Envy (Luxe #3)
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. . . .
For one thing, while Envy is still full of secrets and gossip and betrayal, I felt that, for the most part, all the drama llama-ness was a bit more understated. I definitely wasn’t rolling my eyes in the way I did while reading Rumors, and I wasn’t bored as I was with The Luxe. Of course, I think this book’s plot was very over the top, but maybe a bit less so than its predecessors.
But even though I thought I saw improvement, this type of novel will never be my favorite. Any story that requires at least 20% of its content to deal with descriptions of clothing and shoes is not one for me.
As always, my biggest complaint with Anna Godbersen’s writing is her awful, two-dimensional characters. In some ways, I think Envy was even worse than The Luxe. Elizabeth, who for the most part remains the central figure, connecting all the other characters to each other, is an undeniable Mary Sue. She has no personality to speak of, and I really fail to see how she, as the supposed backbone of the series, managed to get such a large grouping of sycophantic satellites to orbit around her. Certainly, if I met Elizabeth Holland in real life, I doubt she would be nearly as well-liked as she is in Anna Godbersen’s imagination.
At the same time, I still think that Anna Godbersen has a massive amount of talent, even if I don’t like what she does with it. Her prose is very strong and effective. And Envy, like Rumors, was not at all predictible. As a seasoned reader, believe me when I say it’s hard to find a book that can surprise me, and Envy manged to do just that.
Overall, Envy is a decent book. A definite guilty pleasure on my part, but not one that I’d be too embarrassed to admit liking. Yet while Envy was probably the best in this series so far, it’s hardly a book I’d want to spend money on. Not while there are other, better books available at the bookstore.
The third installment of the Luxe series proves to be just as good as Rumors, if not better. This time around Elizabeth is still very sad over the tragic loss of Will, but society expects her to once again venture out into the throngs of candidates for an advantageous union. Diana on the other hand is very let down over Henry's marriage to Penelope, and he also feels regretful and frustrated. Penelope feels his frustration and begins to scheme on how to keep him away from Diana and all to herself. Carolina (or Lina) finds herself ever escalating the rungs of society with the help of her wealthy patron. Then the group, along with other "blue bloods" travel together to Florida to escape the cold of New York. Of course drama ensues, and in the end we find one girl faking a pregnancy, another with no need to fake, and several young heirs on their way to fight a brave battle in the war. The themes get slightly more mature, so 14 and over is recommended for teen readers. I started this series feeling a little underwhelmed by Luxe, but I've come to be looking forward to the final installment of the series. The author's writing is exceptional and once again her details paint a vivid picture in my mind of all the sumptuous gowns, hairstyles, and riches of the turn of the century New York elite.
This is the third book in the Luxe series and it follows the lives of teenagers during the 1800's in Manhattan. This book has everything from history to romance to scandal to betrayl.There is so many awesome plots I can't even begin to describe them. But if you are in the mood for a rich read. This is the book for you! Awesome!
I thought the characters were definitely more well-written especially Henry. In the few two books, I thought he was a pretty shallow character - not personality wise but the way he was written. He seemed like someone who only liked girls and couldn't really think for himself. He would do whatever his father said because he didn't know how to earn the money he needed himself. However, in this book, I was happy to find that he could actually think for himself. By trying to save Diana, [he used this huge roundabout way which I thought was utterly stupid] and decided to go into the army to help his country. I thought this was really brave of Henry even though I still think that there's better ways for him to save Diana AND be with her.
The girls were also more well-developed. Though I still hate Carolina with a dying passion, I felt like she could be someone I knew [know?]. Someone who could go to school with me and someone who seems like the typical gossiper. Like I said, she used gossip, secrets that are meant to be kept a secret, to earn money because she wanted to become rich. I mean, seriously, why? Sure, being rich is kind of cool because you can buy lots of stuff. But besides that? Oh, and another reason I hate her? The only reason she wanted to be rich in the first place was to attract Will's attention but when she saw that he was killed, did she stop? Nope. She went on and was like, "Oh, guess he can't see me now," and goes on to find more gossip for money.
Anyway, I can't wait until the next book comes out because I really hope that Lina will go down and will be exposed to everyone. ahahaha ;] And that everyone will find happiness. Well, only Elizabeth and Diana. The other girl, Penelope, pshh, who cares about her? :P