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Saturday, 10 December 2011

***Review*** Splendor Luxe #4) by Anna Godbersen

On the Back of the Book

New beginnings.
Shocking revelations.
Unexpected endings.

As spring turns into summer, Elizabeth relishes her new role as a young wife, while her sister, Diana, searches for adventure abroad. But when a surprising clue about their father’s death comes to light, the Holland girl’s wonder at what cost a life of splendour comes.

Carolina Broad, society’s newest darling, fans a flame from her past, oblivious to how it might burn her future. Penelope Schoonmaker is finally Manhattan royalty – but when a real prince visits the city, she covets a title that comes with a crown. Her husband, Henry, bravely went to war, only to discover thar his father’s rule extends well beyond New York’s shores and that fighting for love may prove a losing battle.

In the dramatic conclusion to the bestselling Luxe series, New York’s most dazzling socialites chase dreams, cling to promises, and tempt fate. As society watches what will become of the city’s oldest families and newest fortunes, one question remains: will its stars fade away or will they shine ever brighter?

Pre Read Thoughts

I remember when I first read ‘The Luxe’, ‘Rumours’ and ‘Envy’ I couldn’t wait to the series finale so I got the US version. Just as it arrived though I became ill and didn’t read it – until now. I bought this off Amazon and I think I paid around $12 for it though the US RRP for the hardback is $17.99. Now the book says that it’s a first edition so I’m happy with that. After re-reading the other three books in the series I’m suddenly not so sure if I’ll like this book. So you see me approaching it with a small amount of hesitation. I hope that because this is my first time reading it though that I’ll get some enjoyment out of this. I prefer this US cover as the UK has some embellishments on it that distract from the dress. The synopsis is quite detailed and I like that. Now I just need to pick up the actual book. Wish me luck! 

Post Read Thoughts

I’m glad to finish the series if I’m honest, but only because it means I won’t have to force myself through any more of these. The stories just seemed too farfetched and straight off an over dramatic TV show. Gossip Girl springs to mind, but then again it always has when I read these books. I kept picking this up, reading a few pages and then putting it back down again. Nothing drew me into the book and that disappointed me. I also hated the how it ended. I wanted more than that and I feel Lina, Diana and Henry were all short changed. They deserved more than Ms Godbersen gave them. I got the feeling that the author only cared about Elizabeth’s ending and this was a huge disappointment. The writing was okay but once again I definitely would have had it edited more, all the action seems to take place in the final 60 pages and that’s not acceptable for me.

Diana has an epiphany in this one and I was just like “hallelujah! Finally woman!” I’ve detested her behaviour in the previous two books; I didn’t want her to be one of those girls who waste their life mooning over something they can’t have. Her secret lover, Henry grows up in this one. It was nice to see him finally take some responsibility for his actions; he even grew a pair when it came to his wife. Penelope has her downfall and it’s long overdue. I was happy with the way things turned out for her and she’s the only character that I can say that about. In contrast I hated how things turned out for Lina, I thought that she deserved Leland as well as the big house and the money. She deserved the fairytale. This is a book, the endings are meant to be perfect. I mean if anyone in the world was going to understand why Lina acted the way she did it was Leland. Although I have to say that I’m glad that she stopped denying Claire’s existence. What kind of person denies they have a sibling? This brings me to dear, sweet, dull as dishwater Elizabeth. She’s so perfect and this annoys me. I detested how she got the fairytale that the author was incapable of giving to anyone else. In keeping with the author’s bittersweet theme Elizabeth should have had something bad happen to her. A bit of tragedy might make her a bit more entertaining.

Overall I found this to be average, just like the rest of the series. The only thing I can form a strong opinion about are the endings and I want more than that from a book. I’ve invested time and money in them and I want to be able to enjoy them. Not much in this book stands out for me. I think that girls who like books similar to Gossip Girl will like this but if you want some depth in your stories then this isn’t for you.

My Rating
2 stars – it’s not so horrifically bad that I’d rather hurt something than read this but I’d hardly say that it entertained me. This evidently isn’t my kind of book and I accept that. I personally wouldn’t recommend it to you but there might be someone out there who would.

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