Posts Tagged ‘anna godbersen’

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Seven Book Babes (2)

March 22, 2009

Enjoy!

What I talk about:

-Envy by Anna Godbersen

-Julia Hoban (author of Willow)

-Shine by Neesha Meminger

-Picking classes for Junior year

-Midterms next week (early release Wed. & Thurs. and no school Friday)

-Car show at my school Thurs.

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3/15/09: My First Seven Book Babes Video!

March 15, 2009

 

Enjoy!

What I talk about: 

-Breathing by Cheryl Renee Herbsman

-Envy by Anna Godbersen

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Waiting on Wednesday (2)

December 24, 2008

 

 

 

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I’m not the first to wait on this one, but this book deserves another Waiting on Wednesday holler.

Book: Envy by Anna Godbersen

Summary (from Harper Collins): Two months after Elizabeth Holland’s dramatic homecoming, Manhattan eagerly awaits her return to the pinnacle of society. When Elizabeth refuses to rejoin her sister Diana’s side, however, those watching New York’s favorite family begin to suspect that all is not as it seems behind the stately doors of No. 17 Gramercy Park South.

Farther uptown, Henry and Penelope Schoonmaker are the city’s most celebrated couple. But despite the glittering diamond ring on Penelope’s finger, the newlyweds share little more than scorn for each other. And while the newspapers call Penelope’s social-climbing best friend, Carolina Broad, an heiress, her fortune—and her fame—are anything but secure, especially now that one of society’s darlings is slipping tales to the eager press.

In this next thrilling installment of Anna Godbersen’s bestselling Luxe series, Manhattan’s most envied residents appear to have everything they desire: Wealth. Beauty. Happiness. But sometimes the most practiced smiles hide the most scandalous secrets. . . .

Why Do I Want It?: Because The Luxe series is super awesome and I love the story, the characters, the writing… everything that this series has offered. This new installment makes me do my happy dance.

When It Arrives: Jan 27, 2009. Mark your CALENDARS.

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Booking Through Thursday (12.18.08): Treat and Generosity

December 18, 2008

 

 

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This week’s Booking Through Thursday comes in two parts. Why? Because two have been posted! 🙂

 

First post:

What is the best book you ever bought for yourself? And, why? What made it the best? What made it so special?

The best book I have ever bought for myself is probably Rumors: A Luxe Novel by Anna Godbersen (the second one). I love the series and the second book was uh, the best one so far. I just love the way Godbersen writes. I love how the characters are… the plot, everything. I can’t wait for the next one which I will also buy with my own money, if that’s what it takes.

 

Second post:

 

Do you give books as gifts? To everyone? Or only to select people? How do you feel about receiving books as gifts?

Yes, I give books as gifts. Not to everyone because not everyone I know loves to read as much as I do to want books for gifts. 

My friends don’t really read much, except once in a while… so I can only give them a book I KNOW they will positively love. I LOVE to receive books as gifts. They make me so friggen happy. Especially if it’s a book I’ve been waiting around for (uh-hmm, that’s why I have a Wishlist on Shelfari!). I hope I get books for the holidays!

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Books I Read in Nov. 2008

December 12, 2008

This past month (you know, the one that ended 12 days ago) has been probably the least inspiring month and the most hectic at school. 

My hiatus didn’t allow me to do my monthly “Books I Read This Month”, so I will do it now. 🙂

Books I Read in Nov 2008

1. Rumors: A Luxe Novel by Anna Godbersen

Truly amazing, couldn’t keep it down. How I love this series. I can’t wait for Envy (Jan. 2009). 

 

 

2. Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway

I liked this book quite a lot. It was cute and funny. 

 

 

 

 

3. Far From You by Lisa Schroeder

 

I loved Lisa’s new book. She’s awesome. There’s a surprise surrounding this book coming up soon….. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reviews on these coming up soon! Questions: videos or written reviews? Which one would you liked to see reviewed first? What did you read this past month?

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The Luxe by Anna Godbersen

August 31, 2008

 Title: The Luxe

 Author: Anna Godbersen

 Rating: ★★★★★

 Number of Pages: 433.

 Edition: Harcover

 Extra Info: Series-Sequel: Rumors: A Luxe Novel

 

 

Contains: Drama, Historical Fiction, Relationships, Romance.

Analysis of Book (1-10 on each aspect):

Characters: 10

Plot: 9

Writing: 9

Wow Factor: 9

 Summary (courtesy jacket flap): Pretty girls in pretty dresses, partying until dawn. Irresistible boys with mischievous smiles and dangerous intentions. White lies, dark secrets, and scandalous hookups. This is Manhattan, 1899.  Beautiful sisters Elizabeth and Diana Holland rule Manhattan’s social scene. Or so it appears. When the girls discover their status among New York City’s elite is far from secure, suddenly everyone—from the backstabbing socialite Penelope Hayes, to the debonair bachelor Henry Schoonmaker, to the spiteful maid Lina Broud—threatens Elizabeth’s and Diana’s golden future. With the fate of the Hollands resting on her shoulders, Elizabeth must choose between family duty and true love. But when her carriage overturns near the East River, the girl whose glittering life lit up the city’s gossip pages is swallowed by the rough current. As all of New York grieves, some begin to wonder whether life at the top proved too much for this ethereal beauty, or if, perhaps, someone wanted to see Manhattan’s most celebrated daughter disappear… In a world of luxury and deception, where appearance matters above everything and breaking the social code means running the risk of being ostracized forever, five teenagers lead dangerously scandalous lives. This thrilling trip to the age of innocence is anything but innocent.
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My Review (no spoilers): OMG OMG OMG. The Luxe was an exceptional book and I am glad I spent my $17 on it because I got my money’s worth and more. My favorite character is Elizabeth, hands-down. Elizabeth has the most heartbreaking dilemma in the book. What comes first? Family or true love? I felt torn and not even I could put myself in Elizabeth’s shoes to decide what to do. The characters were very different (some high-class and some low) and they were all facing different problems (love, family, and money). It made me think to myself how glad I am that I wasn’t born in their time. At first I was really surprised, the vocabulary is certainly something bigger than I’ve been challenging myself lately but then I just got used to it. I loved that it was told in third person, because then it was like I was up-above them (in a pretty little blue cloud, also) and hearing their thoughts about everything. Every chapter flowed amazingly, I was never bored. Actually, most times I kept telling myself to stop reading (when it got to really high climaxes) and was supposed to be sleeping. The plot is very unique for I have never read a historical fiction novel… there wasn’t many “true historical facts” but you can still sense you are no where near our time. The ending was magical (and such a cliffhanger!), I need Rumors ASAP. I can’t stop writing because I have so much I liked about this book to say… but I would like to speak my mind about the spoilers. So just know YOU HAVE TO GET THIS ONE! (May I add, I shed a tear or two at the end because it was so great?)

 

My Thoughts (contains SPOILERS): OMG OMG OMG (okay, I think that’s getting annoying, hehe). I’m just so blown by this book. I loved Will and Elizabeth together. I felt so bad that they just couldn’t be (well, up until the end when Elizabeth runs off to find Will. I want more Diana/Henry interaction in the next novel for they are a beautiful couple (or not really a couple since he was supposed to marry Liz). Also, I’d like more Lina/Tristan action in the next book. I really want Lina to get told off by Will that he doesn’t like her… even though I sympathize with her. It’s just she has to see Will is in love with Elizabeth and that’s all there is to it. The parents in this book are so ugh… they don’t care about their kids really, just their family fortune and staying at the top of the world. Penelope, oh how I disliked her, especially when she got together with Lina. I felt like yelling at her “can’t you see Henry is in love with SOMEONE ELSE?!”. I loved the “letters” in the beginning of every chapter because they got me predicting what would happen. I got very involved in this book and am soooo glad that Rumors is next. I love love loved it.

Have anything to say about the book? Leave the entry a comment with your thoughts. Remember to advise if you’re adding spoilers in your comment. 🙂