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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I really wanted to like this book, and I did. I enjoyed the writing and 1 out of 3 of the major characters and the pacing and the overall plot. There really wasn’t much to drag this book down.
But then you have to think about what did drag it down.
The premise here was great. I was actually excited for it. It was surprising to me that I was so stoked to read this book, especially since I’m not usually really big on contemporary. However, it was the first thing I reached for when I sat down to read. Madow does a good job of setting up early on for her reader. As time went on, I really had no qualms with Madow’s pacing or writing other than the fact that her over-descriptive writing slows down the book at times. I found myself skimming parts and trying to get to the meat of what she was trying to say.
3 major characters. Courtney, Peyton and Savannah, respectively based on oldest to youngest. Here’s the thing. Most of the book, I had absolutely no problem with Courtney and Peyron. Savannah’s the one who really threw me off the boat. I never once appreciated anything about her personality. Let me enlighten you with some examples of her wonderful personality.
Let’s think for a moment here. Courtney, Peyton and Savannah’s mom is a alchoholic. That’s all fine, but there’s more to the story. When Adrian Diamond (the girl’s father) has a man chauffeur them to the airport, he has a bottle of champagne in the back of the limousine. Savannah immediately picks the thing up and decides it’s a great idea to try some, completely throwing out the window everything she’s seen go wrong with her mother thanks to the wonderful effects of alchohol, AND the fact that she’s a MINOR. M-I-N-O-R.
I know, Artie. I know.
Shall I go on? Okay. When Savannah, Courtney and Peyton make it to Vegas and get inside the amazing place that their dad has fixed up for them, he also places three “unlimited” credit cards in the room for them to use.
Savannah treasures these credit cards, as any random person probably would. She doesn’t think at all about the fact that this is her dad’s money though, not her money. This is all his stuff, not hers. She doesn’t even think about trying to cut down on the spending. Basically, she doesn’t think twice about this money and all the glamour around her.
Savannah continues to be a snot-nosed brat throughout the entire book. She shuns and belittles her sisters, who, in fact, have protected her from all the things they had to endure because of their mother, the troubles that they’ve had and so on and so forth. She shows no sense of gratitude or gratefulness towards them, not even respect as older siblings. Savannah doesn’t deserve her sisters IN ANY WAY.
Savannah wasn’t the only Diamond sister I had problems with though. It didn’t bother me during the book, but the plain truth of the matter behind Courtney is that she’s boring. That’s her only flaw. Especially when compared to against her sisters, who both have such clear personalities. But then there’s Peyton.
I had a consistent love/hate relationship with Peyton. She’s cool and all, and I appreciate the unique personality she has in THE SECRET DIAMOND SISTERS, but she’s a brat at times too. I just want to cringe at some of the things she says and I especially dislike how she keeps on pushing her dad away when he’s trying to reach out to her.
Overall plot was good here. While I genuinely disliked the characters at times, I also liked knowing what happened to them. Supporting characters were also somewhat annoying, but the trials and tribulations the three Diamond sisters go through softened them down a little bit. I did enjoy this book, but a lot of things relating to the characters just didn’t work out for me. I think that if I had gone into the story with a little more warning about the characters, then I could’ve found a way to enjoy it, but for now this book was a miss for me. 1.5 stars. But hey, if you want to read this book even after this review–go for it. This book just wasn’t for me. I just have one piece of advice.
pg count for the paperback: 382
Series: The Secret Diamond Sisters