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Friday, May 30, 2014

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Review: The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow

The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow

The Secret Diamond Sisters #1
Michelle Madow
Publication Date: February 25, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen

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.

I actually forgot I placed a hold on this. Then I got an email on April Fool's Day and I thought it was a prank, because no one is trustworthy on that day (even you, mom). I find that interesting because when I actually placed a hold, there was about 8 people, and it wasn't long ago. I was figuring I could wait until May. But nope, it was April.

Oh, and there were some pressures: The book is either a) the book is such a gem, everyone before me devoured it or b) the book was so terrible, it wasn't even funny.

Spoiler: It wasn't a or b.

The Secret Diamond Sisters is essentially a rags-to-riches story about three girls – Savannah, Courtney, and Peyton – who have a not so great life (I suppose that means poverty) and suddenly get sent to their father's – a billionaire and a hotel owner in Las Vegas – after their mother is sent to rehab.

Once in a blue moon I choose to read a Contemporary Romance novel, and if the unfortunate – I really do mean unfortunate since I don't usually like Contemporary Romance – author is really lucky, I would actually love the book.

Unfortunately – I really am saying unfortunate a lot, aren't I? – I didn't like The Secret Diamond Sisters, nor did I hate it completely. It's like a version of Sex in the City – or what I'm assuming to be. I would have to agree with other peeps that it basically teaches girls on what NOT to be. Essentially the book is about:
  • Jumping from guy to guy
  • Getting drunk
  • Partying all night
  • One night stands
  • Playboys and I suppose Playgirls exist as well? :p
  • Girls losing weight because they want to "fit in"
  • The whole mean girl crew in one – aka Madison
That above GIF is probably exactly what will happen to Madison. Just my 2 cents.

If I got a penny for each of those in the list that happened, I may be as rich as Adrian Diamond. But yeah... not the type of book for someone who:
  1. Does not like romance alone
  2. Has a hate relationship with Contemporary books 95% of the time
  3. Avoids above 2 like a drug as much as possible
That someone is by the name of Sophia Lin. And she's writing this review.

On the bright side, I did like the writing... and the format! Before/after every 4 chapters, in which each girl – Savannah, Courtney, Peyton and Madison – have their own chapters, there's basically a forum/gossip post that gives a basis on what goes down in the NEXT 4 chapters.

While I didn't really like The Secret Diamond Sisters, I suppose I wouldn't mind finding out what happens next. But in the meantime... I'll stick with Madow's other books (Transcend Time Saga), which are actually my type of books. The first one is just sitting there in my Kindle collecting dust. Oh, and it's FREE! ^o^

2.5 Owls

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Sophia is the owner and founder of Bookwyrming Thoughts, but also found on various parts of the internet. She's a 19-year-old communications major who has weird humor and doesn't fit the Asian stereotype (maybe a little). Books, chocolate, technology, and music are among some of her favorite things. For more of her work, visit her personal website.