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Dorianna by Catherine Stine

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Internet followers, beauty, power. It all sounded good. 

Until it transformed into a terrifying reality Dorianna couldn’t stop.  

When her father is jailed, her mother ships Dorianna to her aunt’s house. 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, tired of being plain and lonely, and vows she’d give anything to go viral. Wilson claims he’s the Prince of Darkness and offers her the beauty and fame she's dreamed of—warning her that a pledge has its downsides.  Dorianna has no idea of how dire those consequences might be.

14+ due to adult situations

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Excerpt: 

On the way to my new school, I catch a glimpse of my face in a shop mirror. Even though I hate mirrors, I force myself to look. No one needs to remind me I’m plain.

 

Leaning forward, I examine my pale skin with its tracery of blue underneath. It looks like granny spider veins. And I never smile all the way. That would expose my wonky teeth—one front tooth slightly over the other. 

 

My hair’s limp, but it’s auburn with peachy highlights. I’ve got that going for me, at least. Lifting up a lock, I admire its warm glow in the September sun. And there’s still a hint of eagerness in my eyes––they haven’t knocked that out of me. It’s hope, whispering, “Maybe this place will be different. Maybe they won’t walk past me as if I’m floating dust.”

 

I’ve been here in Brooklyn for four days, shuffled away from family chaos to my Aunt Carol’s house. She’s nice so far, but I don’t really know her. It’s too bad we could never afford to fly east for family reunions. I do know she’s a fundraiser for a public radio station, and owns one floor in a brownstone. And that she eats vegetarian, and neatly folds the nubbly throws on her earth-tone Pottery Barn couch.

 

And she’s the sister of my screw-up father.

 

I’m not sorry I left Wabash. School there was a train wreck. It got so lonely, watching the reigning couples kissing their way down the halls. I wanted someone’s arms around me, too, or at least another good friend after Jen. But it wasn’t meant to be, after gossip spread that my father was sent to jail for committing moral turpitude. My mom took to her bed, and I took over. We were struck with loss and horror and shock all at once. Mom needed me last spring. I tried to help in any way I could, until she insisted that I needed a total break from the family. Or was it Mom who needed the break?

 

I’m going to suck it up. I am. If she needs the break, she can have it. Maybe I need one, too. I’m determined to pump myself up to face a different army of kids.

 

Ambling down Montague Street, past the cute boutiques, I soak in the balmy September sun and survey my new stomping grounds. These Brooklyn streets are as delicious as strawberry shortcake. The narrow shops are a wonder of necklaces, handmade with glass bits and bottle tops, and leafy bracelets fashioned from green computer chips.

 

The caffeine-laced scents wafting from the cyber café draw me in. As I walk by, I sneak looks at the lean, fox-quick boys with scruffy hair, low-slung belts, and tees that read Neon Pandas and Oubliettes of Onyx. Bands I’ve never heard of, since out in Hoosier Land they mostly play country music.

 

I smile, picturing myself talking to a slinky boy who makes me my very own playlist—he’d call it Songs for a Brooklyn Beauty. A girl can dream, right?

 

Turning down Court Street, a woman breezes past me in a black jumpsuit. Another dramatic beauty in thigh-high boots floats by, with two dachshunds tugging against their pink leashes. As I glance back at her, I imagine her working as a Broadway actress, dancing across a stage in those fancy boots.

 

Just then, one of her dogs works free of her grasp, and streaks into the street. “Hey!” I call. “Hey, pup!” I dash after it, grab the pink leather strap, and coax it back toward the curb as a bakery van careens around the corner, the driver pounding on his horn.

 

The booted lady runs over to me. “Thanks so much!” she says, breathless.

 

“Happy to help. Couldn’t let your sweet dog be hit.” Our eyes meet as I hand her the leash, and her smile touches me. I watch for another moment as she walks demurely on.

 

Everything here vibrates with possibility, if I block out my dread of school. It’s my chance to figure out who I want to be, which I couldn’t quite do back home. I can’t wait to let my old, stale-kernel life rot on the vine, and start over.

 

Reading the sign on a red colonial stone building, I sway with sudden trepidation: School. Ivy sprints up its scholarly walls, and its walkway is marked with marble planters. Each one bursts with purple chrysanthemums, as if this is the cheeriest high school ever. I’m here, no turning back. Look, you’re smart, I tell myself, you tested in and even got a scholarship here. Maybe private school kids are easier on new students. Unlikely, but I’ll give it my best.

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  1. I Literally Couldn't Put This Book Down 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 26th Jan 2015

    I was pleasantly surprised with this book. It was a fantastic read. The perfect love triangle, good vs bad. And a great lesson that having beauty, youth and devoted followers isn't what life is about. Dorianna was written really well. If there were ever a possibility for a sequel, I would buy it in an instant!


  2. wow!!! Absolutely Brilliant!!, 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 20th Dec 2014

    review is from: Dorianna (Kindle Edition)

    WOW .... SERIOUSLY WOW!!! I honestly wasn't sure what to expect from this book as Dorian Grey was ... well, Dorian Grey. Someone who wants to adapt this to more modern times could really go either way, really bad or really good. This was FANTASTIC!!! Although personally, I do prefer the bad and want a Wilson of my own it was so very well written! The fact that it tackles the current fad of "followers" and current internet insanity was just brilliantly written and well executed! I really really loved it and will definitely be recommending it to others. An excellent read for sure!!!


  3. Magic and mayhem!, 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 13th Dec 2014

    Catherine Stine's DORIANNA is a uniquely inspired take on A Picture of Dorian Gray. Dorianna, a plain girl from Indiana, is sent to live in Brooklyn, New York with her aunt after a family scandal back home that leaves her father in prison, her mother losing her mind, and Dorianna friendless. Desperate to change who she was in the past, Dorianna is instantly drawn to the popular kids at school and yearns to part of their crowd. On a fluke, she ends up hanging out with Ander, a good-looking writer, who introduces her to Wilson Warren, an oddball friend with a strange, Gothic style and an uncanny charm. Wilson films a video of Dorianna dancing on the beach and tells her he can make her beautiful and famous--for one small price. Swept up in Wilson's promise, Dorianna finds herself changing and eventually doing and feeling things that she starts to regret--things that are dark and troubling. Set against the background of New York City and creepy Coney Island, DORIANNA is an engrossing read for the upper YA crowd.


  4. PRATR REVIEW 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 11th Dec 2014

    I received this book from its author and Paranormal Romance and Authors that Rock. This novel has two major points for its readers, to be careful what you wish for and every action has a consequence. Dorianna had to learn this the hard way as she wished to go from a nobody to center stage.

    Changing schools she hired things would be different and were after she meets a boy named Wilson. Dorianna knows there is something off about him but dismisses it when she strikes a deal to get what she's always wanted. The problem? She begins losing herself to become the very person she's always wanted to be; the popular girl with the boyfriend. Is it to late for her to save herself and everyone she cares for?

    This book was well written, it kept me engaged and wondering where it was going to lead. I loved the inner message of this book. It's not often book these days have hidden messages for readers to think about and really dwell on. This book is for Young Adults. I am giving this book 4 Fangs.


  5. Captivating and Wilde Morality Tale 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 1st Dec 2014

    I absolutely loved this fresh and fun to read version of Oscar Wilde's novel, "The Picture of Dorian Gray." The transference of the "portrait" to the medium of video uploads and the theme of pursuit of power and popularity via cyberspace gives the story even more relevance. We can all relate. We observe on a daily basis of how some users of social media present masks of perfection in order to garner narcissistic supply. To whatever extent we may feel empty or vulnerable, like teen outcast and would-be internet sensation Dorianna, we will be tempted to do so. That we can empathize with her predicament makes her an interesting heroine/antiheroine and adds to the delicious awfulness. No spoilers here, but this I'll say: Stine, once again, creates well-developed characters and a wonderfully engaging, suspenseful and well-written story. I highly recommend this book for adults as well as teens.


  6. Great YA horror that is a modern twist on The Picture of Dorian Gray 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 10th Nov 2014

    This is Dorianna's second chance. She's the new girl at school, and this time, no one will tease or ignore her. When the mysterious Wilson tells her to pledge her soul for beauty and popularity, Dorianna doesn't think he's serious when she does so. She becomes Sungirl and acquires a huge internet following. People adore her, she has a cute boyfriend, and it's everything she hoped it would be. Until her videos grow dark and twisted. Nothing she can do stops them. Her vow to Wilson was more than a joke. And it is far more than she bargained for.

    DORIANNA is a YA horror that puts a modern twist on "A Picture of Dorian Gray." I do love the way the author did so with the internet and videos. The descriptions of Dorianna's videos made me feel as though I was watching them. I was shocked and yet reveled in it with how they evolved as her soul darkened.

    Dorianna was a girl I liked and hated at various times, but I think that was the intention. She was so caught up in wanting to be beautiful and popular that I couldn't root for her, and even though that could be frustrating, the twist at the end made the read worthwhile. Wilson was an awesome bad boy. Odd, charming, and artistic, he was the perfect dark lure for Dorianna. My favorite character was Bailey, the artsy best friend who was cool without being fake. Lacey as a frenemy worked well, and I think I respected Lacey a little by the end.

    This is a fantastic read for YA lovers who love the trouble that comes with high school cliques, popularity contests, and parties that get out of hand all with a supernatural edge.


  7. How far will you go to be popular? 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 6th Nov 2014

    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!


  8. A Troubling Parable You Can't Put Down 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 5th Nov 2014

    What would you give to be accepted? What would you give to be popular?
    What would you do to be worshipped—by everyone?
    Dorianna Gilliam is a plain, buck-toothed girl, shunned by teenage society. When her father is imprisoned, her distraught mother ships her off across the country to live with her aunt. But the kids who live near Coney Island aren’t much of an upgrade from the ones Dorianna left behind in Indiana. Her first day at school proves that, far from this being a second chance, isolation and loneliness are her preordained destiny.
    Until she meets Ander—a charming would-be novelist on the rebound, both from a toxic relationship and from a life-altering sports injury.
    And until she meets Wilson Warren, Ander’s “friend.” Wilson lives alone on Coney Island, with only his heavy metal music, gothic Victorian clothes, and his video camera for company. He’s got plans for Dorianna, a makeover that involves much, much more than her appearance. But there’s a price, of course. There always is.
    DORIANNA, by Catherine Stine, is a reimagining of a much older tale, and yet is wholly original in its own right and interpretation—a theatrical horror written in three steadily escalating acts. These acts aren’t strictly defined by chapter breaks or book sections, but rather by the three parties the reinvigorated Dorianna throws for her new friends … for her new “followers.” As her sphere of influence blossoms, however, there is a beast, too, growing deep inside of her. It whispers to her, compels her towards acts that are both malicious and self-destructive. This beast propels her towards an apocalyptic climax that simply shudders with both suspense and inevitability. And, just maybe, one chance at ultimate redemption.
    The novel is also a searing indictment of high school cliques and, in a larger sense, the superficiality of society itself. Friends and enemies—and “frenemies”—are all fish to be caught, collected, and nailed up as trophies on bedroom walls. Be careful what you wish for, the pages warn (through showing, not telling), because by the time you remember what real love and friendship are, you may have already lost them for all time.
    DORIANNA is devilish and enchanting, a troubling parable wrapped in story cloth both classic and modern. Highly recommended!


  9. An Enchanting, Troubling Parable 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 4th Nov 2014

    Just finished DORIANNA, by Catherine Stine. Holy cow, that was a wild one! Here's a review. :)

    What would you give to be accepted? What would you give to be popular?
    What would you do to be worshipped—by everyone?
    Dorianna Gilliam is a plain, buck-toothed girl, shunned by teenage society. When her father is imprisoned, her distraught mother ships her off across the country to live with her aunt. But the kids who live near Coney Island aren’t much of an upgrade from the ones Dorianna left behind in Indiana. Her first day at school proves that, far from this being a second chance, isolation and loneliness are her preordained destiny.
    Until she meets Ander—a charming would-be novelist on the rebound, both from a toxic relationship and from a life-altering sports injury.
    And until she meets Wilson Warren, Ander’s “friend.” Wilson lives alone on Coney Island, with only his heavy metal music, gothic Victorian clothes, and his video camera for company. He’s got plans for Dorianna, a makeover that involves much, much more than her appearance. But there’s a price, of course. There always is.
    DORIANNA, by Catherine Stine, is a reimagining of a much older tale, and yet is wholly original in its own right and interpretation—a theatrical horror written in three steadily escalating acts. These acts aren’t strictly defined by chapter breaks or book sections, but rather by the three parties the reinvigorated Dorianna throws for her new friends … for her new “followers.” As her sphere of influence blossoms, however, there is a beast, too, growing deep inside of her. It whispers to her, compels her towards acts that are both malicious and self-destructive. This beast propels her towards an apocalyptic climax that simply shudders with both suspense and inevitability. And, just maybe, one chance at ultimate redemption.
    The novel is also a searing indictment of high school cliques and, in a larger sense, the superficiality of society itself. Friends and enemies—and “frenemies”—are all fish to be caught, collected, and nailed up as trophies on bedroom walls. Be careful what you wish for, the pages warn (through showing, not telling), because by the time you remember what real love and friendship are, you may have already lost them for all time.
    DORIANNA is devilish and enchanting, a troubling parable wrapped in story cloth both classic and modern. Highly recommended!


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