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Блясък (Luxe #4)

3.84  ·  Rating Details  ·  16,731 Ratings  ·  1,429 Reviews
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published December 3rd 2010 by Enthusiast (first published October 1st 2009)
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The Luxe
Rumors
Envy
Splendor
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Angela
Sep 21, 2010 Angela rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm kind of shocked that I'm giving this book one star, since I have been in love with the series thus far. Ann Godbersen's writing is as beautiful and captivating as ever in SPLENDOR and some very satisfying things do happen in it, but the ending was so disappointing that I felt as if I'd wasted my time getting attached to her characters. Here are the things about the way this book ended that bothered me.

1. The Snowden/Elizabeth plot line didn't feel completely developed. I wanted details about
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PurpleBootz13
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Alicia
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liz
May 06, 2010 liz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of YA romance
Recommended to liz by: no one
Shelves: girl-books
I picked up this series of books several months ago to fill my head with nonsense after Lariann died. Reading was a good distraction from the trauma of real life.I read a lot of books the months following, but these are the only ones I have decided I want in my personal collection. The Luxe, Rumors and Envy were a joy to read.

These books follow the life path or 4 young women between 1899-1900 as young New York City Socialites: Elizabeth, Diana, Penelope, and Carolina and their trials and tribula
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Maren
Aug 31, 2010 Maren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, ya
A total guilty pleasure book series - 1900 Gossip Girl, basically. I liked it, but I was kind of bummed out with the ending. I can see where the author was trying to go, with the Edith Wharton comparisons, but it was sad that Henry, specifically, didn't get to be happy.
Sarah
Feb 03, 2010 Sarah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
***Spoilers***
Stupid, stupid ending to the series. I wasn't that invested in the series and I still managed to be dumbfounded by how poorly it ended.

The only character that ends up with a remotely happy ending is Elizabeth. I actually really enjoyed her pairing with Teddy, although their story and the resolution with Cairns was a bit too... I don't know... something. Too quick? Too predictable. I'm not sure.

I can't really deny that Lina got her just desserts, and I actually liked that she was a
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Anne Osterlund
Everyone in Splendor is searching.

Diana in Cuba. Henry in the military. Elizabeth in the marriage she chose over abortion. Carolina who has bought her own mansion-next-door to the man she hopes will fulfill her wildest dreams. And Penelope. In the entirely foreign position of New York’s DISAPPROVAL.

The ultimate lesson in the ultimate epic of Ana Godbersen’s Luxe series is this. There is one person you can never escape from.

Yourself.

As EVERYONE has to learn. Eventually.

I think this was my favorit
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Virginia
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To explain my rating, I would give this book five stars right up until the last ten pages or so, which were horrendous.

"The Luxe" has been a beautifully crafted series, replete with gorgeous historical details and a sparkling world full of fascinating characters. At the center of this world, there were Diana and Henry, the core romance of the saga. After everything these two went through to be together, it is not just downright stupid that they would not end up together. It is also compl
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Tracy Hope
Nov 01, 2009 Tracy Hope rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Tiffany
Oct 29, 2009 Tiffany rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
For six months I have waited in anxious anticipation for the conclusion of the Luxe series. Now after reading I feel that a small part of me is broken. I will never look at the series with an excitement and happiness. Instead there will alway be this bite of sadness.

I understood why Anna took the characters where she did. It made sense and I can justify it in my mind. It still was bitterly sad to me and for that I just can't say I liked the book.

Diana has been my favorite character in these no
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Caroline (Words & Whispers)
This series had been winding down since the first book ended, and this books ends where I suppose it should have. I loved The Luxe and Rumors and Envy managed to keep me hooked, but Splendor was a little too much melodramatic plot twists and forced endings. While Penny remains as evil as ever, she ends ups with what she really wanted, and Carolina, the former lowly maid Lina, who I personally was starting to forgive and beginning to root for again, lost a lot of what she was gaining. Carolina's ...more
Ms. Schneeman
My heart is broken once again. Why do fictional characters toy with my emotions so easily?
Amber
Nov 07, 2009 Amber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I am saddened that this addiciting and pleasurable series is now over, I was pleased by the ending of this book. My initial assumptions about Elizabeth's new husband, Snowden Cairns, the former business partner of her father's, proved correct, as he was certainly not the knight in shining armor he seemed to be in the last book; however, his shocking treatment of a with-child Elizabeth was not quite as expected, and I am glad that the former Miss Keller found happiness elsewhere, as it was ...more
Libby
Jan 27, 2010 Libby rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Meghan
May 27, 2011 Meghan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think I have a love/hate relationship with this series. Okay, maybe love is too strong a word. Yay (sort of) for Carolina, a character I never really liked and don't really care about. Yay for Penelope who is out of character when she pushes aside appearances, exposes herself to censure very much earned by her behavior, and learns a lesson in humility.... but not really because all these people don't really seem to have consequences to any of their actions. And Diana? She abandons the only thi ...more
ஜLeahஜ
"A suitable ending to a pretentious tale."

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This series, at its heart, is a soap opera. A tabloid-esque drama circa 1900. I believe the ending fit this series perfectly, and I really couldn't foresee it any other way.

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Plot: 4.7/5 –A guilty pleasure through and through…Everything played out splendidly. I think, I always felt this is the way it should have went.
Characters: 4.5/5 –Conclusively, they all got what they deserved in the end. From the good to the bad.
The Feels: 4/5 --Not necessarily the c
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Ellen Lundström
Aug 05, 2015 Ellen Lundström rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, historical, own, 2015
Ah I'll just give this 5 for the hell of it. I love this series beyond belief and I love how Anna Godbersen didn't just let the story pan out like it could have done and gave it an unconventional ending.
Kelli
Jul 14, 2010 Kelli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great conclusion to a fantastic series. I am totally satisfied with the resolution of Elizabeth, Lina, Claire, Teddy, and Snowden's stories. The ending of Diana and Henry's stories, as well as Penelope's to some extent, left me so, so disappointed. It's been two days since I finished Splendor and I can't shake the sense of melancholy that settled on me after finishing it, all due to the bittersweet ending for Diana. It didn't make me not like the series, but I think I would have liked ...more
Einna
Jul 13, 2010 Einna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Devon
Dec 29, 2009 Devon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
*****SPOILERS******

Hey, I have to say that the first three books in this series were to die for. I mean, I read them over the course of a week- Christmas week to be exact. I mean, I went out of my way to find each book and bought the last two (rare, for me) because I couldn't wait for the library to get them to me.

But this one was good too, well- up to the last few chapters. Teddy and Diana were a couple that I very much related to, and I thought that it was downright shoddy of the author to co
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Sue
Oct 28, 2009 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: For those who are happy with realistic outcomes and not all blissful romance
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Roxy
I love this series and this fourth installment is just as addictive as the rest but i was SO disappointed with the ending!

So much of the last 2 books has been building up the relationship between Henry and Diana. And the reader wants it all to work out for them. The obstacle of Penelope becomes easily removed and all should be simple for the young lovers to really be together which is what the reader has been waiting for. I undertand the motivation of the move to Paris but for Diana to go to su
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paige
Dec 31, 2009 paige rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Adria
Feb 24, 2011 Adria rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I loved The Luxe, Envy and Rumors, but this book was a huge disappointment to me. So much of the plot just seemed overdone like Elizabeth's situation with her new husband. And it seemed like no one except Lina got what they deserved. Penny got exactly what she wanted, in guessing that she really didn't want to the prince. I think she really just used him as he used her as a way to try to tell Henry she didn't need him anyway. And Henry was so cheated from the happiness he should have had because ...more
Laura
Sep 30, 2015 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have difficulty reviewing this objectively, as I love the Luxe series more than I care to admit. But Splendor is a bold and fitting ending to the series. Godbersen isn't afraid to make difficult choices about her characters, which I appreciate, yet I think she'll still please fans of the series. A fantastic finale.

* NOTE: I read this in manuscript format so there will most likely be changes between now and publication.
B.A.  Wilson
Apr 02, 2016 B.A. Wilson rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
What? Noooooo! :(

I typically accept a way an author wants to end their book, whether it aligns with my hopes for the characters or not, but it is not okay to go and change the personalities, hopes, dreams, and desires of the characters in the final few chapters. You can't spend 4 books telling me who people are, and then just change it at the last second to create some flip, disappointing, untrue to character, and completely in satisfying ending.

I mean, you can, but I can't be okay with that. I
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Jay
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Janelle
Apr 11, 2011 Janelle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
I'm a little underwhelmed with the finale to this four book series. The romance in the series was mostly well written and focused but the last book almost went too many places with the affections of its main characters; as if to throw the reader off and surprise them but I guess it didn't surprise me.

There were some loose ends and oddities that bugged me throughout the series that causes me to give this book (the last) a three star. Relationships that were pivotal to many storylines just kind of
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Abby
Jul 24, 2013 Abby rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Here's my basic thought on this four-book series: I wanted to like it. I really did! I urged the characters on to better each of their current situations, but, without fail, each managed to muck things up even more. I truly love fiction because things so very out of the ordinary can happen. Sometimes characters make choices that I don't understand or agree with, but many times they can manage to pull things together in the end. This series? EVERY character makes a royal mess of their lives. Few ...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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