Diamonds in the Rough
Book 2, The Secret Diamond Sisters
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The three Diamond sisters survived the summer in style after coming to live with their long-lost billionaire father. But making a place for themselves at their exclusive new Las Vegas private school is throwing them any number of gold-plated curves. Savannah's YouTube stardom turns into a Sweet Sixteen reality show extravaganzawith complimentary enemies on the side. Dangerous flirtations don't keep Peyton from a gamble that will risk far more than she planned to bet. And when Courtney and the sisters' archenemy, Madison, uncover two explosive secrets, it will rock even this town of glittering illusionand turn their lives upside down all over again.
A Really Fun Read!
The secret diamond sisters are back for their first year of High School at the exclusive Las Vegas Goodman school. After surviving a summer as hotel heiresses they’re ready to get back to normal, if you count totally off-limits flirtations, budding stardom, and the revelation of completely insane family secrets as “normal.” It’s all the gossip, intrigue, and shocking turns even I wasn’t expecting.
And, let me say this, I’m normally pretty good at guessing what’s going to happen next, especially in a book series like the Secret Diamond Sisters. I don’t mean anything negative by that. Michelle Madow does an excellent job – as she did in the first book – of making a totally engrossing world in that “watching a slow-moving car break on a patch of ice and slide into another car” kind of way. It’s usually the type of story where you relish the train wreck because you already know what else is going to happen. But there were a few things that went down in Diamonds in the Rough that even my best guesses weren’t expecting.
In my opinion, the main driver for Diamonds in the Rough was Savannah. She’s working on getting her music YouTube channel up and running thus, entering the world of the pesudo famous (even more than being Adrian Diamond’s daughter). It isn’t without roadblocks, when a party gets out of hand she’s left with two choices – bury her head in the sand and pretend the embarrassing footage of her doesn’t exist. Or, to step it up and prove how awesome she is, with some handsome help.
Handsome help brings up another important point… Who could forget all the swoon-worthy, page-ripping, “just kiss already” romance in this? Savannah has her flairs. There’s Courtney and Brett, the hot mess I love to hate. Peyton is playing with an older man that she really has no business with, and we get more opportunity to see Madison and Oliver’s relationship evolve, through blackmail of all things.
If “blackmail” didn’t get you interested let me talk about some of the twists and turns without spoiling anything. This book takes high school drama to a whole new level. It deals with loosing one’s virginity, the anonymity of online gossip boards, how people change and what happens when their friends don’t change with them, even murder (oh yes, you read that right). Madow puts a giant magnifying glass on top of all these issues for the sake of page-turning entertainment, but the fact is that most of them are real issues that young girls deal with every day (okay, maybe not the murder).
The concepts of finding one’s self, navigating romance, family issues, and the things that we have to balance the importance of between society and our personal feelings is all things that will resonate across many audiences. The book is 436 pages long,not some tiny read, but it goes really quickly. I devoured it in a Sunday afternoon and I can’t wait for the next one. The Secret Diamond Sisters got our feet wet, and Diamonds in the Rough has really cemented us in the world of Savannah, Peyton, and Courtney Diamond. The end of the book leaves us on a massive cliff-hanger and I absolutely cannot wait until the next release in the series.
The cover for Diamonds in the Rough is perfect for this story. The secrets start flowing from start to end without stop. In some ways this book reminded me of the original Pretty Little Liars series, especially as the plot became more complex as characters’ secret lives began to intersect and intertwine.
The best part of this book is that we get to know the characters so much better than in the previous book. We finally see cracks in Courtney’s goody-two-shoes image, we finally get to delve deeper into the giant chip on Peyton’s shoulder, and we get to see Savannah’s insecurities. I love how real these characters are, Madow doesn’t try to create characters that we want to be, she creates characters that could be in high school today. I can easily relate to Savannah worrying about which clique she is getting siphoned into on the first day of school, Courtney’s anger with her family, and Peyton’s desire to find someone she can relate to.
Unlike the first book, which had to spend a lot of time setting up the story, Diamonds in the Rough dives right in and within the first few chapters a huge secret is revealed which affects everyone and everything that happens. The plot becomes more complex (in a good way) as the book goes on and the characters learn more about their pasts and why their lives have turned out the way they have. It is pretty much impossible to write a real review without spilling something so the best that I can do is to say that you will not be able to put this one down until you are done with the very last page – and the author will leave you begging for more.
Even if you weren’t a huge fan of the first book, the second one elevates the series to a completely new level and you should really give it a chance – this series is as hot as Vegas is .
Better than the first!
I loved this book!
I loved it more than I loved the first one!
Diamonds in the Rough releases October 28th, and if you haven't picked up the first book, get that one too! It's a quick and fun read, and who doesn't want one of those?
The Secret Diamond Sisters was a fun novel, but I have to say this one went past my expectations.
The parties, the hotels, the clothes, the drama- it all made for an entertaining and fast read- I pretty much finished the book in one sitting, and might I add Michelle is right in saying your opinions of some of the characters might change by the end of the novel. I wasn't sure the direction the second book would be taking, especially with the few unanswered questions from the first book, but I was so pleased and I already can't wait for the third book! ;)
Without giving any spoilers, I must say that if you had fun with the Diamond sisters in their summer in Vegas- the school year can hold just as many surprises.
"What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas...but that doesn't matter when you live there."