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Review: The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow

The Secret Diamond SistersTitle: The Secret Diamond Sisters

Author: Michelle Madow

Genre: YA Contemporary

Series: The Secret Diamond Sisters (Book #1)

Publication Date: February 25, 2014

Format: Paperback, 382 Pages

ISBN-10: 0373211090 (Harlequin Teen)

ISBN-13: 978-0373211098 (Harlequin Teen)

Reviewed by: Kaitlin

Synopsis:

Savannah. Courtney. Peyton. The three sisters grew up not knowing their father and not quite catching a break. But it looks like their luck is about to change when they find out the secret identity of their long-lost dad—a billionaire Las Vegas hotel owner who wants them to come live in a gorgeous penthouse hotel suite. Suddenly the Strip’s most exclusive clubs are all-access, and with an unlimited credit card each, it should be easier than ever to fit right in. But in a town full of secrets and illusion, fitting in is nothing compared to finding out the truth about their past.

Quick & Dirty: This book was a great read for any lovers of Mean Girls.

Opening Sentence: “You’re definitely coming to the movies with us tonight, right?”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

The Secret Diamond Sisters is about Savannah, Courtney, and Peyton, who have lived their lives in poverty, wrecked by their mothers drinking problems. Until now, they have never even met their father, and all they know is that their mother didn’t want them living his life- dangerous, she says. But when the sister’s mom is out in rehab, they must live with their father, who just happens to be billionaire Adrian Diamond.

This story is from four points of views —- Savannah, Courtney, Peyton, and Madison. A little confusing sometimes, but as long as you read the top of each chapter, you’ll be fine. Each character has a slightly different personality that makes them unique. Peyton uses a mean, snobby attitude as a defense when she feels threatened, Savannah is a sort of wannabe, Courtney is the responsible one, and Madison is the popular girl. They all gradually undergo changes as the book wears on. Peyton breaks her walls a bit, Savannah accepts herself, Courtney loosens up… To be honest, Madison doesn’t change much. I enjoy the changes in them, and generally liked the characters.

I did have a problem with this book as a whole. It was that, although a series of catfights, boy drama, and other girly problems fill the book, there wasn’t really an underlying problem. Maybe that they were wondering why their father didn’t contact them sooner? That was discussed during the first chapters. Their father’s hotel deal? Maybe, but it didn’t strike me as a large problem like saving the world is for many other books. When the book ended, there weren’t any large conflicts that were resolved before the ending… Mostly because there was no large conflict. Overall, the book had enough smaller problems to keep me hooked, but I wasn’t hanging on every word on the ending like I would for Percy Jackson, as Percy races in to defeat Kronos and save the Earth.

The male characters were all different and had their charms. There were many of them, to fit the large amount of girls telling the story. Damien, Oliver, Jackson, Nick, and Brett. The funny thing was, it wasn’t one for each of them. Oh, no. Betrayals, cheating, lies, followed every couple and most of the characters hooked up with at least two of these boys. This kept things interesting, and the romance dominated most of the storyline. The other half was the girl’s sudden change from poverty to being filthy rich.

If you like girly dramas and books about wild parties, teenagers, and steamy kisses, you will enjoy this. Any fan of Mean Girls won’t be able to resist The Secret Diamond Sisters, that’s for sure. It’s got everything a girl would want — makeup, clothes, hot guys, etc. I’d definitely recommend this to people who fit the above categories, you won’t regret it.

Notable Scene:

2: Posted on Monday 07/04 at 04:06 PM

I think the new girls will be there tonight too. The Diamond sisters. Rumor has it they arrived in the Diamond Jet this afternoon and were seen in the hotel lobby gazing around the place like they’ve never seen a casino in their life.

The Secret Diamond Sisters Series:

1. The Secret Diamond Sisters

2. Diamonds in the Rough (October 28, 2014)

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FTC Advisory: Harlequin Teen provided me with a copy of The Secret Diamond Sisters. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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