Sunday, March 13, 2011

Spring Forward, Fall Back Plus The Luxe

Hello Everyone, 
Day Light Savings time! Spring forward an hour. Now onto the review 
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. 
I had heard so many good things about The Luxe over this past year, so I decided to finally pick it up. It was... fine. It took awhile for me to actually get into it and the only person I really liked as a character was Dianna,  Elizabeth sister. The others seemed flat and with only... maybe one or two emotions. Penelope-- Hatred and lust. Elizabeth-- Love and sadness. I guess I heard too many good things and my expectations were a little too high. Otherwise, the novel was as dramatic and delightful as it appears to be. Great plot and semi-predictable. And I must say that I ogled the cover as much as I read the book. The covers are fantastic and I might just buy them all for that reason ;)

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