Monday, May 10, 2010


by Anna Godberson

# of pages: 400
Age Range: 13+
Rating: 4/5

A spring turns into summer, Elizabeth relishes her new role as a young wife, while her sister, Diana, searches for adventure abroad. But when a surprising clue about their father's death comes to light, the Holland girls wonder at what cost a life of splendor comes.

Carolina Broad, society's newest darling, fans a flame from her past, oblivious to how it might burn her future. Penelope Schoonmaker is finally Manhattan royalty—but when a real prince visits the city, she covets a title that comes with a crown. Her husband, Henry, bravely went to war, only to discover that his father's rule extends well beyond New York's shores and that fighting for love may prove a losing battle.

In the dramatic conclusion to the bestselling Luxe series, New York's most dazzling socialites chase dreams, cling to promises, and tempt fate. As society watches what will become of the city's oldest families and newest fortunes, one question remains: Will its stars fade away or will they shine ever brighter?

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Luxe series, let me explain. The Luxe books, are, in the simplest form, Gossip Girl in the 19th/early 20th century. Rich girls, steamy romances, secrets, betrayals, and the fight to be the "it girl" of Manhattan. Yet, at the same time, this series is filled with well thought out plots, multi-layered characters, and beautiful writing.

Splendor is the fourth and final book in the series so I was anxious to read it after finishing Envy, the third novel, a few months before. The book starts out about a few months or so after Envy ended with Penelope brooding, Elizabeth adjusting, Diana searching, and Lina spending.

The four girls all go through revelations in this novel and truly find themselves by the end. We also see relationships form, and end, as well as certain characters finally getting what they deserve after living on top of a pile of lies.

I though this was a great way to end the series, I felt like there was a lot of closure as well as hope for new beginnings among certain characters. The only thing that annoyed me though was how "old" the characters were. Often I had to remind myself that they were at the oldest, eighteen! They were all so mature, but not necessarily in the responsible sense. Other than that though, the book was quite good.

What I love about these books is the gorgeous writing, and the shocking plot that never ends without a twist or turn. Anna Godberson is definitely an author to watch out for the in future, I can't wait to see what else she will bring into the YA world.

If you liked these novels be sure to check out:

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
Gossip Girl: Cecily Von Zeigesar
Pretty Little Liars: Sara Shepard
Privileged series: Kate Brian
The Clique series: Lisi Harrison

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Robby said...

I've been dying to read these books. Thanks for your review!

Okapi said...

I didn't like Splendor as much as the rest of the series, but I'm glad you enjoyed it! :)

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