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Sanctus Paperback – Nov 1 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Nov. 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007439245
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007439249
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 3.2 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 259 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,121,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly

Viva Cohen, a self-proclaimed "insecure teenage Jew," is the starstruck heroine of Forrest's zippy, pop-conscious debut. When Viva's mother decides to live a life of New Age ashram hopping, Viva is raised by Manny, her gay uncle in a North London flat coated with posters of Elizabeth Taylor. With Manny as her father figure, "Liz" as her matriarch, and her two best friends, Ray, a 33-year-old rock star, and Treena, a feckless bombshell, Viva, at 17, knits up her life with celluloid threads. She dresses up as Elizabeth Taylor in Suddenly, Last Summer, and she's both lighthearted and cynical about love. The novel is a love story of sorts, but the objects of Viva's affection are in a constant state of teenage flux. In London, it's Ray, who's more big brother than romantic interest; in Edinburgh, it's Ray's opening act, Drew, an anorexic self-mutilator who shares Viva's love for Marilyn Monroe; and in Las Vegas it's Dillon, a misunderstood tweenie pop heartthrob. Eventually, she and Treena achieve their ambition of staying at the Chateau Marmont in L.A., but disillusion follows. Unlike the unnamed protagonist of contemporary Rebecca Ray's Pure (a fellow Brit, Forrest, at 22, is just two years older than Ray), Viva remains refreshingly chaste. Losing her virginity, Viva believes, is simply too complicated without the correct camera angle or the prospect of a second take. Her would-be silver screen life is as exasperating as it is self-aware. Although Viva's teenage angst and pop obsessions may grate on the nerves of anyone over 30, Forrest deftly juggles her heroine's adolescent fantasies into an entertaining novel. (Aug.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Viva is a hip, independent 16-year-old English girl who thinks she's all grown up. It's no wonder: her devoted uncle Manny gives her the freedom to do pretty much what she wants. He's also equipped her with an encyclopedic background in pop culture, especially rock groups and vintage Hollywood stars, whose names pepper Viva's first-person narration. A troubled musician brings out Viva's softer, nurturing side, and when the young man commits suicide, she's devastated. A trip to L.A. with her two best pals--wild, sexy Treena and British pop-star Ray--is supposed to help her mend, and it does until she walks in on her friends having sex. If the hip allusions ("trees stripped to their Helmut Lang basics") become tiresome, and if Forrest overreaches in her zeal to make Viva blaseabout her life, the characters are energetic and funky, and there's some wonderfully dark comedy. A raucous if ultimately familiar take on teenage angst. Stephanie Zvirin
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By Luanne Ollivier #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Nov. 8 2011
Format: Hardcover
Modern day Turkey - the city of Ruin. Above the city of Ruin is The Citadel - a mountain enclave that houses a group of monks named the Sancti who have protected their secrets for thousands of years. And suddenly one day high on a mountain above The Citadel is a man, standing with his arms outstretched - in the shape of a cross. The world sees him....and sees him fall. And to another group who have been patiently watching the Sancti for hundreds of years as well, it is the sign they have been waiting for.

One group is determined to protect their secrets as much as the other group wants them exposed to the world. Caught up in the conflict is journalist Liv Adamson, the sister of Samuel, the fallen monk.

I enjoy conspiracy thrillers and with Sanctus, Simon Toyne has penned a thoroughly entertaining one. I liked that the two main protagonists were female for a change. There's lots of action and although the plot line is not new, Toyne has put his own twist on it. The promise of discovering what the mystery sacrament was kept me turning pages til the very end. Some plot points seemed a bit far fetched - most notably the reason that the sect did not discover that Samuel had a living relative. But you know, I really wasn't looking for a hard and fast fact based read when I picked up Sanctus. What I did get was what I expected - an entertaining read. Readers with strong religious beliefs may not enjoy Toyne's alternative views. But fans of James Rollins, Steve Berry and of course, Dan Brown will enjoy it.

Sanctus is the first in a trilogy. I am very curious as to where Toyne will take the characters after the last 40 pages of Sanctus.
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Format: Paperback
Loved this book, At first I wasn't sure but it very quickly caught me up , my imagination in overdrive. I loved it so much I ordered The Key the next book in the series. THIS is a really thoughtful book with a twist, exciting the characters awesome, a real page turner. I EXPECT this book to be made into a MOVIE if it isn't that will be a real shame. I TOTALLY recommend this book. This book is what a call a keeper and those books I do not lend.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I loved this book until the last 30 pages. It was gripping right from the start, moved along at a fast pace with lots of action and an intriguing story line. However, it became too much to comprehend during the final chapters. There is a sequel to this book and perhaps it will tie everything in together and make it somewhat more plausible.
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I didn't expect to like this book, but it was fast paced, action-packed, but still incredibly easy to follow. Really enjoyed the surprise ending and now I am on book two!
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