After bidding good-bye to New York's brightest star, Elizabeth Holland, rumors continue to fly about her untimely demise.
All eyes are on those closest to the dearly departed: her mischievous sister, Diana, now the family's only hope for redemption; New York's most notorious cad, Henry Schoon-maker, the flame Elizabeth never extinguished; the seductive Penelope Hayes,...more
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 ...more
I have a rule about never moving on in a series if I rate the first book 3 or less stars but I have broken that rule and I'm so glad I did. Rumors is definitely better than Luxe. It's dark, shocking, and sickeningly delicious. If you're not sure about moving on in the series I'm here to tell you to go for it. But it's not for the faint of heart - not only is there not a happy ending, but it's all around worst case scenario for everyone.
The characters - augh! I loathe them and yet ...more
The pacing of this book was much better than the first. I liked the scandal and gossip. The writing style is easy to read and flows nicely. Definitely better than the 1st book, but nothing special. The ending pissed me off and I am NOT HAPPY with the developments... I'm going to read the next in the series so that I can find out what happens next.
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 ...more
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"? ...more
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 ...more
More coherent review coming someday when I get over the shock of this ending.
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 ...more
I love Rumours . It's just beautiful.
Like the first book, the atmosphere was the best thing about this book; you can't help getting swept away into the glamorous, forbidden world of New York society, and watching the fancy balls and stolen kisses as though you're really there and spying on the characters yourselves. It's a delicious social scene; captivating and colourful and luscious.
The descriptions of the gowns the girls wore were mouth-watering. I loved the scenes ...more
This book is a quick read with plenty of action, blackmail and unexpected mischief going on behind closed doors.
The Hollands are in mourning for Elizabeth so the mother takes to her bed in a grief related illness. This leaves Diana to fend for herself ...more
I've realized now that the Luxe series aren't based only one particular ...more
(view spoiler)[ I also felt like they only ...more
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.
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 ...more
But I know I'm going to read the third one anyway... aha.
It's kind of sad how these books don't make me feel anything, no matter what terrible evens take place. But these books are addictive. Kind of a guilty pleasure. The situations and dynamics between all of these characters changed a lot in this book and I need to know how this will play out. I'm actually really enjoying this series so far. Onto the next one!
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