Friday, January 24, 2014

G253 E-Reading Book Review of The Banovic Siblings By Gillian Felix

Name of Book: The Banovic Siblings Friends & Liars

Author: Gillian Felix

ISBN: 9781493744503

Publisher: Createspace

Part of a Series: Family Portraits

Type of book: Soap Opera, New Adult? Adult, wealth, family, plots, love triangles, secrets

Year it was published: 2013


College boy Kevin Banovic’s casual affair with Savi DaCosta suited him perfectly. Things change when he finds out that Savi is his mom’s high school bestie. When Kevin tries to end their affair, Savi blackmails him. After Kevin rescues Savi’s stepdaughter, L’Wren, from her abusive boyfriend, he can’t stop thinking about her. He must find a way to handle Savi, protect L’Wren, and keep his sanity.

Bad girl Adriana Banovic is pleased with herself for getting her nemesis expelled from Westwood Academy. As feelings between her and her latest victim Haze Lyndon escalate, an unexpected rival discovers her secret and threatens to expose her. With emotions on the line, will her new rival beat her at her own game or end up another casualty of Adriana’s wrath?

Zax Banovic has it all. Tall and handsome, he’s an academic genius, with a killer smile and a heart of gold. When his best friend gets into trouble, he feels responsible and covers for him. But his best friend is not as honorable and has other plans for Zax.

The Banovic Siblings learn that blackmail is a gift that keeps on giving. This is the second book in the Family Portrait novel series.

If you like shows like the original Melrose Place, Beverly Hills 90210 and Nashville, where the guys and girls are hot and the schemes are hotter, you will like The Banovic Siblings.


The main characters would be the Banovic children by names of Adriana, Kevin and Zax. Adriana used to be an actress and is considered a bad girl of the family as well as very independent. Kevin is the eldest brother, I believe and he has a lot of interesting secrets and also deals in drug business, while Zax seems to be the good boy and has a major crush on a girl. I'm beginning to sense some interesting love triangles between certain characters. The characters that I found interesting would be L'Wren and Savi, mother and daughter if I'm not mistaken. Savi has an interesting past and seems to be an unusual woman in many ways, while the same goes for L'Wren, or perhaps L'Wren doesn't get enough limelight and I'm curious about her.


I'm not sure there is a lesson, I think its written for entertainment value


This is written in third person narrative from what seems to be everyone's point of view. The chapters are short and the author doesn't go into the deep motivations of her characters and only gives what I would call the surface. The writing is very addictive, although I was confused in the beginning because of the lack of background information on the characters. But still I was able to catch up quickly and enjoy the short book a great deal.

Author Information:

born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
gender female
twitter username Gillianfx
genre Contemporary, Ebooks, Young Adult
member since December 2012

Gillian Felix has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil. She enjoys creating characters that could be your next-door neighbor, but would you want them as your neighbor is another story.

Originally from the island republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Miss Felix moved to the United States in 1998. Since then she has been involved in the entertainment industry for over ten years. Her experience ranges from script supervisor to production manager on many independent features. She is trained in the Meisner and Stanislavski technique of acting, which she credits as an asset to her character development and writing.

Miss Felix is also an entrepreneur and advocate for children's and women's rights.


This was reminiscent of reading The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club, a soap opera tale that's there for a light read without anything deep involved. I would guess "guilty pleasure" would be an apt description for the short and addictive tale that takes you on dizzying heights from bottom to top without involving deep issues but instead acts as a junk food for the mind, which is a good thing in my case. While I enjoyed the read a great deal, I really feel that the author needs some more background information in beginning of this book just so those who are newcomers can understand what's going on as well as who's who. Overall, a short and addictive read.

This is for Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tour

4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

1 comment:

  1. Thanks Sveta for having me and for your review.



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