Seaside Pictures Series by Rachel Van Dyken
Teen & Young Adult
This is a new series that is a spin off from Rachel Van Dyken’s Seaside Series. Many of the characters from the Seaside Series appear in this book. I have not read the Seaside Series, but I wish I had. This is a standalone novel.
Overall Rating: 4 (sXe)
Quick & Dirty summary: Dani knows that she’s a freak. She hasn’t spoken in eight months, her boyfriend broke up with her because she can’t get over the death of her parents, and her best friends are famous rock stars. Not to mention her brother-in-law is a famous actor and her sister is an up-and-coming starlet. When she is forced to work as a personal assistant to the famous movie star Lincoln Greene, she’s glad she can’t speak so she can’t make a fool out of herself. But she can’t help but wonder if her relationship with Linc wouldn’t be different if she was just normal.
The pacing of this novel was probably the best of the Teen & Young Adult genre that I’ve read. Yes, this novel is full of drama. Ex-boyfriends appearing, overprotective friends, and unexpected competition are all featured in this storyline, but nothing dragged on or was overdone. Rachel Van Dyken’s writing style is smooth, the transitions between points of view are easy and the dialogue flows well.
I do wish I had read the Seaside Series prior to reading this novel though. It would have added some depth to the secondary characters and if I had one critique, then it would be that even Dani’s sister isn’t fully drawn out. I can understand why this is, assuming people have read the previous series, but this is a standalone novel.
A warning: if you have issues with underage sexuality, you may not enjoy this novel. Dani is 17 for much of the novel so you can imagine that with a budding relationship there is some sexual situations. If you can remember what it was like as a 17 year old, and are realistic about sexuality, then you probably won’t think much of this, but it could pose an issue for some.
Is it worth buying? (Kindle $2.99)
Yes! I like this book and I think it was a lot of fun to read. I am looking forward to reading the next novel in the series.
Something else you might enjoy:
The Rook & Ronin series by JA Huss is another fun, drama filled book. It’s in serial form, so you have to read all of them to get the total story, but it’s worth it. You can read my review of Rook & Ronin here.