Sunday, September 6, 2009


One of the best things about taking a road-trip is all the reading I can get down as my husband tools along. This trip we were with out any children riding, talking, or fighting in the backseat. I was enthralled in Anna Godbersen's The Luxe and kept stopping to exclaim about all the unusual plot twists!! I couldn't help telling him about each unique character and about the lavish balls and of course all the mixed-up love stories had to come out; so at some point, I just began to read aloud to him. It kept him awake...what can I say, it was a blast. I read all the way up and all the way back and that is how I was able to finish The Luxe in just two days, well, that and the story is absolutely riveting!! What great research Anna Godberson had to have done in order to make this story so believable and charming. I like historical fiction but have not read anything quite like this before. I loved the variety of voices the story is told in and the snippets of turn of the century advice given to begin certain chapters. It's like 19th Century People Magazine, dishing into the rich, old and new money and famous, with their secrets and pampered lives. It is so very romantic, yet not "romance-y"(if that makes sense) and wonderfully-twisted!
I just recieved Catching Fire by S. Collins from Amazon, and want to begin that but when I finish I will have to pick up the second Luxe novel, Rumors!
Quick Synopsis (find more at the great HarperTeen site or Godbersen's site.
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. from HT website.
Click here for HarperTeen Luxe site.
ps. The Luxe has been on my tbr list because I read about it over at Janssen's@Everyday reading! Thank you for such a great recommendation-and she's right, the book is worth it for the cover alone. Now, if I could find a dress like that-hmmmmm-just one day I would love to wear it!


Janssen said...

I am SO thrilled you enjoyed this book. I can't wait for the fourth one to come out next month!

Peaceful Reader said...

I can't wait to read the second one! I'm now on the third chapter of Catching Fire-so starkly opposite of The Luxe-yet good.