ARC Review: The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow

March 20, 2014 Review 22 ★★

ARC Review: The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow
The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow
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Publisher: Harlequin
Source: Netgalley
Pages: 382
Release Date: February 25th, 2014
Series: The Secret Diamond Sisters #1
Genres: Adolescence, Contemporary, Family, Friendship, Love & Romance, Young Adult
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What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas…but that doesn’t matter when you live there.

Three sisters. Big secrets. Get ready to meet… SAVANNAH. COURTNEY. PEYTON.

The three sisters grew up never knowing their father and never quite catching a break. But it looks like their luck is about to change when they find out the secret identity of their long-last 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 — and holding on to the most important thing of all, sisterhood. Some secrets grow too big to keep.

I received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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THE SECRET DIAMOND SISTERS is like a modern day version of the Luxe series: fun, flirty, full of drama, and beautiful boys. What this series lacks compared to Luxe, however, is depth. It is an entertaining read, but not one to expect much from.

This book revolves around three sisters who, all of the sudden, have to go live with their mysterious dad who turns out to be a billionaire hotel owner in Las Vegas, Nevada. If you’ve ever been there, you are in for a treat with this book because it captures the essence of the city of sin perfectly. It is one of my favorite places to visit and Madow has nailed the setting.

“The casino played a song of its own—slot machines dinging, chips clacking as the dealer passed them out to the players at the tables, and the chatter of people throwing down money with the hope of hitting it big. It was like a carnival for adults. A person could get lost for days in a place like this.”

No, my qualms are not with the setting or writing, but with the actual characters and believability of the whole scenario. These girls lived their entire lives not knowing the identity of their father and then one day he insists they live with him and oh-he’s a billionaire.

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Some can argue that this fact is what makes the book so fun, which is true, but a few readers will get hung up on the fact that the odds of any of this really happening are super, super slim. I can’t say I didn’t enjoy the idea, though.

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Adrian A.K.A Daddy Diamond

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THE SECRET DIAMOND SISTERS doesn’t delve too much into the life or history of Daddy Diamond. So many questions arise about this dude, and only a few are answered. Is he really interested in being the father of these three girls? Are his motives really pure or does he have special intentions?

Peyton A.K.A. the Grunge Sister

Peyton is all over the place. Literally. She jumps into things and runs away from commitment. Peyton dresses down and wears as little as she can get away with, except makeup, which she loads on. I dare someone to tell her what she can and can’t do. Peyton is a protective sister, but not great at looking out for herself. Her attitude and actions towards guys were really annoying at times, especially when basically threw herself at them.

Courtney A.K.A. the Goody Two Shoes Sister

Courtney is known for always following the rules down to every last word, staying inside instead of getting out, and focusing on being the best in school. Except, she doesn’t. Once she’s in Vegas, she pretty much does the opposite of everything we are told about her. Including breaking one of the biggest rules, ever. All three girls are way too perfect to be real, but Courtney takes the cake.

Savannah A.K.A. the Naive Sister

 

Savannah, obsessed with clothes and makeup, is so naive she is constantly being taken advantage of by boys and by the world simply because she doesn’t know any better. Her two sisters need to look out for her better because she is only fifteen and already is doing things that a twenty year old would be doing-all the girls are.

Still, the book is definitely a fun read, just not one with a lot of weight to it. There are some possibilities for twists in the books to come, which I am definitely curious about. I will be following this series.

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Overall: 2.2

22 Responses to “ARC Review: The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow”

    • Alise

      Haha, I’ve never seen a single episode of that but can definitely relate to the name thing. Once you have a face to a name it’s hard to envision anyone else :)

    • Alise

      Thanks so much, Jeann :D

      That’s definitely what it is! Awesome, I have too :) I found it pretty entertaining so maybe you will like this as well. Let me know when you review it!

  1. Marianne @ Boricuan Bookworms

    I have the Luxe sitting on my bookshelf… I should probably get to it, lol. This book doesn’t sound horrible, but it doesn’t sound like something I’d enjoy. The sisters seem a bit stereotypical if you ask me. Ha. I wish I got a call from a man claiming to be my billionaire father! I’d tell him “Okay, but before I go to Vegas, take me to the bookstore!” xD Great review, Alise.
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    • Alise

      Everyone has books collecting dust somewhere on their shelves ;) They are definitely tropes, for sure.

      See, my comment would be more like “Before we go to Vegas, BUY me the bookstore” xD

      Thanks :)

  2. Goldie

    I *secretly* love books like this, but only if they’re light-hearted. I’m not into too much drama, like Gossip Girl, which I started to read, but the TV show was just something else.

    But I’m so interested to know about these girls. And I love your GIFs! I’ve been seeing that girl you used for Peyton, around other bloggers’ posts. Who is she?? Her reactions are funny!
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    • Alise

      I’ve never read Gossip Girl but agree, adding too much of that into a book can really bring it down. Especially in a longer series when it just tends to drag out.

      Hah, thank you! Her name is Jenna Marbles, she’s a youtuber. A little vulgar with her humor so if that’s not your thing, I wouldn’t watch her videos but she is hilarious!

  3. Kristen @ Pretty Little Pages

    Whenever I first heard of this book, I immediately threw it on my TBR list. But as more and more reviews come out, I don’t think it’s for me. Everything that you highlighted in your review are stuff I just don’t think I could look over for the sake of a fun read! Thanks for the review.

    • Alise

      Sure! Yeah, I know what you mean. You’ve got to weigh that against everything else. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Kirsty-Marie

    My main problem was the depth, because there was very little, and questions are not answered. I wasn’t too bothered on the believability of it, since it’s one of those that are meant to be fun and light, and hey, I’ve gone my whole life without knowing who my father is, I’d love to find out he’s a Las Vegas billionaire (if only). I wanted to slap Savannah a few times for how naive she really is, I think I kind of wanted to slap all the characters in the beginning, but it is what it is, and it was fun. At least you still want to read the next, so yay! :)
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    • Alise

      Exactly! The things revolving their dad are kind of suspicious, too. He’s obviously hiding something. True, that’s what I liked about it. Fun is definitely how I would described it as well. I feel bad for Savannah, her sisters really need to look out for her some more.

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