Sunday, July 26, 2009

Review - The Luxe - Anna Godbersen

Summary - (from Barnes and Noble)

Pretty girls in pretty dresses, partying until dawn.
Irresistible boys with mischievous smiles and dangerous intentions.
White lies, dark secrets, and scandalous hookups.
This is Manhattan, 1899.

Beautiful sisters Elizabeth and Diana Holland rule Manhattan's social scene. Or so it appears. When the girls discover their status among New York City's elite is far from secure, suddenly everyone—from the backstabbing socialite Penelope Hayes, to the debonair bachelor Henry Schoonmaker, to the spiteful maid Lina Broud—threatens Elizabeth's and Diana's golden future.

With the fate of the Hollands resting on her shoulders, Elizabeth must choose between family duty and true love. But when her carriage overturns near the East River, the girl whose glittering life lit up the city's gossip pages is swallowed by the rough current. As all of New York grieves, some begin to wonder whether life at the top proved too much for this ethereal beauty, or if, perhaps, someone wanted to see Manhattan's most celebrated daughter disappear...

In a world of luxury and deception, where appearance matters above everything and breaking the social code means running the risk of being ostracized forever, five teenagers lead dangerously scandalous lives. This thrilling trip to the age of innocence is anything but innocent.

Review - The Luxe was completely riveting. It combined mystery, betrayal, and romance. The love hexagon (as my brother calls it), in this book is so confusing. The main character loves someone that she cant but is engaged to another man. Her fiance finds himself falling in love with someone very close to her and was in a previous relationship with her best friend, though she hasnt quite been informed that its over. Once she finds out about their engagement she sets out to ruin her best friend in any way possible, using any information she can buy.....

Throughout the whole book I wanted to know what was gonna happen next and at the end you get the biggest shock that you never saw coming, I recommend to anyone who enjoys a good romance, drama filled story, this is the one for you.

Cover - 4 Stars

Plot - 5 Stars

Characters - 5 Stars

Writing - 4 Stars

Ending - 4 Stars

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