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review 2015-04-30 22:56
“A man is made in the rough-and-tumble of the world a lady emerges from the flossy back rooms of her own imagination.” --Anna Godbersen, Envy
Envy: A Luxe Novel - Anna Godbersen,Nina Siemaszko

Book Title:   Envy

Author:  Anna Godbersen

Narration:  Nina Siemaszko

Series:  The Luxe #3




❖❖Why I picked that quote:  It's wicked cool.  Very 1900's❖❖




My Rating:


Plot:   4/5  

Characters:  4.8/5

Theme:  3/5  Hopefully in the end the "message" will be that it never pays to be a gold digger. 

Flow:  4/5

Originality:  4.8/5  I've never read anything quite like this.  Like a kind of Historical Soap Opera. 

Book Cover:  4/5  Pretty dresses galore for this series. 

The Feels:  4/5  I mostly  felt anger towards Penelope.  Love to hate her. 

Narration:  3/5 I swear she pronounces a lot of words incorrectly.  It's unnerving.

Ending:   4/5  Cliffhanger:   Yes,  Amazingly Henry steps up...sorry little spoilerish. 


Overall Rating: 4.2/5 Stars




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 South.

Farther uptown, Henry and Penelope Schoonmaker are the city's most celebrated couple. But despite the glittering diamond ring on Penelope's finger, the newlyweds share little more than scorn for each other. And while the newspapers call Penelope's social-climbing best friend, Carolina Broad, an heiress, her fortune—and her fame—are anything but secure, especially now that one of society's darlings is slipping tales to the eager press.

In this next thrilling installment of Anna Godbersen's bestselling Luxe series, Manhattan's most envied residents appear to have everything they desire: Wealth. Beauty. Happiness. But sometimes the most practiced smiles hide the most scandalous secrets...


My Thoughts:


I do believe I liked Envy better than Rumors.  It was scandalous, yet adventurous.  Carolina or Lina was infinitely more likable and Penelope was...well, a bitch, to say the least.  Diana surprised me and Elizabeth, well Elizabeth...I feel kind of sad for her. 


Oh yeah, Henry is a dumb ass...but there may be hope for him yet.


Sadly, reviews for Book #4, Splendor have me worried though, it doesn't seem like many people liked it.  :(


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review 2015-01-01 20:51
Rumors by Anna Godberson
Rumors: A Luxe Novel - Anna Godbersen,Nina Siemaszko

This is second book in the Luxe Series by Anna Godberson.




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, poised to claim all that her best friend left behind—including Henry; even Elizabeth's scheming former maid, Lina Broud, who discovers that while money matters and breeding counts, gossip is the new currency.

As old friends become rivals, Manhattan's most dazzling socialites find their futures threatened by whispers from the past. In this delicious sequel to The Luxe, nothing is more dangerous than a scandal . . . or more precious than a secret.



My Thoughts:


This series is like a soap opera, and I could see it as a TV show on the CW network, and I would probably watch it.  It might be worth it alone just for the pretty dresses.


The year is 1899 and Elizabeth Holland has just offed herself, or did she?  Now they are on the cusp of the new year and rumors are flying rampantly around about her demise and what her naughty sister Diana is up too.  There's more from Lena and her crew, always stirring up trouble for the Holland sisters.  Penelope is ever present as the queen bitch, deviously conniving her way to the top.  Sounds just like an overly dramatic soap, huh.  That's why I have to say this series is like a guilty pleasure for me.


I listened to this on Audio with Nina Siemaszko doing the narration.  This narration is better than the first book, because I could actually hear it.  Their were some mispronounced words and misnaming of people in one particular scene, although I don't know if the latter is the fault of the narrator, but anyway they did lessen my enjoyment of the book.  The narrator gets a 3.5 Star rating.



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review 2011-08-07 00:00
The Luxe
The Luxe - Anna Godbersen,Nina Siemaszko DNF. Seemed as it would be very predictable. Maybe one day I'll try it again and see if my feelings were right.
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