Changes (Family Portrait #1)

About the Book:

Adriana Banovic’s 15th birthday sucked! She got fired after eight years of playing Shayanne Montgomery on the #1 soap in the country, found out that her family was on the verge of bankruptcy and worst of all, forced to return to Westwood Academy. Her only saving grace was a chance glance at dreamy mystery boy Haze Lyndon. Armed with only his picture and a determination to find him—even if it means turning Los Angeles over on its ass.  In this new adult novel you’ll meet Robin Banovic, Adriana’s father; financially challenged, dealing with the death of a family member and his brother’s disappearance. You’ll meet Savannah DaCosta aka Savi, mother/manager; Savi enjoys the life her rock star daughter Leighann has provided. When Leighann makes a choice to end her career, Savi sees it as a personal attack.
You’ll meet college boy Haze Lyndon; New to Los Angeles, Haze soon realizes how quickly money changes hands in the City of Angels. Will he return to questionable ways to survive or go back to the safety of his family in Wisconsin?

 
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My Review: In ‘Changes’ we meet the Banovic and Dacosta family- their children and learn about their children’s children. These two families are not like the average American family instead this family is full with hot people. There is a soap opera star, Hollywood singer and a bunch of handsome guys and a model. Gillian Felix has written a nice serial to begin the series off with. There is intrigue, adventure, blackmail, love, crushes, hate. Adriana plays a main role in this saga and she is snarky but fun. She gives off an air of get away from me but is nice inside. She is one to not let enemies get in her way and is surprised when the sweet one turns the tables on her and she falls for a gorgeous guy Haze who is older. Her brothers are mysterious gentlemen. Leighann is the popular country singer who gives it all up for normalcy much to her mother’s dismay. Savi, her mother is unbearable. She is manipulative, conniving and just all around not nice. Leighann though tries to be kind and is to an extent until she catches wind of something and has a crush on one of the Banovic boys. Family Portraits Changes was about family and how different they can be. The DaCosta’s and Banovic’s become intertwine and don’t even realize it. Readers will be able to relate to these well-developed characters. Each character has a different story to share with readers that will definitely keep him or her turning pages. I found the book to be very well written. It flows well and the dialogue sounds natural and is easy to follow. I liked how the different characters connected. Some characters just met briefly and some met regularly. But it was really short and I was really sad when the book ended. I wanted to read so much more about these characters. The book ends with an unresolved issue, but that merely prepares the reader for the next book in the series. Thankfully there are more books in this series and ‘Changes’ is only the beginning. If you like stories about families and Hollywood than this definitely the right book for you.

 About the Author:
Gillian Felix was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad. She grew up watching night time soap operas by Aaron Spelling with her mother. That’s where her obsession with rich, powerful and devious characters were born. After repeatedly seeing Mr. Spelling’s name on the screen night after night, Gillian knew she wanted to be an Aaron Spelling, before she knew that Aaron Spelling was actually a person. Gillian pursued drama in high school although it was not taught as a “serious subject”. When asked what career she wanted to pursue after graduation, she told her guidance counselor that she wanted to be an actress, and was told that acting is not a “real job”.  When Gillian moved to the US in 1998, she landed an internship with Spotlight On Theater in New York City, where she learned stage managing, casting and the technical aspect of running a production. Later she branched out into film, and fell in love with the behind the scenes action of film and theatre production. She traded acting and her “real job” for a career in film and theater production. Gillian continued writing novels and scripts but kept them to herself. When not writing, Gillian can be found volunteering at the New Mexico Children’s Grief Center or hiking the many mountains that surround New Mexico. Gillian can easily get lost in a parking lot and considers herself directionally challenged. She is always grateful for the people she hikes with, because without them she’d be left roaming the mountains like a lost mountain goat.
 
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