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Rumors (Luxe #2)

3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  30,240 Ratings  ·  1,674 Reviews
As rumors continue about the untimely demise of Elizabeth Holland, an outwardly stricken Penelope Hayes determines to use any means necessary to claim her friend's pre-eminent place in 1899 Manhattan society and to get and keep the attentions of Elizabeth's former fiance, the wealthy Henry Schoonmaker."
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 423 pages
Published June 3rd 2008 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published January 1st 2008)
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Jan 24, 2012 Heather rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Gossip Girl and Soap Opera fans
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Nov 28, 2008 Liv. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mm..I'm really torn with this book.

Okay, this book was good. Really good. Which is shocking because I found the first one to be a tad bit boring. I don't know why, but this one is SO MUCH BETTER! Maybe it is because the author didn't have explain too much and could just dive right into all the scandals of 1899 Manhattan. Ah, boy, did I eat it up. Each character's story-line was really interesting and each had their own distinct voice. It was just...really fantastic.

BUT. Oh yes, the but. I'm sure
Mar 15, 2010 Anya rated it it was ok
Man, this book was painful to read. I thought I would scream if I had to read about Diana's "heart-shaped face" one more time. The author seems to think every noun must always be paired with a lavish adjective. And she could be way too descriptive when it came to clothing and luxury items. Focus more on your characters and less on their clothing. As for the characters, I can't say I was particularly enamored with any of them. Diana, who seemed to fit the Unconventional Independent Girl mold in t ...more
Jan 07, 2009 Haleh rated it it was amazing
amazingly wonderfully fantastically gooood!

WARNING: If you plan to read the first one (The Luxe) you might not want to read this because it gives away info from the end of the first book. just fyi.

Manhattan, 1899. The drama amongst the most admired people in Manhattan’s social scene continues in this gripping sequel, Rumors, by Anna Godbersen. I chose to read this book because I read the first one, recommended by my sisters, and had to know what was going to happen next. This book is filled with
Sep 26, 2008 Traci rated it liked it
Recommends it for: teens who like the Gossip Girl or Clique books
While Ms. Godberson won't be winning any awards for her writing soon- (how many times can anger or rage "burn down the back of her throat" weird- sounds like reflux to me. When she describes the men at the ball with their heads looking like "soft boiled eggs" above their collars. Weird again.) She can produce a good soap opera-type book. The plot was interesting enough that I didn't even realize that I was 250+ pages into the book. I find the most interesting part for me is the whole Diana, Peno ...more
Mar 07, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing
I personally liked Rumors a bit more than The Luxe, although The Luxe was very good. The end though! My heart still hurts!
Jan 13, 2009 Angie rated it liked it
Shelves: good-uns, bibliocrack, ya
Well, everyone's in love with the one person they can't have and no one seems to be able to communicate their woe to anyone who could help. Must be Tuesday in Luxeland. Rumors is the second volume in the Luxe series and, as the deep red dress and haughty gaze of the cover model suggest, things are just getting worse and worse for our crew of Manhattan debutantes/bachelors/scheming underlings. I checked this copy out from the library and the girl at the checkout desk smiled knowingly and said, "I ...more
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Apr 02, 2016 B.A. Wilson rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
This is a good second book, as it definitely increases the scandal and drama, which is what makes the series work.

I keep hoping the characters will grow a bit deeper and become more three dimensional. Sometimes, they feel more like caricatures of high society types, rather than like real people with complex emotions and hopes. There are hints of what ticks beneath the surface of every girl, but the story never digs down deep inside of those moments. Part of that is the light, airy nature of the
paula moreira❥
Keeps getting better...
Arya *Bibliomaniac!* Stark
Turtles move faster and are more entertaining than this book.


Ok, gonna be honest, I didn't actually finish the book. I just couldn't, it was that bad.

First off, it is way too repetitive. Guess how many times a girl was described with a heart shaped head. Go on, take a guess.


It was used as a description 20 FREAKING TIMES.

Which is kind of unfortunate, because all I could imagine was this....


Oh but let's not forget the males. Do *all* the men have "broad cheeks, sharp nose and brows"? Becaus
Jun 09, 2008 Cassie rated it really liked it
*cries* The ending! Argh! I'm torn between wanting the next book desperatly and wanting to pretend I never read the last few chapters......... I was actually near tears at the end, and I never cry at books. Granted, I didn't cry at this end either, but still. I was as close as I ever get.

More coherent review coming someday when I get over the shock of this ending.
Anne Osterlund
Jul 01, 2009 Anne Osterlund rated it liked it
Rumors was fun. I somehow found myself liking Diana (as well as the tabloid reporter she snitches to) even though I could barely stand her in the first book. This is, IMO, quite impressive. The ending was Ahhh! Must read third book now.
I liked the first book in this series more than I expected, but this second one has me a little disappointed. It's still the same sort of story, drama and backstabbing and not too much substance, but I felt like in The Luxe at least a lot happened, in this one that didn't really seem to be the case until the end. But even the ending was really abrupt and not very satisfying, it didn't feel like a complete story, which the first book did manage to do.

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Jan 07, 2016 Elizabeth rated it it was ok
Me gustó la historia pero me pareció muy lenta, con demasiada descripción , por ejemplo cada vez que salían describían el paisaje o cada vez que iban a una fiesta describían como iban vestidos, sé que eso enriquece la historia y nos dá un a imagen más completa pero creo que fué demasiado. También creo que está de más que aclaren cosas que ya sabemos como situaciones pasadas que ya leímos y sabemos y te las vuelven a repetir que aunque traten de aclarar me parece que solo alarga la historia y me ...more

“I won't say she was silly, but I think one of us was silly, and it wasn't me!”- Wives and Daughters


DNF at page 108, because the characters were acting so silly that I wanted to bop them over the head with a hammer.

I tried people. I really tried. But the characters were so immaturely childish and insipid that I couldn't go on any more. I did, however, read the rest of the series (thanks Wikipedia!) and wasn't very impressed.

I did read about my hometown however (Bakersfield, woot woot!!). And
So, why I am rating this book so high? Because the train-wreck events these books carry are so entertaining!

First off, Rumors was so much better than its predecessor. While The Luxe is catty and scandalous, it was also a little frigid and predictable. Now Rumors is another story. While it preserves its dramatic image, its events are so u
Oct 21, 2008 Holly rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Historical Fiction Fans
I found Rumors to be extremely enjoyable. It brought back many of our main characters from The Luxe and grew with them. I love historical fiction books and this definitely satisfies my thirst for a while. Set in Manhattan in 1899, Rumors is about, well, rumors, canniving old friends, and greed. As someone else mentioned, Rumors is a bit like a soap opera and quite petty at times. Some of the characters grate on my nerves at times when I don't think they are supposed to. Anna Godbersen writes her ...more
Apr 29, 2011 Elizabeth rated it did not like it
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Jul 15, 2010 Susan rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Readers who like: surprises/unexpected twists/gossip/drama
After reading Rumors, I finally understood what was lacking in the Luxe series. The whole series is just too fast-paced (despite each book having like 450 pages). There are some particular moments that could have been more detailed or savored, especially in this book. (Like what about the time when Elizabeth spent at California with Will? What about the struggles that Elizabeth had to do to try to meet her true love?)

I've realized now that the Luxe series aren't based only one particular charac
Feb 13, 2014 Lna26hp rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3,5 en realidad.
Sigue la estela del 1º libro, aunque con mayor fuerza ahora que los personajes ya se nos presentaron con todo su esplendor y apariencias.
Continúan las idas y venidas de sus 4 protagonistas, con nuevos personajes, algún que otro giro (aunque en conjunto es una novela pausada), escarceos, envidias y tejemanejes de la época, sobre todo en el último tercio del libro, donde deja todo muy interesante para su siguiente continuación.
Dannalie Diaz
Dec 25, 2014 Dannalie Diaz rated it liked it
Not bad. At least one plot hole from the previous book that I thought would be answered in this book was not answered, but maybe next book? Fast read for anyone looking for a scandalous (though predictable) 1800s society story.
Mar 02, 2016 Jessica rated it really liked it
I know the target audience is about 10 years younger than me but these are just too much fun so I don't care. Backstabbing and love triangles and scandal galore + pretty dresses = a very much entertained Jessica.
Jul 25, 2013 Lulufrances rated it liked it
I was fully prepared to write a review along the lines of "typical second installment with nothing unforeseen happening" but the last twenty-something leave me a bit dazed and unable to write just that.
Yes, it is a typical second installment and thus a bit slower than book one...but boy.
Things happen!
Albeit in the last few chapters but I'm still slightly taken aback...

While I'm still a bit freaked out, let me leave you with this: I really want to have the wardrobes these girls have
Apr 03, 2015 Ally rated it really liked it
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Anna Motteler
Nov 15, 2010 Anna Motteler rated it it was amazing
I loved this one a lot more than I loved the first one. The ending to this one made me want to launch the book across the room but if I would've done that, I probably would have hit the teacher and gotten in trouble. But anyway, I almost cried at the ending of this book & I'm scared to read the third one because I was so happy throughout this book UNTIL THE END.

But I know I'm going to read the third one anyway... aha.
Feb 02, 2016 Lydia rated it liked it
I think I actually enjoyed the sequel to this book more than the first one.

The characters were more developed and it became more interesting as the plot progressed. Once again, Godbersen does a really nice job of creating the old-style New York atmosphere. She writes it well and manages to make fun of it without being too pretentious.

It looks like a thick book but I read it really easily. I didn't, however, go on to read the third or even fourth book in the series. I would be curious to see wh
Feb 28, 2010 Jade rated it it was amazing
OMG! I am in the middle of reading this book it is so unpredictable, you think that something is going to happen and it doesn't! LOL!
Really good book.
Dec 28, 2014 Megan rated it it was amazing
I finished a little more than half of this book today, I had to. Everything was getting so interesting that I had to know how it ended. I didn't expect the ending it did have though that's for sure. I had something completely different in mind that could have happened. I am glad that I have the third and fourth book, if I had to leave off here I probably would've ripped my hair. If anyone is thinking about reading these books I encourage them to do so. Especially if you like Gone with the Wind o ...more
Mar 21, 2016 Veronika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Im se to an těch posledních stranách stalo? Může mi to někdo krucinál vysvětlit?!?! ...more
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Anna Godbersen was born in Berkeley, California, and educated at Barnard College. She currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband.
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