Rated: 3/5 stars
Overview: The beautiful young Holland sisters, Elizabeth and Diana, rule Manhattan society. Or so it appears. When they discover their status is far from secure, everyone—from the ambitious socialite Penelope Hayes, to the debonair bachelor, Henry Schoonmaker, to the Holland's dour maid, Lina Broud—threatens the girls' golden future. When Elizabeth's carriage overturns near the East River, her glittering life, well-known for lighting up the city's gossip pages, is swallowed by the rough current. Then the question on everyone's lips is this: Who will take Elizabeth's enviable place?
My Review: When I first picked up this book, I was an avid watcher of the TV series Gossip Girl, so as you can imagine this book drew me in immediately. I also liked the pretty girl in the gorgeous dress in the picture. When I realized it was a series that so far consisted of three books, (the fourth one hadn't some out yet) I knew I was ready to take on another series. The character Diana was automatically my favorite, she liked novels, she was a wild child, and was also very independent. Henry Schoomaker came next, he was very interesting, reminded me a lot of the character Chuck Bass. Constant drinking, parting, and lots of pretty girls. When he was first engaged to Elizabeth I knew they weren't going to end up together, partly because of how long the series was, and because their personalities didn't seem to match. Not to mention it was an arranged marriage. What I didn't expect was him and Diana to get together, at first I didn't like them together, I don’t know why, but they just didn’t seem right for each other, but they soon grew on me. Elizabeth and her story line was also one to cheer for even though she may have wined a little too much, she still had the guts to leave her hometown and run away with her true love, which was Will Keller. Throughout this book we got the bad guys, Penelope, we got the good guys, everyone else. Then there was Caroline Broud, or should I call her Lina. She was not bad but not good, just a maid trying to make it into the social world. She had a pretty good story line too. At the end of the series though it left me a little disappointed, there were couples that ended up not together that I wanted to be together, and there were some relationships that began that should have never happened. I mean, she built up the whole story line for nothing really. I mean there was no be, huge, shocker. I gave it three stars because I fell in love with the characters, they were very well developed, and she had very good descriptive writing, but the story line in the end lacked a lot. The characters sort of got out of character in the end. The end seemed like it was rushed, and she didn’t care what happened to her characters. So basically I would recommend it if you have nothing else to read, but I wouldn’t consider it an amazing read. She is a good writer though. I hope this helped!