Wednesday, September 3, 2008

The Luxe by Anna Godbersen

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.

This book was better than I expected. The classic tale of forbidden love, betrayal, jealousy, and deceit was the key elements in this story. The plot wasn't original, but I found that it didn't make the story any less enjoyable; and the fact that is was set in the Victorian era didn't hurt either. Most the characters were likable -- yes even the conniving Penelope Hayes. Anna Godbersen weaves a tangled web of a story and I cannot wait to read the Next installment.


simply_megan said...


I just read this book and loved it! It reminds me of Gossip Girl, except in 1899, which I think makes the book a lot better.

wdebo said...

I loved this book (I reviewed it too) it was so great! The characters had such meaning in them! Also, I know this isn't the place to say, but you didn't have a cbox, I was wondering if you wanted to do a link exchange? Maybe?

wdebo said...

Hey, I am pretty sure a link exchange is when you get your favorite blogs list and add each others blogs. I am kinda new too, so im pretty sure thats what it is, I mean thats what I do lol! :)