The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow
Rating: Five out of Five Stars
Savannah. Courtney. Peyton.
The three sisters grew up not knowing their father and not quite catching a break. But it looks like their luck is about to change when they find out the secret identity of their long-lost dad—a billionaire Las Vegas hotel owner who wants them to come live in a gorgeous penthouse hotel suite. Suddenly the Strip’s most exclusive clubs are all-access, and with an unlimited credit card each, it should be easier than ever to fit right in. But in a town full of secrets and illusion, fitting in is nothing compared to finding out the truth about their past
Before I start my review I would like to say a few things. I am actually super lucky, I live thirty minutes away from Michelle (and go to school in the same city she lives in) so she is really easy to meet with. I’ve met her twice, once before YA Mania and obviously at YA Mania. Michelle is literally one of the sweetest people I have met! Even though I did not read her books around the time I met her (I know, that’s basically a crime) she was really easy to talk to and seemed genuinely interested in what I had to say….even when I rambled about random nonsense. So if you’re reading this Michelle- thank you so much for going above and beyond for your readers, there aren’t many authors like you.
Okay now time for the actual review….
I absolutely ADORED this book! Anyone who knows me well knows that I’m not the biggest fan of contemporary, but this book really made me reevaluate that. Just in cases you skipped the synopsis part, The Secret Diamond Sisters was a fun and quick read about three sisters who discover that their long-lost father is a billionaire Las Vegas hotel owner. Throughout the book they are trying to figure out why their father has been so absent in their lives as well as trying to fit in to a glamorous new life style.
Reason number one why I loved this book- it was so realistic! Whenever I do read contemporary, I try to think “What would I do?’ or “How would I feel?” if I was put into a character’s shoes, so naturally I asked myself “If I thought that my Dad was a low life, good for nothing druggie- how would I feel when I find out that he’s actually a billionaire hotel owner?” Well I think I would feel a flood of emotions including shock, betrayal, hurt, hope, and maybe a teensy bit of excitement, which was exactly what the Diamond sisters felt- at various levels of course. Just the fact that Michelle didn’t make these characters instantly forgive their parents for lying to them their entire lives made this book incredible. It takes a long time to establish a relationship with someone who you barely know, but has managed to hurt you deeply. So I applaud Michelle for that (:
Another great aspect of the book was the bond the sisters had with each other. Yes, they get annoyed and frustrated with each other but at the end of the day they would do anything for one another. As an older sister I know that that bond is a beautiful and almost sacred thing that I wouldn’t trade for all the books in the world. I know that no matter what I do, no matter how alone I feel, I will always have someone to talk to and I can see that Michelle successfully incorporated that into the book.
Last thing! I absolutely love Las Vegas…okay I’ve never been IN PERSON, but after reading The Secret Diamond Sisters I feel like I have a good idea as to how it looks and feels. I was able to capture the essence of this beautiful city through the characters’ experiences along with the detailed descriptions. Not many authors can paint a detailed picture in readers’ minds with using few words, that is an art I hope to master one day but Michelle has down pack.
So, I recommend this book to everybody! It has a little bit of everything for everybody, so try it out now! And look out for my review for the sequel, Diamonds in the Rough! (I loved that one too!)
Until next post,