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.
Amazing follow up! Madow takes things to new heights in Diamonds in the Rough.
If you liked The Secret Diamonds Sisters, get ready. Diamonds in the Rough takes things to whole new level. More drama, more secrets and lies, and more camaraderie.
Peyton, Courtney, and Savannah are adjusting to life at their new school. Surprisingly Savannah is the one with the hardest time adjusting. I suppose when you think about Savannah’s personality though and how hard she tries to fit in, I guess it’s not actually that surprising. Peyton does grow a bit, but she’s still got a very long way to go and the same is true for Savannah. Courtney has always been a little adult, but I was happy to see her start being a smidge more carefree. And then there’s Madison. If you hated her in book 1, be prepared for a more sympathetic and nicer Madison. Really love where Madow has taken her character!
The best part of the novel is undoubtedly all of the drama. Holy crap! We’re really taking things to new heights here. The girls’ train wreck mother is more present in the novel and is probably the only character that I just truly do not care for. We learn more about Adrian who has always been mysterious, and I really like his character a lot. Event though Peyton has slightly matured in this novel, she takes things in an unexpected and over-the-top direction when she decides to go all Cruel Intentions on us. It was tremendously uncool of her, but did add quite a bit to the storyline.
High school is a b***h. In fact, high school could probably be a character in this novel. The Juicy Campus/Gossip Girl like message board that is sprinkled throughout the novel creates so many problems for the Diamond sisters, and watching their reactions to it is quite interesting. It also further cements Courtney as my favorite character in the novel.
Diamonds in the Rough is a superb follow up. The characters have evolved nicely, the pacing is wonderful, and with all those hidden secrets it’s really hard to put this one down. Highly recommend this series for fans of Gossip Girl, L.A. Candy, All That Glitters, and The Princess Diaries.
As someone who usually reads nonfiction, you can imagine my surprise when I quickly became hooked after book one in Michelle Madow's Secret Diamond Sisters series. This page-turned transported me into a word of glitz and glam and kept my interest from cover to cover. I am on the edge of my seat waiting for book 3 (hurry up, Michelle)! I'll keep my review short and sweet: buy this book!
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 .
- Level: Grades P-6
- Category: Romance
- Published: Oct 28, 2014
- Publisher: Harlequin
- Seller: Harlequin Digital Sales Corporation
- Print Length: 304 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 2, The Secret Diamond Sisters