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Envy (Luxe #3)

3.91  ·  Rating Details  ·  20,382 Ratings  ·  1,161 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 Sout
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 405 pages
Published January 27th 2009 by HarperCollins
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Dec 01, 2010 Ciri rated it really liked it
I hate Penelope.
Feb 03, 2009 Jen rated it it was amazing
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).
Jan 31, 2009 Donna rated it liked it
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Jan 24, 2012 Heather rated it liked it
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
Nov 10, 2009 Rachel rated it it was ok
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
Feb 08, 2009 Chloe rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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Feb 04, 2009 Amber rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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Feb 11, 2009 Angie rated it liked it
Shelves: good-uns, bibliocrack
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
Sep 20, 2009 Kaykay rated it really liked it
OMG! so excited to read this! im a big fan! <3 for: big beautiful dresses, reading about drama, old days, etc.
Anne Osterlund
Jan 14, 2011 Anne Osterlund rated it liked it
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
Feb 16, 2009 Jessica rated it liked it
I can't put these books down. What is it about them?
May 08, 2016 Jessica rated it liked it
Same level of interesting enough to keep me reading but not amazing enough to be considered a favorite or one I would read again as the others. I did enjoy the twists and turns of the end, and can't wait to see the conclusion in the last book.
Sarah MacLean
Jan 30, 2009 Sarah MacLean rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, romance
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!
Meera K.
Mar 26, 2011 Meera K. rated it liked it
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
Mar 16, 2009 Traci rated it it was ok
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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
Feb 17, 2009 Kate rated it liked it
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
Mar 11, 2009 Stacey rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-fiction
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Dec 27, 2014 Dannalie Diaz rated it liked it
Such irritating characters, such spoiled rich kids, yet such an addicting series. Still waiting for that plot hole in book 1 to be addressed, though...
This book was better then the second book, Rumors, but still not as good as the first book in the series.

Penelope is still a sneaky bitch who uses people to get what she wants. And what she wants is Henry to love her as a man should love his wife, but how can he when he loves Diana. So on a trip to Florida, when Henry and Penelope finally have sex, and he rejects her right after, she decides to clam she is pregnant to get Henry to stay with her. Of course, the consequences of her actions only p
Jul 06, 2009 Alison rated it really liked it
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
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Sep 11, 2010 YA Reads Book Reviews rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 16, 2013 Trisha rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned-physical
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
Apr 26, 2010 Jenben8426 rated it it was ok
Shelves: adult
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
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How could all of them mess up so many things so badly? Hopefully Book 4 will be the conclusion/happily ever after book, though I'm not sure if any of them truly deserve one, except Elizabeth Holla
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Apr 02, 2016 B.A. Wilson rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
It's more secret, lies, gossip, scandal, and drama, as expected.

I both like and hate that I zoned out on some chapters of this book and still easily picked right back up with the story, without rewinding my audiobook. The plot moves forward, but it's never so complicated or fast that I can't jump into the story at almost any point and quickly figure out what is going on with the characters.

It's almost like a TV show. I might not want to miss an episode, but if I do, I can still watch the next
Hessa Issa
Jan 22, 2016 Hessa Issa rated it liked it
I loved the first two so much more. Though I loved the ending, I felt the middle dragged a bit.
Arya *Bibliomaniac!* Stark
Yeah...Shouldn't have even attempted.
Petty, petty, petty, PETTY.


Like, this story did not have my attention or interest at ALL and I swallowed through it just so I can reach my 2016 reading goal...



This book makes me glad that I was never popular, or society's envy driven, boyfriend or dress driven. Cuz if I had a life like that...ugh. I would be the first person to commit suicide because I had everything.


No, no no no and no.

Mar 07, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it
This was so good! I can't wait to read the next book.
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Dec 11, 2015 Roselyn - bookmarkedpages rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
This series continues to be a fun, light read. Yes it's fluff, but there is a surprising amount of seriousness to it too. I zipped through Envy and enjoyed the detailed descriptions, spirited characters, fast paced plot and historical setting.

I read a review that contained an abundance of spoilers, which is extremely annoying because it isn't quite so fun to read a book if you know how everything will turn out. So while I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as the other two, its most likely due
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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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