Nov 22, 2014

Book Review: Luxe


Luxe #1
Anna Godbersen
Publication:  November 20, 2007 by HarperCollins

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.

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This book started off at a funeral of all things. I am intrigued to find out how the young woman died, but not that intrigued to suffer through the book.

My initial thought was, well this is dreadfully boring. The writing is dry and stiff. Very prim and proper. And the point-of-view, not that it should matter, is not in first person. I find that I get lost in first person far more easily.

I really was hoping the book would hook me and pull me in as much as the cover did, so I could buy the next book in the series which has an even more beautiful dress on the cover. It's red and, well, stunning!

I made it to chapter four on page forty-five. My rule is that if I don't absolutely want to read more by page fifty (forty-five is close enough) I stop reading. Why put myself through that?

There were definitely a couple of moments I was jealous of the characters. Like the part where they said they had a swimming pool in their basement. Whaaaattt??? I want that. No. I need that!

All and all, this was not the book for me, and I did not finish it.

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