Author(s): Michelle Madow
Edition: ARC, 382 pages
Publisher: Harlequin TEEN
Publication Date: February 25, 2014
Source: Received from author for review
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Savannah. Courtney. Peyton.
The three sisters grew up not knowing their father and not quite catching a break. But it looks like their luck is about to change when they find out the secret identity of their long-lost dad—a billionaire Las Vegas hotel owner who wants them to come live in a gorgeous penthouse hotel suite. Suddenly the Strip's most exclusive clubs are all-access, and with an unlimited credit card each, it should be easier than ever to fit right in. But in a town full of secrets and illusion, fitting in is nothing compared to finding out the truth about their past.
The premise of the book is not generally something I gravitate to, but I had previously read Michelle's other books, The Transcend Time Saga, and absolutely loved them! So when she contacted me about reviewing her newest book, The Secret Diamond Sisters, while it may not usually appeal to me, I agreed. And I'm so glad I did because this book is fantastic! Also I'm so happy the book got picked up by a major publisher! It'll give Michelle and her awesome writing so much more exposure, so that's awesome!
Savannah, Courtney, and Peyton are three completely different girls, but their bonds of sisterhood definitely bring them together. With their mother's drinking problem the girls have had to rely on each other to survive, with much of the burden fallen on Peyton and Courtney as the two oldest siblings. This has allowed Savannah to be a little more naive and carefree, which as the youngest of the three worked really well with her character. Character development is what Michelle does best, and the three sisters are fully developed, dynamic characters. The differences and similarities is what makes them work. As I said, each sister is different: Peyton is the alternative rebel, wanting to be free and on her own; Courtney is the hardworking nerd, always chasing after the best in everything; And Savannah is the happy-go-lucky dreamer, who's always wishing for the next bigger thing. But they also all contain such love for each other that their bond can stand up to a lot, even the high intensity, dizzying Vegas elite life style full of backstabbing and seduction.
Las Vegas itself is another character. Michelle has said on her blog that she vacations a lot in Vegas with her family, and it is one of her favorite cities. That's extremely apparent as she describes The Strip to a T. all the glitz and glamour that people expect from Vegas is there, but always with that undercurrent of danger. From what I've read Vegas isn't a city to mess around with; due to the massive amounts of money moved through the casinos crime can be rampant, and while that isn't in the book I think Michelle does a good job of always reminding you that there is much more to the city than meets the eye. But on a more fun note, the buildings are majestic, the people are glamorous, and the parties are epic, making me want to hop a plane on over.
I don't want to give too much away but I will say that hold on to your love triangles, because we got more of a pentagon going on here. There are a lot of boys in the Diamond sisters' lives, and wooh boy do things bounce around. Each of the guys are sexy as hell and offer a different perspective on life on The Strip for Savannah, Courtney, and Peyton. Some may be working with better intentions than others, though! Full of drama and romance, this was such a fun book to read. I think lovers of the Gossip Girl series or The A-List series will fully enjoy diving into The Secret Diamond Sisters! The book comes out February 25, 2014 and I'm part of an awesome seven day event celebrating all things Diamond. Check it out here AND enter my giveaway to win a signed copy of the book here! Happy reading!
Check out Michelle Madow's other books, The Transcend Time Saga!
Book Cover: 5/5
Book Title: 3/5
Overall: 43/50: B