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Ex-Factor by Elisa Dane

Ex-Factor (Diamond Girls) - Elisa Dane

I knew I would enjoy this one, but I didn’t know I would enjoy it that much. Honestly, this story is gripping. I had to force myself to put it down so I could do other stuff, and found myself wondering what will happen next when I wasn’t reading.


I loved how it portrays cheer leading as a real athletic sport, and how it allows us to appreciate all it entails. I would’ve loved to have been a part of a cheer leading squad like the Diamond girls, but sadly cheer leading isn’t that popular where I live. I also loved that cheer leading was just an aspect of the story, which had a much deeper side too.


It basically is the story of Nev, a girl who lost it all and now has embarked on a journey of moving forward, forgiveness, and growth. It is really a beautiful tale of how to overcome life changing mistakes and draw something good from them.


I think Elisa did a great job with her characters, especially with Nev. It was very easy to relate with her pain and remorse, and how she so desperately was trying to make amends for her mistakes. I really really liked her, and think very highly of her. How she worked so hard to be better and to heal.


I also adored that Bodie had been through some of the same stuff and how they were there for each other. He was definitely a keeper, and I loved having him around.


The friendship element was great, but I liked Livvie the best. She was so supportive and cool, and it was nice to know Nev still had some family that cared for her. Everyone should have someone like Livvie in their lives.


Finally, I would like to give an honourable mention to Callie and Eli for being the greatest jerks they could’ve been. As characters they were very well done because I seriously wanted to tell them off so bad!


Overall, this book is quite the combination of good sports, friendship, forgiveness, and support, all mixed to give a powerful message and raise conscience on responsible drinking and partying. I can't wait to get my hands on the next book in the series.


*Note: I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review, but my opinion was not biased in any way by this fact.