Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Splendor...a gushing YA review

Jacket description:
"A 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 girls wonder at what cost a life of splendor 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 that 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?"

Typically, this is a book that I would include with my monthly mini-reviews as it's the fourth book in a very popular series, but I just really felt I had to give it its own spotlight. You see, The Luxe series by Anna Godbersen is really my guilty pleasure in reading...but one that isn't so guilty that millions of others don't love the books as well. They have everything I typically do not care for in a book: excessive romance, gossip, catty women, and betrayal after betrayal. But...I love them. And I really loved Splendor.

Don't keep reading if you plan to read the other books in the series first!!!! Spoilers!!

So, Splendor picks up right where Envy left off and wraps up all of these wonderfully written characters and their lives quite nicely (though I'm so bummed the series is over). We are given the same main characters again: Elizabeth, Diana, Penelope,  and Carolina, each with their own secrets, their own love lives, and their own deliciously described wardrobes.
Godbersen is incredibly talented in the way of drawing her reading into the lives of these characters and not letting them go until we have had the experience of being in late 19th century New York City. I am just in love with these books! And not just for the writing, but the covers look so pretty on my bookshelves. Those dresses! Sigh. To be able to wear just one of those for a day.

Overall review: 5 out of 5
Hand this to your fans of Gossip Girl and the like. Much better written, but along the same lines.

Anyone else loving this series and sad that it's ending?

Splendor: A Luxe Novel
Anna Godbersen
400 pages
Young Adult
October 2009
Book is my own copy

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Abby said...

I know! I've loved all the Luxe books. I hope that Anna Godbersen starts a new series!!

Jennifer said...

Well, I haven't read them - don't read much YA - but I know my library teens love them. So, I am excited that Godbersen is starting a new series! It's coming out this fall, titled Bright Young Things. It isn't showing available on my vendor now, but I think it's coming out in October.

Staci said...

I need to get on the bandwagon with these and read #1!

Shelley said...

What caught my eye in this review was the reference to the nineteenth-century NY setting. As someone who uses a 20-century setting, I'm happy to see historical fiction based in more recent times, rather than the Middle Ages (not that there's anything wrong with that)!

Amanda said...

I'm so glad to know I'm not alone...I really do love these books. It's funny to look at all of my bookshelves and see pretty serious choices and then, The Luxe series!