Monday, 18 May 2009

Rumors: A Luxe Novel by Anna Godbersen

From Amazon: True love. False friends. Scandalous gossip. Welcome back to Manhattan, 1899. As rumors fly about the untimely demise of New York's brightest star, Elizabeth Holland, all eyes are on those closest to the dearly departed: her sister, Diana, the family's only hope for redemption; Henry Schoonmaker, the flame Elizabeth never extinguished; Penelope Hayes, poised to claim all that her best friend left behind; even Elizabeth's former maid, Lina Broud, who discovers that while money matters and breeding counts, gossip is the new currency.

There's something that bothers me about this series, and I'm not sure what it is. I enjoy the books, but I just don't find them to be the most compelling read -- I can easily put them down and not go back to them for days at a time.

Saying that, I do get caught up in the scandal and intrigue, and there are a couple of characters that I absolutely love: Diana and Henry, mainly. I also love the setting and the propriety, and the characterisation of the men. Who doesn't like a well-dressed, well-spoken heir to a family fortune?

Unfortunately, I already knew the shock ending of Rumors, so it wasn't quite the revelation that it was intended to be. That'll teach me for asking my friends questions about books I haven't read! I don't think it ruined my reading experience, I just missed out on the element of surprise.

I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series, and I'm interested to see where the characters go from here. I think The Luxe is like a slower paced, older version of Gossip Girl, which is why I was initially drawn to it. Oh, and the covers. They're lovely!

9 comments:

Chicklish said...

Great review. I've been wondering what you thought of this series and I keep forgetting to ask you! I agree that the covers are gorgeous!

Kate said...

I know what you mean about something not that compelling in the series. I have Rumours but after Luxe I keep putting off reading it. Great review :)

Kate said...

And I forgot to say, Diana is my favourite character. The covers are really pretty ^_^

Rebecca said...

I haven't read Rumors yet, but I know what you mean about being able to put them down easily. When I was reading the Luxe it took me a while because it was lacking something. Anyway, great review.

Adele said...

I have read the first a hundred pages and found that I just didn't care. I didn't really like any of the characters and there wasn't enough to grab me...hence no review because I didn't finish (which never happens). Great review.

Thao said...

Nice review Jenny. The cover looks so gorgeous but seems like the book doesn't live up to my expectation. I still want to give it a try in the future though.

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

Dinan and henry are my favourites too. And the covers.

Jess said...

I totally broke down and ordered this from the library. I've been having a tough time with YA fiction lately, so I am hoping to enjoy reading The Luxe.

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