I was given an ARC e-book version of this book through NetGalley and Harlequin TEEN in exchange for an honest review. I appreciate the opportunity that NetGalley, Michelle Madow and Harlequin TEEN provided me. All opinions are my own and not influenced by any outside factors. The Secret Diamond Sisters is due out on shelves on February 25, 2014.
Savannah, Courtney and Peyton are three sisters who grew up on some hard times. They’ve never known their father, their mother is an alcoholic, and they’ve ended up taking care of themselves most of the time. But then things got way worse with their mom and she ended up in rehab. Since they’re all minors, their unknown father decided to make an appearance to take care of them. Turns out their dad is actually a billionaire who owns a string of hotels based out of Las Vegas. Now all three of them are swept off to live on the infamous Strip for the summer and possibly longer. They’ve been given a penthouse suite, unlimited credit cards and personal body guards for their safety. They should fit in no problem, right? With some unlucky encounters, backstabbing neighbors, and a distant father, these three sisters have a lot to learn about living in Vegas. But more importantly they have to learn how to be themselves in this fast-paced, no-rules environment with secrets hidden around every corner.
I was so excited to read this book. The premise set up a lot of mystery and scandal to be had and I wanted to jump in with two feet. I am, after all, a huge Gossip Girl fan and I couldn’t wait to see if this story had the same scandal appeal. However, not even half-way through I began losing interest. I desperately wanted to like this book, but things in the story just held me back.
The sisters were given three separate personalities that stayed true throughout the novel–giving each of them a separate and clear voice. What I found lacking in the characters was their substance. Their personalities just didn’t work for me. Savannah was young and impressionable, but she came off a bit too spoiled for me. It didn’t really make sense to me that she went from having almost nothing to feeling like it was okay to go-to-town with her credit card right away. I do understand that a girl at her age wouldn’t think much about it especially having a best friend who had a lot of designer things. She just annoyed me I think. She was very insecure which I could relate to, but she instantly went into make-over mode just a bit too hard for my liking. Then again, you can’t like every character.
Courtney was the sister I thought I was going to relate to the most since she was the responsible one. Although I did connect with her character, I still wasn’t fully invested in her. I did, however, enjoy her storyline the most. She didn’t stray too far from her original self, but also grew as a character when she began relaxing and opening up. Her love interest was also sweet.