.
I'm gonna start by saying that I was dying to read Ex Factor because I've seen it around a lot lately.And I wasn't disappointed.To tell you the truth I didn't have any expectations for Unbreakable because of the fact that I hadn't seen it anywhere and hadn't heard anything about it but I ended up loving it!
Nev and Livvie were both amazing!So unique and their stories were so realistic and believable.The author's writing also left an impression since these books were wonderfully written and managed to keep my attention from the beginning until the end.
What is more,the author managed to create two interesting main characters with fascinating and heartbreaking stories.I felt so many things while reading these books,understood what they were going through and felt their pain.Nev and Bodie were both tormented by some things that happened in the past but together,they managed to make it happen.Their relationship was beautiful and they were perfect for each other!
Throughout the story we get to see Nev becoming more confident in herself and we also get to learn what really happened.
Moving on to Unbreakable which I fell in love with.This is Livvie's story who is obviously Nev's cousin.I was so happy when I started reading this one because I really liked Livvie as a character in the first book!I also have to admit that the synopsis of Unbreakable intrigued me just a tiny bit more than the synopsis of Ex Factor but that's not the point.
Again,Elisa Dane managed to create an amazing character with realistic problems and a heartbreaking story.I loved Livvie as a character and of course I fell in love with Reid and the relationship they developed throughout the book!
Overall,I think that Ex Factor & Unbreakable are worth reading and if you liked the one you'll definitely like the other!
About the Author
I'm a lover of books (YA & Adult romance), chocolate, reality television, and am a proud mother to three All Star cheerleaders. Woot! I write Contemporary YA romance with cheerleaders.
Yep. I write what I know, and it's my hope that my stories will not only take you on a romantic journey that will warm your heart, but that you'll find a new respect and interest in the sport of Cheerleading you may not have had before.