Thursday, 20 February 2014

7 Days of Secret Diamonds! DAY 2 - Review

Welcome to Day 2 of the Seven Days of Secret Diamonds event!
Each day for seven days, we will be counting down until the release day of The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow, with a special fun fact for each day from Michelle!

Thanks to the amazing Tiffany at About to Read for organizing this event (and for asking me to make the banners & buttons!)

Let's get started!
Event Schedule:
19 Feb – SDS giveaway hop mini-interview
20 Feb – SDS review
21 Feb – SDS Makeup favorites
22 Feb – My favorite Diamond
23 Feb – If I Woke Up in Vegas…
24 Feb – 7 Reasons I love my family/sisters
25 Feb – Happy release day!!!
Savannah and Evie’s friendship is based off a friendship that Michelle had in high school.

Others by Michelle Madow:

Timeless (Transcend Time #3)

Note. Michelle chose the quotes for all these bookmarks!

Review of the Secret Diamond Sisters!

Complete with glitz and glamour, romance and heartbreaks, this book transports you to the fabulous Las Vegas, and perfectly starts (what I believe) a brilliant series.

I really enjoyed this novel overall. Some parts (Savannah & Maddison) I wasn't into, but the glittering lifestyle of Las Vegas made some of these things go away.

When we start this book, we're not so sure as to what we are expecting. Getting straight into the heart of it all, at first we start to think that the mother has passed, but instead, it is something completely different. It brings forth something we didn't expect, and an issue that will constantly haunt them while they are in their new life in Vegas.

From the start I didn't like Savannah. Is this girl really 15? I thought she was 12, because of the way she was acting. Like COME ON! Already, I wanted to skip her chapters, and this feeling never left me throughout the book. IT. GOT. WORSE. I even a massive rant on Facebook because of her. She is infuriating, and in one particular part of the novel (Chapter 9), I started hitting the back of my head against my bed headboard!! If you have already started reading this book, or even if you haven't, I understand the feeling of wanting to skip her chapters, but you are literally just going to have to bare through them because you don't want to miss anything. All her insecurities and her worries about what others think of her is disgusting. The way that she would do anything, literally anything, just to fit in and to make everyone else happy. B**** YOU NEED TO BE HAPPY TO! SCREW EVERYONE ELSE!, this is want I wanted to scream at her for the entire novel. She was so naive as to what was happening and just wanted everyone to like her. Ok, the bit with her singing was all good and everything, but she still only did it because she wanted to make someone else happy, and only did it for them!

So, while I'm still ranting, let's talk about Maddison. She gets her own POV in this book, just like the sisters do. I honestly don't understand it, and the book would have been good without her in it. I think that if her pov wasn't in this book, then we would have had something to think about, and to see that she has ulterior motives. It would have made her more of a interesting character, because of the mystery on why she hates the girls. Now, all I see her as whiny and bitchy because she doesn't get her way, and because she feels threatened by the girls when she first hears about them coming to Vegas, like HELLO!! if you just talk to them, I bet they wouldn't be such a threat to you as you make them out to be (especially Savannah, she would have fallen in front of your feet and started kissing them). She is the typical mean girl, and even though she has mummy and daddy issues, she should understand that that is what it takes for her to stay living the lifestyle that she does. She complains about them having to skip dinners etc with her, but when they have the night off, she just shrugs them off for her friends. She seriously annoys me. 

Peyton, there are parts of her that I really admire and like, but the other parts is like WTF. This girl is seriously damaged, especially from her mother. You learn about some of the things that her mother has said to her etc and you start to understand the way that she is, but then she completely goes out and practically does what her mother accuses her of! I like how she speaks her mind to her father, who has just shown up in their lives, and she tries to make him react and to actually notice the sisters. I like how she sees the reality of everything, and not just the glitz and glamour of their new lifestyle. She is not easily swayed by her father's money, like her sisters (Courtney, to be nice to her new father, and Savannah, because she is materialistic). What I don't like about Peyton, is how she acts when she isn't around her father or sisters, she is literally trashy. Like cheating on her boyfriend, getting hammered (Aussie slang for getting wasted) and just overall being slutty. I like Jackson's part in this novel with Peyton, I think that he will be really good for her (even though most of the time she acts slutty to get him admit his feelings for her) if they actually get together. I was cheering for these two through the whole book, because I want Jackton (or Peyson)!

I absolutely love Courtney. I could relate so well to her, and I was looking forward to her chapters throughout the whole book! Her romantic interest in this book is easily the most complicated, and the most swoon-worthy. I love her actions and everything that she is interested in. She makes this book and if this book was just told from Courtney's pov, I would definitely be rating this 5 stars. Her perspective of everything makes her so relate able to book lovers like us, that she would be brilliant.

The way that Madow completely changes between characters is brilliant. Each character (liked or not), has her own voice and is completely different. You can tell straight away who each character is and who they really are.

I've been to Vegas before, and going on Courtney's adventures in the city made me feel like I was there again. Vegas is described in so much detail and if you haven't been there, this book makes you wish you had a chance to go!

The surprising thing about this book, was that it completely sucked me in. From the very first page until the last, I was wrapped in this story. Even though this book has some low points, and nothing really BIG happens in the plot (like the blurb leads you to believe), this book was addictive. I really wanted to find out more about what happened to lead the girls out of Vegas, and thought that that would be the big secret, but nope, we don't get any truth about it. Ok, the characters I didn't like slowed it down a little bit, but not that much to make me want to put the book down. I still wanted to keep on reading to find out what would happen next and to see what the big secret was, and if it would be revealed.

This novel was received for review via the author, Michelle Madow. This review is entirely my own, no bribery or any deals have been made to sway this review or change my personal opinion of the novel.

The Secret Diamond Sisters (Secret Diamond Sisters #1)
Released: 25 February 2014
Genre: Romance
Publisher: Harlequin TEEN (US)
Buy Me: Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble  |  Book Depository
At the Other End:
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.

Author Bio
Michelle Madow has visited Las Vegas every year since she was fifteen years old, and was inspired to write The Secret Diamond Sisters while walking through the beautiful Wynn Hotel. She grew up in the suburbs of Baltimore, then went to Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. She wrote her first novel, Remembrance, in her junior year of college, and later went on to self-publish it as book one in the Transcend Time Saga. She wrote The Secret Diamond Sisters in the year following graduation, and is so happy to finally share it with the world!

Michelle lives in Boca Raton, Florida, where she is writing more novels for young adults. She loves reading, spending time with family and friends, traveling, shopping, sunshine, Disney fairy tales, and Broadway musicals.

Find Michelle:
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