Author: Anna Godbersen
Release Date: June 3, 2008
Genre: Teen, Historical Fiction
Rating: 4 out of 5
This review contains spoilers of The Luxe [review]
From the publisher’s website:
After bidding good-bye to New York's brightest star, Elizabeth Holland, rumors continue to fly about her untimely demise.
All eyes are on those closest to the dearly departed: her mischievous sister, Diana, now the family's only hope for redemption; New York's most notorious cad, Henry Schoon-maker, the flame Elizabeth never extinguished; the seductive Penelope Hayes, poised to claim all that her best friend left behind—including Henry; even Elizabeth's scheming former maid, Lina Broud, who discovers that while money matters and breeding counts, gossip is the new currency.
As old friends become rivals, Manhattan's most dazzling socialites find their futures threatened by whispers from the past. In this delicious sequel to The Luxe, nothing is more dangerous than a scandal . . . or more precious than a secret.
I thoroughly enjoyed Anna Godbersen’s The Luxe [review], so I was eager to give its sequel, Rumors, a try. I couldn’t wait to return to New York City, to this era of socialites and delicious gossip. While Rumors was not quite at the level of the previous novel in the series, it was an enjoyable read that definitely whetted my appetite for the next book!
I found the title of this novel, Rumors, to be very apt, in both good and bad ways. Though Elizabeth does figure into this novel, the book focuses much more on those she left behind: specifically, her sister Diana and former best friend Penelope. The levels that Penelope stoops to in this book are shockingly devious, yet thoroughly enjoyable. Godbersen really knows how to write scandal!
On the other hand, I felt like not that much happened in this book – it was all about rumors, rather than action. There was a lot of scheming, which was fun, but without much follow through. The book was never tedious or anything like that, I just felt like a lot of it was filler for the third novel in the series. The only part of the book that was truly exciting was the ending – it was explosive and completely surprising!
I enjoyed reading Rumors, but felt like it was just a prelude for the third novel in this series, Envy, rather than a standalone book in its own right. I can’t wait to pick the next book in the series up – the entire thing is just a lot of fun to read!