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May 4, 2014

Review: The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow

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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.

 

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The Secret Diamond Sisters (The Secret Diamond Sisters #1)
by Michelle Madow
Publication Date:  February 25, 2014
Publisher:  Harlequin Teen

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Gabby-2013I’ve been really interested in reading The Secret Diamond Sisters by author Michelle Madow. Ever since I read her novel Remembrance way back when I had just started getting to write reviews, I remember being addicted to her story and the way she wrote. I couldn’t wait to get the opportunity to get to read her latest novel about three girls in Viva! Las Vegas. While I had no idea what to expect when I had started the novel, I have to say that it was an enjoyable first novel in a series that I hope to read through and finish.

In The Secret Diamond Sisters, sisters Peyton, Courtney and Savannah have been growing up without a father and have been living with their grandmother and alcoholic mother. When their mother crosses the line with her alcoholism, the sisters’ father resurfaces in their lives and has them moved out to Las Vegas. None of them have an idea who their father is at first, but quickly learn that it’s hotel owner and Billionaire Adrian Diamond. Suddenly the girls find themselves with everything they could ever want right in front of them: credit cards, a penthouse suite to live in, anything from their wildest dreams.

But not all of the sisters are coming to terms with their absent father’s way of life. Savannah loves the Las Vegas lifestyle and all the perks of being a sudden billionaire. Courtney and Peyton however are more reluctant. While Courtney is trying to play the role of the mature sister, Peyton refuses to accept anything from their father.  Apart from having to adapt to their new identities as the Diamond Sisters, they’re also learning that with the summer reaching an end and having to join a prestigious school come fall, they’re already the talk of the Vegas Strip. That’s when the drama starts and comes in the form of a group of rich teens when jealousy, romance and partying soon follow.

As a person who has only been to Vegas once in her lifetime (but can’t wait to go again) I really liked how the novel does capture the excitement that the city is just filled with. And who hasn’t wondered what it must be like to live at the hotels like something out of a TV show, to have more money than you know what to do with. The Secret Diamond Sisters is filled with teenage drama, heartbreak and romance—and all in Las Vegas while the sisters balance who they actually are apart from who their father needs them to be for his own benefit.

Something really interesting was that every few chapters there would be an intermission of sorts, where there would be blog postings to a website mentioning the Diamond Sisters, who the hottest guys at their future school are, etc. Those little snippets made me laugh and smile, plus it gives us a bit of an idea what to expect in the next novel.

Still, there were some things that stood out and made me a bit iffy. The most prominent of them being the three sisters Peyton, Courtney and Savannah were all very different characters, but there wasn’t a lot of explanation for some of their actions. Among these little things, the romance was one of the big things in the novel that made me have to put the book down every now and then. It all felt very forced, there was no real emotional connection that I could make between the girls and their many love interests that could have made me eager to see certain pairings together.

What I still don’t understand is why the character Madison got her own POV (point of view) in the story when she wasn’t one of the Diamond Sisters. Sure she was a major character, but it was one of those little things that made me quirk a brow at first. Madison was by far my most favorite character in the book, she had the most depth; she had drive and she was the antagonist. But she was an antagonist that was actually very interesting to me. Especially based on the brief bits we got about her past.

I would recommend The Secret Diamond Sisters to readers who are interested in teen fiction, want a unique novel about three girls living it up in Sin City and want to be pulled into a lifestyle that we all dream of having .

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Michelle

 

Michelle Madow wrote her first novel, Remembrance, in her junior year of college. Remembrance is the first book in the Transcend Time Saga, a three part series about reincarnation and true love that Michelle successfully self-published. The series was inspired by Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” music video. Michelle’s upcoming YA trilogy, The Secret Diamond Sisters, about three sisters who discover they are the secret heirs to a Las Vegas billionaire casino owner will be published by Harlequin TEEN in Spring 2014.

Michelle graduated from Rollins College in 2010, cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English. She is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the International English Honor Society Sigma Tau Delta. She received the Charles Hyde Pratt Award for Excellence in Creative Writing in 2010.

She lives in Boca Raton, Florida, where she is writing more novels for young adults. She loves reading, spending time with family and friends, traveling, shopping, sunshine, Disney fairy tales, Broadway musicals, and spends way too much time on Facebook and Twitter (@MichelleMadow).

 

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  1. Laura Plus Books
    5/4/2014

    Maybe it’s because I’m around the same age as the sisters but I actually understood their actions completely. With how each of them grew up, it all made sense. I didn’t really understand the Madison part either but I’m thinking maybe it will make sense later on in the series. Awesome review! :D
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  2. I’ve been seeing this book everywhere but have yet to pick it up. Your review is the most thorough I’ve found, and I’m now itching to read this. Thanks for the great review!
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