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Ex Factor by Elisa Dane Blog Tour Stop: Ex Factor Book Review

Ex Factor (Diamond Girls, #1)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 askin
g 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.
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I was looking for a good contemporary to read, and Ex Factor sounded like the perfect one. It ended up being an entertaining read that told a heartwarming story!

The main character, Nev, was instantly likable and one of the most relatable voices I’ve read about in a while. Despite being sad about the circumstances she was in, she was still brave and worked to get through everything so she could live her life. Another character that plays a big role in the book is her cousin, Liv. Liv was so supportive and one of the sweetest people. They had such an incredible friendship!

While I thought almost every character was realistic to high school, I felt like Callie and her group of friends were slightly unrealistic. Callie and her friends make up the group of "mean girls" and are pretty awful. It could just be me, but I thought that the way her and her friends acted was somewhat far-fetched.

One of my favorite aspects of the novel was the relationship that started to occur between Bodie and Nev. I thought they were super cute together and helped one another heal. There were a few cheesy parts and some things that I thought moved too fast, but overall I loved their relationship. 

With Nev and Bodie both dealing with past tragedies, a large part of this book was about how they got through that and coped with everything. I thought everything regarding that experience was written really well. Both characters matured throughout the book and I loved seeing how their story progressed. I did guess the twist in the book early on, as there were several hints along the way. However, that didn't take away from the novel at all for me. 

Ex Factor was a book that ended on a great, hopeful message! I was so happy after I finished it, and I'm excited to continue on with the rest of the series. I'd give Ex Factor 4 out of 5 flowers :)

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.Website l Goodreads l Twitter l Facebook


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  1. I'm not a huge fan of the mean girls mentality in YA, but that's as realistic as you can get, I supposed. I'm glad this ended on a good note for you. :)

  2. I don't always love the mean girl angle either but when it is done right it can be a great read.

  3. This book sounds great. Too bad the mean girls were a bit over-the-top.

  4. I haven't read any YA for awhile but this one sounds really good. Glad you enjoyed it and hope you enjoy the rest of the series as well.

  5. I like books that deal with coping after someone goes through something rough. Although I agree with the mean girl angle. I feel like sometimes it's way over done, almost unbelievable.


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