Author: Michelle Madow
Series: (The Secret Diamond Sisters #1)
Published: February 25th 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Categories: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult
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Summary: 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.
Review: It tried. It tried so hard but eventually, it somehow failed. I’m still not sure why I even took a chance when from the get-go, I was, you can say, apprehensive about the plot. And speaking of the plot, it has little to non-existent plot. The story for me was simply about these girls thrown to luxuriousness and doesn’t know what to do with it. Then add some lackluster boys to make up for the romance. Yes, a disaster was bound to happen. But one is to hope that things will turn out ok. But I fell flat on my face along with my hope.
Michelle Madow’s The Secret Diamond Sisters is about these three sisters (Savannah, Courtney, & Peyton) who were given a chance to know their father, after leaving them and their mother behind. It turned out that their father was pretty loaded. Adrian Diamond is not just your average rich guy, he’s really rich. Filthy rich. He owns numerous hotels and has big fat bank account. Their lives were about to change—drastically. Will things turn out great for the sisters now that their rich father decided to finally acknowledge them?
One of the girls described this turn of event in their life as “living in a Las Vegas fairy tale.” And I really think she described it perfectly. Oh were they living the life now. I felt like they were overwhelmed with the amount of privileges they got and it was pretty apparent that they don’t know what to do, or what not to do with it. I get that and it will take some getting used to, and for some parts I understand why there was hesitation. They didn’t come from complete poverty but I’m glad one of ‘em knows that money doesn’t grow from trees. And yes, I really agree with you Courtney; just because you can doesn’t mean you should.
But even though I share similar thinking, it was still so hard for me to relate on them. All of them. One even went and did things that she already knew the consequence and yet still knew how to justify actions with her I-don’t -care arrogance. Boy, aren’t you the drama queen. What an attitude! And the boys? Nah, I liked Dan Humprey, he was my favorite Gossip Girl character but Brett can’t hold a candle to him. Almost, if not all of the characters were trying so hard to fit in a role, accessorized to be one, but it was after all an unsuccessful attempt.
The romance left a lot to be desired. I don’t even know where to begin. Or should I just put it basically that I didn’t like it. Nada! Maybe I leave it simply like that.
The entirety was a bit childish to me. And although it has merits (hooray for positivity), I think it all boils down to the proper demographic. Either you will like it or hate it. Sadly, I think I’m gravitating to the latter. It was collectively boring to me. I don’t furiously hate it but it was bit messy to me. This is the reason why I don’t like to be overwhelmed with too many characters because it tends to sidetrack me, ultimately leaving me confused and disconnected.
Format: Advance Reader’s Copy
Preview Quote: “Not many people got to start their life over; it was the perfect opportunity to reinvent herself.” (from Uncorrected Galley Proof)