The Secret Diamond Sisters By Michelle Madow
Published 25 Feb 2014 By Harlequin Teen
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.
So. Much. Fun.
And how gorgeous is this cover?!
I know — this book has gotten a lot of flack online for many reasons, and while I do think some of them are valid, I have to say that personally, I had a lot of fun reading it. The Secret Diamond Sisters reminds me a lot of Gossip Girl and if you’re not a fan of the “typical shallow rich girl” stereotype, this book is probably not for you. The Secret Diamond Sisters is shallow, juvenile and certainly one of the lighter reads, but its exactly these types of books that I find so difficult to put down because they’re just so darn addictive.
The Secret Diamond Sisters are a predictable bunch. There’s the rebellious older sister Peyton, the responsible middle sister Courtney and the naive youngest sister Savannah. They’ve always lived under the care of their alcoholic mother and grandmother, until one day their mom spirals out of control and needs to check herself into rehab. In comes Adrian Diamond, Vegas’ wealthiest hotel owner revealing himself as their long lost father.
Was this book perfect? No. It was predictable and in some parts, a little bit uncomfortable — especially the conscious and highly questionable decisions that Savannah makes (including allowing guys feel her up!). Savannah is incredibly naive, and for that reason it keeps me on my toes, worrying over her every step. If there was an unbearable sister, it would be Peyton. Try as she might to be rebellious, she eventually gives in (even if a little bit) and for the most part, she’s just being annoying because she could, not because there’s a reason for her to. My favourite character to follow is certainly Courtney. She has a good head on her shoulders and she’s reasonable. I really like how she tries to adapt to her new surroundings while trying her best to stick to her moral guns.
It seems that a lot of people have also pointed out how overly lax the drinking-carding system is and how everyone got drunk all the time, but it doesn’t exactly bother me. I think to some extent there is a sense of realism, when it comes to underage drinking and clubbing at a young age and perhaps its a little bit overdone, but considering that these kids are filthy rich, I’m assuming they can get away with it.
I did enjoy The Secret Diamond Sisters. It is the first book in the series and it gave a nice overview of how the sisters are, how the kids in Vegas are and allowed me to travel to Vegas while stuck in my bedroom. The Secret Diamond Sisters is more character-driven; there’s not too much of a story arc, other then them trying to figure out their way around their new lives and the people that they meet along the way along with romances. Lots and lots of romance.
I’m looking forward to read the second book in the series and hopefully we get a little bit more of a story arc and that its a little bit more plot-driven. I definitely want to know more about Courtney’s childhood and how Adrian’s business plays a part in all of this. I’m hoping the author will delve more into the dangerous aspects of his business.
The Secret Diamond Sisters is definitely not for everyone, but if you’re into exploring Vegas in Gossip Girl style, this book will be right up your alley.