Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
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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 everyonefrom the backstabbing socialite Penelope Hayes, to the debonair bachelor Henry Schoonmaker, to the spiteful maid Lina Broudthreatens 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.
I might say that this book is amazing. It is the 19th century's Gossip Girl-ish story. "About the scandalous lives of Manhattan's elite," as Gossip Girl put it. The twist of the story is that good that you can think of a lot of possible ways for that particular event to happen. I think the author did a good job regarding that. Though others might say there are cliches in the book, for me, I think the author still satisfied my expectations by doing or by giving me what wanted or hoping to happen. Another is that I love the time period that the author used. It stimulates the reader's mind to really use their creativity and imagination. I love the idea of wearing big dresses in a normal day, riding a carriage as a means of transportation, the proper etiquette or manners, etc. Moreover, I also like the use of conservative and liberal values, the mindset of conforming or not to what the society dictates to you. It is a matter of choice. Decisions are very important because the characters had to deal with a lot of it. I recommend this book especially to the young adults and to the historical fiction lovers.
Arra said on Jan 09, 2011, 03:09
Me ha gustado mucho. La ambientación es genial, con el Manhattan de la época, los vestidos, las costumbres abusrdas, los criados...Me gustan mucho los personajes y los diálogos. Hacia la mitad se me ha hecho un poco lento, pero igual es porque lo he leído en inglés. La historia de Lina sobraba un poco, pero me imagino que será importante para los próximos libros.
Me parece que está particularmente bien la evolución de los sentimientos de los personajes. La novela tiene un arco argumental completo, aunque quedan bastantes cabos sueltos.
Matilda said on Aug 30, 2010, 09:37
An F for intellectual stimuli but an A for caddy turn-of-the century entertainment. I will certainly be reading the rest of this series and henceforward be referring to all my underwear as "delicate chemises".
ReadingQueen 12/17 said on Aug 09, 2010, 20:28
A novel about bunch of self indulgent debutantes in New York. None of the characters is even remotely likable. The person that's supposed to be the "good girl" is vapid and irritating. This book tries to be interesting, but the ending was predictable. Not recommended. I don't see what all of the fuss is about.
Heather Landry said on Mar 11, 2010, 00:11
Dee said on Jul 20, 2009, 20:47