Luxe Series by Anna Godbersen

The Luxe (Luxe, #1)The Luxe by Anna Godbersen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is definitely Gossip Girls meets Manhattan in 1899. It’s all drama, secrets, gossip, fashion, and high society scandal. I enjoyed the time period, and the story was a refreshing change of pace.

Pages: 464

Rumors (Luxe, #2)Rumors by Anna Godbersen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a good second book, as it definitely increases the scandal and drama, which is what makes the series work.

I keep hoping the characters will grow a bit deeper and become more three dimensional. Sometimes, they feel more like caricatures of high society types, rather than like real people with complex emotions and hopes. There are hints of what ticks beneath the surface of every girl, but the story never digs down deep inside of those moments. Part of that is the light, airy nature of these stories as fast-paced, flirty, and full of scandal, but I want more depth.

Pages: 448

Envy (Luxe, #3)Envy by Anna Godbersen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It’s more secret, lies, gossip, scandal, and drama, as expected.

I both like and hate that I zoned out on some chapters of this book and still easily picked right back up with the story, without rewinding my audiobook. The plot moves forward, but it’s never so complicated or fast that I can’t jump into the story at almost any point and quickly figure out what is going on with the characters.

It’s almost like a TV show. I might not want to miss an episode, but if I do, I can still watch the next one and catch back up, especially considering my brain can fill in what I missed, based on what I know of the characters and story line: drama, lies, scandal, gossip, fashion, high society hoopla, and more secrets.

Pages: 405

Splendor (Luxe, #4)Splendor by Anna Godbersen

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

What? Noooooo! 🙁

I typically accept a way an author wants to end their book, whether it aligns with my hopes for the characters or not, but it is not okay to go and change the personalities, hopes, dreams, and desires of the characters in the final few chapters. You can’t spend 4 books telling me who people are, and then just change it at the last second to create some flip, disappointing, untrue to character, and completely unsatisfying ending.

I mean, you can, but I can’t be okay with that. I don’t care about an HEA, but I do care when something happens that is so out of scope and unbelievable that I can’t even find a place for it inside the story I thought I understood for 4 novels.

Now, I’m completely disgruntled. If this was how it was going to end all along, there should have been more signs of it coming and more groundwork laid, because the way it happened seems completely ridiculous. I actually feel furious, which I can recognize as irrational, but to lead people on for so long and then serve them that. Ugh! Ack! Blargh!

Pages: 400

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