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.
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.
Dorianna is a plain simple girl from Indiana, but after her father is arrested, she’s sent to live with her aunt in New York. She sees this as a fresh start, she won’t have what her father did hanging over her head. Her first day of school she meets Ander, the former high school soccer star. He invites her to Coney Island, and although she is curious about his motives, she tosses all misgivings and decides to join him. There she meets his friend Wilson Warren, the guy has an obsession with his camcorder and keeps filming her. She complains but he insists people don’t look the way they think on video and shows her. In the video she’s so beautiful; she can’t believe it’s her. At Wilson’s apartment he shows them how he can manipulate the background and make everything look amazing. While Ander is out of the room briefly, Wilson asks her the one question that will change her life forever; what would she trade to be pretty and popular?
I have always loved the book The Picture of Dorian Gray, this is similar with a Stephen King’s Carrie twist. This is truly an amazing modern remake. The characters are believable and pretty accurate for teenagers. I thought the descriptions of everything was absolutely perfect, I even scared myself picturing portions. This story is definitely not for the faint of heart, but it’s a perfect Halloween read!
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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