Title: Diamonds are Forever (The Secret Diamond Sisters #3)
Author: Michelle Madow
Publication: October 27th 2015 by Harlequin Teen Format: Advance Reading Copy Source: Provided by the publisher via NetGalley
It’s cold outside, but the drama is hot!
The Diamond sisters jet to the mountains for spring break, and Savannah’s flirt-mance with an international pop star heats up as her pursuit of stardom succeeds. But is this romance meant to be, or has the right guy been in front of her all along? Meanwhile, Courtney takes the next step with her secret boyfriend—and future stepbrother—and as their parents’ wedding approaches, the pressure’s on to reveal their relationship.
Peyton’s figuring out a plan for her future, but she still feels guilty about getting her former bodyguard fired and wonders if she can get over him in the arms of someone else. But the biggest bombshell will change everything once again, because Madison’s ready to tell the huge secret she’s uncovered. And with the boy who betrayed her but who could be the love of her life fighting for his own life, she might need the Diamond sisters more than ever.
I received a digital ARC of this book from Harlequin Teen via NetGalley for my participation in the blog tour. By no means have my review been affected and/or influenced.
I have not read the prior books to this series when I decided to binge-read Diamonds are Forever (at work). But let me tell you that I have always, always wanted to read the whole series! Anyway, in Diamonds are Forever, a lot of secrets has been uncovered and it’s time for the sisters to handle the sudden turn of events.
What I immediately liked about this book is how it (re-)introduced its characters to the readers. I got to know Savannah, Courtney and Peyton easily and tell their differences. I also like that previous events from the last books have been subtly incorporated so I didn’t really felt lost at all but what it did was to make me want to read the first 2 books even more!
I did have a love-almost hate relationship with the POVs in the book. It was narrated in 3rd person and shifts between the sisters and Madison. Love: I get to deeply understand what the characters are going through. Almost hate: It gets confusing, I guess their voices had to be more distinct.
There were also some parts where I felt conflicted especially with how the girls have decided to completely shut out their mother (just) because of a secret that was kept from them. To me, it really doesn’t justify anything. I know it’s hard to forgive and forget, but really?
But this book really lived up to what I was expecting it to be. A lot of drama, flings, glitz and glamour with a gossip girl vibe. I don’t know if it’s far from normal for rich kids to be able to do anything they want (tbh, it kind of bothered me with the limitless money + too busy parent) but it isn’t something new. Everything was overwhelmingly extravagant and fairy tale like with a bunch of drama added. But things like that is one of the main reason I read books, it’s an escape from reality and it fulfills your fantasy. I really enjoyed this book.
Michelle Madow wrote her first novel, Remembrance, in her junior year of college. Remembrance is the first book in The Transcend Time Saga, a three part series about reincarnation and true love that Michelle successfully self-published. The series was inspired by Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” music video. Michelle’s latest YA series, The Secret Diamond Sisters, about three sisters who discover they are the secret heirs to a Las Vegas billionaire casino owner, was published in March 2014 by Harlequin Teen. The second book in the series, Diamonds in the Rough, released in November 2014, and the third book, Diamonds are Forever, will be coming out in November 2015. Michelle is active on social media networks and has toured across America to promote her books and encourage high school students to embrace reading and writing.
Michelle lives in Boca Raton, Florida, where she is writing more novels for young adults. She loves reading, spending time with family and friends, traveling the world, shopping, Disney fairy tales, Broadway musicals, and loves talking with fans on Facebook (/MichelleMadow), Twitter (@MichelleMadow), and Instagram (@MichelleMadow).
Michelle is offering up a fabulous prize during her Diamonds are Forever Virtual Tour event. One (1) lucky winner will receive a signed paperback set of The Secret Diamond Sisters, along with a swag pack that includes lipgloss, bookmark, sister postcards, pin!
This blog post is part of the Diamonds are Forever Blog Tour hosted by Barclay Publicity.