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Envy (Luxe #3)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  17,201 ratings  ·  1,030 reviews
Jealous whispers.

Old rivalries.

New betrayals.

Two months after Elizabeth Holland's dramatic homecoming, Manhattan eagerly awaits her return to the pinnacle of society. When Elizabeth refuses to rejoin her sister Diana's side, however, those watching New York's favorite family begin to suspect that all is not as it seems behind the stately doors of No. 17 Gramercy Park South...more
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 405 pages
Published January 27th 2009 by HarperCollins Publishers
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Jen
This book was so deliciously addicting, I couldn't put it down. The Luxe series seems to get better with each book, as this one is currently my favorite in the series - I really liked the time spent with all the main characters, even the ones you love to hate. And I am of course on the edge of my seat in anticipation of the next book in this series, Splendor (release date unknown).
Donna
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Heather
Oh the angst! My heart bleeds. Henry made me cry. Diana made me grit my teeth and Elizabeth made me sigh in exasperation. What's next I ask you?

While this series is ridiculous and completely over the top, it is a fabby guilty pleasure read. I swear the characters, apart from Penelope, are a few grapes short of a bushel, but vati are they entertaining.

Penelope has successfully trapped Henry into marring her, but because she is an evil, scheming wench, he is refusing to bed her, lol. She is certai...more
Chloe
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Amber
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Angie
Third Luxe book and my favorite cover to date. Could just be that it's Diana on the cover and she's my favorite character...but I really like the dress. Actually, this is my favorite book of the three as well. And I really wasn't sure it would be. What with Henry and Penelope being...shudder. But this one seemed the most real. People grew up and, in a couple of notable cases, grew spines. Whether or not it will all be too little too late remains to be seen. The fourth (and final) Luxe book, Sple...more
Rachel
Nothing happens in this book. It is one long set-up for the next book (which I have heard is the last?). I was only mildly entertained by the change of scenery, but I was mostly annoyed at how none of the characters matured. Please! Penelope is still conniving, Diana is still naive, Elizabeth is still pathetic, Carolina is still clueless, and Henry is still drunk. Am I really supposed to believe that no one suspects the guy Elizabeth ends up marrying of having some kind of ulterior motive? And w...more
Anne Osterlund
Anna Godbersen’s Luxe series is an exercise in contradictions. Exquisite in its descriptions of the phenomenal wealth of turn of the century New York society. Outrageous in its catastrophic tumbling into the depraved values of said society. And drive-you-up-the-wall in its depictions of flawed selfish characters. For whom— for no discernible reason—you still wish things would go well.

Even though I hate Penelope (who I’m definitely supposed to hate). And I despise Carolina (who I still don’t want...more
Kaykay
OMG! so excited to read this! im a big fan! <3 for: big beautiful dresses, reading about drama, old days, etc.
Sarah MacLean
OMG. Anna Godbersen has done it again. The ending of Envy is so perfectly juicy...I just don't know how I will handle the wait for Splendor! 5 stars!
Jessica
I can't put these books down. What is it about them?
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sarah Bean the Green Bean Teen Queen for TeensReadToo.com

It's 1900 in New York, and scandal and gossip are never far behind.

Elizabeth Holland is back and everyone is awaiting her re-entrance into society. But things are not as they seem in No. 17 Gramercy Park. Elizabeth and her sister, Diana, are both grieving the loss of their loved ones. When the sisters are invited along on a trip to Florida by the newly married Schoonmakers, they decide this is the perfect escape.

Penelope Schoon...more
Kate
This third installment of the Luxe series was just as good as the first two books. The relationships between the characters are tangled and soap-opera dramatic, but nothing so confusing that I couldn't follow the story line from the first book. As with the first two books, the prologue hints at the ending, but by the time I got to the ending, what I had imagined to be happening was something entirely different - in a good way.

The one nit-picky thing that bugged me was how the author describes C...more
Stacey
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Alison
OK- let me just say.....there is a point in the book (towards the end) where you have a Scarlet moment (it cracked me up)- you will know what I'm talking about when you get to it.

I guess I should get online to see if there is a fourth book coming out (there better be)......I need more closure from the ending than what I got (but wasn't as bad as the second book-in terms of leaving you hanging).

I loved this series mostly because of all the romance/drama and really can you beleive that it doesn't...more
YA Reads Book Reviews
Envy is the third instalment in The Luxe series. It picks up right where Rumors left off, with enough scandal to drive even the calmest of readers’ crazy.

Mr Henry Schoonmaker – one of New York’s most eligible bachelors, and the love of Diana Holland’s life – has a new wife, and he’s not one bit happy about it, either. How could he be, when the love of his life is not the woman to whom he is now legally bound? Henry can’t even bring himself to look at Penelope with affection so how is he going to...more
Meera K.
OH GOD. I swear I've had a love hate relationship with these books. THEY'RE SO BAD THAT THEY'RE GOOD! Every minute I read Envy, all I was thinking about was some flaw with a stupid character in the book or the INCREDIBLY boring plot line. But I just HAD TO FIGURE OUT WHAT WOULD HAPPEN! And after I finished Envy at like 2 AM.. I got up and picked up Splendor. Doesn't sound like I hate them.. but believe me.. I HAVE SO MANY COMPLAINTS.

FIRSTLY: Stupid Characters
Elizabeth: Okay, I understand the tra...more
Traci
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Jenben8426
This series is just so Soap Opera"ish" to me! You get a couple together and then some evil character who looks absolutely beautiful comes and tears them apart. No one can say what is obvious to say which drives me bonkers. Again the book had potential but because of all the stupid drama it was hard to find the good. I think the story could have been much better and more entertaining if it wasn't so cliche. I again would say that this book needs to be read if you are 18 or older hence the adult t...more
Laura Graves
Review posted 9/14/2011 at EARphoria.


The society girls of New York are back with more intrigue and even more devilish schemes. There’s a certain drama to all of this that I should probably find cliché and overdone, but the truth is I can’t get enough of it. I feel constantly outraged by what these girls have to put up with simply because society says so. It’s been quite a journey for every character and I have one more book left. I was initially wary because I read a spoiler giving me a little i...more
Lady Knight
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Melissa
Aug 14, 2009 Melissa rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teens and adult women
Recommended to Melissa by: Nadine Jemmett
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Envy is not as enjoyable as Rumors because I only obtained more hatred for Penny and Lina and more sorrowful for the Holland Family. When is this author going to bring things around? I believe this book could have been left out of the series. I'm ready for the end and final book. My patience for some of the characters is waning. By the way, I'm still trying to piece Penelope into the prologue of this book. Maybe Anna Godbersen gave a prologue to both Envy and Splendor. I'm ready...more
Jay
The third novel in The Luxe series fell a little short at the beginning. Transporting the main characters and then some to Florida didn't particularly work, and the initial storyline could have worked just as easily back in New York. In saying that, though, it was good to see the characters in a different setting, but once again, it felt a little forced.

Once the Schoonmaker party et al returns back to the confines of the city, the story does pick up. Lina/Carolina does become much more sympathet...more
Merary
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Trisha
I feel the need to explain my rating! lol
So, the writing is still great and the story is still good - from the stand point of a story.

it's the content that's killing me!!!
I've spent two books getting to know the Holland sisters and really being their cheerleader. I'm rooting them on, hoping for good things. And I'm watching these two HORRIBLE HORRIBLE people Lina and Penelope win everything. EVERYTHING.

I know, I know. Maybe this is closer to real life, but seriously - I need a win in the corne...more
Rosey
One of my biggest pet peeves is when the star-crossed lovers have all these obstacles in their way that would be solved if THEY WOULD JUST TALK. I hate the whole "Oh he's acting differently than I thought. I'll make some dramatic conclusion and act on that without confronting him or waiting for an explanation. The consequences will be permanent and disastrous, but no need to stop and think about it. Here we go!"

Ugh. And what the hell, the exciting part about the last book was the promise that E...more
Olivia (Bookcomet)
I have absolutely no idea how the author does it, but each book in the Luxe series that she writes is better than the last. If you had asked me at the end of Rumours if I was looking forward to reading Envy, I probably would have answered: sure, but there is no way it could be better than Rumours. But it was.

In this book, we see all four main protagonists develop quite a lot. We see Penelope begin to break, Diana and Henry's relationship only takes a turn for the worst, Elizabeth has to overcom...more
AH
Anna Godbersen has a very nice writing style. It's formal, yet relaxing to read. Her third book in the Luxe series, Envy, continues the story of the Diana and Elizabeth Holland, Penelope Hayes, and Carolina Broad. The books take place in New York at the turn of the century and it gives us a glimpse of high society and the proper etiquette of the period.

The books are addicting. I enjoyed the The Luxe and Rumors so much that I read them both in one day. You feel for the characters and how they wer...more
Lani
These books are utterly trashy and terrible, and I think I buy them now because their covers are pretty. But I devour them and enjoy them anyway.

I shouldn't be surprised, but the series is really dragging out the star-crossed lovers aspect and its wearing a little thin. If the 4th book is the last though, all will be forgiven.

Unfortunately Diana didn't have the independence and flash that made her so endearing before, and in fact, none of the women were as strong as in the previous books. Too mu...more
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