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22 September 2011 @ 07:53 pm
The Luxe by Anna Godbersen  
Summary: 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 roughcurrent. 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...

Comments: As I was reading this book, I was thinking, "This is Gossip Girl, just set in 1899." I looked on goodreads and one of the reviews there said the same thing, so I'm glad I'm not alone. The problem with this book is that:

1. It doesn't FEEL like 1899. It feels like modern day, only with the dresses of that time period. Which is a shame, because I love period novels.

2. There are 4 main characters in the book and none of them are very likable! Minus the little sister, possibly, but the point of view was changing so much that you never got to really know any of the characters, and the little sister's character was overshadowed by her romance and the other characters.

3. It was overly dramatic, with basically it being a catfight between the various female characters. Girl A unintentionally stole Girl B's guy because he has to marry someone decent and she has to save the family, but Girl A is in love with (and sleeping with) the boy that Girl C is in love with, and Girl D is in love with the guy that Girl A is engaged to and Girl B loves. Girl B then decides to ruin Girl A's relationship by pretending to be helping with the wedding, but really sabotaging it. It continues and grows more dramatic, but that's the basic gist. Though the ending did make me somewhat curious to check out the next book, so I'll give the author that.

Rating: 1/5
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
Sylwia (sill-vee-uh): peter gryffinunnecessary_ on September 23rd, 2011 06:28 pm (UTC)
The summary of the story didn't even sound like it was set in a different time, until you said "carriage." I was like "what the fuck is this?"
Astraea: [stock] book w/roseslady_leia_solo on September 25th, 2011 10:12 pm (UTC)
I actually quite enjoyed this series. It does seem like Gossip Girl and in fact on the back of my copy, Cecily von Ziegesar wrote a blurb for the book. I can see why some people may not like it though. I think it's a fun little series myself.