This is a read like no other. Welcome to the world of Soap Opera’s both literally and figuratively. – Crystal Martin
I am anticipating what happens next and can’t wait to read the next volume. I recommend this book to others. –Teresa Beasley, A&RBC Reviews
From beginning to end, Changes keeps the reader interested and guess what the characters will do next! – Jovon Tucker, Book2Buzz
Life in the world of The Banovic Siblings by Gillian Felix is one huge, entwined, entangled and totally engrossing tale! Wealthy, beautiful, talented and living lives filled with more chaos and conniving than the best soap operas have to offer, each of the siblings live dual lives, the ones their parents see and the ones that skate the edges of the proverbial cliff. – D. Bylo
I read Changes by Gillian Felix, and let me tell you, it was something else. I had trouble getting into it at first, and I didn’t really connect to Adriana to begin with. I couldn’t help but giggle when she was telling her agent that she could be Carly Corinthos’ daughter or Sonny’s love child since I watch General Hospital with my mom. I thought it was interesting the way that the story cycled through different characters perspectives. Sometimes, it was a little hard to get through because there seemed to be a lot of backstory in places, but otherwise it was fine. There were definitely some twists that I didn’t see coming and that made it more interesting. Check it out! – DeerReading Girl
Changes is an interesting start to a novella series and one that has the feel of a soap opera, as it has large group of characters who’s lives entwine in some way.
It’s told from the 3rd person and starts off with the Banovic family and then branches out from there.
They are an interesting group of characters that are both likeable and despicable. Some of them wear many hats, so to speak, and this particular aspect I quite liked. This showed how everyone is perceived in a different way to different people, and I felt this was well done and quite realistic.
The writing is great and the pace felt fast, but true to a soap opera the plot didn’t take any big leaps, however it certainly was entertaining.
Short ‘n’ sweet and read in one sitting, this novella series will have something to interest everyone and wet your appetite for more.
4 stars! – Sharon Taylor Xuereb
A couple of weeks ago Gillian Felix approached me with the question if I wanted to participate in her Blog Tour about her new book series Family Portrait. When I read about the books in this series I was immediately interested. But still, before I started Changes I didn’t really know what I could expect. It sounded like an interesting read so I started reading it while lying on the beach in Mexico, with a cocktail in one hand and Changes in the other. And I must say, I was really surprised by this book.
In Changes we meet the Banovic and DaCosta family. We meet their children and learn about their children’s children. These two families aren’t your average american family. No, this family is full with ‘hot’ people (in all meanings of the word). There is a huge soap opera star, a famous Hollywood singer and a bunch of handsome guys including a model.
I finished this book in only two hours. It’s a short book and I almost feel like it’s more a description of all the different characters than a ‘real’ book. Don’t get me wrong, that doesn’t mean that I didn’t like the story. I definitely liked this story. 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. Thankfully there are more books in this series and Changes is only the beginning.
The character I liked the most in this book was Leighann. I loved how she didn’t like her life as a Hollywood star and stood up to her mom to tell her what she really wanted. Leighann was just really innocent and wanted to live a normal life.
I also really liked Adriana. She a lot of bad attitude and I really enjoyed reading about her. Especially the part when acted on being bullied by this terrible girl in her school.
This book is the first one in the Family Portrait series and I really liked it. I liked the story and all the different characters and I really want to read the next book in this series. I can’t wait to learn more about these families. If you like stories about families and Hollywood than this definitely the right book for you. – Maureen’s Books
Firstly I would like to thank Gillian Felix for giving me the opportunity to not only read Bastard’s Brew (through the Blog Tour) but also the chance to read Books 1 and 2 of the series too! This series is like the Sopranos meets Nashville.
It was gritty and realistic whilst entertaining and dark.
As part of the Bastard’s Brew Blog Tour I was asked to review 3rd book of the series. As a new reader to this series I was also offered the chance to read books 1 and 2, which I’m glad I did. There was so much detail and family politics/back-story within books one and two that I feel was necessary to understand before book three. It really is like a soap opera while you can enjoy one episode without having to know to much, its always better when you know where a character has come from!
Out of the three books this was my least favourite. If I’m honest if I wasn’t going to review book 3 I probably wouldn’t have read book 2 after reading this one. It was beautifully written but it had sooo much detail to absorb. Each person was thoroughly explained giving you all the family backgrounds, and there are many characters for you to get to know which, for a story that is only 82 pages long, seems quite heavy to me. My original thought was there were too many characters, but as the series goes on you start to see how they all intertwine. Each character is important, and Gillian Felix does do an amazing job and interweaving a very complex web! If you have been put off by this PLEASE just try reading book two because I promise you its worth it!
This series concentrates on two main families, the Banovic family and the DaCosta family. Both are very famous and wealthy families in their own way but whilst they seem to have the perfect lives to everyone outside, there are many secrets that these families hide, especially from each other!
Out of the two girls I found Adrianna to be the most interesting character. I loved how indifferent she was to her school peers. She is smart, witty and sarcastic in a nasty way. With her very lovely brothers involved the Banovic family were by far the focus of this book. I didn’t really find her parents very interesting but I don’t think you were supposed to. You start to see the significant’s of them in later books. All you have to remember is its ALL about family connections. – Rachel Paelin
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